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


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

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University of Florida
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VOL. 32

MARCH 1998

NO. 1

This emblem is a Registered
Trademark. Any unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by law.
FOR 1997-98

Mrs. Margot Jordan

Mr. Thomas Peterson
1st Vice President

Mr. Charles Hummer
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Muriel Whitman

Mrs. Faith Brundage

Mrs. Betty Snow

Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Past President

Mr. Roy Culbreth, Jr.
Legislative Representative

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Barbara Green
813-391-4359 (Office)
813-391-0736 (Fax)

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
813-391-4359 (Office)
813-391-0736 (Fax)


President's Message ..................
From the Secretary ...................
Editor's Corner .............. .....
Legislative Representative . ..
Nominations for Awards .. .............
Budget and Audit Report ...............
Local Announcements .................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .
"Where Are You?" . ..........
Retirements . . .
News Clips . . .
"And the Memory Lingers On" ...........
Your Reporter Says ................
Alabama ............. 21 Louisiana
Arizona ............ 21 Midwest
Arkansas ............ 21 Mississippi
California ........... 23 North Car
Colorado . 24 Northwest
Florida . ... 25 Oklahoma
Georgia ............. 29 Panama .
Hawaii ............ ..30 Pennsylvan:
Indiana .............. 31 South Car
Congratulations .....................
W weddings .........................
B irths . . . .
W ith Deep Sorrow .. ................
Letters to the Editor .. ...............
Announcements/Class Reunions ............
Looking Back ..... .................
For Sale or W anted ..................
SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 1998-1999 ......
Application Form ....... .......... .

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FRONT COVER: The Queen Elizabeth II exiting Miraflores Locks during one
of her several transits of the Panama Canal She is the fastest diesel-electric
ship afloat. A new and larger funnel improved her appearance aesthetically.
BACK COVER: A Panama Canal deckhand comes down a jacob's ladder as
others await their turn to descend into the launch from the deck of a
Japanese ship. Painting by Al Sprague, World renowned artist of the former
Canal Zone.


March No Panama Canal Society of Florida meeting scheduled.
March 28 PCS of Arizona Spring Luncheon, Wyndham Garden Hotel,
Chandler, Arizona.
April 3 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. BROWN BAG.
April 7 Ocala Zonians meeting, Maggie's Buffet Restaurant, Noon.
May 2 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting. Treasure Island Yacht Club, 400
Treasure Island Causeway, St. Petersburg, FL. Bar open 11:00
a.m. Lunch at noon.
June 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. BROWN BAG.
June 6 Oklahoma Society Chapter meeting, Oklahoma City Zoo.
June 21 Blanche Shaw Memorial Picnic, Jones Family Center,
Springdale, Arkansas. Bring food, utensils and plate.
July 1 5 PCSOFL ANNUAL REUNION, Orlando's World Center
Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL. (See Yellow
August 8 1998 Northwest Picnic at Sequim Prairie Grange Grounds,
Sequim, Washington. Host: Marti Lohr, P.O. Box 1145,
Sequim, WA 98382. (360) 683-9612.
October 3 Gulf Coast no-host Picnic, 11 a.m. Davis Bayou Campground,
Ocean Springs, MS. (See Announcements).

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

2 ,^^ (A Not-For-Profit Organization) lP
"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" Wa
*8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712

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 33772-4712.
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 33772-4712
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $12.00 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 33772-4712
(813) 391-4359 FAX 813-391-0736
Hours: 10:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765


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All the committees for the upcoming 1998
Reunion of the Panama Canal Society of Florida are
hard at work and during the next few months will
have begun the final touches for the arrangements
that must be put into effect so that you, the
members, can enjoy yourselves to the fullest. We are
pleased to report that the Reunion reservations are
coming in at a rapid pace and we hope that this
reunion will be even bigger than 1997.
In one of my Christmas Letters this year I
received a poem entitled "Today" and it was sent to
me by Joe and Ella Norton. Hubert and I were
touched by its words and it states the way we would
like to enter each day and I would like to share it
with you.

Outside my window, a new day I see
And only I can determine what kind of a day it
will be
'It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay,
Or boring and cold, unhappy and grey
My own state of mind is the determining key,
For I am only the person I let myself be
I can be thoughtful and do all I can to help,
Or be selfish and think just of myself
I can enjoy what I do and make it seem fun,
Or gripe and complain and make it hard on
I can be patient with those who may not understand
Or belittle and hurt them as much as I can
But I have faith in myself, and believe what I say,
And I personally intend to make the best of each

Good words to live by, huh? I believe that most
of our Panama Canal Society volunteers follow these
statements and that is why we have such a successful
Reunion each year.
John and Muriel Whitman did a wonderful job
on the Christmas Luncheon on December 6 with 130
members and guests attending. A delicious lunch was
had by all with very nice door prizes. The
entertainment was delivered by the Ladies in Blue. I
would like to congratulate everyone for a job well
Barbara and Tom Peterson did another great job
on the Sarasota Luncheon and Steve Nehring ran a
well attended, very dry, Picnic in October. The
feedback from both these events was excellent and I
think more people will be attending in the future. If
you are not attending our luncheons you are missing
out on a great opportunity to voice your opinion on
how the Society is running along with enjoying a
very tasty lunch.

Margot Jordan


Editor must have by:

April 22, 1998



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Happy New Year to everyone. Christmas vacation
was great. Hope everyone had a nice holiday.
We are into a very busy year. New computers,
Internet, getting used to new programs. Talk about
teaching an old dog new tricks! But I am all for
progress. It might take me a little longer to get
things done but done they will be.
Just as a matter of information, all Reunion
paperwork is processed in the Society office before
being disseminated to the Chairpersons. Please
enclose all forms and checks in one envelope less
work for me. Also, please be sure to check prices
and send correct amounts. Don't forget that you
must pay the Society Registration Fee in order for
us to process your hotel reservation.
Pat and I will continue to do everything we can
to help all members and everyone is afforded the
same treatment. Every now and again we get
"chewed out" by a member thank goodness not too
often we follow instructions and abide by the By-
For those of you who are wondering how I am
doing. Thank God, I am getting along fine. I feel
well and am able to keep up with my everyday
comings and goings. My thanks to all who have
cared and prayed for me. I just completed my first
year of recovery.
Till next time....

(813) 391-4359,

Barbara Green
FAX (813-391-0736





Welcome back to the 4-a-year issues of the
Canal Record Your four issues of March, June,
September and December will be mailed 2nd. Class,
if the Post Office approves our petition. The Annual
Directory will be mailed 3rd. Class as it doesn't meet
the requirements for 2nd Class mailing.
Hope you all had a nice Holiday Season. Son
Bob and my granddaughter Jordan came East from
California for a short visit with his sister Carol Fritz
in Peachtree City, GA. and his mother, Liz in Largo,
FL and me in Clearwater, FL. They took in Disney
World in Orlando and I took both Bob and his
brother Dick to Busch Gardens in Tampa liked


Members are cautioned to check with your Post
Office as to the accuracy of your postal address.
With the new Zip + 4 and the bar-coding, which is
composed to assure mailing under the newly installed
Postal Automation System. Addresses throughout the
U.S. must be standardized in order to make the
system work. Make sure your address meets their
new criteria, with Zip + 4. Failure to do so may
make proper delivery difficult to your address.

Busch Gardens better, but I think the rainy weather
in Orlando had a lot to do with it. Didn't have
much time to show them off but it goes without
saying I walked around town like I owned it while
they were here.
It's true I have become a great-grandpa to
Ryan Michael Bell of San Bernadino, California!
Grandson Warren and wife, Alexandra are the proud
parents. Hope to get some photos soon to print.
There's nothing like this to make you feel the
footsteps of Father Time behind you, but I'll bet I'll
be at Ryan's high school graduation!
Getting our computers in line has been a hassle
in several ways. Am still using my own for the Canal
Record, which I brought to the office, but the new
one appears to have most of the bugs cleared out
and we shall transfer to that one as soon as this
issue goes to print.
I would like to thank all those who took the
time to jot a few nice remarks about the Canal
Record when they paid their 1998 dues, and through
telephone calls even fax's! They are real "highs" for
us and we appreciate them all thanks again. Also
would like to thank the Drakes of Dalton,
Massachusetts for their lovely gift stationery made
out of recycled money, all light green. Barbara
enjoyed her gift as well.
Those who send us Fax's: Please call us before
you send us a fax. We usually have it set at "auto"
but if we are here, we will change it to "manual" in
order to be sure to receive it. We can't guarantee
receipt when we are not in the office when it is set
at "auto."
We are still quite a bit away from a 100% dues
renewal but our hopes are up due to the influence
the internet and E-mail has among the younger
generation some of which never knew there was a
Panama Canal Society! Come and jump in, gang, you
will like the water!
The ballot for electing YOUR officers for the
1998-1999 tenure will be found in the BACK of this
issue because it's the last thing we do in putting the
magazine together. We had a few "no-shows" at our
last meeting, meaning there was no quorum for any
official business. We have to wait for the
Carnavalito/meeting and the magazine will be at the
press two days later. Talk about rushing! DON'T
overlook those back pages the future of the Society
will be riding on those officers you elect, so be sure
you vote! It COUNTS!
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record
(813) 391-4359 FAX 813-391-0736


1. Pan-America Life Insurance
Company (PALIC) Life Insurance
Policy Status.
\ Background: For U.S. citizens, the
original paid-up life insurance
certificate program issued by the
SGroup Insurance Board (GIB) and
underwritten by Mutual of Omaha
began for employees retiring on
or after October 30, 1970; for non-U.S. citizens, it
started in November 1985. To be eligible for the
certificate,the retiree must have been enrolled for five
years prior to the date of retirement. The initial
certificate issued equaled to 25% of the basic
insurance amount in force on the date of retirement
from the Panama Canal Company and was issued
with the condition that the percentage was effective
on a policy year basis and could be modified by the
GIB and Mutual of Omaha. (This qualifying
statement appeared on the certificate).
In 1979, the GIB and Mutual of Omaha were
forced to reduce the amount of all outstanding and
future certificates to 15% due to the decrease in
active enrollments, the significant increase in the
number of retirees covered under the program, and
the inadequacy of the reserve funds to cover the
insurance volume of the outstanding certificates. This
change became effective on February 1, 1980.
On January 1, 1990, PALIC of Panama became
the underwriter of the life insurance program and
began issuing new certificates under the same
conditions and amounts as were in effect since the
change in 1980.
Current Situation: Today, PALIC remains the
administrator of the life Insurance program and will
continue to satisfy death claims for beneficiaries. The
GIB may take action to change to another
underwriter this year; regardless of the outcome,
there are sufficient reserves in the program to pay
off all certificates whoever may be the underwriter.
December 31, 1999 will have no effect on this
program because it is not Federally or PCC
sponsored. The GIB, the sponsor of the program,
should be around after 1999 and will be able to get
claims to the proper place and provide information
to policy holders.
Those individuals that still have a Mutual of
Omaha certificate should contact the Retirement and
Insurance Branch, Panama Canal Commission, APO
34011-2300, to replace their outstanding certificate
with a PALIC certificate.
2. How Does the New Tax Laws Affect You?
Now that the dust has settled on the Taxpayer Relief
Act of 1997, which President Clinton signed on
August 5, it's time to figure out what the changes
really mean since in one way or another they will
affect everyone where it counts: In the wallets!
Among the beneficiaries of the new tax laws are
families and investors. My comments here cursory
address some of the changes that affect families,
since I do not consider myself as an investment
The most important tax change, in my opinion,
is the Capital Gains area. In a nutshell, most
homeowners can sell their home without being taxed
on any profits. In reality, as a homeowner, you get
an additional tax break. The new tax tosses out the
old system of rollover deferrals of tax liability on

$125,000 tax-free exclusion on profits for home sellers
age 55 and older.
Under the new law, profits on sale of a personal
residence will be tax-free up to $500,000 for a couple
($250,000 for singles), provided you've owned the
home and used it as a residence for two of the five
years preceding the sale.
The second significant change in the new tax
laws have to do with Individual Retirement Accounts.
In the past, if you were not covered by a company
pension plan (or military retirement) or if your
adjusted gross income (AGI) fell below $25,000 for
singles, $40,000 if married and filing a joint return,
you were allowed to deduct $2,000 ($4,000 for
couples) in IRA contributions from your federal tax
bill. Under the new tax laws, current income limits
on deductible contributions will gradually increase,
doubling by 2005 for singles and 2007 for couples.
In previous years, those with spouses covered by
pension plans could not take advantage of an IRA
contribution reduction. The new law removes that
spousal equation if you do not have a pension plan.
ow you can fully deduct IRA contributions
(regardless of your spouse's situation) provided AGI
on your joint tax return is $150,000 or less.
Additionally, the new law creates various new
IRAs. The first one, called the Roth IRA, allows
individuals to contribute up to $2,000 per year
($4,000 for couples). The right to participate in this
IRA is subject to the following income limits: for
joint filers, the phase out begins at $150,000 AGI;
for individual filers, the phase out begins at $95,000
AGI. Key point here is that the contributions to this
IRA are not tax deductible, but earnings accumulate
tax-free and are free from taxes at withdrawal if the
owner has held the IRA for at least five years and
is at least 591/2 years old.
One important point, you can convert your old
IRA into one of the new accounts if your income
does not exceed $100,000 AGI. The conversion will
be taxed as an IRA distribution, but there will be no
penalty for early withdrawal.If you convert in 1998,
the tax bill will be spread out over four years. If you
wait longer, you'll have to pay the entire tax in the
year of conversion.
Another IRA is the Education IRA. Those
individuals with AGI's of $95,000 or less ($150,000
for joint filers) may contribute up to $500 annually
per child to an Education IRA. The earning will
accumulate tax free, with no taxes on withdrawal for
qualified college education expenses.
Last important note about IRA's, as the
beginning of the new year, you can withdraw money
from an IRA penalty free if you use that money as
a down payment on a first home. Note, however,
that there is a lifetime limit for this type of
withdrawal of $10,000.
In addition, penalty-free (but not tax-free)
distributions can be made from IRAs for qualified
college expenses incurred by the taxpayer, his spouse,
child or grandchild. These college expenses include
tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies and
equipment required in courses.
3. Estate Planning Checklist. The older we get,
the wiser we're supposed to get. However, when it
comes to estate planning, we normally don't do a
very good job of thinking what happens when we no
longer are among the living. Some personal financial
management computer software programs provide
ready-made estate planning forms that one can

customize. One can also use a letter of instruction or
a checklist specifying where important documents are
kept, whom to contact, important identification
numbers, lists of assets and outstanding debts and
other information. (I made such a checklist a couple
of months ago for the local society members;
however it was too lengthy to include as a tear-out
in the Canal Record for all members to use as an
Regardless of the methods used to let our heirs
know what they need to do to take care of the
personal and financial affairs after our deaths, it is
imperative we all put together an estate plan. Some
of the items recommended by the United States
Automobile Association to consider are:
Important Identifications Numbers:
Social Security number; Driver's License number,
Passport number, Veteran Affairs claim number (if
Names and addresses of key advisors:
Attorney; Executor, Banker, Physician,
Accountant/Tax preparer; Broker/Financial Advisor,
Religious advisor/Clergy person.
Location of:
Will; Trust documents (including trustee's name,
address and phone number); Health care
directive/living will; Powers of attorney; Prior years'
tax returns; birth certificate and/or adoption papers;
Marriage certificate; Divorce decree; Real Estate
deeds; Employment and pension records; Military
records, including DD Form 214; Social Security card
and records; Voter Registration card; Passport;
Naturalization papers, as applicable; Appraisals of
valuable property.
Name, address and phone number of all
insurance agents and companies. Policy numbers and
location of all policies. Life insurance, Medical and
Dental insurance; Long Term Health Care insurance;
Automobile, property and liability insurance.
Funeral arrangements (if you prearrange and
prepaid your funeral): Name, address and phone
number of selected mortuary; Name, address and
phone number of selected cemetery; Location of
cemetery plot deed; Details of desired service ;
pallbearers, charities for donations in lieu of
flowers.other details.
Home Ownership:
Location of deed; Account number and name,
address and phone of mortgage holder; Insurance
policies, (List the same information for all property
Outstanding Loans: Account numbers, amount
owed, payable to whom.
Loans payable to you:
Routine Bills: (credit cards, phone, utilities,
insurance, cable TV, etc. Account number; Name,
address and phone number; Schedule of when
typically arrive.
Banks and Credit Unions:
Name, address, phone and account numbers.;
Name, address and phone number of any joint
owners and cosigners; Locations of passbooks,
checkbooks, past monthly statements and certificates.
Safe-deposit box numbers and location and location
of keys; Inventory of safe-deposit box contents.
Name, address and account number of all
brokerage or investment accounts, such as money
market accounts or mutual funds; location of
investment records, including past statements, savings

bonds, stock certificates and certificates of deposit.
Employment and income information:
Name, address and phone number of your
supervisor and your secretary; Name, address and
phone number of companies that pay you wages;
Name, address and phone number of pension
sources; Name, address and phone number of your
retirement plans, such as 401(k) or IRA. If a
veteran, location and phone number of nearest
Department of Veterans Affairs office and military
casualty office; Address and phone number of
Defense Finance and Accounting Service office that
administers your military retired pay or survivor's
Personal Property:
Inventory of personal property (video or
photographic record is helpful) List and appraisal of
valuable jewelry, artwork and collectibles; Make,
model, year and vehicle identification number of each
vehicle; Location of vehicle titles and registrations;
Location of vehicle maintenance records.
Business: Complete details about any business
you own.
Family: names, addresses and phone numbers of
all family members; guardians for minor children
named in your will.

Roy Culbreth, Jr.
Legislative Representative


FROM THE NORTH: 1-75 south to Tampa (from the
East, 1-4 west to Tampa) then 1-275 to St.
Petersburg and the 5th Avenue North exit. Go
straight ahead to Central Ave. then turn right.
Central Ave. continues onto Treasure Island
Causway. (Approx. 5 3/4 miles) Proceed until you
reach toll booth, pay toll and cross drawbridge and
go 75 more yards. Yacht Club is on your left. To
reach Bilmar Beach Resort keep going on Treasure
Island Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Bilmar Resort is
FROM THE SOUTH: 1-275 north across the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge to the US 19 Exit. Go
straight ahead and turn left about 3 3/4 miles, onto
Central Ave. which continues onto Treasure Island
Causeway. (41/2 more miles).Proceed until you reach
toll booth, pay toll, cross drawbridge and 75 more
yards on your left is the Yacht Club. To reach
Bilmar Beach Resort continue on Treasure Island
Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Bilmar Resort is ahead.



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August 1, 1997

I would like to recommend Mrs. Jane Huldtquist for
Mrs. Huldtquist has volunteered her time and energy for
almost twenty years to the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
She has served is almost all offices of the Executive
Board, including Budget and Audit Committee from 1982-
1988, Legislative Representative, President for the 1993-
1994 term, Past President during 1994-1995, Nominating
Committee 1994-1995, By-Laws Committee, 1995-1998.
She has been Chairperson for Carnavalito, and she and her
late husband Fred were co-chairpersons for the Chagres
Invitational Golf Tournament from 1981-1994 and either
co-chaired or was a member of the Golf Committee from
1995-1997, and will chair the 1998 tournament in Orlando
in July.
I hope the executive Board will recognize Mrs.
Huldtquists' hard work and devotion to the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) Mrs. Nancy van Siclen.

October 8, 1997

I would like to propose Mrs. Jay Cain to be awarded a
Distinguished Service Award by the Society at our Annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion in July 1998.
The 1998 Reunion will be the thirty-first consecutive
Reunion that she has attended and volunteered her services.
For several years she was Chairperson for the Annual
Reunion Luncheon and has been a member of that
committee for over seventeen years. She has also been a
member for the Registration Committee for over twenty
years as well as chairing the Sarasota Luncheon several
times in the past. She has also served on several other
committees and has missed only a few of our regularly
scheduled monthly meetings. She drives over eighty miles to
attend them.
Mrs. Cain has always been a supporter and a faithful
member of our Panama Canal Society, and has always
upheld and practiced the ideals and purposes of the Society
for over thirty-one years during which she has been a

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) Mr. Thomas C.Peterson

July 1, 1996 Through June 30, 1997

January 26, 1998
Mrs. Margot Jordan
Chairperson, Executive Board
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mrs. Jordan:

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, 1996 through
June 30, 1997.

The audit consisted of such tests of the records that were deemed appropriate to satisfy
ourselves that the data was both accurate and correct. Suggestions made during the audit were
readily accepted and implemented.

Some areas for future year audits were identified and will be presented on an ongoing
basis to the Executive Board, as well as, reported to the general membership when determined
to be necessary or desirable.

Actions taken in response to prior audit recommendations were reviewed and determined
to be appropriate under the circumstances.

Attached hereto is a statement of Receipts, Expenditures and Fund Balances for the period
under review, accompanied by a statement concerning Society functions. In our opinion, the
statements fairly and accurately represent the results of activity during the accounting year
and accurately state the Society's fund balances at June 30, 1997.

Luis R. Reyes, Co-Chairperson
Budget and Audit Committee

Kenneth L. Morris, Co-Chairperson
Budget and Audit Committee



Bank Checking Account
Money Market Account
CD (11 mos) Matures 01/12/97
CD (11 mos) Matures 01/12/97
CD (6 mos) Matures 10/18/96
CD (20 mos) Matures 10/14/96
CD (11 mos) Matures 07/10/96
Petty Cash Fund

Total Fund Balance on July 1, 1996

$ 23,140.40

$ 113,854.57


Dues (includes Administrative and
Overseas Mailing Fees)
Annual Reunion (Net Proceeds)
Other Society Functions
Sales of Tags, Decals and Pins
Sales of Canal Records
Advertising (Canal Record)

Total Receipts During Fiscal Year

$ 89,192.00

$ 113,078.29


Salaries (Gross)
Society Functions (Other than Annual Reunion)
Canal Record
Taxes, Federal and State
Taxes Withheld and Paid
Office Expenses:
Maintenance of Office Equipment
Monthly Meetings
Cost of Tags, Decals and Pins
Bank Charges

Total Expenditures During Fiscal Year

$ 28,481.74
( 7,333.83)


$ 89,089.27


Bank Checking Account
Money Market Account
CD (11 mos) Matures 12/12/97
CD (11 mos) Matures 12/12/97
CD (6 mos) Matures 10/17/97
CD (12 mos) Matures 06/25/98
Petty Cash Fund

Total Fund Balance at June 30, 1997

$ 10,226.21

$ 137,843.59

JULY 1, 1996 JUNE 30, 1997



Sarasota Luncheon
Christmas Luncheon
May Luncheon


$ 962.00

$ 876.35 $ 198.65
$2,250.17 $ 21.83
$2,430.56 $ 281.44
$ 936.00 $ 26.00

These social functions are intended to be break-even activities, with
ticket prices set as near as possible to recover associated costs of the


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Over the years, the Reunion Luncheon has hosted talks on every aspect of life in the Panama Canal Zone
and of life in Panama. A couple of years ago we were treated to a wonderful journey back through time to
enjoy over twenty years of United Way theater productions. This nostalgic vista was hosted by director/producer
Bruce Quinn and he was joined by many of the performers who originated some of the roles in those United
Way musicals. This year we decided once again have some musical entertainment at the luncheon and our
president, Margot Jordan, has arranged for some of the Canal Zone's own troubadours to provide the afternoon's
Linda Woodruff Weir (BHS'66) has assembled a cast of seven performers to introduce us to "Love in the
Afternoon", a musical journey through the various stages love, loss, and love again. The show features music from
broadway shows, to Burt Bachrach to Cole Porter, to Irving Berlin. Interwoven through the music is the tale
of old love, young love, any kind of love at all!!
Performing with Linda will be Bob Teta and Erin Hatchett, both with ties to the Canal Zone. Bob was
stationed at Ft. Amador when he and Linda met doing musical theater for the United Way and at the Theatre
Guild. Bob performed in "1776", "Fiddler on the Roof", "A Man for All Seasons", "Who's Afraid of Virginia
Woolf?" to name a few. Most of us, however, will certainly remember Bob's outstanding performance as King
Arthur in the United Way's production of "Camelot". Bob has continued his acting and singing career in the
U.S. and has appeared in the TV series "Eischied" with Joe Don Baker. Bob currently lives in Vero Beach where
he has been singing in various night clubs along the beach coast.
Erin Hatchett, (BHS'93) is the daughter of Toni and Ken Millard and Mr. Edward Hatchett. Erin performed
in "Guys & Dolls" and "Oklahoma" at BHS and in "Steel Magnolias" at the Ancon Theatre Guild. Erin is a 1997
graduate of the NYU Tisch School of Arts where she was named 1997 Outstanding Actress. Erin has just
completed a role in the independent film "Threat".
Linda Woodruff Weir performed in many of the United Way and Ancon Theatre Guild productions, to
include "Fiddler on the Roof, "Showboat", "Applause", Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and "The Apple Tree".
For the past two years, Linda has been active in the Pinellas County Florida Community Theatre scene
performing in "Funny Girl", "Gaslight Girl", and most recently as Dr. Gorgeous in "The Sisters Rosensweig" at
the Largo Cultural center. Linda was recently awarded Favorite Actress in a Comedy by the Pinellas County
Theatre Grapevine for her performance as Blanche Bickerson in the recreation of "The Battling Bickersons" for
"The Return to the Golden Age of Radio". Joining the Canal Zone cast of "Love in the Afternoon" will be
Nancy Stauffer, James Grenelle and Brick. Nancy has appeared in "Cabaret" and "Here's Love" on stage and
currently has a duo musical act with her brother Bob, creating sounds of the Big Band era. James is one of
the most talented young performers to grace any stage. He is also a director and choreographer and is a
winner of the Theatre Grapevine Award for Favorite Supporting Actor for his performance in "Funny Girl".
While performing in "The Sisters Rosenweig", Linda had the privilege to work with and get to know a
wonderful comedienne, Brick, who originally came to Florida after doing stand-up comic work in New York.
Brick has also appeared in "Fiddler of the Roof and as the stripper, Mazeppa, in "Gypsy". Brick is a Theatre
Grapevine award winner as Favorite Supporting Actress for "Jake's Woman".
We hope to have some other special guests and surprises for you and know that you will all enjoy a
delightful afternoon full of music and love. Come join us for "Love in the Afternoon".


Some members keep their organization strong
While others join to belong.
Some volunteer to do their share,
While others lie back and don't care.
Some always pay their dues ahead,
Some get behind for months, instead.
Some do their best; some build; some make,
Some never do, just sit and take.
Some lag behind, some let things go,
And never help their club to grow.
Some drag; some pull; some don't, some do,
Considerer, which of these are YOU?

Author Unknown

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cn May 2, 1998!

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will hold its May SPRING LUNCHEON on
Saturday, May 2, 1998 at the Treasure Island Yacht Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway,
St. Petersburg, Florida. The BUFFET luncheon will be held on the second floor.
There will be a Cash Bar from 11:00 a.m., with Vegetable Plate w/dip, until noon when
the buffet will open. A short business meeting to follow at 1:30 p.m. Cost of the BUFFET
is $13.00 which includes tax and gratuity, to include Soup de Jour, Shrimp Salad, Chicken
Salad, Pasta Salad, and and more, plus dessert.
Elevators are on your left upon entering, stairs on the right. Dining Room is on second
floor, directly ahead upon exiting elevator. There is a Toll charge of 500 to enter Causeway.
Parking is available, however it is suggested that car-pooling be used as much as
possible to avoid any parking problems with other patrons of the Yacht Club.
We hope to see you on May 2, so please jot the date on your calendar so that you
won't forget to make your reservations. RESERVATIONS or requests for REFUNDS must be
in the office by April 28, 1998. Directions to Yacht Club are on page 4.
There will be door prizes.
If you have any questions, please call Anna Collins at (813) 894-8484
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May 2, 1998
Treasure Island Yacht Club, St. Petersburg, Florida
Member Name Membership No.
Telephone No.
Please make Reservations at $13.00 each. Total enclosed: $
Names of Guests (Please print)
1. 5.
2. 6.
3. 7.
4. 8.
DEADLINE: April 28, 1998
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, FL 33772-4712

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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

The Sarasota Luncheon Committee, L-R: Barbara
Peterson, Co-chairperson; Mike and Marion
Greene, Kay Miller and 1st Vice President Tom
Peterson, Co-chairperson.
October, November, December 1997
and January 1998 Meetings.

October 4, 1997:
Meeting held during Annual Picnic at Anderson
Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida. 1st Vice President T.
Peterson presided. Mr. Peterson reported that
Executive Board voted not to change dues year due
to financial reasons. Computers were purchased for
Record Editor due to malfunction of his original, and
for Secretary Treasurer due to new requirements. Fax
was purchased for Reunion Coordinator, as President
Jordan requested to keep hers due to increase in

October Picnic Committee: L-R: Steve Nehring,
Chairperson, Betty Malone, Barbara Green, Muriel
Whitman, Faith Brundage and Gary O'Connor.
Carol Masino resigned as assistant for the
Society Office. Barbara Slover hired in her place.
Membership responded well to Dates to
Remember/Dues Notices cards. T. Peterson stated the
Reunion netted $10,000 for the Society. 1998
Reunion dates are July 1-5 at Orlando's World
Center, Marriott. 1999 Reunion to be held same

Mr. Peterson presented Mr. Stephen Nehring,
Chairperson of the Picnic, with a token of
appreciation and Nehring in turn, presented his
committee of Faith Brundage, Muriel Whitman, Betty
Malone and Barbara Green with tokens.
November 4, 1997:
Meeting was held at St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
St. Petersburg, Florida. President Margot Jordan
reported that Mr. Ken Morris is conducting a full
audit of all Society books. The Executive Board
approved a 2% salary increase for the office staff.
The By-Laws are being reviewed by-Laws Chairperson
Jane Huldtquist. A committee has been appointed to
study milage reimbursement.
Roy Culbreth, Legislative Representative gave a
report on health and life insurance covered by Pan
American Life Insurance Co. Information will be
published in the March Canal Record. He provided
copies of a check-list of items for concern. Mrs.
Jordan suggested we have a speaker who can give us
information on the retirement system. So far, about
1,700 dues for '98 are being processed and staff is
about a month and a half behind in updating and
Editor Pat Beall reported October Canal Record
was sent as 3rd Class mail to Post Office October
29. He is checking with Postal authorities about slow
delivery. He apologized for omitting room rates on
hotel registration form. Those rates will be included
through the internet; and sent to all mini-reunion
chairpersons, and Area Reporters. This has been
corrected for the March issue.
Mrs. Jordan stated that by signing the reunion
contracts for 1999 and 2000, the hotel agreed to
keep room rates the same. A survey of different
areas in the Tampa area proved unfruitful. A new
hotel in Tampa, ready in 2 years will be checked on.
December 6, 1997:
Meeting/Luncheon was held at Holiday Inn
Select, St. Petersburg, FL. After opening the meeting,
Lunch was held and reconvened at 1:50 p.m.
President Jordan reported on actions taken by the
Board. Mini-audit being conducted. Budget for 1998
presented. History of Society being conducted, an
welcomes input from members. Tom Peterson,
Reunion Coordinator reported all going well with
1998 Reunion plans. Charles "Chuck" Hummer
reported on work being accomplished on office
computers and is impressed with office work output
and the way the Society is presented to the public
by the office staff. The Web page was created by
Matthew Armistead in Oklahoma. Roy Culbreth,
Legislative Representative reported on developments
regarding Pan-American Life Insurance Company.
Those with questions may call him at (813) 960-
9593. Steve Nehring announced a Christmas Tree
burn for December 27 at Eckerd College Campus.
Carnavalito to be held at Santa Madeira
Restaurant on February 7, 1998. Candidates for office
for 1998-1999 term will be accepted from the floor
at January 9, 1998 meeting. Jim O'Donnell,
chairperson, Nominating Committee recommended
slate of officers for President: Tom Peterson; for 1st
VP: Chuck Hummer; 2nd VP: Faith Brundage;
Directors: Muriel Whitman and Steve Nehring.
Pat Beall contacted Postal authorities regarding
problems with October mailing of Canal Record.

Harry Foster won two COPA tickets to Panama.
Meeting closed at 2:38 p.m.

The Christmas Luncheon held on Saturday,
December 6, 1997, at the Holiday Inn Select in
Clearwater, Florida was attended by 130 members
and guests. The room was decorated for Christmas,
the tables were done in red and green and the
center pieces had an Angel, adorned by two candle
lights. These were used as table prizes. There were
also gift wrapped calculators, candy canes and Santa
Claus magnets for all.

