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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.
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St. Petersburg, Fla


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

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NO. 3

FOR 2000 2001
Mrs. Betty LeDoux Frassrand
(352) 567-5594
Mr. William McLaughlin
1st Vice President
(352) 726-8804

Mrs. Darleen Hunt
2nd Vice President
Ms. Elaine V. Lewis
(727) 442-0457
Mrs. Beth Brandenburg
(813) 672-9840
Mr. Kenneth Morris
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Past President
(727) 894-2478
Mr. Robert Russell Jr.
Legislative Representative
(813) 654-9716
Mr. Edwin Wardlow
(863) 967-2106

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
727-391-4359 (Office)
727-319-8593 (Fax)
Mr. Richard W. (Pat) Beall
727-391-4359 (Office)
727-319-8593 (Fax)
Mr. William McLaughlin
Web Master

President's M message ........................................ ...... 1
Editor's Corer ................................................... 2
Legislative Report ............. ................................ 3
E-Mail Update ...................................................... 4
Amendment #15 to the Bylaws ........................................ 6
Museum News ...................................................... 9
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 10
Local Announcements ............... ............................ 12
W here Are You? ......... .... ...................... .......... 13

2000 Reunion .........................
Your Reporter Says ....................
Alabama .................... 35
Arkansas .................... 36
California ................... 36
Florida ..................... 36
Georgia ................... 43
H aw aii ..................... 44
Louisiana ................... 45
M id-W est ................... 45

M ississippi ...........
N orth Carolina ......
Northwest ............
Oklahoma ............
Panama .............
South Carolina ........
Texas ...............

Congratulations ............................................... 53
Weddings ............... ............................... ........... 60
Births ................... ........................... 62
With Deep Sorrow ............... ............................... 63
Letters to the Editor ................ .............................. 70
Announcements/Class Reunions ................................... 76
Looking Back ............... ............................ ........... 78
For Sale or W anted ..................................... ........... 83
Application Form ................ ................................. 87

FRONT COVER: The elected officers of The Panama Canal Society of Florida
for July 2000 to September 2001. L-R: Beth Brandenburg, Director, William
McLaughlin, 1st Vice President, Betty LeDoux Frassrand, President, Darleen
Hunt, 2nd Vice President, Elaine V. Lewis, Director.
BACK COVER: A Panama Canal deckhand comes down a jacob's ladder as
others await their turn to descend into a launch from the deck of a Japanese
ship, as the .Cargo ship leaves the Locks system. Another painting by Al
Sprague, renowned artist from the Canal Zone.


September 23 PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San
Diego. For information, call (949) 951-4801
October 3 Ocala Zonians Semi-Annual meeting at Ryan's Family Steakhouse,
lunch at noon. Contact Bill Muller (352) 854-7902 for more info.
October 7 PCSOFL Annual Picnic. Details in this issue.
October 14 NorthEast Florida semi-annual Picnic, Naval Air Station
Marina/Picnic area, Jacksonville, 11 a.m. See "Announcements.".
November 3 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. St. Petersburg. COVERED DISH, 11:30 lunch, 12:30 Meeting.
December 9 Twenty-First Annual Christmas Bash, Inn of the Hills, Kerrville,
Texas. For reservations & info, call Elsie Larson (830) 257-4204
December 16 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon. See announcement and reservation
form in this issue.
February 3 Carnavalito. Details to be announced in the December issue.

NEW! Our Toll-Free Number: 1- 866-PANCANAL

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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.
Periodicals 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 Friendships.
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
(727) 391-4359 FAX (727)-319-8593
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I want to start this message by thanking all of you
who took the time to mail in your ballots expressing your
choice for the officers of our Society. There were more
ballots cast this year then has been cast in quite a few years.
One of the things I always wanted was to have more of our
members be active on the society. The increase in total votes
is encouraging. I hope it continues.
I also want to commend Steve Nehring, a very
formidable candidate whose love for and dedication to the
society goes unquestioned. I particularly want to thank him
for doing his part in keeping the election from becoming a
personal issue between the candidates. Steve has my respect
and I hope that he will continue to serve the society in other
ways. He and I continue to be friends and I hope that now
that the election is over, ALL of our members will become
centered again and function as one united membership.
With regard to our new Executive Board, I have to
say that I am very excited about these folks, both the elected
and appointed members. We have a truly dynamic board as
well as very energetic committee chairpersons. The list of
these folks is as follows.

Bill McLaughlin
Darleen Hunt
Elaine Lewis
Beth Brandenburg
Kenny Morris
Bob Russell
Ed Wardlow
Jim O'Donnell
Dorothy Yocum

1" Vice President
2nd Vice President
Legislative Representative
Sgt. at Arms
Past President

Tom Wilder
Jim Parthenais
Louis Reyes
Olga Disharoon
Tom Peterson
Bill Wheeler
Bob Van Siclen

Audit and Budget
Nominating Com. Chair.
Service Officer
Service Officer

Many special events throughout the year are already
in motion. Tom and Barbara Peterson have a fabulous
Sarasota Luncheon planned for September. Elaine Lewis
will be chairing the October Picnic. Nancy Van Siclen has
a delightful Christmas Luncheon planned for us at the Wine
Cellar. Ed Wardlow will be chairing the Carnavalito and
Darleen Hunt will chair the spring luncheon. These events
promise to be GREAT and I hope many of the members will
make it to enjoy each other's company and the events our
folks have planned.
It is interesting to note that when I was first elected
president in 1989, my first president's message consisted of
telling the members about the reunion being moved to
Orlando. Here I am 11 years later, with the same message of
moving from Tampa to Orlando. The 2001, 2002 and 2003
reunions are scheduled at the' Orlando Marriott World
Center. Please note that the reunion next year will be held in
August. We realize that many of our members have school
age children and we are hoping that with this much notice,
they will be able to make plans so they can attend the reunion
in August. After the 2001 reunion, we will be back to the
July time frame.


Also note that the Orlando Marriott has recently
completed a 500-room addition to their property, which
includes another pool. With this addition, they increased our
block to 1100 rooms. Although the Tampa Marriott was fine,
not having all our members at the same hotel made meeting
friends more difficult. With a block of 1100 rooms we hope
ALL our members can stay in the same place.
Bill McLaughlin will be the reunion coordinator
for the 2001 reunion. More information about the reunion
will be forthcoming in the December issue of the Canal
Record. I am sure Bill will be posting information on the web
pages as well.
As I write this message, the Executive Board has not
yet had an official meeting. We officially take office on
August 1' and the deadline for this issue is July 31, 2000.
Those of you familiar with Pat Beall, the Editor of the Canal
Record, know that he is a stickler for his deadlines. Therefore
I cannot give you an official executive report. I am able to
tell you about a few things that our board plans to look into
and hopefully enact during our term.

We will be looking into obtaining the necessary
equipment, licenses, etc. to accommodate membership
renewals and new memberships on-line. We recognize that
the world today is an "on-line world" and we really ought to
bring the society into that world. We will have a more
detailed report about this in the December issue of the Canal
Record and it is our goal to have this in place when the dues
become due on January 1, 2001.
Another goal we have for our society is to enable
our members to take care of their reunion registration,
payment of registration fees, and ticket orders on line. This
needs a little more study and we need to become able to
accept credit card payments (on line) as well as developing
our web site to be more interactive than it is now. We also
want to be able to post the minutes of the monthly meetings
on the Panama Canal Society of Florida website within days
of the meeting being held. We are studying the processes
needed and will be able to report on the progress in our
December issue.
Please pay close attention to the "Dates to
Remember" section on the inside front cover of the Canal
Records. We plan to have meetings throughout Florida
during the year. not just in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.
We have targeted Merritt Island, Jacksonville, and Ocala.
This is subject to change, but we will be a traveling board. It
is our hope that members throughout the state will attend
those meetings closest to them. In addition, many of the
monthly meetings will be held on Saturday in an attempt to
get those members who normally work during the week to be
able to attend

These are just a few of the goals which we have
established we have many more and will report on them in
the next issue of the Canal Record.
With the resignation of the Secretary/Treasurer at
the Annual Business Meeting, this board is faced with the
very difficult task of hiring a new person for this very
important position. We have placed an ad in this issue of the
Canal Record. Anyone who may be interested in this position
should respond in accordance with the directions in the ad..
In the meantime. Nancy van Siclen has agreed to act as
temporary secretary to the Society. Nancy was assistant
secretary for many years and is very familiar with the office
procedures in place. She will certainly be a great asset to us
during this interim period.
In this issue of the Canal Record you will see the
proposal for changing one of the bylaws that were amended

last year. Part of the problem is establishing the eligibility of
people running for office is that the new bylaw as passed is
vague and we believe unenforceable. For instance, someone
who attended (or claims to have attended) ALL of the
Society functions in 1969 is (according to the new bylaw)
eligible for office. We do not keep such attendance records
now nor were they kept in 1969 or in any year, so it would be
difficult to exclude that member claiming attendance at ALL
the functions.
We are proposing to return that bylaw to how it read
before, that is, any paid up member who has been a member
for a year can run for office. In practice, it is the members
who determine whether the nominee is qualified by his or her
ability to garner enough votes. We do not believe that
attendance alone should be what qualifies one of our
members to run for office. It also seems unfair to us to base
qualifications on attendance, because if a member misses just
one or two functions, they would become unqualified to run.
Placing this bylaw amendment seems rushed, but we
are trying to ensure that the new candidates for office (who
will be nominated in December) do not have to adhere to the
"active participating member" requirements that are so vague
and we believe, unenforceable.
I am happy to announce that Pat Beall has decided
to remain as Editor of the Canal Record. Pat, as most of you
know, has been the editor for almost 20 years. You cannot
put that amount of time into the Society without having a
great love for what he does. It is very evident that Pat loves
his work as editor. We are quite happy to know that he will
be sticking around.
Again, I am VERY excited about this upcoming
year and I know that the energy that this board brings with
them will benefit the Society and ALL the members. One of
the central themes of this board is that we are open and
informative to all our members. We are open to suggestions
and plan on doing whatever is necessary to better our society.
Please write me in care of the Society office or email me at All suggestions will receive serious