The Christmas Luncheon Committee: L-R: Muriel
Whitman, Chairperson, Faith Brundage, Carolyn
Johnson, Bob Johnson, John Whitman, Loretta
King, and Lois Jones.
After a delicious lunch we enjoyed the singing by
"The Ladies in Blue", a choral group with included
our own Faith Brundage. Many door prizes were
given out and we want to thank all the members
who donated them; we really appreciate your
generosity. Ethel Askew drew Harry Foster's name
for the round trip tickets to Panama. What a nice
early Christmas present!

Christmas Luncheon 1997 Harry Foster wins 2
round-trip tickets to Panama via COPA from COPA
representative Dalys Benninghoff.

Harry Foster being overwhelmed by volunteers to
share his second ticket to Panama.

The Committee was thanked by President Jordan,
they were John and Muriel Whitman, Robert and
Carolyn Johnson, Faith brundage, Betty Malone, Lori
King, and Lois Jones.
A delightful time was had by all and it was a
nice event in which to start the Holiday Season.

January 9, 1998:
Meeting was held at St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
St. Petersburg, FL. 1st VP Tom Peterson chaired the
meeting as President Jordan was ill. There was no
quorum therefore no official business was able to be
conducted. 4,361 members are in the computer and
only 3,369 have paid their dues. Approval to be
asked to send additional dues notices. Legislative
Representative Roy Culbreth is checking to see if
Pan American Life Insurance Company certificates
are still valid. He gave background on PALIC
The Nominating Committee Chairperson, Jim
O'Donnell announced that without a quorum,
nominations from the floor would have to be done
at the Carnavalito/Meeting. Floor nominations will be
published in the March Canal Record.
Steve Nehring gave brief account of the
Christmas Tree Burning event. As Chairperson for
the 1998 October Picnic, he has reserved the same
location as the last picnic.
Muriel Whitman reported that 130 members
attended the Christmas Luncheon. "Ladies in Blue"
singers provided entertainment and money was left
over after expenses.
We shall continue "Brown Bagging" until a
Hospitality Chairperson volunteers services. In the
interim, desserts will be accepted at forthcoming
A short business meeting will be held at
Carnavalito. There will be no meeting in March, and
April meeting will be held here at St.Bede's.
The meeting adjourned at 1:55 p.m.

SPREAD THE WORD: In an Internet Treasure Hunt for former Crossroads of
the World, Hometown, USA or DODDS alumni from anywhere in the world, go to the Panama
Canal College, Cristobal, and Balboa page by following the "PanCanal" trail from anne, and register yourself for others to find, or search for



First, we would like to thank all the classmates
and friends of the Class of 1938 who have notified
us of the whereabouts of several of our classmates.
We are still trying to locate the following BHS 1938


Aleguas, Mary
Archbold, Terry
Brayton, Alice
Collins, Wilma
Cotanche, Delores
Coulter, George
Crandall, Helen
Dixon, Tom
Dougan, Audra Joan
Furey, Mary
Gumban, Emilia

Yohros, Ben

Gumban, Maxine
Hoffmeyer, William
Johnston, Edward
Korenbrot, William
McKenzie, Loring
Pretto, Eola
Rosskopf, James
Russell, Virginia
Serko, David
Tesch, Jean
Thompson, Delores

Emiro Borden
Margaret Mae Brown
Virginia Cabell
Damien Caries
Horace Gordon Cobb
Geneva Beryl Cooke
John Joseph Dalton
Margaret Frances Davidson
Manone Lucille (Journey) Da
John Gaylor deCamp
Edward H. Delvalle
Margaret Clark Douglas
Dorothy E. Esperanza
Margaret Campbell Grier
Neva Sara Henrie
Anita Louise Komp
John Clark McMurray
Patricia Margaret Madigan
Adolfo Malo
Kathryn Lillian Marchukitis

Helen (Michaelsen) McGrun
Blanche Wells Miller
Eugene Gregory Mulling
Geoffrey Maurice O'Connell
Tomas Alberto Paredes
Diogenes P. Quintero
Larry Wilber Roberts
Raymond Albert Runyan
vis Betty Frances Sunderlin
Elsie Sanger
Judith Segard
Vernon Doyle Snyder
Charles Wallace Stewart
Dorothy Marie Stilson
Ruth Joanne Udden
Julio Ramon Valdes
Kermit Nelson Westbrook
Robert Linden Whitely
Sarah Jean Williams
Marcos R. Zappi

If you know where any of these classmates are, please
send their names and current addresses to the undersigned
so we can advise them of the pending 60th CLASS
REUNION in Orland, Florida on July 3, 1998.
Also, please see notice for BHS 1938 under the
Announcements Section on the Canal Record.

Robert "Bob" VanSiclen
BHS Class of 1938,
9816 Lake Seminole Dr. West,
Seminole, FL 33773-4521.
(813) 397-5366.


If you have any information or any leads on how to locate
our missing classmates please contact:

William McGinn
38 Clear Vista Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
(310) 258-9044

Edward G. Corbett
106 Forge Road
Coventry, CT 06238-1415
(860) 742-8163



William M. Kosan

William Morgan Kosan,
a shift engineer in the
Electrical Division was
killed in 1967, leaving a
infant daughter, separated
due to a divorce. She was
reunited with him as a
teenager for a few short
hours the day before he
was killed. The daughter,
Vivian Kosan Bagnall
would like to know more
about her father. Among
other things, she believes
a room bears his name at
the Jungle Warfare School
in Ft. Sherman. Vivian
plans to be at the 1998
Reunion in Orlando and
would like to talk to

anyone who has any information about him. She may
be contacted at P.O. Box 280 Gunnison, UT 84634,
(435) 528-7744. e-mail:

William O. Alexander
Ruth Appin
Fred Aydlett
James J. Ball
Dorothy Bower
Ben Burns
Homer Min-Jan Chen
Peter M.C. Chen
Maxine Couchman
Michael J. Cody
Clarence Crenshaw
Jose M.G. del Busto
Nellie Del Valle
William P. Edwards
Genoveva Fonseca
Beryl M. Garnas

Nydia Gonzalez
Jane M. Hanford
Jean M. Hanford
Dorothy Harrison
Nancy Heffington
Barbara Hentgen
Robert D. Homer
Fred J.Horton
John E. Johnson III
James A. Jolley
John D. Landers
Lois G.Lee
Carlos Maldonado
Elizabeth L. McNew
Ramona E.Muller
Dorothy E. Nauert
Clifford B. Weaver

Beatriz Quintero
Ana T. Rios
Elaine C. Ruggles
James Russell
David C. Ryan
Darrel B. Seeley
Marilyn S. Sisson
Elvia Suazo
Franklin E. Tillman
Carlos Tong
John L. Toone
Aurora Uribe
Patricia A. Vesser
Audrey M. Wagner
John H. Wallace
Isabel Washburn

Please advise the Search Committee, below of any
known addresses:

Barbara Fritz Reyle Ruth Rose Foster
10518 Providence Way, 10397 N. Ranch Hand Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22030 Dunnellon, FL 34433
(703) 273-2654 (352) 489-3264


Lovan Arnett
Debbie Seldon Blackman
Mike Carlin
Linda Densmore
Kim Thomas Vasquez

Amy Robertson Rheberg
Mary Ann Robertson
Sarah Bircher Stromme
Tom Vasquez

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of any of the
above, please notify Diane Sanchez, 1197 Kinsmen,
Auburndale, FL 33823. (941) 967-1899.

Where art thou?

Please let Cynthia Schuckenbrock know, of
131 N.E. Street, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013

THE BIG BHS CLASS OF 1950's 50th
REUNION IN THE YEAR 2000 is in the earnest
planning stage NOW with an industrious volunteer
committee determined to produce a great 50th
reunion BUT we have lost contact with a number of
our classmates. A few dear and long lost classmates
like Max Kurillo, who called me in December after
conferring with Chuck Becktell and Stuart Plumer
who let us know of his whereabouts last November,
are appearing. BUT we are still missing many of our
buddies like Richardson "Dick" Selee, Burt Page, Dr.
K. Keith Kreth and others. So..if you or if you know
of one or more of our classmates who are not listed
in the Canal Record Directory, or have not recently
attended a reunion, PLEASE CONTACT US via any
of the communication routes listed below! Please
help us have a great 50th Reunion! Thank you all!
Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury Joan (Powell) Arndt
BHS Class of 1950 Reunion 9770 S.W. 198th Cir.
RR 13 Box 8600 Dunnellon, FL
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599 34431-4148
(409) 564-0620 FAX 409-569-2514 (352) 489-3887

Would anyone have the address of Jean Mitchell
Smith? I believe she lives in Menlo Park, California,
however, my letter was returned. Please contact Ruth
Drake, 55 North St., Dalton, MA 01226.

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Discovery Channel to highlight
history of the Panama Canal

By Susan Harp
A filmmaking crew from the Discovery Channel
set up camp in the Panama Canal Administration
Building for a few hours last week, focusing its
cameras on the rotunda murals that depict scenes of
the Waterway's construction. The group is filming a
historical documentary on Canal construction that,
eventually, will be aired worldwide. The group has
been sighted gathering material in Canal townsites as
well as along the banks of the waterway and even up
remote Canal watershed rivers. Headed by producer
Eugenie Vink, the crew includes associate producer
Anabel Hester, cameraman Patrick Duval and
soundman Thomas Williams.
The two-hour documentary, when completed will
follow the human struggle to build a path across the
Isthmus of Panama, including the discovery of the
Pacific Ocean by Vasco Nufiez de Balboa, Spain's
quest in the 16th century for the best route across
the Isthmus, the 19th century French attempt by
Ferdinand de Lesseps to construct a canal and the
successful U.S. canal project carried out between
1904 and 1914.
Vink, who previously worked for the Discovery
Channel but is now an independent filmmaker, has
produced documentaries on diverse topics ranging
from classical literature and wildlife to the
paranormal. She says the idea for this project began
as a casual conversation between Roundabout
Productions producer Nancy LeBrun and Stover
Jenkins, (BHS'71) former Canal resident whose
father, Albert McMillan Jenkins worked for the
Accounting Division and retired in 1978. LeBrun
teamed up with Vink to write a proposal for the
show, and the Discovery Channel accepted it.
"Panama's history is a fascinating one, and not
many people are aware of it," says Vink, who wrote
the program and is currently directing and producing
it. Before starting to film, she reviewed archives at
the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and
made a preliminary visit to Panama. Local footage
will be shot in both the rainy and dry seasons and
will include simulated scenes of 1849 California gold
rush travellers; a French hospital and a West Indian
home; authentic French barges and rail carts now
hidden in the jungle alongside the Canal; an
interview with Alexander Heron, a 103-year-old
veteran of the U.S. Canal construction; and blasting
and excavation work currently underway in Gaillard
Cut, the section that was known as Culebra Cut and
was the site of the deepest earthwork slicing through
the Continental Divide, an area subject to many
landslides during construction.
Physical, a local casting and production agency,
is assisting the production crew by providing actors,
period costumes, and logistical support. Some props
were borrowed from the Interoceanic Canal Museum
of Panama and the Commission's Technical
Resources Center. Searching for French-era scenery
and furniture, Physical Executive Producer Marie
Claire Fontaine located old hospital beds at the
Hogar de Luz y Vida, a home for older men in
Panama's older French quarter. There, the crew

filmed scenes of an actress posing as a French nun
and placing bowls of water under the hospital bed
legs to keep ants away...
...The film crew also travelled to the upper
reaches of the Chagres River to recreate a scene of
19th century California Gold Rush prospectors
travelling from the Atlantic side by dugout canoe up
the Chagres River to the town of Las Cruces, where
they traditionally continued across the Isthmus by
mule. Commission "palancamen" Jose Asprilla and
Eustacio Largacha played the parts of river guides
during the filming, and everyone was caught in a
torrential downpour.
"The rain has been pretty impressive in the
jungle and on the Chagres River" says Vink about
difficulties encountered during the filming, adding,
"After that experience, I have even greater
appreciation for the workers who built the Canal."
Planning to return in January to film aerial shots
and Gatun Lake's blue, dry season waters, Vink says,
"The project will take a year to finish, including a
20-week editing process." She adds that the show will
eventually be translated into several languages for
worldwide distribution.
The Panama Canal Spillway
November 21, 1997

Commission will have own
Internet link

By Teresa Arosemena

The Internet may seem simple to those who use
it, but setting up an Internet service and making it
work is not an easy task. Information Management
personnel are currently developing such a service
under a project that entails updating already existing
network infrastructures and installing new equipment
that allows the Panama Canal Commission to have
its own direct Internet link.
Commission Internet usage has been somewhat
informal until now, with contracted Internet
companies providing the service and hosting the
Commission's web page, explains Supervisory
Computer Specialist Alvaro GonzAlez. GonzAlez is
coordinating the in-house project to provide Internet
as well as Internet (internal network) services for the
Canal Agency.
According to GonzAlez, the project involves
establishing direct satellite connection, installing a
complete and reliable network, redesigning and
enhancing the Commission web site and setting up
an Intranet system that allows offices to share
information internally.
He says the satellite connection is already
installed and is being tested. Cables that currently
connect local area networks in Commission offices
with the central "backbone" computer cable will be
used to provide direct access to both the Intranet
and Internet, and, GonzAlez says, will not require the
use of a telephone modem to call into the system.
Remote offices, such as the Flamenco Island Signal
Station, will still have to use a modem connection
because they do not have physical cable connections.

The number of available modem lines will increase
from 16 to 48, permitting approximately 300 users to
connect at one time.
Gonzalez envisions the new Canal web site as
being "dynamic," meaning that offices that provide
information for site pages will be able to update
their sections at any time from their own computers.
This will involve updating a database that is in turn
"read" by the web page and made available to the
public. For example, the Purchasing and Contracts
Branch can update contract bulletins from its own
office, making them automatically available on the
web page.
GonzAlez comments that the project has been a
collective effort involving the Research and
Development Branch, which analyzes the overall
strategy; Inter-Networking Unit, in charge of system
configuration and coordination; the
Telecommunications Branch, which maintains the
physical network cables.
GonzAlez adds that guidelines defining
appropriate employee usage of the Internet are
another important component and are currently in
the planning stage.
The Panama Canal Spillway
November 7, 1997

First ladies summit closing
ceremony held at
Miraflores Locks
By Susan Harp
Hosted by Panama First Lady Dora Boyd de
Pirez Baladares, 17 first ladies from the Americas,
plus the first lady of Spain and the queen of
Belgium as special guests, met in Panama last week
for the seventh First Ladies Summit of the Americas.
During the conference, participants discussed ways to
improve human rights and living conditions for
women, children and other vulnerable groups in the
Western Hemisphere.
U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
addressed the group on women's rights and their role
in supporting democracy, saying, As our countries
continue to expand our political, economic and
strategic alliances, the women of this hemisphere can
lead the way in building an alliance of democratic
values that will strengthen our democracies into the
next millennium."

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From the Miraflores Locks Control House balcony,
Hillary Clinton views Panama Canal locks
operations as a southbound ship exits a locks
chamber. Accompanying Clinton are Deputy
Administrator Joseph W. Cornelison and
Administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta. Photo from
Panama Canal Commission.

The summit's closing ceremony took place at the
Miraflores Locks visitors center, as illustrated by the
photos on this page (Panama Canal Spillway). One
of the final acts was the signing of the Panama
Declaration containing guidelines for future actions.
U.S. Agency for International Development officials
also signed an agreement to provide over $4 million
in support for the Inter-American Institute of Human
During her stay in Panama. Clinton also met
with Peace Corps volunteers, toured a rural
agricultural project for women, made a helicopter
overflight of the Panama Canal and visited the
Miraflores Locks Control House. As she operated the
handles to open locks valves and gates, Clinton
jokingly commented that she would enjoy having the
job of control house operator when she no longer
has the role of first lady.

The Panama Canal Spillway
October 17, 1997

Watershed Advocate

Frank H. Robinson, former Operations Section
chief for the Panama Canal Commission
Meteorological and Hydrographic Branch, was well
known in Isthmian circles for his vast experience and
enthusiastic interest in the Panama Canal watershed.

Frank H. Robinson
1926 1997

Robinson, who moved to Florida after his
retirement from the Commission in 1988, died
November 8, 1997 at the age of 70.

Panama Canal Commission Press Release
November 10, 1997

Gaillard Plaque rededicated
during Balboa ceremony

By Teresa Arosemena
The Gaillard Plaque was rededicated on
September 18, 1997, at its new location in Balboa, at
the foot of the Panama Canal Administration
Building's sweeping steps.
Its design featuring two laborers in the
foreground and two mighty steam shovels in the
background, the Gaillard Plaque commemorates the
colossal work accomplished in digging the Panama
The bronze plaque was originally installed on
Contractor's Hill, 103.5 feet above the Canal's
surface. There, in 1928, it was dedicated in honor of
Lt. Col. David DuBose Gaillard, the engineer, who
between 1908 and 1913, was in charge of the
excavation of Culebra Cut, the eight-mile-long section
of the Panama Canal channel carved through
Panama's jungle-covered, geographically complex
Continental Divide. The famous Cut continues to be
known by engineers throughout the world for the
difficulty of its excavation. Gaillard died the year
before the Cut was completed, and the excavation
was renamed Gaillard Cut in his honor.
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Presenting Gaillard Plaque in 1928. Mrs.
Katherine Gaillard and Dredging Division
employees pose with the plaque dedicated to the
memory of her husband, Lt.Col. David Dubose
Gaillard, which she, and her family and the Third
U.S. Volunteer Engineer's Memorial Association
gave to the Canal in 1928. Photo from Panama
Canal Commission.

The recent rededication ceremony was attended
by U.S. Ambassador to Panama William Hughes, the
Panama Canal Commission officials, Panama City
Mayor Mayin Correa and designated members of the
Panama Canal Authority Board of Directors. Also
present for the event were Cecil F. Haynes, the
longest serving Canal employee; Alexander Heron, a
103-year old Canal construction-day worker, and a
Gaillard descendant, U.S. Army Maj. Mark Gardner,
and his family. Panama Canal Administrator Alberto
Alemin Zubieta unveiled the plaque. He also
presented a smaller replica, made by David Dickson
and Leika Guerrero from the Maintenance Division,
to Correa for display in the Inter-Oceanic Canal
Although Lt. Col. Gaillard did not live to see
the completion of this heroic engineering
accomplishment, his dedication and that of thousands

who worked on the construction of the Panama
Canal is captured in this magnificent plaque. And
now in its new location, visitors and employees as
well will be able to see the plaque close up and feel
the immense power and triumph captured in its
The Gaillard Plaque was presented to the Canal
organization as a gift in 1928 by Gaillard's wife
Katherine, the Gaillard family and the Third U.S.
Volunteer Engineers' Memorial Association, composed
of members of the regiment that Col. Gaillard
commanded during the Spanish American War.
Weighing about a ton and measuring
approximately 8 x 9 feet, the plaque was sculptured
by American artist James Earl Fraser in 1927, and
cast by Kuntz Foundry of New York.
According to Technical Resources Center Chief
Roberto Sarmiento, the Gaillard Plaque is often
referred to as the "gypsy" plaque because of the
several times it has been moved. Sarmiento explains
that the plaque was moved from its original location
in 1954 during the project to reduce the overburden
of Contractor's Hill and reinstalled in 1956. When
the hill was further reduced in 1959, the plaque was
removed for a second time and reinstalled for the
third time in 1960 in a spot on Contractor's Hill not
far from its original location.
Due to the plaque's relocations and exposure to
the elements, it has suffered considerable
deterioration. Approval of its restoration work was
granted by former Panama Canal Commission
Administrator Gilberto Guardia F. in April 1996. The
company contracted for its restoration work was
Capital Refinishers, Inc. of Vienna, Virginia. It cost
approximately $49,000.
The plaque restoration process included cleaning
and removing layers of paint, filling cracks, creating
molds for casting a replica, removing corrosion and
repairing metallic streaking, chemically producing the
plaque's caramel color and finally, applying several
layers of a special protective wax. According to
Sarmiento, the restoration work was no easy task,
since various layers of paint, corrosion and cracks
made the plaque difficult to clean and polish.
Sarmiento explains that, during its 69 years in the
Cut, several paint coatings had been applied to the
plaque. That, as well as the deep corrosion,
complicated the contractor's work. He adds, "They
tried many cleaning procedures with different types
of equipment to get the best possible results. It
involved a mixture of art and chemistry."
Sarmiento says that a full-size replica will be
installed on Contractor's Hill as a replacement for
the original plaque, when the Cut widening program
is completed. The creation of a replica contributes to
keeping the Canal's traditional history alive. "The
image is still meaningful today," Sarmiento says
referring to the plaque s original design.
Personnel from the Maintenance Division
provided extensive support and were responsible for
transporting the plaque, providing the space for the
contractor to work and building the retaining wall
that supports the plaque in its new location. The
Electrical Division installed the illumination system
around the retaining wall and the Engineering
Division carried out all the design work. Building a
wall and setting up the lighting for the replica in
Gaillard Cut is also on the Maintenance Division's
agenda for when the Cut Widening project is
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October 3, 1997




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The Holiday Season is over and everyone is back
to their day-to-day activities.
Karl Basham, son of Mike and Linda Basham of
Enterprise, and grandson of Millie Patton and Marty
Bradford of Dothan, AL, recently received an
R.O.T.C. scholarship from Troy University, Troy,
Alabama. In June 1998, he will enter the U.S. Army
as a Second Lieutenant. His sister, Susan, will leave
in March 1998 for Korea with the Army Canine
Corps. This is a "going places family", folks.
Edna Koval had as her house guest for five days,
Dr. Steve Mahaffey of Danville, CA. The visit was
great, still haven't got all the details. Edna Koval
then had to rush off with Alice Clark, Arlene Abbott
and Edna O'Donnell on a three-day trip to Orpyland,
U.S.A. Details are forthcoming next time.
Now some exciting news of my own! Kellie Luke,
daughter of Susan and Jim Luke and my own
granddaughter will turn Sweet Sixteen on January
29!.This definitely doesn't mean I am getting any
older. Anyway, she will celebrate with a surprise
birthday party at Holiday Inn South here in Dothan,
with family and friends. Kellie's big surprise will be
a new car which I know she will enjoy. Next time I
will enclose pictures of the proud owner.
That's all for now. Hopefully next time I will
have much more news from Alabama!
Dolores Cleveland
(334) 793-4812


The fall luncheon of the Panama Canal Society
of Arizona was held at the home of Daniel and
Miriam Hirschl in Sun City West.
Those attending were treated to a tour of the
Hirschl's beautiful home and magnificent mola

Miriam Hirshl of Sun City, Arizona with her mola
bedspread and pillows. (Wish this was in color!)

Chester and Mary Grace Oakes at the Arizona
potluck. Loring White in background.

A potluck of typical Panamanian foods was
enjoyed by Darrell and Nancy Eide, Daniel and
Miriam Hirschl, Norm and Donna Gillis, Carl and
Pat Berg and daughter Jennifer, Ruth Senzer, Robert
Senzer, Evelyn and Loring White, Ann Parks and
her cousin, and Chester and Mary Grace Oakes.
The spring luncheon will be held on March 28
at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Chandler, Arizona.
Nancy Eide
(520) 577-7284


The Annual Blanche Shaw Memorial Picnic will
be held on Father's Day, June 21, 1998, at the Jones
Family Center in Springdale, AR. Please bring
something to eat that can be shared by all; your own
utensils and plate. Drinks will be furnished. Hope to
see y'all there!

Alice Nail and

Maxine Wrenn

Carl Maedl, Petie Maedl and Dorothy Sanders
Willard and Kathleen Huffman had a very nice
Christmas in '97. James, their youngest son and his
lovely wife, Joan, spent seven days here in Rogers
and they showed Joan the sights of Arkansas. Joan,
a former 1st Class Petty Officer in the Navy will
spend the first six weeks of '98 in Pensacola training
to be a recruiting officer for the Navy. James is
stationed in San Antonio, Texas where Joan will join
him in February. Kathleen and Willard hope to
attend her 50th Cristobal High School Reunion in
Orlando at the Panama Canal Reunion.
In mid-September Dorothy Sanders received an
airline ticket to fly to Dallas, Texas, where Bruce,
Sandy, grandson Curt, wife Kim, and two great-
grandsons, Ryan and Collin, honored her with a
surprise birthday party. She's not 39, but didn't mind
having this birthday at all. Thanksgiving found the
family back together again this time in Bentonville,
and included grandson Doug, from Santa Cruz, CA,
The boys had great fun raking up the mountainous
piles of leaves, and wrestling in them. Just like a
Norman Rockwell scene. In December, Dorothy
returned to Dallas to join Bruce, Sandy, and her
mother, Beatrice Younger for a seven day cruise of
the Caribbean on the Sun Princess. It was a
wonderful trip and the first time Dorothy had been
on the Atlantic since those unforgettable Canal Zone
to New York vacation trips.
Addie Colclasure and her sister, Juanita, drove
down from Kansas to spend the holidays with
daughter Marion and son David and family.

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Sewing Club, Back L-R: Katheen Huffman, Betty
McGilberry. Middle: Maxine Reinhold, Lee Butz,
Gloria McGilberry, Glenn Conklin, Petie Maedl,
Dorothy Sanders. Front: Maxine Wrenn, Mary

Joan and Jack Corliss stayed put and Joan spent
a lot of time baby sitting granddaughter, Kelsie Joan.
The Harps, Jerry and Harold, spent a quiet
Christmas with family and grandchildren.
Henrietta and Mike Horoda spent time in
Coppell, Texas, with family, Had a great time. Spent
Thanksgiving there too.
The following reported spending a quiet
Christmas at home or with family and friends: Betty
McGilberry, Alice Nail, and John and Polly
Peggy Keller was in California with family and
friends for Christmas and New Years. Said she had
a great time.
Maxine Reinhold has been recuperating at a
rehab center in Rogers after falling and breaking her
left leg in mid-November. Son Mel visited around
Thanksgiving and daughter Barbara came from
Minnesota in December for a few days.
Gretta and Joe Vowell had their daughter Alison,
graduate from the U.of Washington with a degree in
Linguistics and English Literature. They also went to
Kerrville, Texas to visit with Coral and Eric Adema.
Took a trip to King Ranch and had a good time.
Jess and Lynn Harp had her parents, Bill and
Betty Dunning here in Arkansas for the holidays.
Also visiting were Carol Schwenke and Freda
Reporter Bud Balcer made four trips to
Shreveport, LA., for the birthdays of son Paul
Rhoads, daughter-in-law Melissa Rhoads in October,
and then for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enjoyed
each and every one of them.
Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754

Nancy (Crooks) Kipplinger, who moved to
Fayetteville in January, 1997, was visited by her son,
David Todd, and his wife, Tammi, and her 16-year-
old grandson, Gabriel, in August. In October she and
her mother, Minnie (Crooks) Burton, traveled to
Tucson, AZ., to visit Nancy's four children, eight
grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Her
mother returned to Arkansas, and Nancy flew to
Ontario, CA., to spend two weeks with her cousin,
Betty (Crooks) Ingram. She returned to Fayetteville
November 1, and on November 23, her eldest son,
Bob Todd, and his wife, Linda, came to spend
Thanksgiving with her, her mother, and her sister,
Judi (Crooks) Daily. Judi, with some help from the
family, prepared dinner at her home for 16 guests.
This was the first Thanksgiving Nancy had spent with
her mother and sister in 47 years. It was wonderful!
During November and December, Charles and
Mary McGimsey enjoyed a five-week stay in Australia
and New Zealand as part of an Elder Hostel
program. Part of their time was spent in Cairns in
northeastern Australia near the Great Barrier Reef.
Charles had a chance to do some snorkeling and
both of them had a ride in a glass-bottom boat.
They also hiked around Ayer's Rock in central
Australia. Incidentally, it was 104F at this place. In
New Zealand they visited Aukland and Rotorua on
the North Island and Christ Church on the South
Harry and Lee Butz had as their guests over
Christmas Esther and Bill Clair from Atlanta, GA.
and Peter and Janet Butz from Supulpa, OK., with
sons Jason and George. On Saturday they were

joined by Peter, Jr. and wife April, and Peter III
and wife Beth, and the newest addition to the family,
one-month-old Michael.
From an article by Charles Allson, printed in
The Morning News, Springdale (10/27/97) it was
learned that Paul Noland, professor emeritus of
Animal Science at the University of Arkansas, was
honored with the Panamanian National Order of
Manuel Amador Guererro. Noland, who lived in
Panama for three years during the 1950's, was part
of the university's first agricultural mission to
Panama. He continued to travel to Latin America
over 30 times in the last 40 years in support of
agricultural research.On behalf of the Panamanian
president, Perez Balladares, the Panamanian
ambassador, Tito Jaen, himself an alumnus of the
U.of Arkansas, presented the award to Noland,
describing him as a "scientist, teacher, civic leader
and most of all, a friend of Panama"

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


The Panama Canal Society of Southern
California held their Annual Christmas Luncheon on
December 7, 1997. This date is important to our
members, not because we are attending our luncheon,
but more important, we are remembering and paying
homage to the thousands of servicemen, women and
civilians that were killed or injured during the attack
on Pearl Harbor.
In Panama, those listening to the radio were
alerted of the attack and many thought the Canal
was in danger. At our luncheon, I called Bill
Monsanto to the podium to tell us what he was
doing at the time. He was in charge of the Balboa
Movie Theater and was working that day. Two
ushers, Janet Nesbitt and George Muller were also
there, working that day. I, Bob Wolfenstein, and my
folks, living in Margarita, decided to have lunch at
Fort Randolph, and had just ordered our lunch when
the announcement came over the radio. The P.A.
system then announced that all civilians had to leave
the base and all servicemen were to report to their
duty stations. We finished eating and immediately
got stuck in traffic. Exiting the base's main gate the
traffic got worse. All along the road there were
soldiers, sailors and marines lined up about 30 yards
apart with rifles and gas masks, lined along the road.
Trucks were pulling out of the ammo dumps and it
was stop and go all the way back to Margarita,
about 4 hours later.
As a former marine, I am active in the !st.
Marine Division Association and The Chosen Few,
Inc. from the Korean War. As such, I have been
able to get a permanent Marine Corps Color Guard
for our Society luncheons beginning in 1995.
In appreciation for their precision drill and in
honor of Corporal Thomas Tolentino, Jr. former
member of the Honor Guard who passed away in
August, 1997, our Society selected Mrs. Harriet
Drake Kambestad to present a plaque to Color
Sergeant Tom Tolentino, Sr. The plaque was
accepted by S/Sgt Don MacDermott in Color Sgt.
Tolentino's behalf.

Harriet Kambestad presenting plaque to Don
McDermott at Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills.

Mrs. Kambestad related to the members that
when she was a little girl in the Fourth Grade, her
teacher, Ms. Dove Prather took her to watch the
workers blow up the dike in Gamboa to let the
water flow into the empty Canal in October, 1913.

Six generations of CZ resident females (except the
baby Brigid Bennett Godfrey) and her mother,
Teresa Dyer Godfrey, and her mother Kathleen
Steiner Bennett, and her mother Dolly Allen
Steiner, and her mother Margaret Breheney Allen
(right photo in frame) and her mother Mary
Mannion Breheney (left photo in frame).

Teresa, her husband, Steve Godfrey, and Brigid,
have just moved to London, England, where Steve
has transferred to Bank of America's Currency
Trading Department, from same in San Francisco.
Teresa has accepted a promotion to European
Budget Director for INTEL. Kathleen leaves next
week for London to help them unpack and babysit
until they hire a nanny. "I guess Court and I will be
spending a lot of time in London, so we can watch
Brigid progress. We'll see my cousin, Mitzi (Siegel)
Beers (BHS'54), who lives in the area. Moving across
the 'pond' is not like moving to the other side!"

Kathleen Steiner Bennett
Huntington Harbor, CA


'Twas a balmy, sunlit evening on the Bay in San
Diego as approximately 72 of us old Panama Canal
residents and friends gathered for our annual West
Coast Bash. Yes, we are are still in business! We
greeted many old friends and a few new ones who
came from far and near and brought everyone up to
date on our lives. The room was sectioned off to
allow for plenty of mingling. The food was delicious,
the music not loud enough, as you know we all like
to talk, there was plenty of things to purchase and
we wished there were more of you.

1) Sue Pitney and Johnny Magee, old friends
from Balboa High. 2) Linda Morris and Winifred

"Dolly" (Allen) Steiner, enjoyed her special
serenade by Douglas Custance, Director, Melody
Makers, Laguna Hills,


The Wanke family of Whittier, always attending our
society luncheons for over 20 years. L-R: Ronald
(BHS'43) and Peggy, George ("Dick") and Janice
(Cooper), both of BHS'45, and Libby Cooper


The Rice family, longtime, supportive members of
our society. Front L-R: John ("Ed") and Rosalind,
Costa Mesa. Rear L-R: Bette and Julian ("Bud"),
Marian (Snyder CHS'41) and Tom (BHS'38), Los
Our attempt at one evening event turned out
well and with a few more bugs to be worked out, we
hope to see you all here eventually. The next one is
on September 26, 1998 at the Marine Corps
Recruiting Department. See the registration form in
this issue of the Canal Record. We look forward to
greeting more of you later on this year.

Kathryn (Argo) Taylor
San Diego, CA


Nobody 'ere don sen noting but dis one pitur...
de same person also sen a next pitur from de son
weddin', but I tink you gwine put dat in de wedding
I can't fit everything onto dat tiny note paypa so.
Instead I jus paste on de big one. I know it don't
rite, mon, but you cyan make it up jus so. Ta ras.
Tank yo no.
Stewart Brown
(303) 440-8456

John Gough III and Paul Overstreet.


It's really nice to see Panama Canal Society
members who winter in Florida at our monthly
meetings. These loyal and interested members are
Lucille Abernathy, Ruth Conner Warner, Lee and
Marion Kariger and Bill and Alice Forsstrom.
Running into Keith Mead in a Clearwater
grocery store brought back the good feelings and
warmth of seeing friends everywhere like we did at
home (Canal Zone). Keith, Cindy and baby Chase
had brought his mother, Gladys Mead back to her
home in Clearwater after she had spent the
Christmas Holidays with them in Tallahassee. Gladys
plans to spend a month (mid-January to mid-
February) playing and taking care of baby Chase.

Bob Van Siclen with his youngest grandchild,
Corey de Groot. Corey is the son of Amy and
Ron de Groot of Boca Raton, Florida.

Corey de Groot hoping Santa (Robert "Skip" Van
Siclen, Bob's son) brought all he asked for.
Carolyn Vezina and Ruth Schmidt went to Ahab,
Alabama to be with Ruth's son, John, when he had
open heart surgery in mid-December. The "Barlow
Girls" spent the holidays with John's family wife
Alice, three children and three grandchildren.
The Holiday Season was enjoyed by Rosalie
Cook, Hampton, VA. and Violet Smith during their

2V1/2 week visit with their sister, Dorothy and Ernie
Yocum. Violet came from Wadsworth, OH. for this
sister's reunion.
Esther and Ed Niskanen of Woodlands, Texas,
visited Jim and Barbara Boyer Slover of Seminole
during 10-13 January. Barbara and the Niskanens are
longtime friends since the days their children played
together. After visiting the Slovers, the Niskanens
were off to visit family and friends around Florida
then off on a Caribbean cruise.
Stuart, Florida, was the destination for Fran, Bill
and daughter Cindy Stock. On December 27 they
attended the wedding of Mark Sherry and Michelle
Coon. Mark is the son of Marje and Art Sherry of
Lemuel Presley, Shreveport, LA., was visited by
sister, Jane Presley Huldtquist over the Christmas
Holidays. While there, Jane and Lemuel motored to
Dallas to visit Lem's daughter, Karleen Hoffman.
Shreveport has riverboat gambling casinos on the
Red River, slot machines are Jane's "thing", so she
and Lem went to the casinos several times. She often
WINS BIG but also puts it all back into the slot
machines as she loves to "pull that handle,"
On the Saturday after Christmas, fourteen
members of Aura Erikson met at her home in New
Port Richey for a Christmas and family reunion bash.
The Christmas holidays saw Bob and Nancy Van
Siclen in Boca Raton visiting daughter Amy and Ron
de Groot and their baby. Corey is Bob's youngest
grandson. Robert "Skip" Van Siclen, Bob's son,
played Santa Claus for Corey on Christmas morning.
Another daughter, Mary Ann, flew from New Jersey
with her three children to surprise Bob and Nancy.
Betty Comley Forgeson reports she had a most
interesting month of September just cruising. She and
Ruth Conner Warner sailed in and out of Vancouver,
British Columbia for 14 days on the S.S. Universe
Explorer, then throughout Alaska. They enjoyed eight
ports along the way plus beautiful Glacier Bay. After
the cruise they enjoyed three fun-filled days in
Betty then boarded the Holland-American Lines'
S.S. Rotterdam along with ex-Zonian Bob Daniels and
his wife, Hazel. Bob was an old fishing and boating
buddy of the Forgesons aboard Bob's Viking which
was owned by Bob and Johnny McConaghy.
The Daniels and Betty cruised down the
California and Mexico coast to Costa Rica through
the Panama Canal to end their 18-day cruise in
Ft.Lauderdale. Off the coast of Mexico, the ship
avoided Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco because of
hurricanes "Linda" and "Nora". Remember these
hurricanes devastated Acapulco. Betty wasn't sorry to
miss these two ports of call as she enjoyed the seven
days at sea until the next port,
Bob Beall and his daughter, Jordan of Santa
Rosa, California visited his mother Liz Beall in
Largo and his dad Pat Beall in Clearwater for a few
days. He and his sister, Carol Fritz of Peachtree
City, Georgia took Jordan to visit Disney World in
Orlando, then drove them to Largo where they
recouped for a few days only to be led off to visit
Busch Gardens with dad and brother Dick. Bob and
Jordan made it a point to ride every hair-raising,
cork-screwing (5 of them) rides, while dad and Dick
preferred to walk and look. All concerned very much
enjoyed their brief visit.
Betty Snow
(813) 799-4769


Next meeting of the Ocala Zonians (Panama
Canal Ditch-diggers) will be April 7, 1998, at
Maggies Buffet Restaurant, 717 NE 36th Ave. (South
of east Silver Springs Blvd.) in Ocala, FL. Restaurant
opens at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon meeting starts at noon.
Contact Bill Muller at (353) 854-7902.
Arrangements are being made for a special
speaker who will provide information of interest to
all our PCSOFL members.
We were all saddened by the passing of Capt.
Ralph Curies. Marie Curies had recent surgery but
is doing well. Wesley "Red" Townsend recently fell
and broke his hip and is recovering slowly. He and
Virginia are both staying at Surry Place of Ocala in
mid-January. "Andy" and Garnet Anderson were
talking over the "good old days" on the Pacific locks
with Truman and Betsy Hoenke, John Balschun, Leo
Shadeck, and Richard Burchett traded info. Irene
Bissell, Margaret Hughes and Barbara Kelly enjoyed
visiting. Richard Lopp (BHS'46) drives down from
Gainesville for our meetings
Edmond and Eleanor Hesser of McIntosh were
off for Ireland. Meanwhile, Roy and Charlene
Trullinger came from DeLand. The McConaugheys
(Dick and Juanita) and son Bob are regulars, as are
Dick and Elaine Conover. Dick and Sandy Roscoe
recently moved north of Gainesville to Alachua.
Margaret (Curies) Maxwell (BHS'55) had another
interesting experience transporting vehicles cross-
country, as she was contracted to deliver a Prisoner
Bus for the US Immigration and Naturalization
Service from the factory to the Border Patrol
Headquarters in the Big Bend section of Texas.
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L-R: Edna (Curies) Cooley, Margaret (Curies)
Maxwell, Betty and Dale Cockle beside USINS
Detention and Deportation bus.

Marge met her sister Edna (Curles) Cooley at
the Walkabout Emu Ranch owned by Betty and Dale
Cockle (CHS'54) and were greeted by over 100 birds
at various stages of growth. The Cockle's breed the
Emus and hatch their eggs naturally or in their own
incubator house. Joan (Powell) Arndt flew to Akron,
OH to spend a month with her daughter, Diana
Carey and family. A surprise visit by Floann (Pierce)
Gray to Dunnellon, FL and a happenstance meeting
with Jerry Fox at a local Wal-Mart provided Joan
and her guest an opportunity to visit with Jerry
(BHS'52) and his wife Marcia (CHS'55).

Joan (Powell) Arndt and Floann (Pierce) Gray, of
Dick and Elaine Conover reported five months of
activity. They visited with their son Mark and
daughter Kelly and her husband in Las Vegas in the
Monte Carlo Hotel, then Bob and Dee Suisman
came from Sun City Center, FL. and the Conover's
son, Peter and wife Annette and grandson Kyle
stopped on their way to Disney. Further extensive
traveling led them to Fisherman's Wharf in San
Francisco and Daytona Beach.
Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox, settling down
in their new home were visited byDianne's sister,
Vicki and husband Bob Boukalis, who recently
returned from Peru and Argentina, and later by
Wally Matthews who lived in Gamboa.

William "Bill" Muller
(352) 354-7902


Hola from Pensacola. This is my first submission
as an Area Reporter, so please bear with me.
Since we moved to Pensacola in August 1995, my
husband of 31 years, Don, passed away in December
1995. He loved Pensacola and had made many new
friends in the short time we lived here.
When Bev and Skip Rowley, who live a few
hours away in Tallahassee, spend their vacation at
their time-share in Destin, we always find time to get
together. Their last visit was in September '97 we
had a Johnnie Mazetti dinner at the Vose house with
Bev, Skip, Darla, Shane, Jeff (Darla's fiancee), Bob,
Dawn (Bob's girlfriend of 2V years) Kevin, Libby
(Kev's girlfriend) and myself. That same week, Darla,
Shane, Bob, Dawn and I met Bev for dinner in
Niceville. From there we went to the high school
there to watch Skip and his barbershop group
perform it was fabulous. Following the performance,
we had a bonfire where Bev and I were serenaded
by members of Skip's group. We had a great time -
can't wait for their next visit.
After 21/2 years of being engaged, Darla and Jeff
have set a wedding date for April 25, 1998. We're
all on pins and needles hoping everything will go
smoothly. The ceremony will be in the evening at St.
Anne's Catholic Church and the reception following
will be at the Ramada Inn. Of course, I will be

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making one of my famous wedding cakes. We are
expecting a lot of family and friends from Panama
and the U.S. who we haven't seen in a long time.
My grandson, Shane, made his First Holy
Communion on April 6, 1997 at St. Anne's Catholic
Church a lovely reception for the children and
their families was held after in the church hall.
Bob Dillon, (BHS'84) who lives and works in
Alabama, came to visit in September for the day.
Darla, Shane, Kevin, Libby, Giselle, (Caturett) Pollitt
(who was visiting me while she was TDY at the
Naval Air Station) and myself, had lunch at Pegleg
Pete's on the beach. Hope he comes to visit again
real soon we had a really nice time.
Eddie (CHS'82) and Tina Williams had a
beautiful baby girl on January 29, 1997. Hopefully, by
the next issue I'll have a photo to submit. Eddie
manages "Coconut Bay" (Better known as "Coconuts",
a regular hang-out for Zonians on the Gulf Coast
where we have lots of Zonian Get-togethers. Even
has a Panamanian flag displayed inside.
We're planning another get-together this year and
I'll be sure to get it in my submission for the Canal

Barbara (Barb) Vose
(850) 474-6341


The holiday season is a great time to get
together with family and friends.
Gladys McLain recently returned from visits with
her son and daughter during the holidays. Gladys
traveled to Columbia, MO, to share the Thanksgiving
festivities with her daughter and son-in-law Judy and
Rabbi Yossi Feintuck and their three children. In
early December, she departed from Columbia, MO
for Brussels, Belgium to spend her birthday ,
Christmas and New Year's holidays with her son and
daughter-in-law, Douglas and Cindy McLain and their
three children. It was a very happy and busy festive
time for all.
Allen and Kay Miller enjoyed their Christmas
holidays with a nice visit from their daughter and
son-in-law, Martha and Dale Hoskins and their son
Michael from Portland, OR. Several family
celebrations and get-togethers with classmates was an
added treat.
Myrtle Hughes and her daughter Sandra
(Hughes) Claflin of Merritt Island, FL spent their
Christmas holidays in Deer Park, TX with Myrtle's
son and daughter-in-law Tom and Lorna Hughes.
Glades Humphrey enjoyed an early Thanksgiving
celebration with an unexpected visit from grand-
daughter Debbie Mann who was in Tampa for GTE.
Debbie transferred to GTE in Texas earlier in the
year and was able to surprise her mother Donna
(Humphrey) Mann with a weekend visit before
conducting the training class in Tampa. Gladys
enjoyed a fun filled Christmas holiday with her son,
Donald Humphrey in Malabar, FL. Joining in the
festivities were Donald's daughter and son-in-law
Danna and Carey Moorhead and their children Glenn
and Cassie. Donald's daughter Dellrie also joined in
the fun.
Fred and Bev (Moody) Ebdon had his brother
and sister-in-law, Bill and Susie (Fahenstock) Ebdon
of Sholo, AZ as houseguests. They came for an early
Christmas visit and a family reunion with his older

brother Joe and wife Rae (Newhard) Ebdon of
Sarasota. When families get together it;'s a great
time to reminisce with family and friends.
Joe and Rae Ebdon spent the Christmas holiday
with their son and daughter-in-law Dick and Kathy
Ebdon and their children Geoffrey and Jennifer in
Marietta, GA. Geoffrey graduated from Texas
Christian University in Fort Worth and came home
for the holidays. Jennifer completed her first year at
the University of Denver where she is attending on
a gymnastic scholarship.

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L-R: Hostess Marion (Neely) Greene, with nieces,
Julie Burks Sides, Robin Smith Larson, Mary
Ruth Davis Bowman.
Mike and Marion (Greely) Greene entertained at
a dinner for her three nieces and their husbands.
Bryan and Julie (Burks) Sides of Brookside, FL, Ron
and Robbin (Smith) Larson of Bradenton, FL, and
Frank and Mary Ruth (Davis) Bowman of Colorado.
Each of the girls' mothers shared one of Marion
Greene's sisters maiden name. Their grandmother was
lovingly called Muzz Neely.
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Fred Walker with his sisters, Mickey Fitzgerald,
Jeanne Wagner and Carole Miller at the
beginning of their MJC Adventure.
The Walker sisters, Mickey, Jeanne and Carole
had their annual MJC Adventure in October. We
had a great beginning with our brother Fred Walker
meeting us for breakfast in Tampa, then he drove us
to the airport. In Atlanta we spent the whole
afternoon with Roger and Yoli Conley with lots of
bochinchi and computer fun. Roger had worked with
Jeanne at Gorgas, and had hunted with Jack Wagner
in Panama. Then onto Asheville to tour Baltimore
Estates, which included dinner at the Stables Annex.

Since we grew up with horses, we were thrilled to be
in the actual stables, beautifully refurbished. We
climbed Clingman's Dome in the Smokey National
Park, and had one foot in Tennessee and the other
in North Carolina. When we got down we saw lots
of people waiting on the side of the mountain,
sunset was in 30 minutes. It was worth waiting for -
so beautiful and peaceful. We enjoyed a day at
Stone Mountain in Atlanta and had a nice phone
call with cousin Alita (Collins) Adams. Upon our
return we visited with Fred and Kay and their son
Shane at their new retirement home in Riverview,
had dinner together and then drove to our parents
home, George and Mayno Walker in Sarasota for
"show and tell". Our trip always begins at Mom and
Dad's so they are in on everything. We had a great
time together. Other trips have been to Washington,
D.C., Dover, DE, and Richmond, VA with Jeannine
Wagner, Alaska, and the Florida Keys with Gayle
Gladys Humphrey
(941) 955-1900


Mike Stephenson was recently here checking on
the progress of his and Elaine's magnificent home
that is nearing completion. We kept telling him that
the weather was just a cold snap; and besides, it
always warms up by 10:00 a.m. By the second day,
I think he believed us. He left Burt and Carol
Mead's house in the wee hours of the morning,
bundled from head to foot, but came home for lunch
carrying his jacket!
We had another complaint about the chilly
weather from Burt Mead. Actually, Burt rather likes
the cool weather (even wears shorts most days!), but
he lodged a protest against the Smith's (Mike and
Sharon) for requiring their guests, at their annual
"Games Party", to shoot darts outside on their deck.
He swears the wind chill was 20 below freezing -
and THATS why he didn't win! The Smiths told him
to take it up with the Gaming Commission ...

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ead and Joe Wood.

Actually, both the Meads and the Woods have
ruffled feathers over yet another incident. They have
very little toleration for the lovely geese that grace
their yards and neighboring ponds seems they
destroy the grass (a definite no-no, see picture of
Burt and Joe pulling weeds, vying for "Yard of the

Quarter"). Burt goes so far as to state, unequivocally,
that there is no good goose except a cooked goose!
So, when SOMEONE snuck over to the Woods and
Meads on Christmas Eve, and planted two geese
decoys in the yard between their homes, they
immediately suspected each other! Bev went out to
get the paper m the morning sans glasses and
tried to shoo the critters away. Burt looked out his
window and, also thinking the geese were real,
murmured an expletive deleted. That's when they
realized it must have been someone else....hmmmm.
I guess I should go easy on poor Burt, he
recently had a severe case of chickenpox (Burt calls
them goosepox). But he and Carol did have a
glorious hohday this year, having been blessed with
the birth of two new grandchildren; Rick and Maria
Mead (they moved back to Tally in October, when
Maria took the job of Director of Keiser College)
had a gorgeous baby girl, Brianna, on 9/7/97. Not to
be outdone, brother Keith Mead and his wife Cindy
had a baby boy, Chase, on 11/19/97. When brothers
David and Gil Corrigan and their lovely families
(Marcy and four-year-old daughter Darien and Cher
with one-year-old baby Gil Jr.) arrived for a visit, it
was babies everywhere!
Speaking of Corrigans, Larry and Sue also
delighted in seeing the boys and their beautiful
brood. Larry made me chuckle the other day when
he called Mike Smith early one morning to tell him
to "Get up and start practicing on the "circle," we
have our work cut out for us today." Larry was
referring to a golf match with Jimmy Givens and
another player (they play together at least 1-2 times
a week) The "circle" refers to a devise much like the
one advertised on TV and in golf magazines that
helps perfect their swing. Larry very cleverly created
one out of PVC pipe and sold his first one to Mike
(he really likes it!).
While we are so happy to have newcomers to
Tally such as the Woods, Meads, Mcllvaines,
Mizrachis, Stephensons, Paynes, and Doris Hunt, we
are sad to see L.B. and Bonnie Wilson leaving the
fold. They are heading south (no, not because it gets
a little chilly here) but to be near their family Ellen
and Gary Anderson. They are building a home in
Zephyrhills that should be completed by the end of
March. Farewell, and good luck, sweet people.
Here is a story you will never want to duplicate:
John Schmidt, Jr. (Doug Schmidt';s brother) was
blowing leaves off his roof one day last year, when
he fell and broke numerous bones, including his
wrist, ribs and NECK! Miraculously, John was not
paralyzed even killed but he did suffer terribly,
having to wear a "halo" neck/head brace for several
months (it screws into the head!). I can't tell you
what a courageous, sweet, dear man this is who
never complained and was appreciative of the
smallest kindnesses. We hope to see John back on
the dance floor at the next reunion!
We had a visit recently from my aunt, Rusty
(Doris) Folger and her beau, John Ward. Rusty (and
her deceased husband, George) lived in the Zone for
over twenty years and retired in 1977. She and John
live in New Orleans, so they were greatly surprised
when we took them to a casual B.Y.O.B. restaurant
where the oyster stew, crabs and shrimp rivaled their
creole fare. Rusty and I had a great time rehashing
our two trips to Los Angeles last year to watch my
niece (Rusty's grand-niece), Alice Ensor, perform in
"Cabaret" and Miss Reardon Drinks a Little." fact
is stranger than fiction, as evidenced by Alice's tale
of chatting with a fellow cast member one night

about their backgrounds, to include Alice's summer
adventures in Panama when she was a kid. The
fellow actor exclaimed "Panama?!" "I'm from Panama
- my dad's a pilot on the Canal!" His name: John
Bowerman, son of Emmile and MaryEllen Bowerman
(recall him in "Elephant Man" with John Mayles?)
The two have since become fast friends guess it's
a Zonian bond. John had to bleach his hair blond to
play a Nazi, in the picture. The performance was
superb, and I had to hold Rusty back from leaping
on the stage exclaiming, "That's my niece!"

Alice Ensor and John Bowerman
Alice Ensor and John Bowerman

I am aware of just a couple of trips
Tallahasseeans have taken recently: Joe and Bev
Wood (and Burt and Carol Mead) traveled to San
Antonio in December to attend their son, Brian's
graduation from the University of Texas at San
Antonio with a master's degree in International
Business. Congratulations Brian! And Laverne
Larabee called to tell me of her trip aboard the QE2
talk about a dream come true! (Laverne's article
may be seen in "Letters to the Editor.")
That's it from northern Florida (Florida with a
southern accent!) If you live in the area, please call
me if you would like to have something included in
the Canal Record. It's impossible for me to call over
100 families for stories, so PLEASE call me!

Sharon Smith
(850) 668-4121
E-mail: ssmith3882@aol,com


I recently spoke with Mariella Meggers McNally
and she was telling me that she has been traveling
about three times a year to Panama, and loving
every minute she was there. Mariella still has all her
family and lots of friends in Panama, so when she
goes, they keep her busy. She was there for ten days
over New Years and claims she found paradise in
Palenque on the Gold Coast. She also states that
scuba diving in the San Blas is fabulous. She loves
loves to scuba dive, and does it at every opportunity,
not only in Panama, but also in Florida. I'm happy
to report that she seems to be enjoying her life to
the fullest.

Speaking of enjoying life, my husband and i
loved our Princess cruise to Alaska in August. We
were able to fly by helicopter to, and walk on, the
famous and huge Mendenhall Glacier. That was
really a treat for a "tropical girl". We also flew to
Carmel Valley, California in September to visit with
Bob and Bertha Read, and had a wonderful 10-day
visit with them. Bertha was getting ready for a
Mola Exhibit in Monterey and showed us some of
her exquisite molas that she has collected over the
years. I later heard that the Exhibit was very

Bertha and Bob Read, Donna Geyer Bowman,
Davis and June Stevenson at Monterey Aquarium
in Monterey, California.


.Juay ana I-ioDn baerg, in ian i-rancisco, L;A.

While there, we were lucky enough to spend
some time with Donna Geyer Bowman, a classmate
of mine from CHS. Everyone looked great, and we
had a fabulous day at the Monterey Aquarium. We
also got to visit for a short time with Judy Baerg
and her daughter, Robin. Judy and Robin both live
in California, and love it there. I can see why, as the
weather was magnificent the whole time we visited.
In November, Steve and I flew for a 2-week trip
to Peru and Argentina with Vicki and Bob Boukalis,
and the trip was so great that I wrote a separate
article on it. (Next issue, June) While in our hotel
lobby in Lima, Peru, Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis and
I saw Don Garrido, ex-pilot with the Marine Bureau,
so i managed to get a photo of the three of us ex-
Marine Bureau employees in Peru. Just goes to show
what a small world we live in. Don was there with
his wife Lydia, and they both said that retirement
was great!

Bob, Vicki Boukalis, June and Davis Stevenson
whale watching in Penisuela Valdez, Patagonia,

June Rowley Stevenson, Don Garrido, Vicki
Hutchison Boukalis in hotel lobby in Lima, Peru,
November 1997.

On a sadder note, Ed Aanstoos, who now lives
in Peachtree City, wrote me a letter dated October
1997 which I am reprinting here.
"To Sir from de colon beach bwoy,
I did see de dahktah las' mont' and him did tell
me dat I is holding a Mass in me Pantry t'rass an;
dat it is malignorant. Well, I tell you mon dat dat
dahktah don' know a ting about masses. Ever since
I was a likkle bwoy I did go evry Sunday wid me
Mudder and I know for a fack dat people attend
mass. Masses don' attend people. An' dere don'
ennuf room in me pantry to do so. Dat dahktah
mus' be one of dem Perspiretyrrians or him is
makin'a poppie joke. Two times now him did have
me in de hospital and said dem did feed me anti-
buttocks through some ivy. I don' know why dey
don' like me buttocks. Why dem should be against
dem so? Dem mus' be sky-larkin'!"
I called Ed's home the early part of January and
was told that he was very sick with cancer of the
pancreas, but wanted to get the last word in writing
about the cancer in his "bajun" way. (Ed passed away
a few days later on January 21.)
Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn gave me some good news.
She says that she finally retired from the Georgia
School System in January 2nd, and is looking forward
to a whole new career doing workshops for children
with language, learning and reading disabilities. In
fact, she has developed some instructional games to
teach children with learning disabilities, and her
games will be published by LinquiSystems in March
of this year. Sissy is also planning on having another
mini-class reunion with some of her classmates in
April. She had several classmates come visit her last
year, and everyone had such a good time they want
to do it again this year. So, if anyone out there is
a ex-classmate of Sissy Flynn, give her a call, or
write her and come visit.

Anne Carpenter Rathgeber of Jonesboro, told
me she spent the Christmas Holidays with her two
daughters, Donna Crump and her husband Ron, in
Conway, South Carolina, and Judy Phillips and her
husband Jim, their daughter, Megan, and their new
son, Hunter James, in Cameron, North Carolina.
Judy and Jim just bought and moved into their new
home before Christmas, so they all had a lovely time
Lori Stevenson Snow and her husband Virgil are
excited about their first trip to Europe in February.
They will be flying into Zurich, Switzerland and
spending a week sightseeing and going by train to
Heidelberg, Germany to visit with Dorothy Rowley
Gerhart and her husband, Jim. They plan on taking
lots of warm clothes!
Well, I guess I have covered all the news from
this end. Till next time.

June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


Soon after the last Canal Record deadline, Larry
and Sue Barca of Largo visited these Islands,
spending a few days here on Oahu, en route to Big
Island, Kauai and Maui. They surely hit the high and
the lovely spots, including meeting the inimitable
entertainer Don Ho. Larry said the trip bears
repeating again and again.

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Larry and Sue Barca with Don Ho in Waikiki.

What a shock it was to learn that my friends
Hank and Virginia Ridge Dolim were moving in
January to an Air Force Retirement community near
March AFB, California. However, they are retaining
their fine home here and will be returning regularly
to Hawaii nei.
In February Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan is to
leave Hawaii for a 12-day visit to Panama, flying
non-stop from Los Angeles on the Taiwan airline
EVA. She is taking her daughter and husband David
Lengkeek, headed for a trip to Jaqu6, Rep. of
Panama to view the total solar eclipse on February
26. Margaret's sister Nancy Schorach and husband
Carl are in Panama at this writing (she's a serious

bird watcher). Another sister, Mary and husband Jim
Young will be in Panama to visit their three sons
who reside there, one a Canal pilot, one an art
teacher at Balboa High, and another, an employee
of the military.

W,-1 1 ftB


Bates birthday bash at Waikiki Yacht Club: L-R:
Katya DeLaMater, Becky Bates, Lois Bates, Paul

ame party, L-R: Marti (Taylor) Frensley, Bill
Frensley, Margaret McMillan.
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Bill Brophy (Mr. Panama), Lois Bates and the
Ecuador roses.
On January 10, the Waikiki Yacht Club was
festive with a wonderful birthday party about 70
persons attending which my children Katya, Paul
and his wife, Rebecca Bates gave for me ("One of
the BIG O's", the invitation read). Never have I
been lei-ed so often in one day (chin high). Friends
present who have lived in Panama were the Dolims,
Margaret McMillan, Bill Brophy, and the daughter
of the late Bill and Jan Taylor- Marti Frensley and
husband Bill. Bill Brophy, "Mr. Panama" in Hawaii,
brought me huge, golden-amber roses imported from
Ecuador, each 2 ft. stem in its own tiny vase.

Visiting Hawaii music lovers may miss the
beautiful, sentimental music of Israel
Kamakawiwo'ole. "Iz" was so revered that in an
outpouring of respect, his body lay in state in the
capitol Building, a gesture not even awarded to
Hawaiian music legends like "Gabby" Pahinui. His
compositions, his voice and his brotherly love are
deeply missed. He died at age 38 years (and 800
Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouck from Mishawaka,
IN. sent me an e-mail letter as follows:
"Marcel and I went to Buchanan, MI to the
home of our daughter, Beth Dokey, early December
24, 1997. We had our traditional Christmas Eve
dinner with our daughter Beth, her husband, Doug
and her son Aaron. Also joining us was our eldest
daughter, Cassie Reese and her daughter Vanessa
Reese. After enjoying the festive meal we helped
prepare, we had a wonderful visit with Cassie and
Vanessa (as well as a gift exchange) before they had
to return home. Marcel and I stayed at Beth's where
we awoke Christmas morning to greet Santa Claus
and enjoy a traditional breakfast of Eggs Benedict
prepared by Beth and Marcel. The rest of Christmas
day was spent relaxing and resting and much
watching of football games. Marcel and I returned
home on December 26th. after a most enjoyable
holiday celebrated with family."
Jackie is the proud owner of a new computer
and her e-mail address is She
welcomes hearing from any and all classmates and/or
Claud and Ruth Lyon from Charlestown, Indiana
also spent the Christmas with family and friends. It
began with a Christmas Eve service after which we
went to the home of our eldest daughter, Marjorie
Meredith and her husband, Roy. Our younger
daughter Marlene Lyon joined us as well as one
granddaughter and a grandson and their spouses and
six of our seven great-grandchildren. Gifts were
exchanged on Christmas Eve. The next day, all of us
went back to Marjorie and Roy's house and spent
the day together, eating both lunch and dinner there.
We also took time to celebrate the birthday of an
eight-year-old grandson who had been born Christmas
Day and of course to give him our gifts.
Claud has had a computer for about eight years
but has just got on the internet in November. If any
of his classmates or friends would like to send an e-
mail, his address is:
Claud E.Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Editor must have by:

April 22, 1998


Millie Damerau Boudreau reports from
Washington, LA., that she and Kirt took a vacation
to Mexico City last fall, enjoying the Zona Rosa
cuisine and fantastic mariachi music. They toured
Xochimilco, San Miguel de Allende, Taxco and
Cuernavaca. Millie was thrilled with the arrival of her
second grandchild, William Paul Sellers Jr., born
December 23, 1997, and little brother of Catlin, 3.
Between musical gigs, Millie has become an avid e-
mailer. Her address is
Through the Canal Record's e-mail listing, she
recently reunired with old buddy Dickie Ford. At
Christmas Millie telephoned Migui Richa Loppe
visiting in Gainesville with her son George, Jr.
Slidell spent Christmas in
Ital with daughter Suzi
and husband Ray Duncan.
He is stationed at Camp
Darby and they live in
| Pisa, where Dona was
Pictured before the
8 | Leaning Tower. In a tour
i of Italy, Dona says Rome
i o was fabulous, especially
I the Sistine Chapel
renovation. While Dona
F was there, Sue's horse in
Panama won three races.
The track closed the end
of December for
'r renovations.
o Friends and
neighbors of John Gough
Sr., of Marrero threw an
outdoor surprise 73rd
birthday party for him at
Jimmy Chaisson's camp
on the bayou at Crown
Point. He says the nice
part about it being his
Dona Helmerichs birthday is that he got to
blow out the candles, cut the first piece of cake and
dance with all the pretty girls.
Macular degeneration would have stopped a
lesser man, but not Bud Hallett of Shreveport.
Dissatisfied trying to watch TV about 3 inches from
the set, he's discovered the best-kept secret around -
books on tape from the library. With a doctor's
letter, he received a tape player and catalogs for best
sellers, Westerns, old radio shows. He urges anyone
with bad eyesight to get in touch with a local library
about this service. Everything is free postage both
ways, tapes, use of player. The high-quality tapes are
produced by the library of Congress. Bud forwarded
a poem, "The Ghost of Pedro Miguel" by Norma
Stillwell Martin, (BHS'37). Bud drove through Pedro
Miguel when he was in Panama in 1991. The only
buildings he saw were concrete.
Mariel Hemingway and her family were in
Panama last June doing a television documentary in
conjunction with the Audubon Society. Titled "Wild
Life Adventures" it's about the endangered rain
forest of Panama. Watch for it on TBS.
Evelyn and Bob Wertz of Belle Chasse enjoyed
a fall journey to LeMans, France, to visit Evelyn's
relatives. They touristed in Vienna seven days, picked
up a rental car, drove to Salsburg for three days and
on to Innsbruck for three more days. Then by rail to

Venice over the Austrian Alps and through the
Brenner Pass. Reasonable rates and fine
accommodations were had at the Rialto Hotel on the
Grand canal at the Rialto Bridge. Three days later
Venice to Lausanne over the Italian Alps and
Lausanne to Paris and LeMans by rail through the
Swiss Alps. After six days in LeMans and three days
in Paris, they flew back to New Orleans.
Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Dan and Margaret (Morris) Hanesworth enjoyed
the company of Margie's brother and sister-in-law
Charlie and Julieta Morris of Panama in late
October. It sounded like days were filled with
shopping along "The Miracle Mile", sightseeing and
museum visits. My wife Shannon and I were able to
join the group for dinner one evening at one of our
favorite Italian restaurants.
Mark Powell (BHS'79) has joined my corporation
in Chicago in the role of Vice President of
Operations. One of his first duties after joining us
here included a trip to Panama with my wife and I
for 9 days to look into a business venture there.
While there, time was spent in Gorgona, El Valle,
Isla Grande and various golf courses, to include
Lakeview Golf Course for some shark fin soup. I
was most impressed with all the construction in and
around Panama City.
Heard from Jeff and Mary (Davis) Burbach
(BHS'79) recently. They are now living in Heidelberg,
Germany, and loving it there. I look forward to
visiting them when the opportunity arises!
Victoria (Morris) Hall of Guatamala and her
children Kenito, Crystal and Devon traveled to Dallas
for Christmas and New Year's to visit her sister
Bliss. I was fortunate enough to fly down to attend
Bliss' annual New Year's Eve Party, and had a great
time. I hope to hear from some Zonians in the Mid-
West Region soon.
Carlton A. Morris


Virginia Selby Entrekin of Hattiesburg enjoyed
an unusual Christmas all her family plus three from
India. Delphine, spends most Christmases with the
Entrekins if she doesn't go home to Calcutta.
Delphine was a grad student assigned to Virginia and
the family "adopted" her. Delphine's former USM
roommate arrived from the West Indies where she is
in medical school. Delphine's boyfriend, originally
from Bombay, flew in from Minnesota where he is
a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Over the holidays,
the Entrekins also entertained two handbell choirs
that Virginia plays with. She read the Panamanian
version of "Night Before Christmas" and "Twelve
Days of Christmas" for them. She is also busy serving

as president for USM retirees; group DMA (Don't
Mention Age) and taking piano lessons. Ain't
retirement fun!
The Boswell sisters were touring Tokyo last
October. No details, but a picture was received from
Lynn Boswell Turner who lives with her family in
Hattiesburg. The three graduated from BHS: Lynn in

*A31a^\^-; .^^

From left: Dick Green, Lynn Boswell Turner,
Jeannie Boswell Green and Deanna Boswell
Barry in Tokyo, Japan.
Joe Nito of Petal called for the first time.
Originallyfrom Long Island, N.Y., he graduated from
CHS in 1940, married Vera "Vickie" Turner in 1941,
worked as a payroll clerk in Mechanical Division and
left in 1944. After 54 years of marriage, he was
widowed. He enjoys contacting CZ friends and has
the phone bills to prove it. He has taken up golf to
play with former CHS classmate Georgiana
Carnwright Mau who lives near mutual classmate,
Anna White, of Remona, Calif. Georgiana plans to
enjoy the Dothan Gas House Gang Tournament and
Gulf Coast picnic this year.