Betty LeDoux Frassrand



The number of members who attended this past
Reunion was the highest in the last 6 years. All due to a new
hotel at a new location and Mr. Ernest Pierce's wonderful
address at the Annual Luncheon. He let us not forget that we
are Zonians in the true sense of the word and proud of it.
Thanks again, Ernie!
Being in a new place for the first time put the
volunteers on their mettle so many things were new and/or
changed. From all accounts, however, it was a success and
generally enjoyed by all who attended.
I did indicate in my Report at the Annual Business
meeting that I might be looking for a change and leaving the

Society. I was overwhelmed at the ovation received, for my
past work I hope, and by so many members some I didn't
even know who urged me to stay. A later get-together with
the President-elect put my fears to rest and who also asked
me stay, which she indicated was supported by her
candidates for her Executive Board. Previously, I felt
obligated to continue and finish the September Canal Record
which was started upon the completion of the June issue. I
didn't want to quit in the middle of the book, and I also
remembered the work she did to keep the Canal Record
afloat while I was recuperating from a hospital stay some
years ago. I expect no less from her during her forthcoming
term of office.
For several weeks we have been trying to make an
inroad into notifying those members who, at one time,
subscribed to Mutual Of Omaha for their life insurance. We
finally got the information we need to help the Internacional
de Seguros, who took over from PALIC, to update their
records and to notify those members that they need to obtain
a new certificate, and to delete those listed who have passed
away. Please note our notice in this issue and check with us
as soon as possible.

Richard (Pat) Beall
Editor, Canal Record
(727) 391-4359


1. The current open season for the Thrift Savings Plan will
end on July 31, 2000. The next open season will begin
November 15 and will end on January 31, 2001.

2. All Thrift Savings Plans reported gains in June. The
common stock fund Fund) and bond fund (F) posted gains
of 2.44 % and 2.07% respectively. The government fund (G)
posted a 0.53% gain. As of June, the 12 month returns for the
C,F,and G, funds are 7.11%, 4.61% and 6.55% respectively.

3. Federal employees and retirees may soon have the
opportunity to purchase long-term care insurance. This has
been an on-going issue for some time now and there appears
to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Supporters of the
program are hoping to get the bill passed before the
congressional August recess.
However, even if Congress passes the legislation before
the recess, it will be some time before the benefit will begin.
Both the Senate and the House versions specify that the
starting date will be at the beginning of the fiscal year that
starts at least 18 months after enactment. If the bill is passed
this year, the effective date of such legislation would be
October 2002. For the latest information on how things are
progressing, go to and click on the
"Hot Free Info" button.

4. The National Association of Retired Federal Employees
continues to pursue issues of interest to retired employees. At
present, the following bills are active NARFE legislative
issues. HR1217 (Government Pension Offset), HR 4040 and
S 2218 (Long Term Care), HR 2990 and S1344 (Patients Bill
of Rights), HR 860 (Windfall Elimination Provision), HR82
(Off Budget) and HR372 (Public Pension Tax Parity).

5. Another item on the legislative front in HR 4277. This
legislation was introduced by Representative Tom Davis on
April 13, and if passed, will give Federal retirees the
opportunity to pay the cost of health benefit plans with pretax
dollars. The Office of Personnel Management recently
published regulations in the Federal Register to set up the
benefit for active federal employees. Unless HR 4277 is
passed, retirees will not get the same benefit because of a
quirk in the tax laws. In a nutshell, passage of HR 4277 will
put money in your pocket. Society members are urged to call
their representative to support this bill.

6. Also, on June 29, an amendment to HR 4577 (the fiscal
year 2001 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations
bill) won narrow passage (51-47) in the Senate and will
require Medical Savings Accounts (MSA's) to be included
in the Federal Employees Health benefits Program (FEHBP).
This issue has been debated heatedly over the last few
months with proponents and opponents in Congress voting
along party lines. As you will recall, MSA's are low
premium, high-deductible plans coupled with tax-favored
savings accounts to help enrollees pay out of pocket costs.
Proponents say that such plans would make the FEHBP more
affordable to the many eligible enrollees who don't elect
coverage, but critics say such plans would skim off relatively
healthy employees, leaving others with the higher premium
and/or lower coverage. NARFE is adamantly opposed to the
addition of MSA's to the FEHBP as are the current
Administration and Congressional Democrats. President
Clinton is likely to veto the amended HR 4577 (which
includes the MSA provisions contained in S 1344).

7. As additional information, if you are interested in
establishing a trust fund to protect your assets, you may be
interested in purchasing the Handbook of Trusts published by
FEDweek. The handbook is easy to read and is not full of
legal jargon. The cost of the handbook is $9.95 (excludes
shipping and handling charges. You may order it online from by clicking on "publications"
section or you may mail $12.95 (includes shipping and
handling) to FEDweek, P.O. Box 71900, Richmond, VA
23255. You may also call their 24-hour toll-free order line at
(888) 333-9335.

8. As a result of the passage of certain Social Security
Amendments in 1983, the Social Security retirement age
increased this year. Beginning in January 2000 and
continuing through 2005, the full Social Security retirement
age increases to 66 in two months increments. It will stay at
age 66 through 2016 and then in 2017 increase by two month
intervals until age 67 becomes the full retirement age in
The following depicts the new changes and how old
you will be before you get the full benefit amount and how
much you will be reduced if you desire to retire at age 62.
For example, Pat was born in 1955 and will be 62 in 2017. In
order for Pat to receive full, unrestricted benefits, he would
have to retire when he becomes age 66 and two months or
later. If he retires at age 62, his benefit would be reduced by

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Age for Full Unreduced Benefits
And Future Age 62 Reduction Percentages

Year you are 62
2022 and lat(

Retirement Age
65.2 mos.
65.4 mos.
65.6 mos.
65.8 mos.
65.10 mos.
66.2 mos.
66.4 mos.
66.6 mos.
66.8 mos.
66.10 mos.
er 67

Age, 62 Reduction

Robert T. Russell, Jr.
Legislative Representative



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The Panama Canal Society Executive Board
Secretary/Accounting Clerk

announces interviews for

Position: Part-time, 30 hours per week in office, to include some
Saturday and limited travel.

Minimum Qualifications: General Accounting/Bookkeeping knowledge.
Computer skills that include familiarity with MS OFFICE, QuatroPro and Quick
Books software. Applicant must be available for immediate hire.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and education.

Evaluation Procedure: Applicants will be interviewed and evaluated on a
combination of their education, training and experience.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a current resume and professional
references, to be received in the Society office no later than October 13,
2000. Forward to: THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY of FLORIDA, 8050 Seminole
Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL. 33772-4712. Fax: (727) 319-8593.

For further information, you may contact the following Executive Board

Darleen Hunt
Elaine Lewis
Kenny Morris
Bob Russell




To: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Through: Betty Frassrand, President
From: Tom Wilder, Chairman, Bylaws Committee
Dennis Gilbert, Committee Member
Bill Lyons, Committee Member

Date: August 2, 2000


The Bylaws Committee completed a review of the existing bylaws, and felt that it was necessary for the Board to permit
the membership to vote on revision to the following amendment.
The Bylaws Committee felt that Article IV, Officers, Section 3A, Amendment 14, states that to hold office a candidate
shall be an active participating member, defined as taking an active part in all Society activities for at least one (1) year restricts
the membership as a whole from becoming members of the board, and instead, restricts it to just a select few.
The Bylaw is very vague as written and could be subjected to several interpretations. For example, no year is defined,
so someone CLAIMING to have attended all the activities in 1969 would then be eligible for office (note that full attendance
records do not exist for that year). In addition, the requirement for attendance at ALL Society events places an undue burden on
active members that want to serve the Society as officers, but who have missed only one or two planned activities in any year.
Our proposed changes allow anyone who has been a member for one year to run for office. We hold that their qualifications for
elected office SHOULD be determined by the membership, and not JUST by attendance at functions. If a members garners the
most votes when running for office, then he or she should be the elected officer. We believe that it is the voting membership that
will ensure that only qualified members are elected.
The existing and revised amendment is listed below.