Lee and Jean Wade in

Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii.

Jean and Lee Wade of Clinton, along with their
son, Hal of Fort Worth, Texas, spent a week in
Hawaii in November. They enjoyed sightseeing by bus
around Oahu, saw Waikiki Beach, Hanauma Bay,
Polynesian Cultural Center, Sunset Beach, Waimea
Bay and the most moving and touching of all Pearl
Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Hal
(CHS'68) climbed the active Kilauea Volcano and

they all hiked to the top of Diamond Head. Before
Hawaii, the Wades enjoyed a visit with Melanie and
her family in Little Elm, Texas.

Hal Wade (CHS'68) with native Hawaiian on Oahu.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


News from Western North Carolina is a little
sparse this time. Guess we are all sitting around
waiting for winter to arrive! So far, it has been very
mild with lots of rain.
The most significant news in my household was
the death of my husband Jack on October 14 (see
obits). I am grateful for all the love and support I
have received from my family and many friends. My
thanks to all of them.
Bill and Betty Dunning made their annual
Christmas trek to Arkansas to spend the holidays
with daughter Lynn Harp and family, While they
were there, Betty's sisters Freda Flenniken Stohrer
and Carol Flenniken Schwenke visited for a few days.
Carol is an Episcopal priest at the cathedral in
downtown Kansas City. She and son Matthew moved
there from Tampa last fall, husband Roger is still
commuting from Tampa.
Willy and Wilma Nowotny said they didn't have
much news, however I do know they took a short
trip to Las Vegas and had a wonderful time seeing
some spectacular shows. Obviously they did not hit
it big on the slots, as they are still here, unless of
course they are biding their time to sail off around
the world.
Norma and Sam Irvin entertained guests over the
Thanksgiving holiday when Sam's sister, Betty
Quintero and her daughter Beth drove over from
Virginia for the family gathering. Malcolm and Jean
Stone joined them for the big turkey dinner. Jean
and Malcolm flew to Panama for two weeks in late
January for their first visit back since Malcolm
retired. I am not sure if he took a ship through the
Canal "for old time's sake" or not, but they did have
an enjoyable trip. Their next trip will probably be
to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for son David's wedding in
August. (See "Congratulations"). I wonder if they will
be wearing overalls?
Jim and Diane Bradley became grandparents
again with the birth of Candice Ren6e on December
27th to their son Jim and his wife Sherry Anderson
Bradley in Jacksonville, FL. Jim and Diane drove
down to Jacksonville before Christmas to visit and
had hopes that Candice would arrive early but no

such luck. They returned to Hendersonville just five
days before she was born. They had spent
Thanksgiving in Houston with Mike and Kim Bradley
and their two children. On the way to and from
Houston they visited with Richard and Olga Phillips
in Conyers, Ga. Richard and Olga spent a few days
with them in Hendersonville in January. Daughter
Eileen was married to Per Petzold in Berlin,
Germany on December 20th. Jim and Diane were
unable to attend but will host a reception for the
couple in Hendersonville in August.
I heard from a very reliable source that Nicki
and Ty Erickson spent the Christmas holidays in
Boston, MA. with daughter Heather and her
husband. Brad Erickson also joined the family for
the holidays. My four children and grandchildren
were here with me over Christmas and I visited both
Lisa and Laurie into January. As of this writing I
am at home still trying to get my Christmas
decorations down hopefully before Easter. That's it
from North Carolina. Until next time.

Pat Hunt
(704) 696-3995


Marti Lohr, who offered to host this year's
Northwest Reunion Picnic, wanted to make sure that
everyone was aware of a major change in the date
of this year's picnic. It will be held a week later
than planned, on Saturday, August 8, 1998. Marti
was unable to secure a site for the 1st. Arrangements
were made to hold the picnic at the Sequim Prairie
Grange Grounds, Sequim, WA. There will be ample
parking for RV's right on the grounds, for a minimal
ee, which should keep all attendees together most of
the time, especially early arrivals. Marti will mail out
a more detailed report to all in April.

Marti Lohr

and Pat Cruz at Marti's home in

Last fall, Marti was able to spend some time
back East visiting family and friends. She saw Annie
Laurie Halvosa, her former Los Rios neighbor, who
now lives in Raleigh, NC, a very gracious host who
showed her the sights. In Hayes, Va., she visited
Kathryn Meissner. (Son Carl passed away, daughter
Adelle was, and maybe back with the Salvation
Army). She missed seeing Rusty (BHS) but, met his
daughters Megan and Melody.

Pat Cruz, Vaniece (Roberts) Quinn, Patricia
(Rudge) Nellis and Dan Nellis at the Nellis' home
in Sequim.
Fellow Society member Judi (Crooks) Daily
called to chat at Christmas. Said she retired from the
IRS in Texas, for whom she had worked, and has
moved to Arkansas to be near family. Her "part time
work," which has pretty much become a full time,
keeps her quite busy, and that's part of the reason
for her missing her BHS'52 class reunion last year.
Elaine (Clark) Cook, who has moved back to
Atlanta from Ocala, wrote that she had a great visit
with fellow class-mate Edna (Hart) Musso, who now
lives in Philadelphia. Wanted to know about Panama
and whether there would be a cruise to Panama for
the last reunion, as she would be interested. Edna
didn't know. Elaine says the move back was good,
and she and Warren are really enjoying the
grandchildren's activities.
The Rev. Fred Raybourn says he is very busy
with his church in Bellevue, Nebraska, where he has
bilingual groups, so it's two of everything and sort of
tough. There is no other Spanish speaking priest in
the Diocese, so he is unable to get away. (Father
Fred also enquired about "Seco", but said it was
probably too volatile for the airplane).
From Jay Troup, who is busy with his version of
the Parakeet Voyager, received a very nice card with
a photo of the El Carmen Church in Panama City,
which was much appreciated. Across the street from
the El Panama Hotel, is where this reporter's sister's
funeral services were held.
Barbara McDougal mentioned in her card that
Murray Falk's brother had passed away. He
apparently was able to maintain a low profile of his
illness until the last few days. our heartfelt
condolences go to fellow Society member Murray.
Shirley (Zemer) Swenson's mother passed away
while Shirley was visiting her in San Jose, Ca., last
fall. She has returned to Wilmington to busy herself
in her town home. Sister Isabelle was to spend
Christmas with her.
Vaniece (Roberts) Quinn, (CZJC'55) recently had
lunch with Pat and Dan Nellis at their home in
Sequim, WA. They are old friends from Panama,
where Vaniece attended the old Canal Zone Junior
College while her dad was stationed at Ft, Kobbe.
Her husband Robert passed away a few years ago.
He also attended CZJC. Vaniece moved up here
from Alabama to be near her son Robert and his
family, who live in West Seattle, WA.

Henry Cruz
(206) 774-8947

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The Oklahoma Chapter held its semi-annual
picnic on October 4, 1997 in Tulsa at the home of
Paulino and Julia Allande. Thirty four attendees
included Paulino and Julia Allande, Marisa
Fernendez, Charley Brown, and Erma Coiner from
Joplin; Jean and Doris Burns, Scott Burns, Tomas,
Aymee and Michelle and Michael Diaz, Fidel Diaz,
Francisco Caiianza and Francisco Caiianza, Jr., Bill,
Teresa and Kim Keller and friend Desiree, Eli and
Lydia Lugo, David and Shirley Lugo, Bob and Fran
Norman, John, Madaleine and Kristen Raffler, Mike,
Laura, Elizabeth and Cheyenne Redemann, and
Carlos Valencia anrd ann 1rn-h

Group attendees at the October meeting of the
Oklahoma Chapter.

Marlyn Carter and Ren6e Carter Collins,
December 13, BSN graduation celebration.

Ren&e Carter Collins and children Elizabeth,
Christopher, Christina, Michelle and Lauren
celebrated completion of nursing school with a
pinning and graduation ceremony on the campus of
Rogers University in Tulsa. In attendance were
Ren6e's mother, Marylyn Carter of Kerrville, Texas,
sister Kim Carter Baird of Houston, sister Venette
Carter of Kerrville. Ren6e has accepted a position
with the city of Tulsa as an RN with the Children
First program, delivering home-based prenatal care to
first time mothers, well-baby exams and infant care.
In addition she continues with home health nursing
visits and is a lead nurse in a heart study conducted
by a leading cardiologist in Tulsa. Just before all the
excitement in December, Ren6e had the opportunity
to enjoy some wonderful skiing at Keystone in
Colorado during the Thanksgiving break.

Jean and Doris Burns drove to Weatherford,
Texas in early December to visit with Vicki and Bob
Boukalis and stay with his folks Jim and Julie
Boukalis. Vicki has now retired and they will be
moving to Lillian, Alabama. Following this, Jean,
Doris, and Scott Burns spent a week in Cancun,
Mexico, enjoying the fine weather. Doris seems to be
doing very well after her kidney removal in July.
Kurt and Kellie Meissner of Altus, Oklahoma
got to enjoy their first Christmas and his birthday
with twin daughters Kylie Ann and Kaylie, born July
30, 1997. Four-year old brother Jacob Charles
enjoyed the excitement as well. Kurt is the son of
Dottie and the late Carl Meissner. They can be
reached at the following e-mail address and home
page:; and
On a sad note, a dear friend of the Carter
family. Henri Skeie of St.Petersburg, Florida passed
away this week. Henri was an RN in the Canal Zone
for many years and lived at a lovely beach house
near Santa Clara in Panama. We will miss her.
Our next Oklahoma Chapter meeting is
tentatively planned for June 6, 1998 at the Oklahoma
City Zoo. Hope to see you there!

Renee Carter Collins
(918) 357-1601



Exalted Ruler Maz Mazerolle reports B.P.O.Elks
1542 has regular meetings; restaurant concessionaire
Otto does good business. Gatun Yacht Club
Commodore Kirk Kunkel says monthly steak dinners
are well attended; PCC is taking over, including
refurbishing, opening up to all PCC employees, and
starting cruise ship services; paid up members to
have limited access with some privileges. PC
(Cristobal) Yacht Club Commodore Al Jova says the
Garote annex (past Portobello) to serve members
now and if and when the Cristobal Club is taken
over is about finished; the November 3 picnic bash
there was great. Tarpon Club President Sid Coffin
reports the Board meets once a month; the
concessionaire's Restaurant and Disco are faring well;
the Christmas party was great! There is much
concern about the $1,500 minimum toll for small
October: Weather pretty hot, few rains; fishing
so-so, Gatun Lake quite low. Bonnie Seeley went to
Texas to welcome Scott and Vickey (Seeley) McCoy's
first child, Taylor Victoria, born September 21. Henry
and Sunny Mizrachi moved to Tallahassee, FL.; a
nice farewell party was held in their honor in Brazos
Heights. Ian and Alice Evan's son Cookie returned
after serving on the tuna boat Bold Venture since
mid June; other son Ivan is in Palm Beach, FL,
midway through studies at Northwood University. Sid
Coffin and the Laatzes joined the Mannings for a
week at Ambergris Caye in Belize, to
dive/snorkel/visit Mayan ruins. Sue Stabler flew up to
half Moon Bay, CA. to welcome second grand-
daughter Grace Ramona, born to Richard and Leslie

(Pancho Griffin) Robertson on the 8th, joining sister
Anna. Jennifer (Rankin) and John Lewis moved from
Memphis to Nashville, TN. From the Eckels: Butch,
Jan, Joann (working in St. Pete and taking care of
son Christopher, now 7, and Jennifer (taking classes)
are all enjoying their home in Odessa, near Tampa;
Tom and Alan work at their grounds car business -
wives Liza (Sasso) and Kristine (Stromberg)
respectively, also work. Alan and Kristine's son Kyle
is now 4. Gayle Rankin put on a super retirement
party the 31st to honor Wallace Teal's November 1
retirement at the Gatun Yacht Club.

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Robert Rankin with 12 lb. Snook caught from
kayak, Gatun Locks, North end, December 1997.

Alice and Gerald Corrigan with son Jordan, 10
months old, Ewa Beach, HI, November 1997.

Kindra (Rankin) Younce and sons Justin, (2) and
Robby (9 mos.). (Robert and Gayle Rankin's
daughter and grandsons).
November: Hard rains, beautiful days, fishing
better, snook biting at Locks north end. Lake slowly
rising. A group of ex-Atlantic side teachers hosted an
afternoon retirement get-together at Wallace Teals
home. Son Kevin visited dad for a few weeks,
including a 3 day fishing trip on Sid Coffin's boat,
and daughters Andrea and Beverly also visited.
Robert and Gayle Rankin took a week's business and
pleasure trip to London and New York. Lucky
Dunlap visited for a few weeks with the Mazerolles.
Thanksgiving was enjoyed in the Volcan by:
Blennerhassetts, Fearons, Gibsons, Corrigans,
Doubeks, Rankins, Seeleys, Stablers, Trims, Wills, et
al. Lin Mazerolle and the Laatzes now also have
kayaks. The Atlantic Tri-Club (PC Yacht Club-Club
Nautico-Tarpon Club) Fishing Tourney had a good

Miriam and Stuart Newall with daughter Lorianne-
Marie, (10 mos.). (Granddaughter of Joan and Roy
Newall and Lucia and Douglas Ng) Fort Espinar
(Gulick), Panama, October 1997.
December: Weather
dry, too windy to fish in
Bay. Vera Fettler and
friend Jim France arrived
S for a months's visit with
1 Gayle and Robert Rankin.
Alberta Corrigan was off
to San Diego to welcome
granddaughter Mackenzie
Rae, first child of Dodd
and Tiernan (Corrigan)
Dupree. Gerald Corrigan,
wife Alice and son Jordan
doing great in Ewa Beach,
HI. Mike Concir and son
Paul visited Laatzes,
Jovas, Charlie Leves and
Dyonne Cafiamas Ruth King for a week.
Blennerhassetts were off
to San Diego to see their
three kids and families. Cafiamases visited son
Darrell in Winter Park, FL and daughter Dyonne in
Virginia Beach, VA. and her dad Al Wilder in Ocala,
FL. The Laatzes saw family in CA and LA.
January: An Elks New Years party was super.
Michael and Glenda (Lewis) Kochel, son Jason and
daughter Stephanie Dempsey were here for a short
visit to see friends, her mom. sisters Betty and Elie
and Peter Johnston and kids.
We'd love to hear from any of you ex-Atlantic
Howie A. Laatz

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Richard and Diana (Huff) Grimison moved from
Merritt Island, FL, to Panama, where Richard has
accepted the Pilot-in-Training position with the PCC.
David Seitz and Alex Reyes, a.k.a. "Shorty and
Slim" began work on their second CD in February
'96. They went to the studio one day a week from
November '96 to March '97 and their CD arrived on
July 3, '97, the day before the Reunion. Thanks go
to Rowland Folse, Evan Rodaniche and Jim
Hashman who contributed their time and efforts.
Jim Hashman, the music teacher at BHS helped get
all the background music together. "Gone Platano"
came about because David and Alex said "We will
never have a gold or platinum record, but perhaps
we will 'Go Platano!" The CD included such songs
as "Liko Bwoy" which David says is about himself
and how easy it is to outwit things in life but not
your mother! "Ocean Breeze" should have been on
the Mango Street CD but lacked space;
"Calypzonian" and "Until we meet again" are "I miss
the Zone" songs, says David. "Mango Tree Mechanic"
was written with David McArthur in mind and "Plenty
Cucarachas" had to do with the roaches all Zonians
knew about. David and Alex would like to thank all
those for saying good things they hear from fans and
Aggie (Atkinson)
S Anderson was also in
Panama for the holidays.
She enjoyed spending time
on the causeway (for
more corvina!) and visited
S Central Avenue Mall,
enjoying shopping and
3 resting on the benches
there. She took in as
S many manicures and
pedicures as possible,
spending time in between
at Steven's Circle. The
highlight of her holiday
was her granddaughter
Ashley Anderson's
wedding. Linda Dahlstrom
and Melanie Bayles hosted
the Bridal Shower in La
Cresta. Aggie also
attended a BBQ in
Gamboa, given by Llori
and Jay Gibson in honor
of Ashley. With nearly 40
Eva Anderson and family members and
Aggie Atkinson friends attending, the
Anderson shopping guests enjoyed the
on Central Ave. Gibson's home built pool.
Aggie and the rest of the
Andersons, the Fishboughs and close friends,
attended the wedding of Ashley to Daryl Fishbough
on December 23 at St. Mary's Church. The wedding
included many stateside guests. Steve Joyce was best
The Cardenas and Gamboa tree burns were held
in January. The Cardenas burn was organized by
Robert Will and the trees were gathered by the
Cardenas kids with the help of Rusty Smith. Hugh
Thomas provided hoses and was in charge of fire
protection. The Gamboa burn was organized by
Debbie Sykes and Llori Gibson. Those attending
enjoyed games of frisbee, a pot-luck dinner, and
hours of music by the Bohio Boys (Fred Bayles,

Davis Seitz, Jim Hashman, Michael Erhart and
Andrew Rodaniche). Many thanks to those that
helped. It took Eddie Sykes and Carl Marohl five
hours to move the trees to the burn sight. Technical
support was provided by Jay Gibson, Dick Abell,
Mayra Seitz, Jackie Fearon and Flor Espinosa helped

Class of 1964: Wilma Engelke, Sigma Jameson
Duty, Tita Milas, Kathie Lavallee Sears.
i I

of 1964: L-R: Anne Gilley, Bob Howard,
Frank, Barbara Frank, Chuck Curran.

Class of 1964: Chuck Curran,
Sherry Sabo.

Class of 1964: Bob Howard, Joe Bremer, Ed

The BHS Class of 1964 held a reunion in
Panama on January 15-19. Alumni came from as far
as California, Texas, Ohio, New York, North
Carolina, Illinois and Australia. Classmates were:
Claire NcNaught, Sherry Sabo, Carole Salonik, Joe
Bremer, Billy Satterwhite, Linda Donley, Anne Gilley,
Chuck Curran, Fred Wells, Bob Howard, and Betsy
Brown. Those they joined in Panama were: Dicky

and Barbara Frank, Doug and Lil Webster, Kathie
Lavallee Sears, Chuck Moses, Louis Engelke, Ed
Fehrenbach, Sigma Jameson Duty, Tita Mills, and
Bob Gonzalez. Most of the visitors stayed at the
Costa Del Sol Hotel in Panama city where the
official activities started with a barbecue hosted by
the hotel, after which the group visited the causeway
and Fort Amador. Earlier in the day, they all visited
where they once lived and other familiar landmarks.
The following day they toured BHS at which
time they witnessed workers from the Rep. of
Panama removing a controversial statue which was
placed there the previous week to commemorate the
1964 riots, without permission. The US Embassy filed
an official protest and the statue was removed. That
evening there was a Class of '64 party at the home
of Kathie Sears, which was well attended, including
by members of other classes who live in Panama.
After more shopping and sightseeing on Saturday,
they enjoyed an evening on Chiva Parrandera, rented
exclusively for the class, and they toured Old
Panama, the Pedro Miguel Locks, the Causeway,
dinner at Mi Pueblito and concluded the evening
with drinks on the rooftop of the hotel. On Sunday
they traveled to Punta Barco and the beautiful home
of Chuck Moses where they enjoyed a day in the
pool, on the beach and eating ceviche, sancocho and
arroz con polio. The group left Panama on the 19th
of January, some remained, and all vowed to return
in 1999.

Matheney (Gallardo) grandmother; Victoria Anne
Sherry (Matheney); Tamara Anne Sherry
(Matheney) mother; and Matgaret M. Gallardo
(Williamsl areat-arandmother

L-R: Katherine (Simons) Heddaeus, Jillian
Heddaeus, and Mark Heddaeus.
Jillian Heddaeus, daughter of Katherine (Simons)
and Mark Heddaeus made the BHS All-Star traveling
cheerleading squad. With her parents, she went to
Puerto Rico in November to play against their
Antilles High School. Also on the Heddaeus
homefront, Katherinre's sister Jeannette joined the
Heddaeus family for Christmas in Panama.

Eva Anderson
(507) 263-2390


Like the swallows of Capistrano, the annual
arrival of the troupe from the eastern seaboard
arrived at Tannersville, in the Poconos, September
5th. My particular entourage was headed by
"chauffeur" Rosemary Gilead, sporting an impressive
Lincoln our group of five leased for the weekend.
She and three others drove up to Mt. Holly Springs,
from Virginia to pick me up and we were on our
Many of the reunion group were already partying
by the time we got there. Like last year, the first
thing we heard was that this was the chefs first day.
The last one light-fingered himself right into jail. He
coveted the management's Tiffany Lamps they
After our first night's dinner, which was excellent,
by the way, our Georgie Jessel in the person of Billy
Michaelsen surprised us with the announcement that
he was ready to relinquish his position as reunion
coordinator, golf pro, jokester, and Panama's answer
to Fred Astaire, to someone who would like to take
the reins. Bill March (BHS'44) stood up and
suggested Bob Whitam, who without a moment's
hesitation said, "I will." A done deal and quite a
challenge, I'd say.
Billy announced that Marge Halliday was looking
for a group of would-be Line Dancers. Shirley
Erickson would assist. We were to gather for our
dancing slippers the following morning.
About fifteen of us started out learning that the
Macarena was a bit more strenuous than expected,
but fun. With Marge's patience she convinced us that
we could perform the Macarena and three or four
other Line Dances that evening. We did even better
than we had hoped, even with the free style dancing
of one Billy Michaelsen, to the delight of the crowd.
This reporter was happy to have been a dance
partner to some of Billy's own version of dirty
dancing a la Panamefio. Loved it. Who needed a
No evening would be complete for this group
without a half-dozen verses of Sly Mongoose,
accompanied by Wendell (Cinco) Allen. None of us
really remembered the words even with music sheets
in hand.
Next, we were honored with our very own
Mariachi/McNamara's Band. There were probably a
dozen exuberant tooters and drummers and a couple
of Kazoos. The names of the band members escapes
me except for a couple; Sarah Storey, Noreen
(Rathgeber) Lucas and her sister, Louise (Rathgeber)
Hunt, who had come up from Alabama. I doubt that
they'll be asked to play in Macy's Parade, but it
sounded better than most of today's music.
The biggest hit of the night was our very own
oetess in residence, Norma (Stillwell) Martin. She
brought more than a few tears to our eyes as she
recited one of her very fine poems about her former
home in Pedro Miguel. Even those of us who hadn't
lived there were asking for copies. It is hoped that
she sees to it that it is printed somewhere for
everyone to enjoy. She promises to give us more
next year.
One of our big disappointments with this reunion
was the absence of Bill Poole. There were family
health problems that prevented him from coming.
Besides missing him and the videos he usually had
for us, we'll miss the pictures that weren't being
taken for our own memory book and those pictures

that would have been sent to the Canal Record.
The weekend was over before any of us were
ready. Good-bye's are painful we stalled as long as
we could. Along with bacon and eggs, hugs were the
order of the day. It's impossible not to consider the
sad thought that, by the following September,
someone in our group just may not make it. It could
be any one of us, so we make the most of our time
we have together. After all our cars were stowed
with all our gear, plus one keyboard, the final
"Adios, see you next year" was called out. Licenses
from Florida, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and
Pennsylvania peeled-off, homeward bound.

Shirley J. Erickson
(717) 486-5660

(Ed. Note: Not being familiar with the Florida Postal
System, Shirley's report came too late for the
October 1997 issue. Although it is several months
later, her report is too good to by-pass. Shirley, the
next deadline is April 22 for the June issue. Please
mail not later than April 17. It might get here on


We really depend on our luncheon meetings to
see our members we seldom cross paths at the
mall or the grocery stores. At our September
meeting at EJ's Restaurant, and the December
luncheon at Houndslake Country Club we caught up
with Sis and Bill York who celebrated their fifty-
fifth wedding anniversary in October Blanche
Browne who brought along Arlene Hopkins of
Columbia Olga Holmes Lorna Shore Oscar and
Beverky Lard Jack and Scottie Steele Peggy
Hutchison Jack Woodzell Fina and Frank
Balinsky Trudy Clontz Josey Tilley Howard
Hilborn Mitzi, Arnold and Mark Schwindt. In
addition, we were pleased to have at the September
Luncheon, Bill and Ann (Edwards) Willoughby of
Huntsville, Alabama, and Henry and Gay (Edwards)
Pridgen of Georgia.
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Left: Beverly and Oscar Lard. Right: Arlene
Hopkins and Blanche Browne.

Left: Bill and Ann (Edwards) Willoughby of
Huntsville, AL. Right: Henry and Gay (Edwards)
Pridgen of Georgia.

Current Officers of PCS S.C., L-R: Scottie Steele,
Sec/Treas; Blanche Browne, V.P.; Oscar Lard,
Pres.; Olga Holmes, Chaplain; Trudi Clontz,

Trudi Clontz traveled to New England in
September to visit family members in New
Hampshire, Massachusetts and New Jersey a trip
which became a "tour" of airports Augusta, GA.,
Charlotte, NC., Pittsburg, PA., Manchester, NH.,
Boston, MA., Newark, NJ., and back via Charlotte
and Augusta....walking almost as far as flying!
Sandra Davis (Shore) and son Adam of Miami
spent the Christmas Holidays in Aiken with Lorna
Among the guests at Peggy Hutchison's Christmas
dinner were her daughter Dianne and son-in-law
Gerry Cox, and Trudi Clontz. Peggy's other daughter,
Vicki Boukalis, who is still in Panama, came to
Aiken in October. She has retired and is scheduled
to move to Alabama in April 1998.
Leona and Paul Badonsky and their son, Leo,
drove to Lexington, South Carolina to celebrate
Christmas with their daughter, Paula Leitch and
family. Leo's wife, Gabriela, traveled to Panama with
their two daughters to spend time with their other

Trudi Clontz
(803) 649-2759


The Christmas season began with Honey Fealey's
Canasta party, December 5, 1997. There were about
28 ladies gathered for lunch at the Inn of the Hills
restaurant. After the lunch and the exchange of gifts,
the ladies adjourned to Honey's home for an
afternoon of Bridge and Canasta. It was an enjoyable
day and we were all put in the holiday mood with
the great fellowship and scrumptious desserts.
Honey's canasta parties are anticipated each year and
the first entry on the new calendar is the date of
the next Christmas Canasta Party.
The 18th Annual Hill Country Zonians Christmas
Party, December 6, 1997, was a huge success. There
were 120 reservations. Elsie Larson and Robbin
Gabrick were the Chairperson and co-chairperson
and are to be congratulated for a job well done. Ray
Larson was the announcer.Kathi Lessiack, Iris Hogan
and Honey Fealey were recognized for their part in
making the party so successful. All the comments
received were very favorable. We look forward to the
1998 party. Elsie Larson says she will run it again.


"Santa's Lil' Helpers" at Hill Country Zonians
Christmas Party, Dec. 6, 1997 in Kerrville, TX.
Standing L-R: Honey Fealey and Robbin Gobrek.
Seated: Iris Hogan and Kathi Lessiack.
Marilyn and Vanette Carter went to Broken
Arrow, OK., in December for Ren6e Carter Collins
graduation from Longston University School of
Nursing. Kim Carter Baird of Katy, Texas also came
for the celebration. There was a surprise birthday
party for Kim whose birthday was December 16. A
mini Christmas was enjoyed by all the family. An
abundance of delicious food was provided by Ren6e,
who is a superb chef, and now is also a caring
Registered Nurse.

Sisters enjoying the holidays
graduation. L-R: Vanette Carter,
Collins, Kim (Carter) Baird.



Sue and Lew Stabler and family, and John and
Dawn Lessiack and family visited Kathi Lessiack for
the holidays. Kathi surprised them with an emergency
admittance to the local hospital that lasted from
December 13 until January 5. Kathi is recovering
slowly, but was able to enjoy the visits from her
family and remain quiet at the same time.
Pappy Grier is still at CAMLU Nursing Home
awaiting another operation on his hip. His doctor
says he can correct the problem. We hope so, Pappy,
and hope it will be soon.
Our congratulations go out to Major Robert
Grier (Pappy's son) and his wife Monica who were
married on January 3, 1998 at Ft. Huachuca, AZ.
We wish the happy couple many years of health and

Wally Teal has retired from his job with the
Panama Canal Fire Department. He hopes to make
his home in Kerrville.
Anna Calvit has been busy with visits from
friends and family and baking her famous breads.
Son Tim Calvet of Hollywood, FL., came for a few
days in October after attending an Engineering
Conference in College Station, TX. Leo Krziza and
Mary Cryan Lade of California spent a week with
Anna. Anna's daughter Helen, her dog and her
friend of Pembroke Pines, FL., spent the Christmas
Holidays with Anna. Tim was not able to join them
as he was working.
Bob and Lois Byrd spent the Christmas holidays
with Bob's son Donald in Houston.
Honey Fealey spent the holidays on Whidby
Island, WA. visiting her sons Guy and Jimmy and
their families. It was the first Christmas to be with
the family since the grandchildren were little. She
was also able to have a visit with Ed and Millie
(Turner) Kennedy and their family, and also Joe and
Olga (Turner) Wallace.
Our sympathies are extended to Ed and Barbara
Stanford and family of Panama, R.P. and Larry and
Nancy Stanford and family of Coppell, TX on the
death of their father, Bill Stanford who passed away
January 8, 1998 in Ft.Worth, TX.

Bea Rhyne
(830) 896-8643

Editor must have by:

April 22, 1998


In 1996-1997 the Society reimbursed over
$1,400 in overcollections from overpayment
of dues. Some of our members may have
intended these overpayments to be donations
to the Society but did not stipulate their
intention; therefore, the overpayments were
reimbursed. The Executive Board, after
discussing the matter, voted not to refund
any more overpayments beginning with the
1998 dues year (October 1, 1997) and to
consider all overpayments as DONATIONS
to the Society.