A. To hold office, other than president, a candidate shall be an active participating member (i.e. attend regular meetings,
special functions, and take part in all Society activities) for at least one (1) year.
B. No change.
C. No change
D. No change

A. To hold office, a candidate shall have been a member of the Society for at least one (1) year.
B. No change.
C. No change
D. No change.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Wilder
Chairperson, Bylaws Committee

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As a result of an inquiry to the Passport
Services, Washington D.C. in regards to birthplace of
American citizens born in the former Canal Zone, the
United States Department of State, Bureau of Consular
Affairs, Foreign Entry Requirements states as follows:
"PANAMA Passport or proof of U.S.
citizenship and photo ID, tourist card or visa, and
onward/return ticket required. Visa and tourist card
valid 30 days. Visa issued at Embassy of Panama or
one of the consulates. Tourist card available from
airline serving Panama for $5. fee. Stay can be
extended up to 60 days, apply at the main office of
Immigration and Naturalization in Panama. Visa
requires 1 application form and 1 photo. Allow one
working day for processing. Departure tax $20 is paid
at airport. For longer stays and additional information
regarding travel other than via a commercial airline,
contact the Embassy of Panama, 2862 McGill Terrace,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202/483-1407 or the
nearest consulate: CA: (415/391-4268, FL (305/371-
7031 or 813/831-6685), LA (504/525-3458), NY
(212/840-2450), PA (215/574-2994) or TX (713/622-
Your renewed U.S. passport will indicate that
you were born in Panama if you were born in the

Canal Zone. A legal document from the State
department states "as an accommodation for persons
born (in the C.Z.) before October 1, 1979, Passport
Services will gladly rewrite their passport, at no extra
charge, to show Canal Zone as place of birth." This
will not effect a person shown.being born in the Canal
Zone from obtaining a cedula from the Republic of


Marriage records have been forwarded to the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA), therefore
you should submit your request for your marriage records to:
Civilian Records (NWCTC)
Textual Archives Services Division
8601 Adelphi Road
National Archives
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Do not send money with your request. If any fees are
required, you will be contacted by NARA. Be sure to include
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As you remember, the former Mutual
of Omaha began this life plan, and in 1990,
PALIC became the replacement. Due to
changes taken place on December 31,
1999, the Insurance Board adjudicated the
Your new contact in Panama is:
Mr. Ricaurte Rodriguez
Tel: 011-507-206-4000

You are urged to contact Mr.
Rodriguez to obtain a new certificate and
to update your designated beneficiaries.
The Panama Canal Society Office has
a copy of all those who have insurance
policies with the former Mutual of Omaha,
which changed to PALIC, and is now under
call us to check your status. The list must
be updated. Are all those listed still
current members? Do those current
members wish to update their
beneficiaries? Have you asked to obtain a
new certificate issued by INTERNACIONAL
DE SEGUROS? Call us.

Panama Canal Museum
Ss... 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 306, Seminole, FL 33772-4712
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727)394-2737
S A Web Site:


The Panama Canal Museum plans to offer a calendar each year that coordinates with the theme of the previous
year's special exhibit at the reunion. The 2000 theme at the reunion, the Canal Zone Schools, is the theme of the
2001 calendar, which includes large black and white photographs of twelve of the schools. These calendars are
available for $5 each (plus postage and handling: for 1-$1.20, for 2-$1.85, for 3-$3.00, for 4 to 12-$3.20).
Checks should be made out to the Panama Canal Museum and sent to the Panama Canal Museum in Seminole.
Insure yourself a complete collection of these calendars by ordering this first one in the series! Shop early for the
holidays, too! (See our order form in the advertising section toward the back of this issue.)


Volunteers are the backbone of many organizations. For organizations without paid employees, they are
especially appreciated. We are very grateful for the assistance volunteers in the Tampa Bay area have provided
the Panama Canal Museum and hope even more will step forward to become involved with this important and
engrossing task of establishing the Panama Canal Museum. Among those who have helped move, organize, and
catalog in our storage facility in Pinellas Park are Brian Albright, Mario Calleja, Virgil Camby, Inez Clark, Paul
Glassbum, Colleen Lau, Maryann Mondell, Steve Nehring, Jimmy Nellis, Marilyn and Willis Pence, Chris Skeie,
and Roger Wells. At reunion time when it came time to move the museum's exhibit objects and vending table
items back and forth between the storage facility and the Marriott in Tampa, a moving crew consisting of Brian
Albright, Mario Calleja, Bill Dawson, Paul Elia, Paul Glassbum, Chuck Hummer, Joe Hunt, Charlie Rheberg,
Chris Skeie, Barbara Stone, Roger Wells, and Albert White swung into action. Earlier Bob Hanna had made their
job of moving the heavy Cristobal High and Balboa school bells easier by providing a stand for the Cristobal High
School bell and wheels for both stands. Back at the museum, Marcy Klug and Barbara Peterson have been
entering data into the computer for us. Nellie Engelke, too, continues to lend her artistic talents to various
museum projects. Would you like to help, too? If so, please call the museum and let us know. We'll be happy to
match what you would like to do with what we need to have done-and the hours are flexible! We need you!


Name: E-Mail:
City: State: ZIP:
Telephone Number:
Amount of Donation: Check No.:
Fill out the following if applicable:
In Memory of:
In Honor of:

Mail contributions to:
Panama Canal Museum
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 306
Seminole, FL 33772

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings


The Annual Spring Luncheon was held on May 6,
2000 at Landry's Seafood House on Courtney Campbell
Causeway, Tampa, Florida. There was an open bar at 11:00
a.m. and lunch was served at 12:00 noon. The Business
Meeting began at 1:00 p.m. and door prizes were awarded at
2:30 p.m.
The Chairperson for the Luncheon Committee was
Darleen Hunt, and she had Linda Weir, Nellie Engelke,
Elsie Woodruff, Lisa Setnicka and Kelly Hunt on her
101 members and guests attended. Each table was
decorated with hand-painted candle holders (with a mola
motif) surrounded by artificial flowers, made by Nellie
Engelke. She has received several orders for these candles
since the luncheon.
All door prizes were donated. The grand prize was
a Harbor Light Collection Lighthouses of Gatun and
Miraflores Locks, donated by Joe and Darleen Hunt. Others
who donated prizes were the DeBary Golf Course and Lisa
Setnicka, Betty Frassrand, Jennifer Weir, Brett Knottof
Knott Limited, Kathi McConaughey of Merritt Island, John
and Faye Davis, Travel World (the Society's official travel
agency), and many others.
The luncheon was very successful, in a new area
more central to the membership in the Tampa Bay area

June 2, 2000

Meeting was called to order at 11:33 a.m. with 33
members attending at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St.
Petersburg, Florida. After the Invocation by Dorothy
Yocum, Pete Lang led in the Pledge to the Flag, followed by
a moment of silence for those departed. Past Presidents Al
Pate, Muriel Whitman, Robert Johnson and Tom
Peterson were introduced, and Virginia and Pat Booth from
Ocala were welcomed. Meeting was recessed at 11:37 a.m.
for lunch and resumed at 12:30 p.m.
Past Presidents Anna Collins and Robert Van
Siclen with his wife, Nancy, who arrived after lunch were
Paul Rozmeski moved to dispense reading the
minutes, Pete Lang seconded. Six opposed and thirty
Question was raised regarding if Tampa Waterside
will honor AARP membership discounts. Mr. Johnson and
Mrs Brundage were informed that it is a Marriott policy to
honor AARP discounts. The financial statement was read and
stands for audit.
President Brundage announced winners for the
Membership Appreciation were Olga Disharoon, Linda
Weir, Lee Kariger and Kathy Egolf
Darleen Hunt, May Luncheon Chairperson,
reported that 103 members attended the very successful
Spring Luncheon. She recommends that if large groups wish
to sit together, they should ask for a reserved table.
The Legislative Reports were provided to each table
Ms. Green reported there are 5,024 records of members in
the computer and about 600 of those are still delinquent. We
are out of March issues and almost out of Annual

Mr. Beall stated that the June issues will be in the
mail next week.
Mrs. Whitman, Bylaws Chairperson reported that
the proposed bylaws had passed and will be incorporated into
the existing bylaws.
Mr. Peterson, Mini-Reunion Chairperson has
received 14 requests for mini-reunions.
Reunion Coordinator Robert Johnson reported that
2,157 have paid registrations. He expects the attendance to
be between 2,400 and 2.500. Ball tickets sold: 1,028,
Panazonian dance, 887; Luncheon, 290; Discos 250 each
night; we have 28 vendors. He mentioned problems with
restaurants. Hotel has assured us of 500 valet parking places.
There is valet handicapped parking. Cost for valet parking is
$5.00 per day. We have 700 rooms at the Waterside, 300 at
the Hyatt and 50 at Wyndham Harborside. There will be
transportation between hotels. The Society contracted with
the trolly to run between 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on nights of the
dances. During the day, it will follow its normal route. Trolly
is free. Waterside is a business hotel not a resort hotel. We
are going back to Orlando Marriott for 2001, 2002, 2003.
and they are happy to have us back. Pat Beall (Information)
has map of locations of restaurants in the area.
President Brundage appointed Steve Nehring to
chair committee of Darleen Hunt, Robert Johnson,
William McLaughlin and herself to negotiate contracts with
the Orlando Marriott. After meeting in Orlando, the Marriott
submitted proposed contracts for three years. McLaughlin
was not able to attend. The Executive Board unanimously
approved the contracts; they were signed and returned. We
will have 1100 rooms at $109/night. No parking problems.
Golf shop is open. Few have complained regarding dates of
August 8 12 for 2001, only dates available with activities in
area of Canary Room. Years 2002 and 2003 we will be back
to July dates and to former locations. Mrs. Hunt explained
some of the added and new features. Mr. Johnson said the
Tampa Waterside will do all they can for us. Vendors will be
on third floor, Registration and Information on second floor,
by elevator or escalator.
Door prizes were awarded. Meeting adjourned at
1:12 p.m.