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Mary S. Harrison's 104th birthday party on
February 25, 1997. Standing, L-R: granddaughter
Joan Conover and daughter Gertrude Gibson.

Dick and Marilyn Gayer are pleased to announce
the engagement of their daughter, Valerie J.Gayer
to George H. Clark of Bristol, Connectticut.
The couple is planning a June 1998 wedding in

Former Panama Canal Commission Office of
Public Affairs writer Susan K. Stabler proudly shows
the Master Key Award certificate in the grade of
"Master Gold Coast Booster and Benefactress" she
received from Administrator Alberto Alemfi Zubieta.
For over 23 years, Stabler was an exemplary
employee of the Panama Canal Commission, most of
that time serving on the Atlantic side, where her
many contributions to the community earned her tne
Panama Canal Commission Press Release
September 18, 1997

(Ed.note: Susan was also the Canal Record reporter
for the Atlantic side for many years. Congrats to
you, Susan.)

George H. Clark III and Valerie J. Gayer

Robert Garcia, a senior at Southwest Texas State
University, and a '93 graduate of BHS recently
chalked up a double victory when he won first place
at the NPC Lackland Classic Bodybuilding Champion-
ships, held in Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX. He
beat out 20 other competitors, then went on to win
the overall competition for his class.
Success didn't come easy, Garcia recalled. He
followed a strict regimen in diet and exercise.
Maintaining a fever pitch schedule, Garcia is
majoring m Exercise and Sports Science. When
visiting family in Panama, he alternates his workouts
between the PCC Gym at Diablo and Reeder Gym
in Ft. Clayton. 41

After graduating from SWT, he plans to pursue
a career in fitness and health and wellness
promotion; seek a graduate degree, and to continue
conditioning himself for further competitions. His
commitment and dedication is boosted by the
encouragement he received from family and friends.
KJA 4*

Robert Garcia wins U.S. Bodybuilding competition
He is the son of Anthony Garcia, Acting
Manager, Market Research, Panama Canal
Commission and Berta Garcia (Medina), a DODDS
teacher at Ft. Kobbe Elementary School.


Malcolm and Jean (Pearson) Stone of
Hendersonville, North Carolina, announce the
engagement of their son, David Stone to Michelle
Lee Radloff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley
Radloff of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
David graduated from Balboa High Stone in 1987
and from Auburn University in 1991 with a degree
in Criminal Justice. He is a Captain in the US Air
Force stationed at Warren A.F.B. in Cheyenne,
The wedding is planned for August 15th in

David Stone and Michelle Radloff

David Stone and Michelle Radloff


Harvey M. and Violet E. "Vickie" van't Veld
Johnson of Sun City, Florida, announce the
engagement of their niece, Roberta Lynne Oliver
(van't Veld) of McLean, VA. to Michael Roman
Drabyk of Bethpage, NY. Roberta is the daughter of
the late Eugene and Ethel J. van't Veld, and Michael
is the son of Michael Drabyk and the late Sonia

Roberta Lynn Oliver and Michael R. Drabyk.
Roberta received her BA degree in Interior
Design from Mary Mount U. in 1979 and her MA
in Human Resource Development in 1993. She is
employed by Interactive Media, Tysons Corner, VA.
as an Instructional Systems Designer. Michael
received a BA degree in Journalism, Psychology and
Statistics from City College of NY in 1976 and an
MA degree in Journalism from the U.of Missouri in
1979. He is a computer consulting specialist in the
Washington, D.C. area.
A summer wedding is planned in 1998.


Roderick and Virginia Macdonell celebrated their
53rd wedding anniversary at home in Wimberley,
Texas. with all their children present from coast to

Roderick and Virginia Dixon Macdonell with their
Highland Pipers.
The occasion was complete with Highland Pipers
to set the mood for their upcoming tip to Scotland
in August. Rod and Virginia were raised in Pedro
Miguel in the "Good Old Days" and were married in
Waycross, Georgia on July 1st, 1944. The trip was
their 1997 Christmas gift from their children.


Beatrice I. (Smith) Hibler (BHS'73) graduated
from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas,
in May 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in
Computer Science.
While it took longer than the normal transition,
this non-traditional student appreciated the
opportunity to finish what so long was pending.
Congratulatory letters and gifts (just kidding) are
welcome and can be sent to 1605 Quail Run Road,
Pflugerville, TX 78660. For those on-line, see email
additions section in this issue.

Beatrice I. (Smith) Hibler (BHS'73) and Kirk


Vernon and Ruth Caturia celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary on August 21, 1997 with an
open house at their home in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
About 100 relatives and friends attended.

Back L-R: Todd Folkerts, Vern Caturia. Middle:
Alexander Caturia, Vernon, Ruth, Lewis Caturia.
Front: Susan Folkerts, Halle Folkerts, Timothy
Caturia, Tippy, Theresa Caturia.


Bill and Jane (Gabriel) Huff congratulate their
daughter Allison on her graduation summa cum laude
from the University of Oklahoma, Panama Branch
with a Master of Education with a degree in
Instructional Psychology and Technology.
The graduation was held on May 18, 1997 at the
Howard Officer's Club with a reception following.
Present for her graduation were her parents, sister,
and brother-in-law, Brandy (Huff) and Rick Cofer;
niece Emma Rhiane, grandmother, Esther Huff,
uncle, Leonard Huff, uncle and aunt, Dennis and
Peggy (Hale) Huff, and many other friends.
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Allison Huff


Dick and Marilyn Gayer celebrated their 40th
Wedding Anniversary surrounded by family and
friends, with a BBQ at their home in Connecticut.
The party was given to them by all four children,
Rick Gayer from New Hampshire, Cheri McGuinness
from Florida, and Valerie and Steve Gayer from
Anne Gayer, Dick's mother was present at the
event also.It was a great time!

L-R: Steve, Valerie, Dick, Marilyn, Cheri and Rick


Congratulations! On May 4, 1997, Patrick L.
Nolan, son of Mr. Donald L. Nolan and Gerlinde
(Schubert) Nolan graduated from Maine Maritime
Academy, Castine, Maine, with a B.S. in Nautical


Teodoro A. Arias III,

L-R: Christina Henzel, Gerlinda Nolan (Mom),
Patrick Nolan (grad), Jennifer Nolan (sis) and
Donald L. Nolan (Dad).
Attending the graduation ceremony were sisters,
Jennifer Nolan, Christina Henzel Nolan, brother
Richard T. Nolan and of course proud Mom and
Dad. During their five day stay in Maine, they visited
with Capt. and Dona Brophy and enjoyed the quiet
surroundings of Capt. Peter and Leslie Tassell's
Since graduation, Patrick has sailed as 3rd Mate
for Evergreen Line in Panama and at present is
sailing on a tanker as 3rd Mate for Mobil Oil.
Richard (Rich) is currently attending the academy
and pursuing the same career as his brother Pat.

Kathleen Callahan just received her certificate
from Cornell University as a certified registered diet
and nutritionist.
Kathleen has BS degree from Plattsburg
University in New York, and is now on the staff of
Cornell University Hospital of New York.


Jacquelin and Teodoro
Arias, Jr., proudly
announce the graduation
with honors of their son,
Teodoro (Trey) A. Arias,
III, from Auburn
University, Alabama on
August 29, 1997. Trey
earned a bachelor of
Building Science with
Magna Cum Laude
honors. In addition, he
was nominated to Sigma
Lambda Chi Honor
Society for Construction;
Phi Kappa Phi Honor
Society; and Dept. of
Building Science

Outstanding Senior Award.
Others attending the ceremony were brother
Donovan J., (BHS'94), grandmothers Una M. Arias
and Louise R.Hunt, Aunt Dr. Joanna Arias, Uncle
Ray Burda, Mother Georgina Land and husband
Bobby, Mr/Mrs. Richard Roscoe, Kim Thompson and
Daron Fox.
After graduation, family and friends reunited in
Jacque and Ted's Quality Inn room to feast on
ceviche, other goodies and beer.
Trey is currently employed as a Field Engineer
with Dooley Mack Constructors, Sarasota,

Kelly Kirby, won the Kanto Plains Championship
Golf Tourney, located at the Tama Hills Country
Club, Japan.
She is a graduate of Cristobal High School, class
of 1982. She left Panama recently to the Naval Air
Facility, Atsugi, Japan, where she works as a
Department of Defense Dependent Schools, Pacific
Region physical education teacher.

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Kathleen Callahan with

her mother


Kelly Kirby, Kanto Plains Champ, Tama Hills,

1998 Reunion


Wednesday, July 1, 1998

BALLROOM "A" thru "F".

Thursday, July 2, 1998

INFORMATION: 9:00-11:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM; 7:00-9:00 PM, CONVENTION CENTER LOWER LEVEL.

Friday, July 3, 1998

BINGO: 2:00 4:00 P.M. GRAND BALLROOM 5-6.
Saturday, July 4, 1998

Sunday, July 5, 1998


Reunion Coordinator (941) 371-7731

Keneon uCoordf ator's Notebook
Thomas Peterson, 1998 Reunion Coordinator
Tel: (941) 371-7731. FAX: (941) 371-7731

Members will find that the following "Yellow" Pages" have been adjusted, refashioned or revised so that
members may become clearer about what is expected of them and are made simpler to follow.
The Registration Fee of $5.00 for each person over 18 years of age is being charged to offset Reunion
expenses, which includes all mailing charges, telephone and mileage charges, audio set-up at dances, rental of
equipment, signs and miscellaneous material used during the Reunion, etc.
The volunteer Chairpersons for the 1998 Reunion are listed for your information:

Society Registration:
Hotel Reservations:
Golf Tournament:

Faith Brundage
Betty Frassrand
Pat Beall
Jane Huldtquist
Jim Slover
Bob Johnson
Muriel Whitman
Peter Foster

DJ Dance
Equipment Storage
Annual Luncheon

Charles Hummer
Steve Nehring
Pat Beall
Virgil & Shirley Camby
Betty Malone
Jeanne Wheeler
Pat Beall
Betty Snow






Panama Canal Society of Fla.

1 ad Meunlon uoorainator

Panama Canal Society of Florida
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772-4712

Reunion Coordinator
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712

NOTE: One check can be made out to cover Registration Fee, Dance & Luncheon Tickets.

CHAGRES INVITATIONAL Jane Huldtquist Jane Huldtquist
GOLF TOURNAMENT 9200 Park Blvd. #205
LUNCHEON: Seminole, FL 33777
HOTEL REGISTRATION Orlando World Center Marriott Reunion Coordinator
8050 Seminole mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4712

1. Lodging is contracted 2 years in advance so it is crucial that members reserve rooms
early, giving us a chance to ask for more rooms if needed. We CANNOT get more
rooms or fill cancellations after the hotel's deadline.

2. Make one (1) night's deposit by check or money order on a U.S. bank or use a major
credit card and include card number with expiration date and signature on Application

3. Hotel Reservations must be made through the Society Lodging Chairperson, NOT THE
HOTEL, and any changes/cancellations must be made directly with the Society Lodging
Chairperson, BETTY FRASSRAND, (352) 567-5594.

** IMPORTANT: To participate in the above functions you must have paid your 1998
membership dues and the $5.00 Reunion Registration fee (See Page "C").


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Chairperson: Faith Brundage (813) 527-6925
Office Use Onlyl Date/Post IDues Paid Check Amount Reg. Fee LunchI Ball PZonian DJ Dance
Please register yourself, family and/or guests.
Member: Tel.No.
City: State Zip
List the name of each person in member's group and include $5.00 for each person over 18 years of age. LIST
2. 6.
3. 7.
4. 8.
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1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1998 Reunion, you should submit
an application for membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712, before the June 25, 1998 Executive Board meeting.
4. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted to place schedules, notices,
pictures, etc. on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotel. Any schedules or reasonable information
concerning your event may be displayed at the Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall or Tom Peterson
at the reunion.

Make Reservations Early!
Society Lodging Chairperson: Betty Frassrand (352) 517-5594

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Od 1998 Reunion July 1 5, 1998
For Revisions or Cancellations Please call Requests must be received by: May 15 1998 Month/Date
Society Lodging Chairperson
at (352) 567-5594 CHECK-IN TIME 4:00 PM. CHECK-OUT TIME 11:00 AM. DEPARTURE: TIME:
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Last Name
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA. INC. I Name(s) of additional persons) sharing room

IStrI et s rI I o r nI I ber Last Nim I I I ilt I I N I
City State Zip Code Last Name Frst Name
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Area Code Phone Number Fax Number Last Name First Name
Number of People in Each Room
jo. of Rates Method of Payment To Be Used at Checkout:

niS gle-Double

No Preference $ 94.00 + tax
One King Bed. $ 94$.00 + tax
Two Double aeds. $ 4,00 + te x
Accessible Hoom One ingBed Only 400 + tax
Non-Smoking Room $ 94.00 + tax

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American Express Visa/Master Card
Diner's Club Discover
Credit I I I 1 I I
Carr I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I

For Suite information contact Society Lodging Chairperson at (352) 567-5594 i- L--.I
One Bedroom Suites Expiratin Date
Two Bedroom Suites xpiraton Date
Hospitality Suites (non-bedded) [I
SPECIAL REQ STS I understand that I am liable for one night's room and tax which will be
SPECIAL REQUESTS:deducted from my deposit or billed through my credit card in the event I do
not check in on my scheduled arrival date or cancel my reservation 72 hours
prior to arrival.

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1. Members with PHYSICAL DISABILITIES and members needing roll away beds and refrigerators will be
assigned on a first come, available basis.
2. SUITES: Members must contact the SOCIETY LODGING CHAIRPERSON for prices, availability and
approval and then submit their request on the Hotel Registration Form.
3. FAILURE TO CANCEL reservations 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival, or FAILURE TO CHECK INTO
HOTEL on the first night will forfeit your first nights deposit and your reservation will be cancelled.
4. A Sales and Resort Tax will be added to your final bill.
5. The State of Florida allows only five (5) people to occupy one hotel room.



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Marriott Convention Center, Lower Level
Chairpersons: Pat Beall (813) 391-4359
Hospitality was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reunion, to help make their stay a little
more pleasant, helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfamiliar city and
surroundings. The Society Information and Hospitality Desk is open to any member during the published working
hours. Our staff is experienced and have volunteered to serve.
We can: 1. Provide information regarding activities within and outside the Reunion.
2. The center for "Lost and Found" articles.
3. Sell Society license plates, decals, available Annual Directories and Canal Records.
4. Sell Annaul Ball, Panazonian Dance, and Disco Dance tickets.
5 Place your message on our bulletin board for friends and/or guests.
6. Guide members to proper channels regarding hotel complaints..
7. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
8. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
9. Advise members of local transportation available for outside Reunion confines.
10. Assist members regarding their Class Reunions when what where.
11. Assist members in finding a restaurant of their choice and show locations.

We are at your service.

Dances Chairperson: Charles "Chuck" Hummer (941) 421-4758
DJ Dance Chairperson: Steve Nehring (813) 522-5369

1. Ticket orders will be accepted only from, members who have paid their 1998 dues and have paid the $5.00
Registration fee. (See page "C"). Tickets will not be refunded after June 15, 1998 and will not be resold
at the Reunion.
3. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted' entrance to the dances.

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Music by Frankie Pretto Saturday, July 4, 1998 Music by Leroy Lewis Friday, July 3, 1998
8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom 1-8 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom 1-8

$12.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member $8.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member.

No. of Tickets Total $ No. of Tickets Total $

Special Request: Special Request:

Dress: Semi Formal, NO SHORTS OR JEANS. Dress: Informal or Panamanian attire.

Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, 1998
11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m.


July 3rd: $5.00/Ticket

No.of Tickets:

Special Requests:


Total $

July 4th: $5.00/Ticket

No.of Tickets: Total $

Special Requests:

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SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL 33772-4712.




Chairperson: Pat Beall (813) 391-4359
The Mini-Reunion Chairperson will aid and assist all Coordinators for high school, and ancillary reunions
held during the 1998 Reunion. Coordinators planning a mini-reunion at Marriott's World Center must receive
advance approval from the Mini-Reunion Chairperson prior to making arrangements. He will assist and advise
as much as possible while conforming with the Society's schedules. Those planning their mini-reunion will be
responsible to obtain the necessary Society membership application and ticket forms for those in their group from
the Mini-Reunion Chairperson. They will also be responsible for making their arrangements with the hotel for
their function. Upon completion of their arrangements, they must notify the Mini-Reunion Chairperson, at The
Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712.

FRIDAY, JULY 3, 1998

Grand Ballroom
President Margot Jordan (813) 963-6998
This is your Society we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the membership
- be there for the election of Officers and Committee Reports.
1. Grand Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM. THERE WILL BE NO SMOKING AT THE BUSINESS
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting.
3. Only paid-up members will be admitted.
4. There will be several drawings for prizes donated by Vendors and other contributors. You will be given a
lottery ticket as you enter the Ballroom for the meeting.

Chairpersons Jane Huldtquist and Jim Slover


Make Reservations Early!
Entry Deadline: June 13, 1998
The Nineteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Orlando World
Center Marriott's Golf Course, 1 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida on July 2, 1998.
The field is limited to 136 players. Check-in time will be 7:30 a.m. followed by a "shot-gun" tee off at 8:00 a.m.
Entry fee will be $68.00 per golfer, which includes green fees, cart, luncheon, awards, favors and door prizes.
Luncheon will be served promptly at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom 3-6 in the Convention center. One guest
per player will be allowed at $18.00. I.D. guests tags will be received at the entrance to the ballroom. No 'Gate
Crashing" will be allowed at the luncheon, nor children under 12 years of age.
After reviewing suggestions made by the players, the committee has decided to continue the format used in the
past of flighting by age group and medal play. Unfortunately, many of our golfers do not have established handicaps,
making it impossible to compete against other golfers in net play. You may play with whomever you designate on
your registration form, otherwise you will be matched by the Committee.
The golf club has requested that if possible, golfers should wear "SOFT SPIKES", to preserve the course,
however it is not obligatory this year. The same information concerning your golf clubs being brought to the
"Pro Shop" the day before or by 7:00 a.m. on July 2, 1998 is still in effect. There is a one-time $5.00 fee for
storage of your clubs while at the Reunion. The $45.00 green fee and cart rate is in effect during the Reunion.
A "Super" Hole-in-one prize will be available again this year consisting of $1,000 Golf Shop Credit, along with
dinner for two at JW's Steakhouse, a week-end for two includingg golf) at the hotel, and a free Video of your
hole-in-one. Pairings will be on display in the Registration area atter 4:00 p.m. on July 1, 1998.

TELEPHONE NO. Age (7/2/98) (Males only)
Atlantic Sider Pacific sider Professional Amateur
BLVD. #205, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33777. TEL: (813) 397-5846.

FRIDAY, JULY 3rd, 1998, 2:00 4:00 P.M.

Chairperson Betty Snow (813) 799-4769
Grand Ballroom, Rooms 5-6

Bingo will be called on Friday, July 4th, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. in the Grand Ballroom, rooms 5-6.
Those interested, look us up on Friday, July 4th. You'll love the prizes!

Chairperson: Virgil and Shirley Camby (813) 321-8566
Say farewells to your friends at the Despedida which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Convention
Center at the Marriott's Orlando World Center on July 5, 1998. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. when the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will furnish free coffee and the hotel will have sweet rolls for sale.
Again the Ballet Folklorico of Orlando will perform for your entertainment and pleasure starting at 10:00 A.M.
This dance group will be available afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of


Chairperson Betty Malone (813) 896-5459
1. Location: Canary Room Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
2. Tickets limited to 1,000 10 tickets per member.
3. Seating will be at tables of 10 persons.
5. MENU: Fresh Baked Luncheon Rolls, Butter/Margarine; Country Salad with Garden Greens, Hericot Verts,
Tomatoes, Shredded Carrots w/Peppercream at table; Chicken Alexander, sauteed Chicken Breast, with
Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives/Tomatoes served with seasonal vegetables and Yellow Rice. Bread Pudding.
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Saturday, July 4, 1998
S$18.00 per ticket 10 tickets per member. No. of Tickets Total $
1. 6.
2. 7.
3. 8.
4. 9.
15. 10.

Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of June 5. 1998 and will not be resold at the Reunion.
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Luncheon Program: "Love in the Afternoon" A Musical Variety Show with Linda
Woodruff Weir, Erin Hatchett, Bob Teta, Nancy Stauffer, James Grenelle and Brick, and
other guest performers.

MALL, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FL. 33772-4712.

Chairperson: Muriel Whitman (813) 544-0214
1. Only paid-up members of the Society who have paid their $5.00 Registration Fee will be authorized to sell.
2. Vendors MUST submit an application for the 1998 Reunion, which may be obtained from the Vendor
Chairperson, Muriel Whitman. Applications will not be published in the Canal Record The deadline for
receiving Vendors applications and for REFUNDS is June 1, 1998.
3. Approval of the application will be based on whether items for sale are related or compatible to Panama
memorabilia. Authorization will be assigned in order of receipt of Vendors application and fee of $100.00.
Instructions and Restrictions are completely defined with the Vendor Application Form. Please read the
instructions carefully. The Marriott's World Center have certain restrictions which must be complied with such
as attaching anything to walls, etc.
4. Space is available for 25 vendors. Crystal Ballroom "A" thru "F" will provide vendors with a large single room
area. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of the Chairperson.
5. Vendors hours for selling will begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. PLEASE NOTE AMENDED HOURS


Peter Foster Transportation Chairman (813) 785-8555
The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. has appointed BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL
of Clearwater, Florida the OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT for the Society's 1998 Reunion.
The primary purpose of appointing an Official Travel Agent is to provide the Society members the lowest fares
available when making their travel arrangements to the Reunion. Also, the Travel Agent will provide the Reunion
Committee with arrival/departure data of reunion attenders. This data may be utilized to coordinate Reunion
Registration hours, airport/hotel ground transportation and Hotel Registration Desk Staffing.
The membership travel data will also be used to determine feasibility in establishing Charter Flights at those
locations where a significant amount of members originate. Chartering Flights would provide a considerable
reduction in Reunion travel for our members.
Members may make their air travel reservations with BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL, or Delta Air Lines. With
Delta you must use the Delta File number indicated in the Bowen-Keppie Ad located in the Reunion yellow pages.
The advantage in utilizing BOWEN-KEPPIE is that in addition to providing a complete travel profile, advanced
seat assignments, boarding passes and free ticket delivery BOWEN-KEPPIE will ticket the lowest rates available
on any Air Carrier and monitor reservations for significant fare reductions in order to provide refunds to members
when applicable.
BOWEN-KEPPIE has arranged with DELTA to offer the discounted convention fares from June 28th through
July 9, 1998. Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1998 Reunion are asked to support your
Reunion Committee's efforts. Please take advantage of the Reunion Transportation program by completing and
mailing the Preliminary CONTEST/TRAVEL Form in BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL'S AD. The form is non-binding
to you, but it will also provide advance information for the Reunion support functions.
TAMPA or ORLANDO. One leg of air travel must be to or from either Tampa or Orlando and the other leg of
air travel can be from any other Florida Air Gateway City.
To make your travel reservations, follow the information provided in the BOWEN-KEPPIE AD and if you
should call after hours, leave your name, phone number and request that the Panama Canal Society Specialist return
your call.



Web: http;//

Announces the Appointment of


As the Official Travel Agent for the Reunion
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*** FLY DELTA *** ** 60 DAY EARLY **

** DELTA discounted Air Fares are available from June 27, 1998 through July 8, 1998 for REUNION TRAVEL
Send in a completed CONTEST/TRAVEL FORM below. The Contest Drawing will be held during the Annual Reunion
Business Meeting. The winner will be reimbursed the cost of one roundtrip ticket (not to exceed a maximum value of
$400.00 and purchased through the Reunion's Official Travel Agent) between the winner's continental U.S. major Air
Gateway City and Orlando, Florida.

As a service you may phone DELTA at 1-800-241-6760 and request your reservations under FILE No. 107445A.
Regrettably, this method does NOT permit BOWEN-KEPPIE to monitor your reservations and fare reductions.
Limo transfers to/from Airport Hotel discounted for Society members and their guests
with Reunion Air Reservations.

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

Make your reservations early ** Complete this CONTEST/Travel Form and mail to Bowen-Keppie Travel:
Passenger Names:
Address: City/State Zip_
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Phone: Senior Citizen: O Yes 0 No Rental Car O Yes O No
Frequent Flyer Nos:
SPre-Reunion Originating (Home) City to (City)__
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Sharon Glassburn (De Vore) has been elected
President of the Morton Plant Hospital Auxiliary in
Clearwater, Florida, and took office January 24, 1998.
The Morton Plant Hospital Auxiliary is one of
the largest volunteer organizations in the state of
Florida, and Sharon can be elected to 3 one year
terms. In 1997 she was First President/President Elect
and has been a volunteer at Morton Plant for almost
22 years with over 12,000 hours.


Mel Smith, a well-known Canal Zone golfer
scored his first "hole-in-one" recently at the Silver
Dollar Golf Club.
Mel has been playing for more than 40 years,
and when asked how he felt after his first ever hole-
in-one, he replied, "I didn't know how expensive this
feat was, these guys can really drink!"

Back L-R: Joe Cicero, Bobby Diaz, Willie Holt,
Dave Menegas, Will Nickisher, Fred Sapp, Gary
Anderson, Al Carr, Dick Fiala, Jim Orvis, Roy
Culbreth, Jack Hern. Front L-R: Ralph "Dewey"
Harris, Joe Panzollo, MEL SMITH, John Demas,
Tom Doyle, Bob Suisman, Hubert Jordan, Ken


Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Eide of Tucson, Arizona
announce the engagement of their son, Lars Jorstad
to Shannon Blanusa, both of Tahuyeh, Washington.
Shannon is the daughter of Doris Blanusa and
the late Steve Blanusa of Lake Tapps, WA. No date
has been set for the wedding.

Sharon Glassburn (De Vore) and granddaughter
Joanna Holly Glassburn-Slusarewicz.
Sharon was formerly married to Paul Glassburn,
and in the above picture, she is with her new
granddaughter, Joanna Holly Glassburn-Slusarewicz.
Joanna was born to their daughter, Dr. Tracy
Glassburn-Slusarewicz, and son-in-law, Dr. Paul
Slusarewicz, on December 18, 1997 in Bedford,
England. Their son, Stephen, manages a pizza hut in
Tampa, Florida.


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Lars Jorstad and Shannon Blanusa
Both the bride-elect and prospective groom are
teachers at Central Kitsap High School, where she
teaches Spanish and he teaches Physical Education
and is the Athletic Trainer for the school.


Maxine (Kemper) Hitchcock of Sarasota, Florida,
in celebration of her 95th birthday, August 26, 1997,
was honored at an open house and a luncheon party
at the home of her sister, Wilhelmina "Billie"
(Kemper) Galloway.
The party was planned and hosted by Maxine's
son, William C. Hitchcock and his wife, Virginia and
their young daughter Sarah of Bethesda, MD and
Billie's daughter Anna Catherine (Galloway) Daniel
of Houston, Texas, all of whom came for this very
special occasion. Many of Maxine's friends were on
hand to help her celebrate. All of her special
caregivers were present to help her mark her day.
Ina Hostetler played the guitar as she and her three
children sang songs and many of the other guests
joined in. Pictures of Maxine and her family adorned
the table, as well as floral arrangements.


Bill and Jane (Gabriel) Huff of Los Rios,
Panama, are pleased to announce the engagement of
their daughter, Allison Jane to Cecil MacPherson,
son of Cesar and Carmen MacPherson of Glendale,

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Allison Huff and Cecil MacPherson

L-R: Maxine Hitchcock, daughter-in-law Virginia
Hitchcock with daughter Sarah, and Billie
Galloway, and Maxine's son, William Hitchcock.

At a later date, Anna Katherine (Galloway)
Daniel presented Maxine an album of photo's and
birthday cards from her friends so she could continue
to enjoy and reminisce the birthday bash for many
days to come.

Allison is a 1992 graduate of Balboa High
School. She received her bachelor's degree in
Psychology from the University of West Florida and
recently completed a Master of Education with a
degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology
from the University of Oklahoma.
Cecil is a 1990 graduate of Deer Valley High
School in Glendale, Arizona. He received his
bachelor's degree in Biology from West Point. He is
presently a lstLt in the U.S. Army stationed in
Taegu, Korea.
The couple plan to be married at the Church of
Our Savior m Cocoa Beach, Florida on June 13,





Jay and Diane French of Fort Collins, Colorado,
announce the marriage of their son, Frank J. French
to Miss LyAhn Hutchings on October 25, 1997.
The bride is the daughter of Sihn Thi Parker of
Palmdale, CA., and Thomas Hutchings of Paso
Robles, CA. The wedding took place at the Orleans
Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and the reception was
at the Rio.

Frank Jay French and LyAhn Hutchings
Frank's three brothers.John R.Gough III, Michael
G. French and William J.French acted as best men.
Frank's nephew, Justin Paul Gough was the ring
bearer while LyAhn's daughter, Bree Anna Hutchings
acted as flower girl.
Frank is currently stationed in Istanbul, Turkey
with the Air Force. The couple will make their home
at his next duty post, which is expected to be
Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

Anne-Marie Holder and Joshua Nathan Germany
were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on
July 26, 1997 at the Church of the Most Holy
Trinity in Augusta, Georgia. Anne-Marie is the
daughter of Norma York Holder (BHS'64) of
Martinez, GA. and Walter Martin Holder of
Lumpkin, GA. The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Lester Gene Germany of Evans, GA.
Grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. William
C. York (Sis and Bill), formerly of the Canal Zone
and currently residing in Martinez.

Anna-Marie Holder and Joshua Nathan Germany,
in Augusta, Georgia.
The bride's maid of honor were her sisters,
Jessica E. and Christina T. Holder. Bonner Rebekkah
Germany, sister of the groom was the bridesmaid.
Lester Germany, father of the groom was best man.
Groomsmen were Theodore C., brother of the groom
and Christopher Y. Coffey, cousin of the bride and
son of Nancy York Coffey (BHS'66). Katie Duncan
was flower girl, and Garret Germany was ring bearer.
A dinner hosted by the bride's mother and
maternal grandparents was held at the North Augusta
Country Club following the ceremony.
The couple, both recent graduates of the U.of
Georgia are at home in Athens, GA., following a
honeymoon trip to the West Indies. Anne-Marie
works at the school of social work at the U. of
Georgia and has begun her graduate studies.

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Jean Marie Gramlich and Jimmy Conner wish to IR
announce to their friends and family that they were
married in a private ceremony on September 30,

Victoria Anne Sherry
Tamara (Matheney) and Arthur Sherry of
Panama City, Panama, are proud to announce the
birth of their daughter, Victoria Anne Sherry, born
on August 29, 1997, weighing 6 lbs. 10 oz. and
measuring 19 inches long.

Jean Marie and Jimmy Conner
The bride is the daughter of Larry and Aggie -
Gramlich of La Boca, Panama. The groom is the son
of James and Gail Conner of Bristol, Florida.
Jean Marie and Jimmy are currently living in
Clermont, Florida and work as Wildlife Biologists
with the Florida Game & Fresh Water Fish


Lester and Andrea (Byrd) Smith of
Lawrenceville, Georgia, are pleased to announce the
marriage of their daughter. Christine to Mike Foster,
of Atlanta, Georgia on October 18, 1997.

Arthur and Tamara (Matheney) Sherry with
daughter Victoria Anna and god-parents Derek
and Nona (Kane) Gallardo, while baptizing Victoria
on November 23, 1997 at St.Mary's Church,
Maternal grandparents are Freddieann (Gallardo)
and Grover Matheney. Paternal grandparents are
Marjorie and Charles (Art) Sherry. Great-
grandparents are Blanche Browne (Adler) and
Margaret (Williams) and Carlos Gallardo. Victoria is
Shown with her parents and godparents, Derek and
Nona (Kane) Gallardo.


Effective since the March
Christine Smith Romero and her husband, Mike issue, 11993, baby pictures
Foster with her son, Jaenon Romero. will nct be accepted
Her sister, Kimberly Smith of Denver, Colorado unless they are shOwn
was her maid of honor, and Christine's son, Jaenon,
was her ring bearer. Out of town guests included with their parents. 1Ilease
Mrs. Frances Byrd, maternal grandmother, Robert see "lEditr's Comrner." 9/92.
and Terri Smith, paternal grandparents, Kathleen
Sheridan, and many other guests.