July 7, 2000

Meeting was called to order at 10.04 a.m. at Tampa
Marriott Waterside Hotel, Tampa, Florida with 265 members
attending. Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation followed by
Peter Lang leading the Pledge to the Flag. The "Sweet
Adelines" choral group sang "God Bless America."
President Brundage welcomed all and introduced
Sheri Anderson, Event Manager of the hotel and Nector
Collazo of Orlando Marriott World Center was present to
welcome the Society back to Orlando for the next three
The minutes of the June meeting stood as read. The
Financial Statement stands for audit.
Mrs. Brundage gave the President's Report, also
recognizing Past Presidents Rob Roy, Anna Collins, Peter
Foster, Ray Wheeler, Betty Frassrand, Robert Van
Siclen, Marje Foster, Robert Johnson, James O'Donnell,
Margot Jordan and Tom Peterson.
Mr. McLaughlin reported there have been 43,000
visitors to the Society website since October. Mr. John

Whitman said the Legislative Report has been distributed,
extra copies are available at entrance. He thanked Barbara
Green for all her help.
Barbara Green read her report and announced her
resignation effective July 31, based on a Past President's
comment that the office staff could not be trusted. Richard
Beall gave his report and announced he would look for other
employment for the same reason.
Bill McLaughlin reported only 34 ballots were
received for the Scholarship program with 22 voting "yes"
and 12 voting "no." He will discuss the results with the
Executive Board and present another report in the future.
Robert Johnson, Reunion Coordinator welcomed
all and stated we would return to Orlando for the next three
years because the Tampa Marriott was not big enough to
accommodate the Society. Mr. Nehring, Registration
Chairperson said we should have 2,800 to 3,000 registered
this year. Mr.Lang, Golf Chairperson reported 136 members
and guests played golf at the tournament. Margot Jordan
won the ladies category but didn't have the name of the Mens
winner. Mr. McLaughlin, Dance Chairperson, announced
the Puly Segueira would be playing for the Panazonian
Dance on Friday and Fr. Pretto would play for the Saturday
Ball. Tickets will not be sold at the door for either dance.
Available at Information Desk only. Betty Frassrand,
Lodging Chairperson, reported we were using four hotels for
the reunion. Margot Jordan, on behalf of Mike Smith, DJ
dance Chairperson reminded all that dances will be held
Friday and Saturday nights from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Chris Skeie, Vendor Chairperson reported there were 34
vendors; six are sharing tables. Mr. Beall, Information
Chairperson commended his volunteers for dispensing
information accurately and Jeanne Wheeler who helps keep
sales records straight. Mr. Peterson, Mini-Reunion
chairperson, reported that 12 class and mini-reunions were
being held. Mr. Whitman, Transportation Chairperson
reported that Travel World has fulfilled all commitments as
promised. James O'Donnell, Bingo Chairperson, reminded
everyone that Bingo would be played Friday and Saturday
afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Mrs. Hunt, Despedida
Chairperson, reported that Despedida would be held Sunday
morning from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The Tampa Folkloric group
would perform. Coffee and Tea is provided; pastries
available for sale. Ms. Vowell, BHS/CHS Alumni and
Friends Disco Co-Chairperson reported on Thursday night
disco. Security Chairperson Paul Rozmeski reported on
troubles on Thursday night. Vandals, not Society members
were identified and would be held accountable. Society
member in whose name room was registered, paid restitution
for the.damage. The swimming pool had to be closed because
of vandalism. He asked members to report anyone giving
alcohol to underage children.
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to: Olga
Disharoon for her work as Hospitality Chairperson over the
years; Jeanne Wheeler, Society Auditor, Budget and
Finances Chairperson for the reunion for many years;
Thomas and Barbara Peterson personally presented her
with a silver medallion for her dedication and hard work.
Virginia Booth for her dedication to the Society for being a
vendor for many years.
Mr. Joseph Wood, President, Panama Canal
Society Foundation reported on status of museum and
medallions, apologizing for the delay in the delivery of the
medallions. Question and answer period is scheduled after
the Annual Business Meeting. He stressed the need for
volunteers and thanked Richard Beall and Barbara Green
for all their help and he hoped they would both reconsider
resigning from the Society.

Mr. Don Oneal, Travelworld, official travel agency
for the Society, announced they will be offering special
airline rates to Society members. A table was set up outside
the vendors rooms. Two Continental airline tickets provided
by Travel World were won by member John Schmidt.
Vicky Sizemore, Sheila Bolke, and another
unidentified member voiced opinions regarding lack of
attendance at monthly meetings and of Barbara Green's
comments. Mr. Lou Taber introduced himself as a third
generation Zonian. He said the museum was a way for people
to remember the good times. We need to promote the
museum. Therese Hannigan said the Annual meeting is the
best place to bring out issues; as a group we have the right to
know what is going on. Katherine Egolf said that everytime
she has been to the Society office, Richard Beall and
Barbara Green have been hard at work, and she has always
witnessed dedication and efficiency by both and she hoped
they would reconsider their decision to resign. Patricia
Booth recommended the members attend the monthly
meetings and support the activities, as this is the only time
the members can voice their opinions. Rosemary Gilead
told Richard Beall and Barbara Green not to resign, let the
board fire them so they may collect unemployment. Mr. Rob
Roy told a story about a past reunion when someone asked
if the Canal Zone people ever grow old.
Mrs. Brundage reminded all that the suggestion
box and questionnaires had been placed at the Information
desk and asked members for their suggestions and comments
for future reunions.
Ms. Lizette Pertierra, COPA/Continental
Representative, presented two COPA tickets to Mrs. Wilma
Mrs Anna Collins, Chairperson, Nominating
Committee, introduced her committee members: Thomas
Peterson, Muriel Whitman, Olga Disharoon, and
volunteers Marje Foster, Kenneth Morris, Susanna
Morse, Virgil Camby and Sonia Rhyne. Voting results:

President: Steve Nehring
Betty Frassrand
1" VP Paul Rozmeski
Bill McLaughlin
2"d VP Darleen Hunt
Directors Chris Skeie
Elaine Lewis
Roy Culbreth
Beth Brandenburg

Committee reported 3,419 ballots cast; seven were invalid,
(Copy of report attached to original minutes). Barbara
Dedeaux moved that all ballots be destroyed; James
O'Donnell seconded. Ballots will be destroyed. New officers
were sworn in. Chris Skeie resigned from his position, Mrs.
Brandenburg replaced Mr. Skeie because of highest votes
of remaining candidates She was sworn is as second
Prizes donated by vendors and members were
presented throughout the meeting. The list of donors are filed
with original minutes.
The Meeting adjourned at 12:09 p.m.


Chairperson: Nancy Van Siclen
December 16, 2000

17307 Gulf Boulevard
North Redington Beach, Florida 33708

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at The
Wine Cellar at 17307 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida on Saturday, December 16h. 2000.
Social hour is planned from 11:00 a.m. with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The Luncheon
and Monthly Meeting will start at 12:00 Noon.

The cost of the Luncheon will be $18.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities. Monday,
December 11, 2000 is the deadline for reservations or refunds.
The menu will be a choice of Chicken Milanese, served with pasta and fresh vegetables OR New
York Strip Steak with rissole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad,
Rolls, and Butter, Dessert, Ice Tea and Coffee.

When completing your Reservation Form, be sure you list who you would like to sit with. Tables
will be for eight people. Also, please indicate your choice of Chicken Milanese or New York Strip Steak.
We hope to make this a very special luncheon and we will be working very hard to make sure you
have an enjoyable afternoon. We will have some nice door prizes and hope you will be able to join in the
festivities. Please mark your calendar for December 16, 2000 and send in your reservation early.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 727-397-5366.

December 16, 2000
The Wine Cellar

Member Name

Please make

i Reservations at $18.00 each

Please indicate preference:

New York Strip Steak

Telephone Number:
Total enclosed
Milanese Chicken

Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)



4. 8.
Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and mail to The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.




The Wine Cellar

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



Alvarado, Rosario
Arango, Maria T.
Arauz, Adilia E.
Baxter, Carol S.
Beauchamp Sandra
Blohm, Eunice R.
Bradley, Doris
Brassfield, Maria E.
Btesh, Linda B.
Burset, Miguel A.
Cermelli, Arturo
Cherry, Edward
Cucalon, Roberto
Divney, Mary Lou
Entebi, Elias
Feuille, Rene P.
Finley, Robert B.
Fuentes, Briseida J.
Fullman, Beverly
Garrido, Mayra E.
Grahe, Agnes
Grifo, Carlos

Hammerschlag, S. Parada, Ivan
Harris, Richard C. Pederson, Anton C.
Hellwig, Leticia Robinson, Sara
Holland, Gloria P .Rosas, Cloriela
Jackson, Mary Rosgal, Elsa M.
Jimenez, Julio E. Ross, Donald D.
Johnson, Jerry Roux, Hector
Johnson, Joyce A. Rowland Louise. J.
Johnson, Richard A. Rust, Claudine
Karst, Zoe Ann Saiz, Lia N.
Kouppermann, Y. Scadron, Ronald
Kridle, Helen J. Seibelink Jackqueline
Lao, Florence Shore, Sidney T.
Lee, Elita J. Shutt, Suzanna
Lora, A Mercedes Smith, Dorothy E.
Mallan, Mary S. Sokol, Sara
McCarty, Florence Turner, Hugh
McCloud, Barbara Updike, Charlie
McKeown, Edward Vallejos Angela
Menasche, Jack Villarreal, Domitila
Osigian, Amalia Walker, Ellen J.
Ostrea, Nydia G. Wiley, Marjorie

If you know the addresses of any of the above classmates or
if they have passed on, please let us know. Thanks!