Patrick Ephriam Cajandig
Juan and Terry (Leon-Guerrero) Cajandig of
Vacaville, California, proudly announce the birth of
their son, Patrick Ephriam on August 8, 1997.
He joins his sisters, Anamaria (9), Marilena (4),
Gabriela (4) and Cecilia (2).
Maternal grandparents are Virginia Leon-Guerrero
and the late Ephriam Leon-Guerrero.

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Matthew Stevan Stough
Stevan and Marla (Matney) Stough are happy to
announce the birth of their first child, Matthew
Stevan Stough on August 29, 1997 in San Antonio,
Matthew is the grandson of the late Charles
Stough and Jeanne (Flynn) Stough of Playa
Coronado and the former Panama Canal Zone, and
is the great, great grandson of the late Richard
Roberts, a Roosevelt Medal holder one of the
builders of the Panama Canal.
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Juan and Terry (Leon-Guerrero) Cajandig with
their children, Patrick, Anamaria, Marilena,
Gabriela and Cecilia.

James Carey Hurson
Kellie (Carey) Hurson and her husband, Jim, are
the proud parents of James Carey Hurson, born
March 18, 1997.
Kellie is the daughter of Capt. John Carey and
Lani Carey, formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone. Kellie
and Jim live in Washington, D.C.

Jim and Kellie (Carey) Hurson with baby James
Carey Hurson.

Stevan and Maria
Stevan Stough.

(Matney) Stough with Matthew
(Matney) Stough with Matthew

Briley Spencer Beck
Jennifer (Stokes) and Kevin Beck are proud to
announce the arrival of their first girl, Briley Spencer
Beck at Joplin Missouri Hospital on November 14,
1997. Jennifer (Stokes) Beck is a CHS'82 graduate.
Grandparents are Elia C. (Garcia) Stokes and
the late Bobby J. Stokes, formerly of the Customs

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Kevin and Jennifer (Stokes) Beck, with baby
Briley Spencer Beck.

Dylan James Pletcher

Rebecca (Grimison) and Geoffrey Pletcher
proudly announce the birth of their first child, a son,
named Dylan James, on September 5, 1997, in
Columbus, Ohio. Dylan weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. and
measured 22 inches at birth. Maternal grandparents
are Tom and Nancy Grimison of Satellite Beach,
Florida (formerly of the Canal Zone) and Jim and
Mary Sue Pletcher of Rockville, Maryland.
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Dylan James Pletcher with parents,
(Grimison) and Geoff at his Baptism.


Aurora Rose and
Tessa Rae Vestal

Carol L. Masino takes pleasure in announcing
the arrival of two new granddaughters, Aurora Rose
Vestal and Tessa Rae Vestal, on October 3, 1997.
Aurora weighed 4 lbs. 3 oz. and Tessa weighed an
even 4 lbs.
Both babies were born at home in St. Petersburg,
Florida to Dawn Massino-Vestal. They join R.
Dalton, 7, and Shelbi Lee, 2 years of age.

Grandma Carol Masino with twin granddaughters,
Aurora Rose and Tessa Rae.

Blayne Sidney Kennon

Buzzy and Reina (Miller) Kennon are proud to
announce the birth of their son, Blayne Sidney
Kennon, born in San Antonio, Texas, on August 7,
1997. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches. He
is joined by his two older brothers, Richard (15) and

Buzzy, Reina, Ricky, Brendon and baby Blayne
Grandparents are William S. and Ann Kennon of
Plant City, Florida, and Alicia and the late Capt.
Fred Miller of San Antonio. The Kennons have
recently moved to Orlando, Florida.

Patrick Morris Finkelstein

Joe and LuAnn Finkelstein of Ackworth, Georgia,
pictured with son, Patrick Morris, born July 21,
1996. Joe is Regional Director of Prime Equipment
Company in Marietta, GA., and LuAnn is employed
by the Internal Revenue Service.

Joe and LuAnn Finkelstein with son, Patrick
Morris Finkelstein, born July 21, 1996.
Paternal grandparents are Sarah and the late
Morris "Coach" Finkelstein, the Canal Zone College
coach. Sarah lives in Charleston, SC, and is employed
by the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Barbara and Robert
Lee of Charleston, SC.

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Edward Robinson Aanstoos, 71, of Peachtree
City, Georgia, died January 21, 1998 after a six-
month battle with cancer. He was born in Colon
Beach, Panama Canal Zone and grew up as a "Colon
Bwoy," He graduated from Georgetown University in
1951 with a degree in Foreign Service. His career
included employment with the State Department, the
CIA, the Department of Defense, and the Panama
Canal Company. He was awarded the Master key to
the Panama Canal granted to him by the Governor
of the Canal Zone in August 1967. He retired from
Pan Canal in 1982 with 33 years federal service. In
1986 he retired from the Naval Reserve achieving the
rank of Captain (Intelligence Designator). He lived
the past 15 years in Peachtree "by God" City,
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia
(Martin) Aanstoos, and six children, Helen Aanstoos
of Sebastopol, CA., Janet Aanstoos of Bodega, CA.,
Marty Aanstoos and his wife Mary Ann of
Charleston, SC., Virginia Joan Aanstoos Taylor and
her husband, John of Tokyo, Japan, Peter Aanstoos
and his wife, Sharon of Peachtree City, GA., and
Erich Aanstoos and his wife, Kathleen of Sharpsburg,
GA; a brother, Matt Aanstoos of Vienna, VA.; a
sister, Olive Aanstoos Ford, of Hopewell, VA; ten
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Eugene I. Askew, 88, of Largo, Florida, died
September 30, 1997 at Columbia Largo Medical
Center. Born in Hickman, Tennessee, he retired from
the Panama Canal Navigation Division in 1970 with
over 38 years of service. He was an Army veteran
and a member of Gordonsville Tennessee Methodist
Church. He was also a Past President of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, a member of the Masonic
Order, Past Patron and Life Member of Orchid
Chapter of the O.E.S. and member of Elks Lodge
#1414, NARFE and AARP.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel of 57 years; two
daughters, Nancy Goodwin of Ocala, Florida and
Linda Martin of Mobile, Alabama: two sons. Robert
of Hailey, Idaho, and Stephen of Clearwater; six
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Kenny Baer, of North Carolina, passed away on
December 13, 1996. His sons helped him move to
North Carolina due to bad health in September,
1996. He was a Balboa High School graduate of
He is survived by his sons, one of whom is Ken
Baer III, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, (910) 295-

Dorothy E. Bitter, 77, of St.Petersburg, Florida,
died January 7, 1998 at St. Anthony's Hospital. Born
in New York, she left the Canal Zone in 1968 where
she was a medical liaison for the U.S. Government.
She was a Lutheran and was a member of
N.A.R.F.E.; the Panama Canal Society of Florida,

where she was a former assistant to the Editor, and
the Pinellas Association for Retarded Children. She
was preceded in death by her husband, Charles
Bitter, a former senior chief marine engineer in the
Canal Zone in May, 1996.
Survivors include two nephews, Richard J.
Tomford Jr. and Dennis M. Tomford, both of St.
Petersburg; an aunt, Kathryn Funke, Ghent, N.Y.;
and two cousins, Miriam Anderson and Amy
Strawgate, both of Wantagh, N.Y.

Marian Lynn Gregg Brown, 43, a registered
nurse and resident of Slaughter, Louisiana, died
suddenly in her sleep December 26, 1997, while on
a ski trip to Crested Butte, Colorado with her family.
She was born in Colon, Panama, attended Coco Solo
Elementary School, graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1972 and from the LSU School of Nursing,
New Orleans, in 1977. In 1978 she was married at
the Holy Family Church, Margarita, Canal Zone.
Survived by her husband, Clayton G. Brown,
MD: parents, Eugene T. and Marian Smith Gregg;
two daughters, Carlye, 18, and Haylye, 14; and two
sons, Rayne, 17, and Harrison, 13, all of Slaughter;
grandmother, Edna Smith, W. Virginia; four sisters,
Nancy E. Gregg, Baton Rouge, Laura A. Roa,
Panama, Gail D. Weien, California and Helen M.
Gregg, Zachary; and a brother, Eugene J. Gregg,

Eleanor Dunn Burnham, 90, of Palm Harbor,
Florida, died December 23, 1997 at St. Mark Village
continuing care community. She was born in
Evergreen, Louisiana and left the Canal Zone in
1958 where she was head librarian at the Panama
Canal Library for many years. She was a member of
All Saints Episcopal Church, Tarpon Springs, Florida.
She is survived by a niece, Madgette Mueller,
Corvallis, OR.; three grandnieces and four grand-

Dr. Victor P. Carter, 59, of Balboa Heights,
Panama, died October 22, 1997 of emphysema. He
was born in Baltimore, Maryland and came to
Panama when he was two years old. He grew up in
the Las Cumbres area of Panama and attended
Balboa High School. After working with the Carter
family company, Geneva, S.A. for several years, he
most recently helped manage Kora Transportation
Services and Cain Brothers. He was a member of
the Balboa Scottish Rite, and York Bodies, Abou
Saad Shrine Temple and was Past Exalted ruler of
the Elks Lodge 1414, Balboa.
He is survived by his wife of five years, Linda;
sons John of Salt Lake City, UT, William of
Houston, TX., a daughter, Victoria of San Antonio,
TX., three stepsons, Richard, Dave and Steve

Dorothea Tufts Churchill, 92, of Orem, Utah,
died September 28, 1997 at the Alpine Valley Care
Center in Pleasant Grove. She was born in Maiden,
Massachusetts. Her family moved to Gatun, Canal
Zone in 1914 where her father was a Control Tower
Operator at Gatun Locks. She graduated from
Cristobal High School and attended college in

Medford, Mass. where she met her future husband.
They returned to Gatun where her husband was
employed as a fireman in the C.Z. Fire Department.
Dorothea worked for the C.Z. Commissary, the U.S.
Army and the U.S. Navy. She and her husband left
the Zone in 1959 to reside in Asheville, N.C. After
her husband died in 1973, she moved to State
College, PA. then finally relocating to Orem, UT to
be near family. She was a member of the Eastern
Star and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints.
Survivors include her son, Starford Churchill
Jr.and daughter-in-law Adelia Jane Shacklette
Churchill of Orem; two grandchildren; and two great-

Margaret Ruth Conner, 93, of Hattiesburg,
Mississippi, passed away January 5, 1998 in Forrest
General Hospital, Hattiesburg. She was born in
Brewton, Alabama, and went to the Panama Canal
Schools Division as a second grade teacher at Ancon
Elementary School. She retired from the Schools
Division with 30 years of service in 1996, and retired
to Hattiesburg to make her home. She was a favorite
and well-loved teacher by her students and their
She is survived by a number of nieces and

Ralph Curies, 87, of Dunnellon, Florida, died
October 6, 1997. He was a native of Jarvisburg, N.C.
and retired as a tug boat captain of the Navigation
Division in 1970 with over 30 years of service. He
was a past president of the International Master,
Mates and Pilots; a 32* Mason, a Knight Commander
Court of Honor of the Scottish Rite, and a member
of Abou Saad Shrine Temple.
Survivors include his wife, Marie of Dunnellon;
daughters, Barbara Aycock of Dunnellon, Edna
Cooley and Margaret Maxwell, both of Ocala,
Florida; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-

Winifred Adella Deaver passed away on October
31, 1997. Mrs. Deaver taught Special Education at
Balboa High School for 20 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Ziquin
of North Hollywood, California; a son, the Rev. Paul
D. Lawson of El Segundo, CA; grandson David Bo
and daughter-in-law Cristina Collins Lawson.

Charlotte Hickey McLaughlin Eckert, nee
Randall, died in Long Island, New York on June
23, 1997. She was a long-time resident of Balboa and
Gamboa, Canal Zone. A graduate of Balboa High
School about 1920, she was a lifetime member of
the Eastern Star in the Canal Zone. She spent her
final years on Long Island with her daughter.
She is survived by her daughter, Jacquiline
Johnstone, nee McLaughlin; five grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by a daughter, Marie Hickey Trobridge in 1996.

Catherine (Kitty) Enoch, 82, died November 16,
1997 after being confined to Richey Manor Nursing
Home, New Port Richey, Florida for an extensive
period. She lived in Gatun and Coco Solo for 20
years with her husband, Ronald H. who was a tug

boat engineer, and operated a flying service for
several years, operating out of France Field to the
San Bias Islands and Costa Rica. Catherine was well
known for her love of dogs, having several with the
name of "Zorro".
She moved to Holiday, Florida 10 years ago, and
is survived by her husband, Ronald H. Enoch and
several brothers and sisters.

Henry Edwin Falk, Jr., 65, died October 16, 1997
in Ashville, North Carolina where he had made his
home since 1986. Born in Gorgas Hospital to Capt.
Henry E. and Margaret C. Falk, Sr., he attended
C.Z. schools through 9th grade, completing 10th
through 12th at Greenbrier Military School. Hank, as
he was better known attended C.ZJ.C. and received
his college degree at Grove City College. He was a
Korean War veteran, a member of the American
Field Service, he hosted several foreign students in
his families home. He was a member of Darien
Masonic Lodge since 1954; Scottish Rite, Shrine and
Past Patron of O.E.S. He was also a member of the
Country Club of Ashville, a Deacon at Calvary
Baptist Church, and a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. His wife, Charlotte W. Falk
predeceased him in 1993.
He is survived by a daughter, Kristine Courtney,
and two grandchildren, Stephen and Julie, all of
Indianapolis, IN. and a brother, Murray Falk of La
Center, WA.

Thomas F. Foley, 79, of Orlando, Florida, died
January 25, 1998. He was a contract officer for the
U.S. Government. Born in Colon, Panama Canal
Zone, he moved to Central Florida in 1962 and was
a member of Good Shepard Catholic Church. He
was also a member of the Knights of Columbus,
Toast Masters, Lake Barton Volunteer Fire
Department, VFW Goldenrod Post, and N.A.R.F.E.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen; two sons,
Joseph and Thomas, both of Orlando; three
daughters, Irene Girard of Fairfax, VA., Rita
Kaminski and Pauline, both of Orlando; two sisters,
Mary Cronan of Santa Monica, CA. and Eleanor
Husum of Tallahassee, FL.; seven grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren.

Marcella Gaeb Green, 87, of Cincinnati, Ohio,
died November 10, 1997 from a massive stroke. She
retired from the Panama Canal Company on
December 30, 1965 with 31 years and 11 months
service. Her father was a Roosevelt medal holder
with three bars, and her husband, Philip died in
She is survived by her brother's widow, June

Mary E. (Chita) Hanna, 79, died September 9,
1997 in a Care Center in Kerrville, Texas. Born in
Colon, Rep. of Panama, she retired from the
Terminals Division in 1968 and has been a resident
of Kerrville since 1969. She was a longtime member
of Notre Dame Catholic Church in Kerrville. She
was predeceased by her husband, Parker P. Hanna in
She is survived by three children, James of
Washington State, Max of Spring, Texas, and Liz

Neal of Long Beach, California and three grand-

Alberta P. Harris, 90, of St.Marys, Kansas, died
January 1, 1998 at a Rossville nursing home. She was
born in Pittsburgh, PA. but was raised and attended
schools in the Canal Zone. She worked for the
United Fruit Co. in Cristobal and later was a clerk
for the Panama Canal Company. She had also
worked for police departments in Florida and
California, and was a civilian employee for the U.S.
Navy at Treasure Island. She was a medical
transcriptionist for the V.A. Hospital in Martinez,
CA. and for a physician in private practice in
Antioch, CA until she retired. She was a member of
St.Marys United Methodist Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Anita H.
Janssen, St. Marys, Louise H. Bradshaw, Antioch,
CA. and Marion H. Buol, Petaluma, CA., 12
grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 13 great-
grandchildren, several step-great-grandchildren and
four step-great-great-grandchildren.

Mary Sarah Calvit Harrison, 104, of San Diego,
California, passed away in her sleep on April 16,
1997, in "The Cloisters nursing facility, She was the
widow of T.W. "Will" Harrison, a Roosevelt Medal
holder. One of six children, they came to the Canal
Zone with their mother and cousin, Joe Ebdon from
Houston, Texas in 1907 to join their father who
came in 1906. She became active in the Eastern Star
in the Canal Zone and was awarded trophies for her
golf there. She enjoyed playing bridge and raising
hybrid tea roses as well as enjoying a good party,
especially if there was cake, ice cream and balloons.
She is survived by her eldest child, Gertrude M.
Gibson of San Diego; and grandchildren Joan
Conover of San Diego; Robin Walker of Baltimore,
MD; Christine Parrish of Tallahassee, FL; Gail Penna
of Homestead, FL; Harry J. Harrison of Panama,
R.P., and Thomas William Harrison III of Bradenton,
FL. She leaves 28 great-grandchildren and 15 great-
great grandchildren. Two sons, Charles W. and Harry
J. predeceased her.

Beauford Jenkins Hartley, 84, died January 1,
1998 in Leesville, South Carolina. "BJ." was an Army
Mess Sergeant for four years and later worked as a
heavy equipment operator for the House and
Grounds Maintenance Division. He lived in the Canal
Zone for 38 years and retired to West Columbia,
S.C. in April 1972. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Societies of Florida and South Carolina; the
Masonic Lodge, Panama Scottish Rite Bodies, Abou
Saad Shrine Temple and Jester while in Panama.
He is survived by three sisters and two brothers,
Azalee Taulbee, Dollie Oswald, Wilson Hartley of
Leesville, SC., and Kathleen Burkett and Latham
Hartley of Lexington, S.C. His wife, Grace, passed
away three days later

Grace Evelyn Brazie Hartley, 80, died January 4,
1998. Her husband, "B.J." passed away three days
earlier. Grace was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was
a Protestant. She worked as a Budget Analyst for
the U.S. Army in the Canal Zone and retired in
1973 after 30 years of service. She then joined her
husband in West Columbia, South Carolina.
Survivors include her sister, Beatrice E. Lee of

Merrit Island, FL; three nephews and a niece, Fred
H. Lee Jr., Merrit Island, David Garman of North
Arlington, OH, Kenneth R. Lee of Grapevine, TX.,
and Angela M. Azcarraga of Panama City, Panama.

John A. Hunt, 69, of Hendersonville, North
Carolina died October 14, 1997 after a period of
declining health. He was born and raised in the
Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1946. He retired in 1979 after 29 years of service
with the Panama Canal Company and Commission.
At the time of his retirement he was the chief of
Warehousing, Storehouse Division. He was a member
of Elks Lodge 1414. He moved to Hendersonville in
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the
former Patricia Dunning; three daughters, Lisa
Johnson of Ramsuer, NC, Teresa Rhodes of Atlanta,
GA, Laurie Trinca of Durham, NC; a son, John Jr.
of Boone, NC; and five grandchildren.

Orelia Martha Hurdle, 70, of Dothan, Alabama,
died January 16, 1998 at home after a brief illness.
She was born in the Canal Zone and was a retired
clerk with the Civil Service Department of the Navy
working in the Panama Canal Zone. She had been
a resident of Dothan for the past twenty years,
working for ten years as a volunteer at the
information desk at the Southeast Alabama Medical
Center. She was an Honorary Member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. She was preceded
in death by her husband Charles Robert Hurdle in
July 1988.
Survivors include his sister, Sylvia Tracy, a niece,
Vickie Tracy, and a nephew, Dale Tracy, all of Idaho
Falls, Idaho; a friend, Dot Benny of Dothan; special
friends, Larry and Peggy Howell, of Dothan, AL.

Arnold W. Jackson passed away December 20,
1997 at Aiken Regional Medical Center. He was a
native of North Carolina and was a tank sergeant
while serving in the Army during World War II. He
retired from the Panama Canal Locks Division as a
Control House Operator with over 23 years of
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Inez
Hudson Jackson. Survivors include his wife, Azilee
New Jackson; three sons, James R. and Stephen C.
of Williston, SC, and Raymond A. of Aiken, SC; two
sisters and five grandchildren.

William "Bill" Johnston, 75, of Lakeland, Florida,
died December 3, 1997 at Lakeland Regional Medical
Center. Born in the Canal Zone, he moved to
Lakeland from Schenectady, NY in 1985. He was a
physicist for General Electric. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Doris M. Cothron
Johnston; stepson Michael A. Lowery; stepdaughter,
Carol Collins; sisters Shirley Schiesser, Ruth
Sullivan, and Norma Rose; and five stepchildren. He
was preceded in death by his first wife, Cynthia L.

Norbert F. "Nobby" Keller, 69, of Rogers,
Arkansas, died October 7, 1997 at home. He was
born in Colon, Rep.of Panama and graduated from

Cristobal High School in 1947. He served in the U.S.
Air Force from 1952 to 1956 and the Reserves from
1956 to 1960. He was a steamfitter and Locks
operator for the Panama Canal and retired in 1972
with over 25 years of service, and moved to Rogers
in 1979. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul
Catholic Church; a lifetime member of the NRA and
also a certified NRA counselor and instructor. He
was a past president of the Rogers Gun Club; Lion
Club member for 30 years and past president of the
Coco Solo Lions Club. He was also a life member
of the Elks, member of the American Legion, VFW
and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He was a
charter and lifetime member of the Bella Vista
Sportsman Club and an avid fisherman and
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary
Margaret "Peggy" Keller; a brother, Louis V. of
Lanham, MD; a sister, Laurena M.Powell of New
Port Richey, FL., 12 nephews, five nieces, and many
grand-nephews and nieces.

Mabel D. Kimmel, 96, died in April 1997 in
Edmonds, Washington. She moved west in 1990, from
New Hampshire to be close to her daughter. She
was born in Chicago and at age 12 became a child
actress and dancer, performing on Broadway and in
silent movies, and was the sole support of her
widowed mother and brother. She left the theatrical
world in 1923 when she married. She was very active
in the Girl Scouts, leading to her life-long interest in
nature and conservation.The family moved to the
Canal Zone in 1941 where her husband was
employed as a pharmacist, and she worked for 15
years at the Madden Y Army Signal Corps Depot. In
April of 1947, Mabel and a friend became the first
to paddle a cayuco the length of the Canal, paying
only 72o in tolls. Her husband retired in 1961 and
they settled in New Hampshire where she was active
in the Congregational Church, Shedd Free Library,
4-H, Bird and Garden Club, and Historical Society.
She was elected the supervisor of the Voter Checklist
and at 89, won the Good Citizenship Award for her
outstanding community service. She was predeceased
by her husband, Everett Kimmel in 1972.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet and son-
in-law Richard Kinnier of Edmonds, WA.; four
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Frederick E. Kirk Jr., 76, of Springdale, Ohio,
died September 27, 1997 in Hartland of Springfield.
He was an Indiana native. He was an
instrumentation engineer at Wright-Patterson AFB for
34 years, retiring in 1973. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, the First United
Church of Christ, Masonic Lodge, and a World War
II U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Jean E. (Holmelin),
two daughters and spouses, Muriel A. and Richard
Oglesbee of Springfield,and Carol Lee and Dan
Knode of Groveport, Ohio; three grandsons, Stephen,
Scott Griffin and Jeffrey Khouri.

Marjorie (Marge) Fuller LeBrun, 104, died
December 11, 1997 at the home of her son, Bill, in
Wimberley, TX. She was employed for many years
with the Accounting Division of the Panama Canal
and after retirement she lived in California until 1995
when she moved to Wimberly with her son Bill, his
wife Aurora and their daughter Laura.

She is survived by her son Bill, former Chief of
Internal Security, C.Z. Government; Alberta (LeBrun)
Quinn of Oxnard, CA; Charles of Riverside, CA; and
Barbara (LeBrun) Chadwick of Las Vegas, NV; 16
grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 7 great-

George O. Lee, 99, of Lake Como, Florida, died
October 7, 1997. He was a World War I Army
veteran and a high school and college professor and
retired in July, 1960 from the Canal Zone Junior
College. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and
graduated from Iowa State College and received his
A.M. at Columbia University. He was a member of
Lake Como Methodist Church, O.E.S., Masonic
Lodge, and was a Phi Delta Kappa.
He is survived by a nephew, Allan Kobal of
Fargo, North Dakota; two nieces, Cecily Wood of
Lafayette, California and Joyce Mathern of
Muscatine. Iowa.

Marion Rogers Lewis, 101, of Easley, South
Carolina, died recently at her home. She was born in
Norwich, Conn., and graduated from Secretarial
School in Washington, D.C. She retired as a
keypunch operator in the Accounting Department of
the Panama Canal Company, where she lived from
1909 to 1950. She was a Gray Lady in the Red
Cross, volunteering for more than 3,000 hours during
World War II and the Korean Conflict in the
Army.Navy Hospitals in Panama and in the Oteen
Veterans Hospital in Asheville, N.C. She was a
member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ancon,
Canal Zone.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Allen
Rogers "AR, and Ruth Nelson Lewis of the home;
three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Dorothy H. "Dot" Loehr, 75, of Ozawkie, Kansas
died July 17, 1997 at an Oskaloosa hospital. She was
born in Fort Dodge, Iowa and was a member of the
First Christian Church in Leavenworth, the American
Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and past
president of the auxiliary to the American Legion at
Fort Clayton, Canal Zone. She was also a host of a
radio program in the Panama Canal Zone, where she
earned a Golden Mike Award. She retired in 1968
as a card folder for Hallmark Card Co.
She is survived by her husband, Sgt. First Class
William S. Loehr; a son, Donald E. of St. Joseph,
MO.; a daughter, Ginger Johnson, of Circleville; a
sister, Julia Carlton, Kansas City, MO; four
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Genevieve P. Long, 94, of Virginia Beach,
Virginia, died at home on December 29, 1997. Born
in Caledonia, Minnesota, Gene graduated from
Winona State Teacher's College and taught
elementary school in Balboa and Diablo Heights for
nearly 22 years. In 1926, she married Arthur Howard
Long, who worked in the Quartermaster's Office and
who predeceased her in 1923. Upon retirement in
1965, Gene moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where
she lived for 31 years. Since 1996, she had lived in
Virginia Beach to be closer to her family. She was
an avid bridge player and earned her Life Master's
in Bridge in 1973.
She is survived by her son, David, and wife Sally
of Springfield, VA; granddaughters Lorraine L. Field
of Scottsdale, AZ., and Tracey L. Parr of Virginia

Beach; a sister, Wilma P. Herrod of Chesapeake,
VA; and five great-grandsons.

George Edwin Muller, 73, of Anaheim, California,
died January 17, 1998 in Anaheim. George lived in
the Canal Zone for 27 years; graduating from Balboa
High School in 1942 and CZJC in 1948. He served
in the Army Signal Corps and Field Artillery during
World War II, and was later employed in the
Municipal Division of the Panama Canal Company.
His survivors include his wife, Winifred; sons,
Richard G. (Tracy) of Portland, OR., and Douglas
V. (Mari) of Orem, UT; a daughter, Margaret
(Geoff) Bennett of Anaheim; five grandchildren;
brothers, John W. and William A.of Florida; sisters
Adrienne Neuhaus (Harold) and Catherine Peabody
(Ray) of N.M.

Ida Marie McDade, 89, of San Diego, California,
was fatally injured in a car accident on November
21, 1997. The eldest of five children, she was a
registered nurse and served in the U.S. Army during
World war II, then served as a Public Health Nurse
for twenty years in the Canal Zone. She was elected
the first woman commander of the American Legion
in its history in 1954, and earned several campaign
medals while in the service. She later joined the
American Legion Auxiliary and represented the group
at its 46th annual convention in Washington D.C.
She retired to Florida and then moved to San Diego.
She is survived by two nieces, Kaye Hendrickson
and Karol Swauger, both of San Diego.

Mary E.Smith McDonald, 66, of Port Royal,
Virginia, died on 18 October, 1997 in Fredericksburg,
Va. as a result of a heart attack. She was born in
Ancon, Canal Zone and lived and worked in the
Canal Zone until she married Paul R. McDonald of
the U.S. Army in 1955. She returned to the U.S.
with her husband and then returned to the Canal
Zone for another tour in 1968-1971 and lived in Ft.
She is survived by her husband, Paul; sons, Paul
and Mark; three grandsons; brother Charles of
Harwood, MD; sisters Judy Krogh, Dallas, TX., and
Georgia Sumrall, Pascagoula, MS.

Edward P. "Hammer" McFadden, 77, of
Wellsburg, West Virginia, died November 17, 1997 at
Trinity Medical Center East. He was a retired
accountant from the Department of the Army and
also a caretaker and chauffeur of the Jack Berkman
estate from 1974 until his death. He was born in
Lowell, Massachusetts; a Catholic and a member of
V.F.W. #4496 where he was a trustee; American
Legion Post #3 and the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire
Department. He was a World War II Navy veteran.
In 1997 he was one of three recipients of the
Friends of Education, Brooke County Schools.
Surviving are his wife, Sally Williams McFadden;
four sons, Edward and James, both of Follansbee,
WV, Thomas of Darmstadt, Germany and William of
Atlanta, GA.; two daughters, Mary Shea Rowley of
Atlanta, and Margaret Mulroy of Acworth, GA; two
brothers, William of Lowell, and James of Tucson,
AZ; and seven grandchildren.

H. Thomas McKeown, 56, of Dunedin, passed
away October 23, 1997 at home. He was born in
Panama City, Rep. of Panama. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He
was a Catholic.
Survivors include his mother, Helen Ledgerwood,
a sister, Arlene Tochterman, and a brother, William,
all of Seminole. Florida: five nieces and nephews.

Melvin Forbes Millard, 89, of New Port Richey,
Florida, died March 25, 1997 at Columbia-New Port
Richey Hospital. Legally blind, he suffered a stroke
in September. He was born in Paterson, NJ and
came to the Canal Zone in 1943 and worked at the
Gatun power station. He retired in 1968 from the
Engineer and Construction Bureau as an engineering
technician in Safety and Traffic Control, at which
time he settled in Holiday, FL until 1984 when he
moved to New Port Richey. He was active in the
Gun Club, Boy Scouts, a member of Sibert Masonic
Lodge and Abou Saad Shrine, a parishioner at St.
Luke's Cathedral, and member of St. Stephen's
Episcopal Church, New Port Richey. He was a life
member of N.A.R.F.E and the National Rifle
He is survived by a daughter, Barbara M.
Armistead of New Port Richey; a son, Kenneth F.
Millard of Satellite Beach, FL; eight grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren.

Raymond M. Murphy, 63, of Sarasota, Florida,
died November 18, 1997. He was born in Vienna,
Maryland and retired from the Panama Canal Co. as
chief of the Community Services Division in 1980.
He served four years in the Navy in Panama and
was a graduate of the University of Maryland and
was a member of the First United Methodist Church
of Sarasota.
Survivors include his wife, Diane; three sons,
Keith A. of South Carolina, Glen S. of Lakeland,
and David L. Wertz of Ft. Lauderdale; two sisters,
Lois Hurley and Carole Brittingham, both of
Maryland; a brother, Reginald of Maryland; and five

Marie Helen Neal, 85, of St, Petersburg, Florida,
died October 12, 1997. Born in Dixon, South Dakota,
she began her teaching career in Spencer, SD. She
was a U.S. Navy veteran and graduated from Wayne
State College in Nebraska, attended the U.of
Nebraska and earned her masters degree from
Northwestern U. She came to the Canal Zone in
1949 and taught at Cristobal and Gamboa
Elementary Schools. She served as Principal of
Gamboa Elementary, and completed the greater part
of her service in 1972 as Principal of Balboa
Elementary School. Many a "CZ Brat" will recall
warmly having been taught and fairly disciplined by
this wonderful educator. She was a member of the
Cathedral of St, Jude the Apostle, the University
Women of St. Petersburg, The Panama Canal Society
of Florida and American Legion Post #14.
Survivors include her daughter, Marguerite H.
Zumbado, Orlando, FL; sisters Ann Wiges, Omaha,
NE., and Frances Oakeson, Spencer, NE; brother
Jerry Mashek, Spencer; two grandchildren, Joseph A.
Robles, Elkins, WV, and Esther R. Aronson, W.
Hartford, CT., and five great-grandchildren.

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Paul V. O'Donnell, 67, died unexpectedly on
January 22, 1998, in Dothan, Alabama, where he
resided since his retirement from the Canal Zone
Police Force in 1979. He was born in Gorgas
Hospital, raised in Balboa and was a BHS'48
graduate. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he
returned to the C.Z. and worked as a police officer,
retiring with the rank of Sergeant when the Police
Force disbanded upon implementation of the Carter-
Torrijos Treaties. He was a member of the Elks,
Lodge 1414 and the V.F.W. He was a member of St.
Columba Catholic Church, where a memorial service
was held.
He is survived by four children, Carol Jones of
Arvada, CO, Paul O'Donnell Jr. of Dothan, AL,
Teresa Mumbrue of Maribel, WI, and Sharon
Schneider of Green Bay, WI; a sister, Maria Clothier
of Philadelphia, PA; four brothers, Dan of Peru, IL,
Bob of San Francisco, CA, Jim of St. Petersburg,
FL, and Tom of Carlsbad, CA.

Dorothy V, Payne passed away of natural causes
on November 29, 1997 at home in Valley Center,
She is survived by a nephew, Richard T.
Leiterman of 164 Harruby Dr., Calimesa, CA. 92320.

Xenia E. Rhoades (Velasquez), 66, passed away
October 16, 1997 in New Port Richey, where she was
under the care of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and
Hospice of Pasco County. She had recently moved
from Panama to live with her daughter Xenia in
Land O'Lakes, Florida. She was born in Panama,
Rep.of Panama, daughter of Pablo E. Velasquez and
Isolina L. Vaccaro. She was the widow of Joseph
D."Dusty" Rhoades of La Chorrera and San Carlos,
She is survived by her mother, Isolina of
Panama; four daughters, Bessie J. Prickett of Tampa,
FL., Lina L. Norris of Curundu, Panama, Xenia E.
Seiler of Land O'Lakes, FL., and Franchesca Y.
Quijano, Panama; brothers Tito, Carlos, Edison and
Aquiles of Panama, Pablo of Lynn Haven, FL; sisters
Isolina (Gina) Clotilde of Panama; Judy Nathanson
and Linda Teabo of Tampa, FL; and five
granddaughters and two grandsons.

Frank H. Robinson, 70, of New Smyrna Beach,
Florida, died of a heart attack on November 8,
1997. He was born in Sanford, FL., went to Panama
with his parents. He served in the Army from 1945
to 1946 and returned to Panama from the
Philippines. He left the Isthmus again to attend
college but found a number of short-term jobs with
the Panama Canal and then was given a permanent
job with the Police force in 1952. He became an
engineering aide in 1953, a supervisory surveying
technician in 1964 and a hydrologist in 1970 and was
involved in many other pursuits. He became a
leading advocate for the protection of the watershed
and welfare of those who lived there. He
accumulated a wealth of experience in Panama's
outdoors by offering safety workshops on hazardous
snakes and plants. Recognized for his valuable
contributions to the Canal, he was presented the
Panama Canal Gold Honorary Service Award, and in
1970, Panama President Jorge Illueca honored him
with the Vasco Nufiez de Balboa Award. Robinson
also served the Canal Zone Council, Boy Scouts of
America for more than a quarter of a century, and

for more than a decade as Advisor for Explorer Post
21, the most active post in the annual ocean-to-
ocean cayuco race. He retired on January 1, 1988 as
the Operations Section chief for the Panama Canal
Commission Meteorological and Hydrographic Branch
with over 38 years of federal service. He is
remembered primarily, for his expertise and
enthusiasm of is work in the Canal watershed.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; three sons,
Frank, Mark, and Brian; a daughter, Lisa; a brother,
John; his mother, Rhoda; and an aunt, Marjorie

Lou Scigliane, 87, of Stone Mountain, Georgia,
died october 15, 1997 of complications from
Alzheimer's. He transferred from the Brooklyn Navy
Yard to the Canal Zone in 1945 and retired as an
Army civilian, Corozal, C.Z. in July 1976 with 33
years of service. He was an active member of Canal
Zone Lodge, Scottish Rite, Abou Saad Shrine and
their Clown Unit. For 30 years he was an instructor
at the Balboa YMCA where he taught body building
and boxing. He could also be found umpiring teen
baseball games and refereeing military boxing events.
He was presented the YMCA Armed Services Award,
and the "Citizen of the Year" award by the Balboa
Lions Club. Prior to retirement the YMCA again
honored him with an award, reading "1946-1976,
thirty years of dedicated service as a volunteer leader
with the Armed Services YMCA, Balboa, C.Z." He
was also a member of the Panama Canal Society of
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary;
four daughters, Mary Leach, Lilburn, GA.,Louise
Bauman, Port Huron, MI., Janet Garcia, Warner
NH., June Lane, Panama City, R.P.; nine
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Henri Grady Skeie, 84, of St, Petersburg, Florida,
passed away on January 18, 1998 at home. Henri was
a Registered Nurse who worked at Gorgas Hospital
and later worked for Public Health as a school nurse
until her retirement.
She is survived by a son, Christian Skeie of
Tampa; a daughter, Selma Klipper of Seminole, FL;
grandchildren Lance Klipper and his wife Nicole,
Suzanne (Klipper) and husband Danny Jacobs, and
Christian S. Skeie III.

Carol Ann Smith (Saarinen), 50, passed away on
September 26, 1997 at her home in Valrico, Florida
after a long illness. She attended schools in the
Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1966.
She is survived by her husband, William (Bill);
a son, Matthew; a sister, Jean Haydel, Memphis,
TN.; in-laws Melvin and Miriam Smith of New Port
Richey, FL; an uncle, Paul Saarinen of St.
Petersburg, FL; and stepmother, Clara Saarinen of
Sarasota, FL.

Teresa P. Smith, 100, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
passed away November 12, 1997 at Bob Secours-
Maria Manor. Born in New York, she came from
the Canal Zone to St. Petersburg in 1943. She was
a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the
Catholic Daughters of America.
There are no family survivors.

Etta Fay Terrell, 81, of Bentonville, Arkansas,
died December 7, 1997 at the home of her daughter
in Metaire, LA. She was born in Detroit, MI., and
resided in the Canal Zone from 1918 to 1963 when
she and her husband, Glynn retired to Bentonville.
She was a Past Matron of Fern Leaf Chapter of the
O.E.S. and was predceased in death by her husband
in 1982.
She is survived by her son, Lance, of Austin,
TX., and a daughter, Andrea Oliver of Mertaire,

Howard T. Tettenburn, 86, passed away on
December 20, 1997 in Keyser, West Virginia where
he and his wife Daisey resided since his retirement
from the Panama Canal Dredging Division in
January, 1971 with over 30 years of service."Tet" was
widely known throughout the Isthmus for his work
with alcoholics, and was awarded the Vasco Nufiez
de Balboa by the government of Panama for his
contribution in that field.
He is survived by his son, Tom, and daughter-
in-law, Lou; their children and other family members
in West Virginia. His wife Daisey predeceased him
in March 1997.

Anita R. Thompson, of Austell, Georgia, died
January 3, 1998. Born in Ancon, Canal Zone, she
spent several years growing up in Tela, Honduras,
San Jose, Costa Rica and New Orleans. She returned
to the CZ to graduate from high school. She married
Paul Thompson and worked for the Panama Canal
Accounting Division, retiring in 1959, then moved to
Florida. She was widowed in 1980 and has been
living near her daughter and son-in-law in Georgia
since 1989.
Survivors include her daughter, Frances A.
Clinton, Marietta, GA; two brothers, Rev. Paul
Rankin CSC, Notre Dame, IN, and Thomas L.
Rankin, Jacksonville, FL; three grandchildren, one
great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Stewart P. Trail, 85, of Fairhope, Alabama, died
October 15, 1997. He was a native of Missouri and
retired from the Panama Canal Police Division in
1962 with over 26 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Jessie Trail of
Fairhope; a son, George Young Trail of Houston,
Texas; and a sister, Georgia Lintvet of Lexington,

Marie Hickey Trobridge, nee Hickey, born in
Brooklyn, N.Y., died suddenly of complications
following surgery in Baltimore, Maryland on
November 1, 1996. She graduated from Balboa High
School in 1941, then went to college at Iowa State
University, graduating as a physical therapist.
Following graduation, she worked in Michigan where
she contracted polio from a patient. She married in
1957 and left on an extended adventure with her
husband in their home-built sailboat, White Seal,
giving birth to their first child in Australia, and a
second child in South Africa. They finally settled in
Maryland where she was active in 4-H and Girl
Scouts. She had been employed by the Department
of Aging and taught classes using slides from her
travels of the East Coast.
She is survived by her husband, Gerry and two
children: Mrs. Tracy Fiege of Baltimore and Lt.Col.

Thomas G. Trobridge of Fort Bragg, NC; and three
grandsons, Tyler, William and Eric.

Hendrik "Jim" van't Veld, 70, of McLean,
Virginia, died September 9, 1997 at
Columbia/Arlington Hospital. Born in Gorgas
Hospital, he attended Pedro Miguel and Ancon
Elementary Schools until 1937, continuing his
education in the Netherlands. Due to German
occupation, he and his brother were unable to return
to the U.S. until 1944 and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1945, then joined the Army and was
accepted into OCS and commissioned in 1946. After
his tour of duty he remained in the Army Reserves
and studied at Georgetown University only to be
recalled for active duty in Vienna, Austria, then
finally getting his BS degree from Georgetown U. in
1953 and returning to the Canal Zone where he was
employed by the Office of Security, PCC. He
returned to Georgetown U. for his Masters degree in
International Law, then employed by the National
Security Agency, after which he transferred to the
Office of Personnel Management where he assisted
in obtaining Social Security benefits for Panamanian
employees and was involved in negotiations for U.S.
bases in Spain, retiring in 1979 as a Army Reserve
He is survived by his sister, Violet "Vicki" van't
veld Johnson, Sun City Center, FL., and his niece,
Roberta Lynn Oliver, McLean, VA.

Donald G. Vose, 60, passed away on December
6, 1995 at his home in Pensacola, Florida. He was
born in Cumberland, Rhode Island and spent most
of his Navy service time in the Canal Zone. He was
Inspector for the Canal protection Division when he
retired in July 1994 with almost 40 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Barbara;
a daughter, Darla; two sons, Kevin and Bob; a
grandson, Shane, all of Pensacola; a sister, Susan
Jencks of Pawtucket, R.I., and two brothers, Robert
and Irving, both of Cumberland, R.I.

Walter Clarence Watson, 79, of Panama City,
FL. and winter resident of Sarasota, died February 1,
1998. He was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He
was head of the F.A.A. in Panama before he retired
in 1981. He was a grand master of the Masonic
Lodge of Panama, served on the board of B'nai
b'rith and the Salvation Army. He was a Navy
veteran of World War II. He was a member of
Synagogue Kol Shearith Israel in Panama.
Survivors include three daughters, Sarita E.
Quackenbush of Phoenix City, AL., Esther C. Abadi
and Donna L. Rios, both of Panama City; four
sisters, Thelma Maguire, Gladys McLain. Madeline
Perez and Joy Finnimore, all of Sarasota; 10
grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Pearl Wickham, 98, of McAlester, Oklahoma,
passed away October 7, 1997. She was born in
Calvert, Texas. Mass of the Christian Burial was held
at St. John's Catholic Church, McAlester.
She is survived by her daughter, Ms. Jimmie
Wickham, a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and a resident of McAlester, Texas.

Louise Sullivan Sampson Wilkinson, 94, of
Collinsville, Oklahoma, died January 21, 1997. She
was born in Lisbon, North Dakota and received her
Nursing degree at the St. Barnabas Hospital in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. She accepted a nurses
position at Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone and
met Dr. Sampson, married him and spent 26 years in
the Canal Zone. Her husband retired in 1948 and
the family settled in Lisbon, ND. Six months later,
Dr. Sampson passed away and Louise became the
Public Health Nurse in Lisbon. She then married
Leslie Wilkinson, moved to San Antonio, TX, later
to Donna, TX, and in 1992 moved to McAllen, TX.
In January of 1997 she moved to a nursing home in
Oklahoma to be near her family. She was a member
of OES, Weslaco Branch; and the Teachers
Retirement and Book Review Club.
She is survived by a son, Don Sampson of
Owasso, OK; a daughter, Jan Muralt of Mission
Viejo, CA; four grandchildren and seven great-

William Howard Will, Sr., 80, of El Cajon,
California, passed away at his home on September
25, 1997, after a brief illness. He was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone and retired from the Construction
Division in 1975 with over 37 years of service. He
was a member of Elks Lodge #1542, was active in
the Little League and Pony League. For many years
he called Bingo at the Knights of Columbus and the
Elks in Margarita.
He is survived by his wife, Rita of 57 years; a
son, Will, of Sunnyvale, CA; three daughters, Laurie
Engelke, Margaret Ender, and Norine Ernest of
Panama; nine grandchildren and a great-grand-

Bobby Joe Williford, 59, passed away January 22,
1998, after a brief illness, at the East Pasco Medical
Center, Zephyrhills, Florida. He was born in Pope,
Mississippi and came to Panama with his parents in
1941, and was a CHS'57 graduate. In his younger
years, he became an avid flyer, fisherman and hunter.
He was also known for his woodworking and often
assisted cayuco crews preparing their cayucos for the
Annual Ocean to Ocean race. His design of a more
efficient, streamlined, popular paddle was known as
the "Williford Paddle. He was a member of Elks
Lodge 1542 and Past President of the Tarpon Club,
and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. During his
career he was employed by many areas of the Canal
Zone Government, serving with the Postal Division,
Marine Traffic Control, Terminals Division, Housing
Branch and Logistical Support Division. He also
served with the Government of Panama in the area
of Pier Maintenance during the PCC Transition
period. He retired in 1995 after 36 years of service
to Dade City, Florida, where he excelled in vegetable
and flower gardening.
He was predeceased by his father, William who
died in 1980 and his brother Terry in 1982. He is
survived by his wife Molly (Engelke); two sons,
Robert of Orlando and David of Brandon; his
mother, Tommie Williford of Ocean Springs, MS.;
brothers James of Ft. Walton Beach, FL and Michael
and sister Nancy Farnsworth, both of Corozal,

Theresa Goulet Wright, 76, passed away
November 3, 1997 in a nursing home, suffering for
several years with complications of arthritis after she
retired in 1988. She was born in Gorgas Hospital to
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Goulet, General Manager of the
Commissary Division. She was a CHS'38 graduate
and CZJC'40. She was employed by the Special
Engineering Division for several years, then attended
the FSU Graduate school, earning a Master of
Science degree. She was then employed at The
National Aeronautics and Space Administration H.Q.
for 30 years. She received an Exceptional
Performance Award at retirement, and moved to
Alamagordo, NM to be near her sister, Mary Zagone
who died in 1990.
She is survived by two sisters, Macel Thomson,
Memphis, TN., and Rita Goulet, Madeira Beach, FL
and a sister-in-law, Carol Goulet, Naples, FL. and
several nieces and nephews.

Joseph H. Young, 77, a retired mechanical
supervisor from the Panama Canal died January 1,
1998. He and his wife "Connie" resided in Titusville,
Florida since 1975 when he retired from the Locks
Division with over 34 years of service. He was
Balboa High School graduate, Class of 1940, and
then became a U.S. Navy veteran during World War
II. He subsequently retired from the US Naval
Reserve as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a member
of St. Teresa Church in Titusville and a member of
the Veteran of Foreign Wars. Joe and his wife
"Connie were both avid motorcyclists.
Survivores include his wife, Maria "Connie"
Young of Titusville; daughters Diane Parrotino of
Apopka, FL., and Elinor Huey of Pembroke Pines,
FL; a son, Gary of Davie, FL.; a sister, Sylvia Stern
of Hollywood, FL., and three grandchildren.

Mary Milloy Zemer, 97, died peacefully in her
sleep at home in Santa Clara, California on
September 6, 1997. She was born in Somerville,
Mass. and went to the Canal Zone during WWI to
join her parents after her graduation from high
school. Early in her career, she was employed by the
Commissary Division, Balboa, and the Port Captain's
Office, Cristobal. On July 15, 1922, she married
Emmett Zemer at the Balboa Union Church. She
retired in 1965 from the Department of Engineers,
US Army, Ft. Amador with 23 years of service. In
1957 she and her husband moved to the Rep. of
Panama, following his retirement and in 1988 they
returned to the U.S. to make their home in Santa
Clara. She was a member of the Balboa Union
Church and a Past Matron and lifetime member of
Orchid Chapter, O.E.S. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Emmett Zemer and sisters:
Gertrude, Helen and Isabella Milloy.
Survivors include her children; William Zemer,
Capistrano Beach, CA; Isabelle Z. Lively, Sonoma,
CA., Phyllis Z. Wright, San Jose, CA., and Shirley Z.
Swenson, Wilmington, NC., grandchildren: David
Zemer, Oslo, Norway, Connie Z. Baumgarner, La
Selva Beach, CA., James Wright, Orlando, FL., Julie
Wright, San Jose, CA., and John Swenson, Atlanta,
GA.; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-

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Letters to the Editor


On November 11, 1997, twenty seven Zonian
Amigos arrived in Springfield, MO. at noon. Hailing
from Alabama, Florida, New Jersey and Texas, their
flights were coordinated to arrive within minutes of
each other.
The group quickly boarded their private
motorcoach which was waiting for them at the
airport. On the forty minute ride to Branson, they
were treated to the colorful scenery of the Ozarks
Fall Foliage which had kept its beauty late into the
Upon checking into their hotel, the group began
the Branson Holiday Season Tour with dinner at
McFarlain's Restaurant (one of the tour's six
fabulous dinner restaurants) then it was on to the
Mel Tillis and Brenda Lee show. Following that, the
Zonian Amigos saw the eleven other Holiday Shows
which included: Lawrence Welk, Baldknobbers Hilbilly
Jamboree, Yakov Smirnoff, Shoji Tabuchi, Branson
City Lights, Wayne Newton, Country ToniteJim
Stafford, Bobby Vinton, Doug Gabriel and Andy
Williams Moon River Christmas and Holiday Shows.
To top it off, the group was delighted to have a few
hours of snow flurries.
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Kate Carey, her husband, Marc Kaufman, and
their children Ryan and Jillian Rose enjoyed a visit
in Panama with Kate's father. Ryan had a great time
snorkeling and sailing. Jillian, at six months, will have
to wait for another visit to take advantage of all the
wonders of Panama.

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Kate Carey and husband
Ryan and Jillian Rose.

Kneeling: Pete & Marje Foster; 1st row: Al Maale,
Jack Taber, Huah Norris. Dom & Dorothy
Bruzzese, Shirley Boswell, Jeanne Wheeler,
Doris & Norm Dugas, George Wollmers, Marian
& Lee Kariger. Back: Bob & Dot Herrington,
Carlie Taber, Tommie Lou Horter, Edythe & Tony
D'Andrea, Elma Seiferlien, Jane Huldtquist, Aura
Erikson, Issy Gibson, Harriet Wollmers, Joy
In between shows, the tour included casual tours
of the Branson area including the College of the
Ozarks, craft and specialty shops, museum and malls.
Having their private motorcoach gave them the
flexibility to be able to split up and let each
individual select their sightseeing/shopping preference.
On Monday, November 17, the group headed for
home full of the holiday spirit and looking forward
to 1998 and 1999 tours.
Pete Foster

Marc Kaufman with

Kate and Marc live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Kate is the daughter of Capt. John Carey and Lani
Carey, formerly of Gatun.


Before we went to Florida this year, we had
Marcette (BHS'80) and Rex Kilgore's three children,
Matrix (9), Raquel (7) and Morgan (5) for a month
- the first ever (and the last time, according to
Marcette). We visited all the sites near and in San
Antonio, like Fiesta Texas, Splashdown, The Institute
of Texan Culture (where I volunteer), River Walk,
Boat Ride, Zoo, Train Ride through Brackenridge
Park, Skyride over Sunken Gardens, Wildlife Park,
and Schhtter Bahn. We also visited the Missions and
Retama Race Track! Michele's (BHS'78) daughter,
Shaunt6 was a big help since she spent a lot of time
there and knew her way around.
Mich6le spent the 4th of July there to celebrate
her bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas
University in San Marcos, Texas. We spent two
weeks in July there. My vacation was "extended" by
three weeks since Marcette had to have surgery and
needed help. She is doing well now and started back
teaching at Gustat-Hill Middle School and being in
charge of Cheer leading which she had done through
all her school years in the Canal Zone.

Gladys D. Saarinen,
Laurie Siltz & Family, Lynn S. Jahnke & Family
Albert Saarinen & Family, Michael Scullen & Family
Appreciate the many prayers, loving thoughts and
kindness shown for the recent loss of their loved
Robert Jay Saarinen
who rested in the Lord on August 18, 1997 at
Balboa Heights, Republic of Panama


The 5th Annual Balboa Invitational Golf Tourney
was held this year in Houston, Texas, October 1997.
Golfers attending are pictured, however, those
who teed off previously and missed the group photo
were Bobby Gibson, caddie, Paul Forest, Ray Kelley,
Ronald Bowman, Eddie Davis, Charlie Cantrell and
Alice Cooper.
A great time was had by all.

L-R: Mark Casteliani, Jim Duffus, Jim Fish,
Chuck Ruth, Glenn Seeley, Steve Patchett, John
Givens, and Philip Wolf.


John Disharoon, (BHS'68) and a third generation
Zonian, has worked National Football League games
for more than 20 years. John works for the major
television networks during Tampa Bay Buccaneer
football games. He has provided statistics for many
game announcers during that time. He takes pride in
this "hobby" and has particularly enjoyed working the
two Super Bowls in Tampa. In addition, he has
worked on all three Tampa Bay Buccaneer home
play-off games.
John has taught elementary school in Pinellas
County, Florida, for 26 years. He often invites a
"star" Buccaneer player to deliver an informal speech
or "message" to his students. Very few children are
absent on that day! He recently received a warm
letter from Mike Holmgren, head coach of the Green
Bay Packers, addressed to his class, thanking them
for their support and how it felt to bring the
Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay last year.

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John Disharoon (BHS'68) with Malcolm Glazer,
owner of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, taken
the day the Bucs beat the Lions in their playoff

Four generations, L-R: Danielle Cooksey, great-
granddaughter, Carolann Cooksey, granddaughter,
Linda Marshall, daughter, and Faith Brundage,
proud mother.

The Press Box of Houlihan Stadium in Tampa
Florida where John Disharoon works during all
Tampa Bay Buccaneer games. He also works the
New Years Day college Outback Bowl game here.


Attending the wedding of Amy Clayton, daughter
of Chuck and Margy (Samples) Clayton, on August
2, 1997 in Ft.Lauderdale, were all of the Haines
family brothers and sisters. Also attending this joyous
occasion were all six Samples brothers and sisters,
and first cousins.

L-R: John Haines, June (Haines) Israel, Claire
(Haines) Bryan, Dolly (Haines) Knauer, Margaret
Haines) Samples, Frank Haines, Mary (Haines)
Engelke, Betty (Haines) McKinney.

L-R: Margy Clayton (Samples), Eddie Samples,
Margie (Engelke) Gallardo, Teresa (Samples)
McCullers, Ginny (Samples) Mandell, Richard
McKinney, Susan Engelke, Maryanne (Samples)
Dresson, Sonny Samples.


The Kozlowski family has been on the move with
their suitcases still warm. In 1993, Modesta, along
with children, Anthony, Carmen and Sophia traveled
to the Canal Zone with Sofia's husband, Dean, who
visited Panama for the first time. Dean was thrilled
to see the Canal Zone and all its history and
especially enjoyed traveling outside the city to Pocri,
Aguadulce, to stay with all of Modesta's family and
to see her hometown. It was a beautiful trip.
1994 was a special year for Anthony (BHS'72) as
he married Lisa Stefan in Buffalo, New York. He
and Lisa look forward to visiting the Canal Zone
someday, too. Modesta is always on the go, and in
1995 she was off to Madrid, Spain to see the sites.
While she didn't run with the bulls, she did travel to
Segovia, Toledo, and had a great time.

Modesta Kozlowski family, children and
grandchildren; John, Nancy, Caleb, Lindsey,
Carmen, Anthony, Lisa, Frank, Paul Annette,
Elsa, Sophia, Dean and Joseph. Family reunion at
John and Nancy's home in Santa Rosa, CA.
The clan keeps growing and in May 1996,
Modesta welcomed a new grandchild. Her daughter
Sophia gave birth to a son, Joseph Matteo Kozlowski
Sciacca. Little Joseph has already learned to enjoy
traveling as in June, 1997, all the Kozlowski clan
(Modesta and six children, John and wife Nancy,
Carmen, Tony and wife Lisa, Frank, Poland wife
Annette and Sophia and husband Dean, gathered at
John's home in Santa Rosa, CA., for grandson
Caleb's high school graduation. It was great for
Modesta to have a chance to spend with all four of
her grandchildren Caleb and Lindsey (John's
children), Elisa (Paul's daughter) and little Joseph
(Sophia's son). It was a very blessed family reunion
and as Modesta says, "I am sure Joe is looking down
on me, and all his kids and he was always so proud
of "his gang." God is good.


Here we are in front of Ben Nevis at Ft.
William, Scotland, on our way to Rod's ancestral
home in Knoydart up near the Isle of Skye. Our
first trip in May lasted only five days in London due
to illness and the bombing of trains. This time we
brought our youngest daughter Carol, as security in
case of problems. We spent 20 days by car and train
having a splendid visit to all the wonderful places
between London and Knoydart and even stayed at
the Glengarry Castle Hotel whose nearby castle ruins
are the ancestral home of the Macdonell Chiefs of
Glengarry and Knoydart.

A total of 20 members of the Reyes family
gathered at Lou and Sandy's home in Tampa to
share Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy the togetherness
that comes with family reunions.

In front of Ben Nevis at Fort William, Scotland,
Roderick and Virginia Macdonell.
We spent four days seeing the sights of London
before returning home on September 17th. Both trips
were gifts from our children, Roderick, Margaret,
Robert, Paul, Mark and Carol.
Roderick and Virginia Macdonell


A group of mostly ex-Canal Zone residents went
to Panama during New Year. They had a wonderful
New Year's celebration at the Corondao Resort as
well as touring the major sight-seeing spots in
Panama. The picture was taken in the lobby of El
Panama Hotel.

L-R: Lee Johnson, husband of Rochelle Head
Johnson and her son, Mark, Bob McCarrick and
Peggy Simpson of Ft. Walton Beach, FL., Marion
and Fitz Donnally of Palm Coast, June Barlow
Riesz and husband John, Wilma Vogt and John
Hood of Palm Coast.

Pictured: Roy and Charlotte Reyes, Lou and
Sandy Reyes, Diva Reyes, Maritza Reyes,
Hernan and Luz (Reyes) Sedda, Shawn and
Melissa (Sedda) McNair.

Thanksgiving '97 at Louis/Sandy's home. Pictured:
Derek Reyes, Erika Reyes, Rochelle Reyes,
Maritza Reyes, Ryan Reyes, Alex Reyes, Tony
Sedda, Melissa Sedda McNair
Visiting from Panama were Lou's sister and
brother-in-law, Luz (Reyes) and husband, Hernan
Sedda, and son Tony. The dinner was enjoyed by all.
Alex Reyes, son of Tom Reyes is not pictured.

Two years ago my husband gave me a wonderful
Minolta camera for Christmas. Recently I asked
innocent by-standers to take pictures of me in them.
In the spring we took our 12 year old son
Meade to Germany for the first time. His Papa had
an exhibit at the Dental Trade Show in Cologne, so
Meade and I climbed up the dome of the Cathedral.
Then off to Bavaria to tour Heidelberg,
Neuschwanstein (Disney's) and Linderhof castles.
Also, he got to pilot a Chinook helicopter simulator
with old friends.

We toured London, took the Thames River
cruise, rode through the Cotswolds' beautiful
countryside to lovely Bath and bustling Oxford and
Oxford University. We were fortunate to get tickets
to tour Buckingham Palace. An old school chum ofA
mine now living in Wales, and Joyce's friend Jill,
who lives near Oxford, joined us one day in London
and we rode the tube to Covent Gardens.
j The next day we packed and headed for
-" a Heathrow Airport and the week was over too
quickly. The day we left, London was in shock it
was the day Princess Diana died.
We all loved England and hope to return in the
not-too-distant future. And hopefully, the rate of
Eal Aexchange will be better!"

West Coast Reunion, Sept. 20, 1997 a quorum
from the BHS Class of '66. L-R: Lorene Collister
Nichols, Jim DeLa Pefia, Toni Huff, Patt Earl

d tr Louise and Eugene Bauman with friend Sharon
Feher walked the second span of the Blue Water
t Bridge on July 13, 1997. The Blue Water Bridge
connects Port Huron, Michigan with Sarnia, Ontario,
They expected 20,000 people to make the walk,
however, 200,000 showed up and walked it!
I -The first Blue Water Bridge was built in 1938,
and construction on the second bridge was started on
April 12, 1995.

Fellow BHS'66 classmates: Joan Sartain Freesh,
a feline veterinarian in St. Louis, MO. and Patt .
Earl Anderson, an unpaid kid chauffeur from "
Gelndora, CA. October 4, 1997. *,
In September, through the efforts of Toni Huff, "
Jim de la Pefia, Lorene Collister and I spent an
evening together at the PCSSC West Coast
Reunion.It was a lot of fun to remember the good Louise and Eugene Bauman with haro eher on
old days at BHS and realize we'd all turned out to Louise and Eugene Bauman with Sharo Feher on
be good citizens, despite growing up in Panama. the second span of the Blue Water Bridge
Lastly, I visited Joan Sartain Freesh who was one of
my best friends those days (and with whom I had
lost contact for twenty years). She is a vegetarian
who has a feline clinic in St.Louis, MO.
Anyway, the camera takes excellent photos no
matter who presses the button. It made some
wonderful memories for me.

Patt Earl Anderson

Laverne Larrabee and her daughter Joyce Russell
of Bernardsville, NJ had an unforgettable vacation,
thanks to the generosity of Laverne's mother.
"We sailed from New York aboard the QE2 for
a fabulous six days of luxury, disembarking in
Southampton, England. We headquartered in London
at the conveniently located Grosvenor Thistle Hotel.
Joyce's fiancee flew over and joined us for the week 'Tony's Folly", a Rolls Royce 1974 Silver Shadow,
in England. and Maria and Tony Ramirez, Menlo Park, CA.


On December 27, 1997, a local group of Zonians
held the 12th Annual Christmas Tree Burn at Eckerd
College, St.Petersburg, Florida. The group was
spearheaded by Gary O'Connor, Dave Rankin, Jim
Hele, Tom Engelke and Steve Nehring, all former
residents of the Canal Zone. Despite the worst
weather the area had seen in years, the burn was
successful and a crowd of around 50 people showed
up to help us celebrate the old and very fond

Steve Nehring and Gary Connor, two of the
originators of the Annual Tree Burn.
Some of those in attendance were Gary and
Colleen O'Connor, Tom and Alice Engelke and
family, Butch and Lynn Nehring and family, Bob and
Nellie Engelke and family, the Date family also had
a family reunion, Dave and Allegro Rankin, the
Furlong family, Ted and Mel Henter and family,
Janice, Jason and Shannon Foster, and other friends
and guests. We are in the planning stages for the
Christmas Tree Burn of 1998, and a tentative date
has been set for December 26, 1998 at Eckerd
College, St.Petersburg, Florida.

Coila Gooden Maphis, Sam Maphis, Joanie
Sprague Kilgallon spend a few hours together as
the Maphis' pass through Washington D.C. after
visiting Shirley McKibben and her daughter,
Marsha and Al Sprague.


From St.Luke's, Ancon, Canal Zone to St. Paul's.
San Diego, California. "Choir Girl", an oil painting
by Catsy Taylor Schafer in 1956/57 of her daughter,
Susan Taylor, is viewed by Sue 40 years later at the
juried Art Show at St.Paul's.
Sue's daughter, Layne Pitney, also had two
photographs in the exhibit, running until October

Susan Taylor with painting of her 40 years ago by
Catsy Taylor Schafer.


The Menges family (formerly of the Atlantic
side) got together in Aiken, South Carolina over the
Thanksgiving holiday.
Mel Menges retired from the Atlantic side
Maintenance Division in 1980 and has resided in
Aiken, S.C. since that time.
Missing from the picture are four other
grandchildren along with their families who were
unable to attend the gathering in Aiken.
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The Menges four, L-R: Judy (Menges) Sigmon
(CHS'73), Bob Menges (CHS'79), Evelyn (Menges)
Sellers (CHS'68), Paul Menges (CHS'67).