Fran Elmendorf
300 Cedar Haven Dr.
Princeton, IL 61356

Marilyn Flynn
521 Country Club Dr.
Stockbridge, GA 30281-6314.

October 7, 2000

The Annual Picnic will be
held on October 7, 2000, at the Bay
a Pines Veterans Park, located at
10000 Bay Pines Blvd. Seminole,
from 10:00 a.m. until?. Shelter #4 has
S, .been reserved for the Society.
This year's picnic will be
--hosted by Elaine Lewis,
---- -Chairperson, and her committee.
Everyone attending is asked
to bring a covered dish to share and
your own soft drinks. The Park does not allow alcoholic
beverages on the premises. The Society will furnish plastic
plates, utensils and cups.
A short business meeting will be held after lunch.

PCSOFL Regular Meeting
November 3, 2000

St. Bede Spacopat hurhe4
2500 16^ Stieet
St. pete57&wv9. ^wcue
oveed Vid adt 11;30 a. m.
Reguar7 at a12:30 pf. m.

Arlene McKeown
9053 Pinehurst Dr.
Seminole, FL 33777


Luciano Arias Lois Howard
Ruth Daniel Bill Knott
John Drost Inez Lowe
Max Fux Juanita Meek

Jack Pearson
David Redmond
Joan Reilly

If you know the addresses of any of the above classmates,
or if they have passed on, please let us know. Thanks!

Pat (Geddes) Risberg Ja
1505 Wall Drive 37
Titusville, FL 32780 G
321-267-3962 77 Jv

Helen (Kissam) Ericson
2216 Sprucewood Dr. NW
Acworth, GA 30101

ne (Compton) Wagenbrenner
21 Tanners Mill Rd.
ainesville, FL 30507

Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco
231 Turnberry Rd.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019



The new Marriott Waterside Hotel in downtown
Tampa, Florida, hosted the 2000 Panama Canal Society
Reunion. Along with this beautiful facility, the Society also
used the Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Harbor Island Wyndham
and the Radisson Riverside Hotels for the overflow of
members attending the Reunion.
Let me first thank the members who were
responsible for the success of the reunion, for without them
and their committees, we could not have conducted this
event: Lodging Betty Frassrand, Registration Steve
Nehring, Luncheon Muriel Whitman, Dances Bill
McLaughlin, Mini Reunions Tom Peterson, Golf Peter
Lang, Despedida Darleen Hunt, Bingo Jim O'Donnell,
Security Paul Rozmeski and Lou Reyes, Transportation -
John Whitman, Vendors Chris Skeie, Discos Mike

Smith, Thursday Disco Jacque Vowell, Betty Frassrand,
Information Pat Beall, Finance Jeanne Wheeler.
Individual reports from these committees are reported herein.
Before I close this report, I would like to say that I
am sorry if I dropped the ball in certain actions because of
personal problems. At times, my mind was miles away from
the Society and the reunion. For this reason I want to give
special thanks to Paul Rozmeski for his help and stepping in
to put things right; for Pat Beall for keeping me on the right
path and finally to Barbara Green, who was everything! If
I needed an answer, Barbara showed me where to find it.
Finally, it has been a pleasure to serve the Society
and I hope that the next Reunion Coordinator has the help
and support that I have enjoyed this past year.

Robert L. Johnson
2000 Reunion Coordinator

Betty Frassrand 1989-91, Muriel Whitman, 1987-88, Ray "Bill" Wheeler, 1986-87, Peter Foster, 1985-86, Anna
Collins, 1983-84, Rob Roy, 1977-78, Back row L-R: Marje Foster, 1994-95, James O'Donnell, 1996-97, Margot
Jordan, 1997-98, Thomas Peterson, 1998-99, Faith Brundage, 1999-00. Not Present: Gaddis Wall, 1976-77,
Howard Clarke 1978-79, Albert Pate 1982-83, Jane Huldtquist 1993-94.



Museum board members are in the process of planning
several fundraising initiatives. They are developing
materials and strategies for requesting funding from
steamship agencies in Panama and major corporations that
have served as important suppliers to the Panama Canal.
In addition, they are readying the second annual mailing
seeking financial contributions from Panama Canal
Society members. It is these individual donations that
make museums possible, and the Panama Canal Museum
is no exception in this regard The support of the Panama
Canal Museum by PCSOFL members has made possible
the museum's existence and will help insure its success in
the future. Thank you for your support


Since the reunion wasn't held in Seminole, FL, where the
Panama Canal Museum is located, the museum went to
Tampa! Visitors in a steady stream passed through the
museum's exhibit room at the reunion. There they viewed
a Donors' Wall of Honor and an exhibit on Panama Canal
schools featuring pictures of Pacific and Atlantic side
schools and activities, the Balboa and Cristobal High
School bells, plaques and Balboa's bust from Balboa High
School, and other school-related memorabilia Chipi
Azcarraga's donation early in the reunion of his father's
shirt, hat, photographs, and plaques found an immediate
home in the exhibit room for four days and brought back
great memories of dancing to Lucho's organ music. A
donation by Kelly Dawson Ryan of a set of three Panama
Canal lighthouse replicas and accompanying photographs
further increased the museum's holdings of interesting
objects. Thank you to all who visited the museum room,
donated objects or funds, or supported the museum by
buying items from the museum's vending table.


As this column is being written in July, we don't know
how many still unfilled medallion orders there will be in
September when you read this. We have worked hard with
the mint and hope it has managed to get out all medallions
by now. However, if you still have not received yours,
please continue to let us know periodically. The mint has
promised us every order will be filled. Thank you--again--
for your assistance and patience with this.

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"Into the Millennium" was the theme for the 2000
Reunion dances. After 67 years in the 20'h Century, the
Panam Canal Society is moving "Into the Millennium". I
thought the theme would be appropriate for the occasion.
Our founders would be surely proud of the many dedicated
members and volunteers that have made it possible for the
Society to see a new century and millennium.
Sold out! the dances this year were sold out before
they even started. This made some folks unhappy, but we
had no choice. The hotel had set a limit of a 1300 person
capacity in the ballroom. The ballroom was packed and
everyone had a blast. I have never seen such a dancing bunch
like us Zonians. I was wondering if the dance floor would
hold out through the night.
Puly Sequeira and his group did a wonderful job
at the Panazonian Dance. Puly has played for the Society at
past functions and at Camavalito. Many have commented on
how much they liked him. Frankie Pretto and his group
rocked the house down with their fast pace music with a lot
of music Lucho used to play. The crowd always likes
Frankie and his group.
Many thanks to Margaret and Allison
McLaughlin, George, Hector and Yarleys Lowery, and
Rick Baltozer for all their help that made these dances a
Bill McLaughlin
Dances Chairperson


There were 16 groups of Zonians that were
planning mini reunions at the 2000 Annual Reunion of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. There were only 14 who
actually had functions during the reunion. Two of the
original group canceled out due to lack of eligible members
to attend.
All groups reported a great success with their
individual events. The honor classes of BHS1950 (50'h),
BHS 1975 and CHS 1975 (25th) were great successes.
It was a joy to be working with the chairpersons of
the mini reunion groups and the hotel staff of the Tampa
Marriott Waterside.
In behalf of the Panama Canal Society, I want to
commend chairpersons Jane Kaufer Cochrane, Bill Diez,
Marion Price Royston, Ernie Pierce, Joan Powell Arndt,
Wendall Spreadbury, Bob Zumbado, Paul Glassburn,
John F. Hern Jr., Joni Smith, Vicki Sizemore, Jacque
Crowell, Bill McLaughlin, Jane Huff, Joanie Ridge,
Cherie Donaldson Lee, Margaret Bivin Coffin, Richard
Grimison, Sue Kelleher White, Carl Orvis, Leann
McConaughey, Teresa Strnad, Yvonne Fishbough,
Robert Russell Jr. and Jane Graver for their untiring
efforts for successful mini reunions.

Tom Peterson
Mini-Reunion Chairperson

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The 2000 Panama Canal Society Reunion
Registration Report is submitted for publication. The
advance registration ended at the close of business on June
28, 2000 with a total of 2,282 members and guests. There
were 228 members and guests registered at the Reunion for
a grand total of 2,510.
The registration process went well and without the
help of numerous volunteers, the important process could not
have occurred. A special thanks to the volunteers who
worked more than one shift which enabled the registration to
go smoothly. A separate list is attached with the 195 names
of those members who failed to pick up their registration
Steve Nehring
Registration Chairperson


The twelve volunteers of the Information Committee
did an excellent job of informing members of activities,
location, times, optional restaurants in the area, points of
interest in Tampa, all in unfamiliar surroundings. They were
Tom and Barbara Peterson, John and Muriel Whitman,
Manny Quintero, Lionel Barfield, Anna Collins, John
Hayes, Dick and Marcia Barrere, Ethel Askew and Jeanne
Beside providing information, the volunteers sold
tickets, decals, license plates and Canal Records amounting
to a total of $247.00 towards the Society account and
$4,060.00 towards the Reunion account.
We again thank our volunteers for an excellent job.