A group of former residents of Panama and the
Canal Zone living in Northern California gathered
this summer at Santa Rosa for their fifth annual
picnic. As usual, we enjoyed talking about our lives
in Panama, the activities and acquaintances which we
had shared.
We again enjoyed the "raspaduras" which were
made from a shaved ice machine provided by Lance
Hughes. Zonites of a wide variety of ages were
present, graduates of Canal Zone schools from 1937
to 1982.
If there are any other Northern Californians (or
otherwise) who would like to join our picnics, please
call Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane at 707-537-1924 or
Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco at 650-712-8769, or e-mail
Nancy at nano33(S)

Kneeling: Lance Hughes, Pat (Leach) Koenig,
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane, Myrna (Boynton)
Erickson, Helen Aanstoos. 2nd row: Lilia Freed,
daughter Maria Charlson and grandson Andrew,
Bobbie (Styles) Field, Carline Lindgren, Norine
(Kaufer) Crnich), Cecilia Bito, Lorraine Juvet, Kit
Whitney. Back row: Louise (Glut) Maher, Jean
(Stilwell) Crook hidden, Roger Kelly, Liz
Minton, John Freed, Al Bito, John Lindgren,
Noella Lindgren, Mike Young, Don Hughes,
Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco, Duncan Ballenger, Jim
Cochrane, Bob Crnich. Attending but not in foto:
Martin Lanfranco, Harold Erickson.


Recognize this "Matador"? The only Zonian, if
memory serves, to ever become a professional
bullfighter. His professional life as a Matador began
while still in Balboa High at the age of 16. He
fought at the Plaza de Toros La Macarena in
Panama and also traveled to Spain and Mexico to
face the toros and novillos there during the summer
vacations. He was seriously gored in Sevilla, Spain
and after recuperating, continued his part-time career
and hobby. After more than 70 encounters in the
sand ring at the various corridas throughout Spain,
Mexico and Panama, and several minor injuries, he
hung up his "Traje de Luces" and settled down to a
more sedentary life. While in the arena, his
performances were such that he received the ear of
the bull on several occasions.
He went by the name of "El Americano." Yes,
his name is Robert (Bobby) Lopez of Balboa. He
now resides in Laredo, Texas and is still an avid
bullfighter, but only as a spectator at the Corridas de
Toro in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. He is a 1956
graduate of Balboa High School.

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Robert Lopez, BHS'56, in his 'traje de lucas" in
Seville, Spain.


Barbara and Seymour Paul in front of their new
home, the Sea Barb. They have been in San Diego
for a month preparing to go to Mexico before
heading down to the Canal Zone.
They expect to be there by Christmas of 1998.
Seymour's father was head of the Personnel Division
before his retirement in 1945.
Picture was by Catsy Taylor Schafer who had the
Pleasure of taking them sightseeing.

Barbara and Seymour Paul.


Editor must have by:

April 22, 1998

Gerry Simon Gagnon and Jim Gagnon go to
Antarctica for Christmas and New Years. They flew
from Miami to Buenos Aires where they boarded the
ship Marco Polo for their Antarctic Expedition.
The first stop was in West Point Falkland Islands
where they saw their first penguins. Then on to the
Drake Passage and Antarctic Strait and their first
stop in Antarctica was Deception Island. All
passengers were taken ashore on Zodiac runner rafts.
They are dressed for the adventure with knee high
runner boots, waterproof pants over their jeans and
the red parka. They made several other stops while
there and saw many different kinds of penguins,
whales and seals. Even though it was summer, it was
still cold.

The 7th Annual Weenie Ride took place in New
Braunfels, Texas during the first weekend in October
All arrived Thursday and into Friday, during
which time an evening get-together was hosted by
Jim and Sherrie Slice. It seemed like we were all
back at Margarita or Balboa Clubhouses, munching
on empanadas and seviche.
The Weenie Ride took place on Saturday
morning. Total time was about 3 hours and all with-
out incident. A good time was had by all.
After a nice day, all were treated to a delicious
Lasagna dinner, hosted by Phyllis and LJ. Christoph.
Thanks to K. Cooper & Bill Weigle for their input.

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Jim and Gerry Gagnon in Antarctica.
On their return trip they passed Cape Horn and
their final destination was Ushuaia, Argentina.
Ushuaia in the most southern city in the world. It is
a beautiful little city surrounded by the Andes
mountains. It was a fabulous trip with spectacular
scenery everywhere they looked.



L-R: Jeanette Fernandez, ex-president of Inter-
American Women of Panama, Jeanne Flynn
Stough, Tita Brid Smith and Glenda Kochel
enjoyed a reunion luncheon at Fort Sam Houston
last November, 1997.

7th Annual Weenie Ride, Kneeling L-R: Terry
Webster, John & Vera Hanna, Rod Snyder, Jim
Slice, L.J. Christoph, Phil Sanders. Standing L-
R: Al Steiner, Don Nungaster, Kenny Cooper,
Dick "Rio" & Carol Ester, Ed "Bobo" & Ann
Marshall, Louis French, Bill & Rhonda Kerns,
Billy Weigle, Richard Bailey, George "Algo"
Cotton, Ed "Mr.Nice" Dolan, & Chris Christoph.

Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett, Huntington Harbour,
CA., reports that her mother, Marian "Dolly" Steiner,
Seal Beach, CA., is doing just great. At 88 years
young she still walks 1V mile one-way to church -
hops a ride on the "Leisure World Chiva" back
She attended the Steiner Family Reunion in
Alabama in May before visiting daughter, Patty
(Steiner) Kearns of Williamsburg, VA. Also attending
the Steiner Reunion in addition to Dolly's children,
John Steiner of Tallahassee, Allen Steiner of
Houston, Joanne Steiner of Westlake, CA, were
cousin Larry Siegel of Reston, VA., sister Edna
Allen) Slusher and husband, and Court and Kathleen
(Steiner) Bennett. Dolly is still attractive to the male
gender who carry her parcels and add an occasional
pinch for good luck in parting. She is a staunch fan
of the Atlanta Falcons and prays not for a win but
that they don't embarrass themselves no luck as of
this writing. Kathleen is hoping to take her mom on
a Caribbean cruise in the near future.
Kathleen's husband, Court had cardiac by-pass
surgery (five arteries) in July; he is getting along
fine. They are now proud grandparents of a baby
girl, Brigid, daughter of Teresa and Steve Godfrey.
Brigid is surrounded by doting parents and family.



When we placed the first announcement in the
September 1996 Canal Record about planning a 60th
Anniversary Class Reunion, which was almost two
years ahead, we had no idea how many of our class
would respond.
Since the time is almost here, and several of our
classmates will be in Orlando (during the 1998
Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion) we are
hoping to hear from others who would like to
Just give me a call and we will forward
information to you.
JULY 4th, 1998.
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
BHS Class of 1938,
9816 Lake Seminole Drive West,
Seminole, Florida 33773-4521.
(813) 397-5366.


Plans are being made to hold a BHS Class of
1949 50th Anniversry Reunion in 1999. It's never too
early to start planning. We would like to hear from
classmates who have any suggestions or advice on
the reunion. We would like to hear whether to have
the Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion or to arrange a trip to Panama
(probably in the spring of 1999). The year 1999 is
not only our 50th anniversary but it is the last year
of Balboa High School and the U.S. involvement
with the Panama Canal. Volunteers interested in
assisting in arrangements for the reunion may

Bea (Reyes) Dunn
545 Moss
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-3686

Tom Peterson
6534 Samoa Drive
Sarasota, FL 34241-7731
(941) 371-7731

A Hospitality Suite is reserved, the class dinner
location and menu are selected, the 5th issue of El
Loro Viejo (reunion newsletter) is to be mailed
shortly and BHS '48 will soon be heading for
Orlando and their big 50-year get-together. As the
July 1-5 reunion dates approach, firm commitments
must be made by the committees and that means the
time is NOW for BHS'48ers to get it all together
and send final registration forms to chairman Russ
Drew. Details are in the soon-to-be-mailed El Loro
Although the Search Committee has accounted
for almost 3/4 of the classmates, there are still some
missing persons. (See "Where Are You" section of
this Canal Record) Society members have been very
helpful with providing addresses. Many thanks for
your help and keep the ideas coming.
Barbara Fritz Reyle
10518 Providence Way
Fairfax, VA 22030-3106
(703) 272-2654

Balboa High School, Canal Zone
The Year 2000...50th Reunion
Plans are underway for a NIFTY CLASS OF
FIFTY reunion (our 50th Year!) in the year 2000.
Please see our more detailed notice under the
"Where Are You" section in this issue of the Canal
Record or contact:

Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury
RR 13 Box 8600
Nacogdoches, TX
(409) 564-0620

Joan (Powell) Arndt
9770 S.W. 198th Cir.
Dunnellon, FL
(352) 489-3887

We would appreciate receiving current addresses
of all classmates. The last mailing sent, many letters
were returned marked "undeliverable". If you know
addresses of classmates who are not members of the
Society, please include those as well.


Collection has begun for 1998 and some glasses
have already been received. Please look around the
house, gather up your old eyeglasses and send them
to Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA
70714-2253. Over the past five years PCS members
have donated 869 pairs of glasses to those less
fortunate in Latin America. You can make a
difference. Please do your part today.

The 36th ANNUAL
The 1998 Canal Zone Poconos Reunion is
scheduled for Friday afternoon, September 11, 1998,
to Sunday, September 13, 1998, at the Hill Motor
Lodge (Best Western), Tannersville, PA. The Motor
Lodge is located at Exit 45 on 1-80 in Tannersville.
The cost is still $70 per person double occupancy
and includes dinner on Friday and Saturday night.
Telephone reservations may be made after
January 1998 by calling (717) 629-1667. This is an
ideal time and place in which to hold Mini-Class
Reunions and a great place to relax and enjoy the
company of fellow Zomans. Golf is also available. If
additional information is needed, call Bob Whitam at
(330) 725-5087 or Bill March at (609) 772-9458.


Due to the "super" response to the 1957 Class
Reunion trip in February, I have been asked to
organize one for a New Year's "Bash" which will
take place at the Coronado Hotel and Resort in the
interior of Panama. Anyone interested in joining this
group which is "Gateway to the World 'Viva Panama"
for December 30th to January 5th, 1999 inclusive
with additional tours and many sightseeing ventures
such as Barro Colorado Island and a half-day trip
through Miraflores Locks, please get in touch with
June Barlow Riesz, 8 Crossway Court West, Palm
Coast, FL 32137 or phone (904) 445-2839 for a
complete itinerary and details.


BHS Class of 1996 invites classmates as well as
BHS classes of 1965 and 1967 to join us on a cruise
immediately before (June 30 to July 2, 1998) the
Panama Canal Society Reunion.
"Take the Boat" to the '98 Reunion and join in
our "Turning Fifty" celebration. Please join us for a
4 night 3 day Carnival Lines cruise out of (and
back) to Port Canaveral, Florida. Lots of fun,
dancing and activities. Now everyone can "Take the
Boat" to the States (i.e., the Reunion). Group rates.
A classmate is a travel agent and is making
arrangements. Special events planned Call Bob
Askew, (208) 788-2253 or write to P.O.Box 2511,
Hailey, ID 83333. E-mail:


The combined classes of BHS/CHS of 1963 will
have a 35 year reunion in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion.
For more information please contact Lesley
Hendricks Litzenburger (803).524-1082 or through


Go Fourth and Enjoy!
Enjoy the camaraderie of old friends at your 45th
high school reunion on July 3 and 4, 1998.
On Friday: 3-5 p.m. meet under the balloons
near the vendor's entrance.
On Saturday, 3-5 p.m., Party at Hubert and
Margot Jordan suite. $15/couple; $8/stag. RSVP,
please. Clip and send the form below.


Please make reservations for people.
Couples Stags_
Make checks payable a-n- mail to either:

Hubert Jordan (BHS)
16409 Lake Byrd Dr.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 963-6998

Edna Musso (BHS)
23 Gatehouse Dr.
Holland, PA 18966
(215) 322-7691

Nancy Eide (CHS)
3548 E. Nugget Canyon PI.
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 577-7284


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30th Reunion Summer of 1998

The Class of 1968 will hold its 30th Class
Reunion with the Panama Canal Society's Annual
Reunion in Florida during 1-5 July, 1998. Bob
Hughes and Marshall Harris, still nursing their
twisted arms, need to hear from you soon to plan
this spectacular event you have come to expect.
CHS'ers are encouraged to write as well our last
joint reunion was a great success. Let us hear your
ideas and plan to attend. Contact Darlene Hunt,
1050 Starkey Road #305. Largo, FL 33771. (813)
584-3192 or those listed below:
Bob Hughes Marshall Harris
5209 Nanticoke Ct. 16640 Cypress Road
Centreville, VA 20120 Summerland Key, FL 33042
(703) 830-3522 (305) 745-2908

BHS Class of '69-30th REUNION!!

Plans are underway for summer 1999, and we
want YOUR ideas; Stateside or Panama? Daytime or
evening (or both)? Putting together a database and
mailer. Call or e-mail suggestions, etc. ASAP to:

Mel Henter
813) 821-8181
813) 803-8000

Steve Bristol
(818) 386-6888

Betsy Vosburgh
(407) 779-3017


Our 25th High School Reunion will take place at
the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando in 1998. Contact:

Jerry Coffin
145 72nd Street #F-12
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-0695

Brian DeRaps
P.O. Box 272764
Tampa, FL 33688
(813) 963-1079

20th Anniversary Reunion

Plans are underway for our 20th Year Reunion
get-together in Orlando during July 1-5, summer of
1998 weekend, with a dinner tentatively scheduled for
Saturday, July 4, before the Society's Annual Ball.
We'd also like to organize an El Panama Casino
Night. Virginia (Vargas) Gasta has been in Las
Vegas since graduation and will lend a hand to help
make Casino Night a hit.
Diane (Lester) Sanchez and others have been
helping coordinate names, addresses, phone numbers
and e-mail's of our BHS'78 classmates. Drop us a
line, pass the news around and let us know who
you've been in touch with so we can get the word
out to everyone! Diane Lester Sanchez, 1197
Kinsmen, Auburndale, FL 33823. (941) 967-1899.
Office: (941) 597-0220, ext 220. FAX 941-597-3026.


July 4, 1998 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
During the Panama Canal Society Reunion.
Prices will be announced on the official website cf
the Class of '88
Sign on, check out the pictures of the week, and get
the latest information for the reunion. OR: Contact
Ren6e (Rowley) Friedel at (407) 858-0677. Address;
2632 Heron Landing Court, Orlando, FL 32837.

Saturday, July 4, 1998
(during the Annual PCSofFL Reunion)
We're getting together to renew friendships and
enjoy happy memories. Bring your family and photos
of school events, ball teams, swim meets, Scouts,
everything. We have a list of over 70 families, and
it won't be complete without you. Call, or write, or
e-mail us as soon as possible:

Fred & Kay Walker
P.O. Box 986
Riverview, FL 33569
(813) 671-0260

Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald
1381 Scarlett Trail
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(904) 428-2791 (evenings)

Bruce & Diane Bateman
314 Wesley Road
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
(904) 282-7650


The annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic
will be held starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 3,
1998 at the Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf
Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean
Springs, Mississippi. For overnight camping details,
contact the Assistant Superintendent, Gulf Islands
National Seashore, 3500 Park Road, Ocean Springs,
MS 39564. For additional picnic details, contact
Gerda or Owen Smith (601) 567-9870.


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. They will end up in the Pan Canal
Museum. So, if you have any old yearbooks or if your
class prepared an update for your class reunion, please
send them to: Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court,
Baker, LA 70714-2253. Thank you!


There will be a Panama Canal Masons and
Eastern Star luncheon on Friday, July 3, 1998 at the
Orlando World Center Marriott in conjunction with
the Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:00 Noon
immediately following the Society's Annual Business
Meeting. The cost of the luncheon is shown below.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars,
spouses and friends of the Fraternity are invited.
Dress for the occasion will be semi-formal.

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Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821-6358
Friday Luncheon: 12:00 Noon
July 3, 1998 Cost: (See below)
(A) Chicken Alexander $20.50
(B) Grilled Top Sirloin Steak 23.50
Please make reservations and meal selection of
(A) or (B) below:
Total enclosed: $
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to
iRobert Russell and mail to 3023 Bent Creek Drive,
Valrico, FL 33594.
List names of persons attending (and meal selection
'for name tags:

Deadline for reservations is June 24, 1998


Editor must have by:

April 22, 1998

Celebrate at the 1998


Saturday Night Dinner/Dance
Saturday, September 26, 1998
Bay View Restaurant & Lounge*
Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego
Conveniently located near downtown San Diego,
overlooking a beautiful marina on an inlet of San Diego Bay.

5:00 7:00 p.m. Open Bar r 7:00 p.m. Dinner Q 8:00 11:45 p.m.
Dancing (Details for an informal breakfast will be given at the Dinner/Dance.)

Mail reservations for meals (including name & address of each individual
attending and your phone number) with check payable to REUNION ACCOUNT
and sent to: Norma Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA 91902.
Name & Address of Each Person:
Dinner/Dance: $30/person
Total Enclosed:

Your Phone Number with Area Code:
Information Resources: (All phone numbers are in (619) area code unless
otherwise noted. For Directions to the Bay View Restrauant and Lounge, call one of
the numbers listed below.)
Mini-Reunions: Kathy Taylor 277-5000
General Information: Jack & Kathy Taylor: 277-5000
David Hollowell: 424-5704 Bill & Nana Roberts: 440-3071
Norma Horine: 472-6693 Jean Pence: 566-1831
Ted & Beth Sundquist: 669-1127 Ken & Celine Stone: (818) 361-1964

WHERE TO STAY: Please make hotel room reservations directly with the hotel.
The following are suggestions only. No special arrangements have been made.
SHERATON (Harbor Island Dr., by airport & bay): (619) 291-2900 Q HOLIDAY
INN BAYSIDE: (619) 224-3621 o RAMADA HARBORVIEW: (619) 225-9461 U
VALUE INNS: (619) 224-3166 o DAYS INNS: (619) 224-9800.
O MILITARY: Don't forget to look into Military Lodging.


Panama Canal Society Home Page: matthewa/societylink.html
The Lost Paradise: mann/index.html
Panama Canal Society of Fla.
Bill/Kathleen Campbell
Mark S. Maravilla
Thomas Rainey, Jr.
Anne Grimm-Richardson
Alfred J. Richardson
Luther Quinn
Elisa Malo
Frankie (Jones) Bell
Jane & Jerry Graver
Edward J. Donohue
Walter L. Ilund, Jr.
Marie W. Gibson
Fred R. Call
Beatrice I. Hibler beatrice
Neil Zirin
Virginia Leon-Guerrero
Edna Musso
Thomas Royna
Ren6e (Ballou) Krimminger
R & Marianne (Field) Hockin
R. David Otten
Derek Gallardo
David G.Derrick
Giselle Anaya (Schoenleber)
Elisa Malo
Deanna Malo
Danny George
Marcus E. Ross
Andrew W. Fraser
Robert T. Geddes Jr.
Joan deGrummond zonejoan@aol,com
Steve Belok
Mickey Fitzgerald
Charles P. Harrison
Donald L. Nungester
Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco
Patricia Upton
Charles E. Slater
William T. Halvosa
Karen Deming
Sharon Smith
Rae Donaldson


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 a lot 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-
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 to come, please let us
know. And if you have any ideas of what you would
like to do or visit while in Panama, let us know that
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.

Will McConaughey and I (Janet Keeney Marr)
were lifeguards in Balboa in the 70's. We have
something else in common we've had melanoma,
the one of three kinds of skin cancer that is most
likely to spread, and may be fatal, if not caught in
time. We strongly recommend that anyone that lived
in Panama (regardless of skin color or tanning
ability), and loved the sun (wasn't most of us?), do
a regular monthly check of your skin for signs of
skin cancer. Have someone look at your back, neck,
scalp, for you. Look for a change in size, shape or
color of an existing mole or appearance of a new
mole or growth; a sore that doesn't heal, and other
symptoms. For complete information about the three
kinds of skin cancer and what to look for, call 1-
800-4-CANCER (Cancer Information Service) for very
useful FREE brochures on skin cancer including
color photos of examples of skin cancer ("What You
Need To Know about Skin Cancer" and "What you
need to know about Melanoma".) Always see a
doctor immediately if something on your skin doesn't
look right.


We are searching for descendants of John
Corrigan (married 1/1872) Anne Tiernan, namely
family members of Peter Francis Corrigan (M) Anna
Therese Quinn, John Paul Corrigan, Sr. (M-
4/24/1902) Mary Cecelia O'Connor, Jane F. Corrigan
(M-12/26/1900) Patrick J. Quinn, Joseph Aloysius
Corrigan (M) Terersa M.Murray and May A.
Corrigan (M) Edward F. Welch.
Recently, we published a family lineage book
(loose-leaf notebook style) and hope to expand and
update our lineage.
Please contact Pete Jr. and Rosie Corrigan at
5122 Harpers Croft, Sarasota, FL 34235. (941) 371-

M .- ,

December, 1921. France Field Cristobal Pistol Team: L-R: W.B. Campbell, J.V. Cariffe, Captain, M.R.
Boggs, W.W. John, E.J. Gregg, J.B. Harrell, Miss Eaton, J.S. Palmore, B.J. Burgoon.

Mabel Kimmel's Canal Transit by Cayuco

The following is my mother, Mabel Kimmel's description of her August, 1947 transit of the Canal in a
dugout canoe named Las Nubes. I believe that she and her friend, Dorothea Watkins, were the first women to
accomplish this feat.
-" I lived right on the Canal in Gamboa and ever
since I'd been there, I'd thought about going through in
a canoe, but I'd never talked to anyone about it. Then
one day in 1947 I had a friend visiting me, and I said,
e 'Wouldn't it be fun to go through the Canal in a
t:e. .- c3,canoe?' A week later I came home from work and she
told me it was all settled. She had gotten permission. I
bought a cayuco and named it Las Nubes. It is one of
the best boats there is. You couldn't upset it. It was a
wonderful little boat.
We put in at Limon Bay and paddled to Gatun
Locks, a distance of about 6 miles. Because the swirling
water coming into Gatun Locks was too dangerous for
a small craft, we portaged to Gatun Lake. This next was
the worst part of the trip.It was rough, and hard to
avoid tree stumps and stay in the channel. Our cayuco
was swamped once, but it didn't go under. We had to
bail out a lot of water. The channel length of Gatun
Lake is 24 miles. We spent the night part-way through
on Barro Colorado Island, and then set out early the
next day for Gamboa where we spent the second night.
We had to set out very early the next morning
because we had to be through the Gaillard Cut and out
of the way before the big ships started coming through.
We watched the sun rise as we were paddling. It was very beautiful. Once through the 8 mile cut, we transmitted
the Pedro Miguel Locks and were lowered 31 feet to a small lake, and then paddled on to Miraflores Locks
to be lowered to sea level.
From there it was another 8 miles to the Bay of Panama. When we got there, all the men who worked with
me at Madden Y Signal Depot were on the docks yelling. There were reporters and photographers, and we got
into newspapers all over the world. Back then, the average fee for a vessel passing through the Canal was
$4,000, but we did it for 720 for one ton in ballast. We got wet, sunburned and blisters, but it was worth it!"
Submitted by Janet Kimmel Kinnier. Mabel lived to be almost 97 (see her obituary in this issue) and spoke
proudly and fondly of this adventure to the end of her days.

T7e St of 7Te Muwa

The story of the heroic effort that produced one
of the supreme achievements of all time -the
construction of a water passage between the world's
two greatest oceans across the Isthmus of Panama -
is powerfully depicted in graphic detail in the
Panama Canal murals, mounted in the rotunda of
the Panama Canal Administration at Balboa Heights,
Republic of Panama, the murals have been a major
Canal area attraction throughout the years.

The murals tell the overall story of the building
of the Panama Canal in four main scenes, which
show Gaillard Cut at Gold Hill, where the Canal
passes through the Continental Divide; the building
of the spillway at Gatun Dam, which dams the
Chagres River to create Gatun Lake; construction of
a lock miter gate; and the construction of Miraflores
locks near the Pacific entrance to the Canal. The
frieze below presents a panorama of the excavation
of Gaillard Cut. The power of these vividly portrayed
scenes has the effect of linking all who view them in
an unbroken chain with those engineering masters
and the heroic work force that created the Canal.
S"' It '1P

W, ,_73-9%40101 "W I1M*NWldNIR=C ZWI 1 IR am
Canal Chief Engineer George W.Goethals is
credited with having the foresight to ensure that a
record of the monumental labor involved in the
building of the Canal was preserved in this art form,
so that all who come after might not only marvel at
what was accomplished and appreciate its grandeur,
but might share in the sense of pride and
commitment that this magnificent achievement has

always evoked, not only in those who built the
waterway, but also in all who have been involved,
throughout the years, in its operation and
administration. Goethals chose carefully the person
who would be entrusted with this special project,
selecting William B. Van Ingen of New York, an
outstanding artist who had achieved considerable
fame for his murals in the Library of Congress in
Washington D.C. and the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
:.' -

Van Ingen agreed to produce the murals at $25
per square foot, which was the way such work was
contracted in those days, and the finished murals
cover about 1,000 square feet. Van Ingen and two
assistants, C.T. Berry and Ira Remsen, make charcoal
sketches of Canal construction activities for the mural
during two visits to Panama in 1914 while on the
latter part of the construction work. Van Ingen then
painted the murals on separate panels in his New
York studio. The panels were shipped to Panama
and installed over a 3-day period in January 1915
under the artist's personal supervision. The paintings
have the distinction of being the largest group of
murals by an American artist on display outside the
United States.

Van Ingen identified completely with Canal work.
In discussing the murals at that time, he said that he
had become so caught up in the construction of the
effort that he felt that he, too, was a Canal Worker.
He said, "I forgot I was an artist and had genuine
regret at not being entitled to a number and a brass
identification badge."
According to Van Ingen, his challenge in
producing the murals had been how to portray the
magnitude of canal construction. In explaining his
approach to the task, he said, "I tried to compose

into one picture the views to be seen from different
standpoints, but united in the mind. It enabled me to
combine different periods of time in the constriction
work." Commenting on his perspective in composing
the paintings, he added, "Any success the paintings
may have had, came, I believe, from an endeavor to
see with the eyes of the man in the ditch."
The murals were restored in 1993 by art
conservator Anton Rajer, of Madison, Wisconsin, and
rededicated in a special ceremony on September 29,
The Panama Canal murals in the Administration
Building rotunda are the masterpiece of their creator,
artist William B. Van Ingen. The light impressionist
colors reflect the atmospheric quality of Panama and
the bold compositions commemorate in pictorial form,
the actual building of the Panama Canal.
Over the years, mold and dirt settled on the
murals necessitating cleaning in 1929, 1932, 1939,
1960, and 1993. During the 1993 conservation project,
over 22,000 cotton swabs were used to clean the
murals of dirt and grime, as well as old overpaint
that was covering many areas of the mural,
particularly the sky of the frieze. The cleaning was
accomplished with a combination of cleaners that
removed old grime and old varnish but did not harm
the murals. A few areas of touch-up were needed,
though not many, as the murals were in good
condition despite previous cleaning.
The entire project was documented with video
and hundreds of photos, with black and white and
color, and an extensive written report was prepared
in English and Spanish to serve as a guide for any
future restorations.

An official publication of
Commission, March 1996.

This poem has been mentioned in three
separate articles of this issue, and we
give credit to all three. This is it.

When I think of the town of Pedro Miguel
I think of that town at the foot of the hill.
I see streets lined with houses of well dressed wood,
A friendly place to be that neighborhood.
I see porches that are shaded by tall palm trees
Screened in to keep out all but the breeze.
Each house, large or small, stands on creosoted posts
Keeping ants from finding willing hosts!
The clubhouse on guard at the top of the rise,
The Matriarch/Patriarch of all of our lives.
The circle in front where the school buses parked,
A bench for sitting at night it was dark!
The swimming pool beside it for having fun,
Many hours there enjoying the sun.
The playshed, ball diamond, with grandstands for all,
We did archery there too, as I recall.
The Locks where all our dads worked are there,
Pedro Miguel/Miraflores yes, that was a pair.
I look around now and wonder where things are,
As I look around now, I see only a scar.
Goodbye houses, people, that life in Pedro Miguel,
Now houses sit on the ground at the foot of the hill.
The clubhouse is gone and the heart has gone too,
When time changes things, what are we to do?
We live with it and whisper a toast,
Pedro Miguel lives but we know it's a GHOST!
Norma Stillwell Martin, BHS'37
Leesburg, VA.

the Panama Canal

B''I i

BROWNIE TROOP No. 25, Balboa, C.Z., 1946-47:
Top row, L-R: Judy Engelke, Linda Jacobs, Carol
Combs, Patricia Quinn, Donna Jenkins, Brenda
Cunningham, Gerallyn Fruzia. Middle L-R: Allene
Bridges, Judith Vinton, Sandra Lierman, Mary
Cunningham, Dorothy Cotton, Pat Wilson, Anita
Schneider. Bottom L-R: Peggy Ann Donovan,
Judy Sasted, Juanita Jones, Robin Harrison,
Patricia Kelley


1981 Executive Board, front L-R: Ross Hollowell,
Past President; Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer;
Russell Jones, President; Mrs. Jones; back L-R:
Pat Beall, Editor; Nolan Bissell, Exec. Committee;
Al Pate, Exec. Committee; Joe Collins, Exec.
Committee. Not pictured, Carl H. Starke, Jack
Morris, Daile Keigley, William Grady, Paul
Disharoon, Dorothy Yocum.

Editor must have by:
April 22, 1998



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That's what we want from you, for a
book to be published in time for
Christmas. Got a funny, outrageous,
memorable, or just plain unforgettable
story that happened to you in Panama
or the Canal Zone? Tap those memory
banks and send it in, please the best
ones will appear in Turn Right at
Chagres River: The Greatest Panama
Canal Zone Stories of All Time. We'll let
you know (through mail, e-mail, and the
Canal Record) when it's available. The
editors are Jim Fish (no introduction
necessary) and Jim Donovan (published
author and Literary agent). Send your
stories (typewritten or on disk) to;

Fish Tales
1822 Mallard
Houston, TX 77043
or e-mail to:
(713) 463-5099
Please 1500 words maximum, no more than 2
stories per person. No stories accepted after
September 1, 1998. Each story used will be
credited to the author. Send it now!

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Fine Panamanian jewelry in 14kt or 18kt gold
Wide selection of Huacas available soon.
Custom orders are welcome.
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Prepare for the MILLENNIUM

Asyou know, on the first second, of the first minute,
of the first hour, of the first day, of the year 2000,
control of the Panama Canal will be handed over to
Panama nearly a century after it's construction by
the Americans. Only three more years until the
"Changing of the Guard" and our special Christmas
on the Isthmus tour. If you can't make the tour of
the century, let us plan your next homecoming, class
reunion or special get together in Panama. See it
and savor it now before it changes FOREVER.

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booking will be donated to the

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Packages from 4 days 3 nights to 8 days 7 nights. Land prices from $389 double economy to $1,832 single
deluxe. Treat yourself to a unique holiday adventure with us on our annual "Christmas on the Isthmus" tour
Dec 23 30. Lowest airfare prices available.

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Book Your 1999 and 2000 Reunions & Join in on the Fun!

A side trip can booked to El Volcan in conjunction with tour to make it
a once-in-a-lifetime vacation lasting for a full 10 days.
The tour will be led and conducted by Davis Stevenson. He was born and raised in Panama and the
Canal Zone and is completely bilingual.
If you did not make it in 1998 we look forward to seeing you on our '99 tours of Panama. For brochure
and information, contact Davis Stevenson at (800) 783-8847.
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ONWARD PEREGRINOS a word meaning Pilgrim travelers,
moves the reader through three countries: Ecuador, the US and
Panama. A biographical novel revealing the events that led the
Boynton family to go to the Canal Zone, what made them stay,
and what they did after leaving. Reminiscent of times past on the
isthmus; friends, places, and the multi-culture which everyone
experienced in the Canal Zone. With 315 pages, and 25 photos
at a cost of $12.95 plus$1.74 Shipping. Please send check to:
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Eloquent Remarks
Honoring Count Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps
Pertaining to the Panama Canal During a Banquet at the
Delmonico Hotel, New York City, March 1, 1880

100th Anniversary of the Death
Le Comte Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps
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Cartoons, Maps, Photographs and Stamps
Courtesy of the Wren Grigore Collection
NEW $15 ppd
Introduction by
Julius Grigore, Jr.
Panama Canal Historian
Founding Member, Panama Canal Historical Society

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Dear Fellow Panama Canal Society Members,

As the American presence in Panama comes
to a close, you may be thinking about where to
put down permanent roots. Let me suggest a
place many former Zonians have discovered:
Tallahassee, Florida.
Tallahassee will remind you of Panama: rolling hills, lush vegetation, a
sportsman's paradise, and friendly southern hospitality!

Write, call, or e-mail me for information about this wonderful town. I'd love to
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