Richard (Pat) Beall, Co-Chairperson
Jeanne Wheeler, Co-Chairperson

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The Rain Gods treated us to a sunny hot day, the
second in two weeks. Northdale was in excellent playing
condition. The BBQ was plentiful and delicious. All in all it
was a delightful and fun-filled day.
The ladies low gross was won by Margot Jordan.
Steve Falasca and J.D. Bryant tied for men's low gross.
Steve was awarded the championship on the second handicap
hole. Both golfers were given a Titlest golf bag donated by
Pro Dave Creighton.
There were 133 golfers, therefore I put in an extra
flight. I also added a prize for high score in each flight. In
addition to two extra long drives and closest to the pin, 52
prizes were awarded to the golfers.
There were 150 for lunch. We awarded an
additional 42 door prizes. Each golfer started out with two
Panama Canal Society logo golf balls, a ditty bag, a dozen
tees and ball markers. We gave away over 550 golf balls.
What pleased me the most, however, was the
Northdale employees' comments. They said that we were the
most behaved and fun filled group they ever handled at

Northdale. Yes the Zonians are the greatest! Thank you
Pete Lang
Golf Tournament Chairperson



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Diana DeGreef, David Bishop. Right: Pete Flynn, Jim Orvis, Bob Johnson, Rob Boyer.


The Executive Board of The Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc., after careful consideration of all proposals
submitted, appointed Business TRAVEL WORLD as the
Official Travel Agent for the 2000 Annual Reunion.
TRAVEL WORLD not only arranged transportation
for our members, throughout the year they graciously donated
outstanding door prizes. Mr. Don Oneal, President and Trish
Bryan Sales Manager of TRAVEL WORLD attended a
number of our events during the year.
At the Annual Business Meeting, TRAVEL
WORLD donated two (2) round trip tickets on Continental
Airlines, for travel within the United States to be given to a
lucky member attending our business meeting. These tickets
were won by member John Schmidt of Tallahassee, Florida.
COPA Airline also donated two (2) round trip tickets to
Panama and they were won by members Ova and Wilma
(Billie) Hultin.
TRAVEL WORLD did an excellent job for the
traveling members of our Society. They were very

accommodating to all. It was a pleasure to work with them.

John Whitman, Co-Chairperson
Al Pate, Co-Chairperson


The Bingo Committee did another great job at the
Tampa Reunion. Marje and Pete Foster were the tellers who
checked all Bingo cards. Tom O'Donnell was the caller.
The feed back from both events was excellent and
I believe more people attended this year than last year. A
total of 153 members and guests attended both sessions. If
you did not attend the Bingo on Friday and Saturday, you
missed a great opportunity to win several outstanding prizes.
A good time was had by all and next year will be
even better.
James J. O'Donnell
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The Thursday night "Alumni" DJ dance was a huge
success thanks to many members who participated. Lou and
Jan Andino designed and created the street sign
centerpieces. Lou did his research to make sure the right
streets intersected, but I have a feeling that green isn't Lou's
favorite color these days! Barbara Vose and her magic
fingers created the "B" and "C" letters for members to pin on
to declare their alumni school. I saw several people later in
the night begging and bargaining for these letters in the
lobby. Debbie Arsenault, Bob and Nancy Van Siclen (the
ribbon cutting queen), Sister Teresa Sandidge, Roy
Truxton, Barbara Dedeaux, Sandra Walker, Pam
Crowell, Shirley Boswell, Pete and Marje Foster, Joy and
Al Maale, the Couriers, Aimee and Corey DeGroot all
helped with the balloons and decorating the room in school
colors. It was hard work, but having these wonderful people
made putting the event together so much fun! A special thank
you goes to Dennis Gilbert for making the reserved signs for
the tables. We had quite a few class reunions use the DJ
dance on Thursday as part of their get-together. The DJ was
spinning great tunes and the dance floor was full all night!
The crowd wouldn't let the DJ leave, and he graciously
extended the dance an extra half-hour. No one seemed to be
in a hurry to leave and there were several crowds sitting
around talking until 2 a..m. Congratulations to Debbie
Harden and Erin Fleming who won the hula-hoop contest.
Betty and I are looking forward to the Thursday DJ dance
next year. We already have several surprises in store for
Jacque Vowell
Betty LeDoux Frassrand
Co-Chairpersons, Thursday Night DJ Dance


The Annual Luncheon was held in the Florida Ball
Room on Saturday, July 8". The room was attractively
decorated in blue and white, and on each table there was a
centerpiece of flowers in a blue or white pot which had the
Panama Canal Society's logo on it, and there was also a
needlepoint map of Panama. The centerpieces were given as
table prizes at the close of the luncheon.
Ernest Pierce was the guest speaker and he did an
excellent job; he spoke of being a Zonian, and his address
was enjoyed by all. There were 366 in attendance.
A delicious meal of roast pork and roast turkey was
attractively served, which made the food look good but was
also delicious. We had many compliments on the food,
service and decorations.
We could not accommodate everyone who wanted
to attend the luncheon, but we were able to take a few more
reservations at the last minute. In the future, please make
your reservations early before the cut-off date, which will
make the chairperson's job a lot easier.
I would like to again thank Lou and Jan Andino for
doing the decorations, and as always, they did a wonderful
job. I would be remiss if I did not thank Olga Disharoon,
Jay Cain, Carolyn Johnson, Hallie Witcher, Teresa
Sandige, Dottie Yocum and my husband, John again for
their support and help before and during the reunion.

Muriel Whitman
2000 Chairperson, Annual Luncheon

Your Reporter Says...


Now that the Reunion 2000 is over, we are back to
business as usual in Dothan, AL, and most of that business
is travel, travel, travel. I understand this Reunion was most
successful and fun for all.
And speaking ofsuccessful...Sgt. Michael Cirulli,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cirulli is one of 16 law
enforcement officers statewide to be nominated for the
Alabama Retail Association's Law Enforcement Officer of
the Year award. The winner will be announced June 30th.
A donation in the name of the winner will be made to the
Boys and Girls Clubs of Alabama.
And to travel news...Mary Urey was joined by her
daughter Suzanne Urey Kleefkens in Atlanta, GA, where
they then flew to Panama to visit with daughter Lorraine
and Bill Kirkland. Suzanne had not been to Panama in 13
years so found the changes quite amazing. A wonderful
weekend in El Valle and visit with long-time friends Elsie
Garcia and son Charles in their lovely home was the
highlight of the weekend. Also another pleasant surprise
was meeting Alice Fairbrothers Meyers and Dora
Husted LeGrys who were visiting relatives in Panama.
Bill and Lorraine have done a great job on their home in
Albrook. Bill and Lorraine visited with Mary for four
weeks prior to spending the summer in Martha's Vineyard.
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Picture taken at "Mi Pueblito" (off 4th of July Ave. in the
old Quarry Heights area. L-R: Suzanne Urey
Kleefkins, Mary Gilbert Urey, and Lorraine Urey

And more travel from Alabama...On May 18"h,
Jinjer (Reinhardt) and Kelly Jeffries and Susan (Knapp)
Light took a 2-week trip to Ireland. They toured most of
the country and saw many extraordinary ruins, monasteries,
abbeys, enormous cliffs, the Waterford Crystal Factory, and

their share of pubs. A couple of times, Kelly got behind the
bar and taught the bar-keeper how to make toasted almonds
(a yummy after-dinner drink). They planned the trip
themselves, rented a car, and took jaunting cart rides. They
left hardly a blarney stone unturned, and in Ireland, that's
quite a feat. Believe them, driving on the "wrong" side of
the road on those narrow roads can be scary at times. They
were proud to turn in their rental with both exterior mirrors
intact. Words could not describe St. Patrick's Cathedral in
Dublin. One of the B&Bs they visited, a huge manor estate,
had been in the owner's family since 1650. The history of
the country is incredible. They did meet other travelers
from all over who often visit Ireland every year and still
find new sites to enjoy. Needless to say, they all highly
recommend Ireland to all and look forward to going again.

L-R: Susan K. Light, Kelly Jeffries, Virginia

Well, that's all I have for this issue, but I'm sure
as summer get warmer here in Dothan, I will hear more
and more about travel to cooler places.

Dolores Cleveland
(334) 793-4812


The Panama Canal Society of NW Arkansas held
its Father's Day reunion at the Jones Family Center in
Springdale on June 28. Thirty-one persons attended. After
enjoying a potluck luncheon, there was a time of sharing
news about themselves and also about what is currently
going on in Panama and what the future prospects are for
the Panama Canal. Chairman Louis Sommers announced
that the fall luncheon will be held September 30 at Ryans
Restaurant in Rogers.
Keith and Winona York enjoyed the one-week
visit from Winona's daughter Kerry Davis and her three
Charles and Mary McGimsey, who enjoy
traveling, took a delightful two-week Mediterranean cruise
in May-June. They visited Greece, Italy, and Spain, and
then flew home from Portugal.
Minnie Burton's daughter Judi Dailey has
recovered very well from her knee replacement surgery in
February. Minnie's other daughter Nancy Vega and her
husband Henry spent three weeks in Tucson following
their wedding.
Carl and Petie Maedl enjoyed a three-day visit
from their daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Vince
Gutowski, from Charleston, IL, in mid-May. Later in May,
the Maedls traveled to St. Peter, MN, to attend the
commencement activities as well as the 65" Anniversary of
the Class of 1935 at Gustavus Adolphus College. In June,
the Maedls drove to Minnesota again to visit their other
daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Jim Krough, 3
grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, as well as other
kinfolk in the Twin City area. Then they drove farther
north to the Brainerd area to attend a Maedl family reunion
at a niece's cottage on Lake Kimball. Thirty persons,
representing four generations, gathered there for part or all
of a week over the Fourth of July. Besides catching up on
family news, the group enjoyed fishing, swimming,
boating, playing cards, etc., not to mention all the gourmet
food that was served.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


Santa Barbara

During the month of June, Bill and I traveled to
Ireland and England. While we were in England, we stayed
with Lynn Budreau Gritt (BHS'77). What a beautiful
country! Lynn and her husband, Rick live in the Dales area,
which is the central part of England. Their daughter,
Alessandra (Ali) attended the local English school. They
live in a quaint English village with beautiful dry stonewalls
in the countryside. I didn't think a place could be as green as
Panama, but England sure is.

Cookie Newlon, All Gritt and Lynn Budreau Gritt
outside Ripley Castle in England.
Lynn was a perfect hostess, picking us up at Leeds
airport and whisked us to Ripley's Castle and Gardens for a
tour. We later picnicked on a rowboat near Pately Bridge.
Thanks, Lynn!
Janice Cookie Newlon
(805) 965-8106


Northeast Florida

The next semi-annual PICNIC in the Northeast
Florida area is scheduled for Saturday, October 14 at 11:00
a.m. The picnic is still at the Naval Air Station,
Jacksonville, marina/picnic area. You need to call or email
Diane and Bruce Bateman in order for your names to be
left at the gate for entrance onto the base. (904-282-7650 or Directions are to turn into the
Birmingham Gate (next to the Reserve center not the main
gate). Drive straight until you see the river on the right and
it will be the next gravel driveway to the right (a
convenience store is on the left). Several picnic areas and a
dock are right there! Don't forget it is potluck and BYOB.
The Batemans have been enjoying their kids who
have been visiting since the reunion. John's son Kevin, his
wife and three grandchildren along with Diane and Bruce's
son Bruce (from Boca) have all been visiting Jacksonville.
John and Bruce were first time vendors this year in Tampa.
The BHS Class of 1955 celebrated their 45'h
reunion on July 7 at the Tampa reunion. Coordinators were
Bobby Zumbado, Orlando; Joan (Hensler) Toscar, Port
Orange, FL; Paul Glassburn, Safety Harbor, FL; and Nina
Brown up from Panama. A grand time was had by all as
classmates came from as far as Switzerland and Hawaii to
join the festivities. It was by far the best class reunion BHS
class of 1955 has had. Our next reunion will be the Golden
one in 2005.

A -F W. .' -!-.:"'K-

As it has been for the past 14 years, the "Fabulous-
Five Chicas" attended the Reunion in Tampa this July: Elisa
Malo-Williams, Deanna Malo-Steuart, Laura
Medigovich, Kristy Konnagan, and Lynn Henderson.
Thankfully over the years, a few more friends have been
added to this Reunion bunch Rob Woerner, Lisa Tyree,
Kelly Snook-Barkdell, Nona Kane-Gallardo. Thursday
evening a few of them went on an unexpected tour of the
Tampa area in search of a grocery/liquor store. With a map
downloaded from the Internet, they set out to find a place to
purchase provisions. Well, the map turned out to be
inaccurate but that didn't dampen their spirits. They finally
found what they needed and after about a "Two (Three?)
Hour Tour" made it back to their three rooms with the
goodies. Of course, Friday the group was informed by
Patricia Frank-North that she had a lovely view of a
Publix grocery store out her hotel window--within a mile of
the Marriott. That afternoon, Mom and Dad Kane were
nice enough to take a handful of them to the Salvador Dali
Museum in their cozy mobile home. The Kanes are traveling
from New York State and visiting each of their kids and
This gang has learned through the years the beauty
of staying longer and checking out Monday. By early
Sunday afternoon the hotel is quiet and recuperation can
begin. Sunday evening is peaceful as everyone comes down
from the lunacy of the weekend. Time is spent sharing tales
of the previous few days, who they ran into, and finishing
up the conversations started throughout the weekend that
were never finished for one reason or another. After
checkout on Monday they all join for lunch, after which
final goodbyes are tearfully squeezed out in hugs and kisses.
They all return to their "Stateside" lives in Jacksonville,
Washington, DC, Houston, Hernando Beach, San
Francisco, Virginia Beach and New Jersey. Upon returning
home, depression sets in--the grief one feels when losing
something so cherished. But, they will be back next year for
this Reunion Gang's "Quince Anos", enjoying every crazy
minute of it!

Kathy (Malin) Saville
(904) 642-6835


Notice: Maggie's Buffet has closed. The next semi-
annual noon luncheon of the Ocala Zonians/P.C.
Ditchdiggers will be Tuesday, October 3 at Ryan's Family
Steakhouse (#933 Silver Springs Blvd. Hwy. 40 East in
Many of our group were present at the July annual
PCSOFL reunion in Tampa. Ted Norris (BHS'53) and wife
Patricia met us as we entered, Ruth (Rose) and Woody
Foster informed us of the passing away of her brother,
Freddy Rose. Talked to Barbara (Curles) Aycock
(BHS'49). Husband Dave was wandering about. She
reported attending the graduation of granddaughter Brandi
Richey, class valedictorian at Cross Plains HS in Texas.
Brandi was also a 4 year Texas State Champion in the 300

yd. hurdles and a Gold medalist in the 100 yd. hurdles. Dave
was surprised in June when 19 family members and sister,
Mary Jo (CHS'56) and brother Richard (CHS'51) from
California and friends from Texas showed up for a 3-day
birthday celebration. Happy Birthday, Dave!
Jim and Ethel Wich celebrated his 80th on June 25.
He promised to tell me some of his tales from the CZ. He fell
off a scaffold into the water at the SIP-7 project (Gatun) and
got flooded out of the SIP-7 project at Pedro Miguel Locks,
almost got shot by an Army guard later that night
Richard and Juanita McConaughey were relaxing
in the noisy lobby with son Bob and his wife Kathie, and
other members of the clan in the area. Noted exhibits were
the Panama Canal Museum and Al Sprague's exhibition of
his original paintings.
John Muller enjoyed the Masonic Luncheon. Jean
Muller won at "Bingo" (Jim O'Donnell runs the best bingo
game in town) Bill Muller videotaped the BHS'50 Fiftieth
Class Reunion dinner for Co-chairpersons Wendell
Spreadbury and Joan (Powell) Arndt. There were 100
present. Class President Bill Lang was introduced as the
special guest. Marie Weir spoke of her experiences in the
CZ schools. Edna (Curles) and Larry Didier enjoyed the
festivities, as did Barbara (Norris) Lee. We visited their
hospitality room which was always "buzzing" with
excitement and "Do you remember? openers.
Ted Norris told me of the time they lived in
Washington DC and headed a group called "The State
siders." They once got a call from an individual who had
inherited a collections of photos and memorabilia from a
relative who worked during the construction days. The
photos included meetings in DC during the 40's and 50's. Ted
donated some photos during our 25th anniversary meeting to
Chris Skeie for the PC museum and this time carried the rest
of the collection via motorcycle to Chris and Kathy Egolf in
Seminole and was taken on a tour of the museum.
Joan Arndt left in mid-July for a three week visit
with family in Indiana and she will return home in time for
her husband, Rolf to undergo further cataract surgery in
In late July we visited Jean and Clark "Brandy"
Brandenburg at their new home in Zephyrhills. Both retired
last year and it has been 20 years since we last saw them.
Brandy is a golf instructor at Lake Bernadette Golf Club and
is enjoying it.
Tom Wilder, son of retired PC pilot, Albert
Wilder of Ocala has rapidly moved up the ladder from
Lieutenant to Captain in the Marion County Sheriff Dept.
Sheriff Ed Dean has high praise for Tom and his
accomplishments. Tom attended special schooling and is now
spearheading a project he started in June utilizing lap-top
computers to speed up identification of stolen vehicles with
a noticeable increase in apprehending auto thieves and
wanted criminals.
Attended recent memorial services for Hilton F.
Hughes in Dunnellon who headed the Balboa Electrical Div.
Field Office meter shop in the 50's and retired in 1971 as
Chief of Madden Dam Hydroelectric Power Station. His
wife, Margaret Hughes regularly attends our meetings.
Memorial services for Wesley H. "Red" Townsend
were held in the First Methodist Church on May 18. As co-
founder of the Panama Canal Ditchdiggers, he was a close
friend of all of us and was well known for his antics and
working with the Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone and Marion
County. Tales were told of his "bag of tricks" and teaching
the boys how to tie knots. Clarence Payne, former minister
of Balboa Union Church, and wife Rosita, praised Wes and
his wife Virginia, for their devotion and contribution to the

"good and welfare' of the church. Wes's son, Frank (a
professor at the U. of Florida) told of his dad's
disappearances each Christmas morning only to learn later
that was the red-faced, Spanish speaking "gringo" Santa
Claus that showed up each year at the Bella Vista Children's
home bringing gifts for all the "good little boys and girls."
Frank proved he was a chip off the old block by talking bajun
style and ended up whistling and wearing his dad's old hat.
Daughter Sydney Corbett added her thought as well.
Ocala Zonians attending the services were Harry
and Virginia Pearl, Richard and Juanita McConaughey,
Jim and Evelyn Cullen, Bill and Jean Muller, Maurice
Tewinkel and his daughter, Frank Lee, Barbara (Egolf)
Dedeaux, George Egolf and Kathy Egolf and others too
numerous to mention were there to pay their final respects to
a fine gentleman whose memory left a lasting impression to
all those who knew him.

William "Bill" Muller
(352) 854-7902


The 2nd Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast
Panazonian Mini-Reunion was held on May 28, 2000 at
Coconut Bay Holiday Inn University Mall, Pensacola. The
location was obtained by Deb Dedeaux (daugher-in-law of
Louie BHS'47, and Barb (Egolf) CHS'53, Dedeaux).
The event was a huge success. There was a pay-as-you-go
bar (with our very own Panama bartender, Steve Ramirez,
who is a regular bartender at Coconuts), comida tipica to
include ceviche, plantano, Johnny Mazetti, empanadas, many
varieties of rice dishes; including an-oz con polio, pineapple
upside down cake, Mary Jane French Fruit cookies, etc.
There were free sodas for the children and many door prizes.
Entertainment was supplied by Robert (BHS'77) and Gina
Bryan who played music and sang songs from their latest
CD "Last Man Out". They did a fabulous job hope they'll
do it again next year. Everyone ate heartily and had a great
time reminiscing with old friends about days gone by. There
were displays of CZ and Panama hats, dresses, CZ shirts
and, of course, at the entrance were T-shirts on each door,
one of BHS Bulldogs and one of CHS Tigers. The Panama
flag was also displayed, which is a regular fixture at
Coconuts. People came from as far as Houston, TX, to attend
this special event. Another couple came from New York.

Pensacola Mini-Reunion, L-R: Louis Dedeaux, Kevin
Vose, Bill and Nivia Drummond, Al Cotton.

The whole gang at the Pensacola Mini-Reunion.

Pensacola Mini-Reunion: L-R: Bob and Vicki
(Hutchison) Boukalis, Beverly (Phillips) Gross,
Brenda (Barnthouse) Hirschorn and Henry Gross.

Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis (BHS'65) brought me
the most wonderful surprisethat day her sister Dianne
(Hutchison) Cox (BHS'58) of Ocala and I hadn't seen her
in almost 20 years. Dianne and I had a great visit.
Al Cotton (BHS'68) came from Prattville, AL, for
his first ever reunion of any kind. He was so surprised to
meet so many people who remembered him and knew his
family. He told us he was also planning to attend the 2000
Reunion in Tampa. I saw him in Tampa and put him to work
helping me give out mementos at the CHS/BHS Disco
Dance. He did a great job and told me he had a great time.
Hope to see him at the Reunion in Orlando I'll put him to
work again.
Thanks to all who helped make this event a great
success especially Barb Dedeaux and my son Kevin
(BHS'84) who helped me plan and put the event together. A
special thanks to Deb Dedeaux, Barb Dedeaux and Dianne
Cox for the photos they donated for this article.
I want to extend a special thanks to all who attended
and a personal invitation to return again next year. The 3rd
Annual Mini-Reunion is scheduled to be held next year on
the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, hopefully at the same
location. Please contact me if you are interested in attending.
Louie (BHS'47) and Barb (Egolf) (CHS'53)
Dedeaux have been enjoying frequent weekend jaunts to
Orrin and Carol Clements' lake cottage near Panama City,
FL. Louie recently purchased a bass boat so he could take
advantage of their well-stocked lake. On Memorial Day

weekend, Barb Dedeaux's grandson J had a campout in his
backyard in Pace, FL, with two of his schoolmates and my
grandson Shane. They cooked out and had a grand time
enjoying the great outdoors.
Barb and Louie left for the 2000 Reunion a week
early stopping to visit with Barb's brother George and his
wife Bobbie (Williams) in Pinellas Park. Barb and George
walked two miles every morning. They were on the go the
whole time and enjoyed visiting with Debbie (Egolf) and Bill
Lane, Katherine Egolf and Barb's sister-in-law Mary.
I experienced my best reunion ever this year what
a great time I had. I was especially happy to see my sister
Ruby (Hall) Enman (CHS'60), my brother Butch Hall
(CHS'58) and my cousin Leila (Leon) Cheesley (CHS'60).
My friend Betty Frassrand met me, Ruby, and
Leila at the airport on Wednesday in a limo what a surprise
and treat. That evening a group of us went to dinner at Bems'
Steak House (in a limo again) Betty and Jerry; Lou and
Jan Andino; Dennis, Robin and John Gilbert; Jacque and
Casey Vowell; and Theresa Sandridge. It was such a
pleasure having dinner and spending the evening with all of
them and the meal was fantastic.
On Thursday the dance committee, headed by Betty
Frassrand and Jacque Vowell, decorated for the CHS/BHS
Disco Dance. We had balloons on the ceiling and had a fun
time getting them down. The dance was a huge success and
I hope they'll continue to have one every year.
On Friday morning I attended my first Board
Meeting with Betty Frassrand. After the votes were counted,
she was named the new PC Society President. Had fun at
Betty's cocktail party on Friday evening lots of old and new
friends were there.
Saw so many friends from my class (CHS'61) and
those of CHS'60. Some I had not seen in over 40 years. A

L-R: Lynn Dunning, Barbara (Hall) Vose, Cheryl
Dunning at Registration, Tampa Reunion.

small group of classmates met to form the planning
committee for the CHS'61 40th Class Reunion in Orlando
next year. I'm really looking forward to that

L-R: Butch Hall, Ruby (Hall) Enman, Leila (Leon)
Cheesley, Ellen Clute and Barbara (Hall) Vose
at the CHS/BHS Thursday Night Disco Dance.

Saw my buddies Helen Spector and Tita Clarke
again they're still just as fun loving as ever. Helen got us all
on stage again on Saturday night to sing our CHS School
song brought back many memories.
Mass on Saturday with all my St. Mary's friends
was really nice with Father Pretto saying the Mass. Father
Kennedy could not be there (he's in all our prayers). It was
great seeing everyone again.
On Saturday, Butch, Ruby and I went to Brenda
and Ralph Furlong's house for lunch fantastic arroz con
polio, tamales, empanadas and plantanos we were all
I enjoyed working with Registration on Thursday -
saw lots of old friends hope to do it again in Orlando.
I took 300 of my homemade Mary Jane French Fruit
cookies to the Reunion and went home with empty
containers. Everyone really enjoyed them and I was told to
make sure I brought them again next year.
I enjoyed seeing Marie and Jim Morris. Marie is
one of God's living miracles. They both looked just
I had planned to work out daily in the exercise room,
but didn't have to I got enough exercise on the dance floor.
I really kicked up my heels and had a fabulous time. Hope to
do the same next year in Orlando.
The Tampa Marriott Waterside was a beautiful hotel
and I think the overall service was excellent.
I drove back to Pensacola early Sunday morning
with Barb and Louie Dedeaux pleasantly exhausted, but
very content with my full weekend.
Hope to see everyone again in Orlando. Please pass
on to me any news you may have. Hasta luego!

Barbara (Hall) Vose
(850) 474-6341


The annual Panama Canal Society Reunion is
always a happy time to get together with family, classmates
and friends. Mayno (Bliss) Walker and Fred and Bev
Ebdon arranged a luncheon meeting at the "Crab Trap"
restaurant in Palmetto during the visit of Carlton and Sis
(Hayes) Horine of Monte Serreno, CA. Additional guests
included Stella (Boggs) DeMarr and Rick Nelson, Bill
and Jeanne Wheeler, Mary and Kathy Egolf, and Paul
and Connie Ebdon of The Dalles, OR. Each had many
stories to tell which brought back happy memories and lots
ofjoy and laughter.
Mayno Walker had another get-together at the
Reunion that included a family gathering at the hotel. The
family members included Leo and Susie McIntire and
daughter Tari of Tulsa, OK; Kathleen "Kay" (Mills)
Walker, Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald, Carole (Walker)
Miller, and Curtis and Emily Bliss, all of Florida.
Families getting together means so much these days. The
Guest Speaker at the Luncheon was very fine and made us
all realize how proud we are to be Zonians.
Gladys McLain has a happy houseful and is
enjoying the visit of her son Douglas, his wife Cindy and
their three children from Brussels, Belgium. Douglas is a
teacher with the Department of Defense Schools. During
their visit, Cindy and the children spent some time in
Dallas, TX, visiting her family.
Michael and Wilma Cain enjoyed all the
activities and seeing people at the Reunion. Enroute home
they had a very nice visit with his aunt, Jay Cain, of
Sarasota, FL.
Fred and Bev Ebdon report a two-week visit from
son, Paul, and his wife, Connie (Balmas), of The Dalles,
OR. All four attended the Panama Canal Reunion and
Connie attended her class reunion. Fred says they kept busy
and he is "pooped" but loved every minute of the visit.
Thomas J. Ebdon of Rancho Santa Margarita,
CA, came for a two-week visit with his parents, Joe and
Rae Ebdon. He and his mother attended the Reunion and
had a great time.
Blanche (Walker) Hartman's son, Leo Mclntire
(BHS'50) and wife Susie, his young daughter Tari and her
friend Katie of Tulsa, OK, spent a day at the Reunion. It
was Leo's 50th class reunion and after saying hello to old
friends and seeing many family members who were
attending the reunion, the foursome headed back to
Sarasota for a busy five-day stay with Blanche. Leo
surprised his mom with a visit from her other
granddaughters, Cheryl (McIntire) Burkemper of
Bethany, OK, and Vicki (McIntire) Healy of Tulsa, OK.
The girls had fun-filled trips to our beaches, enjoyed some
shopping and lots of Florida sunshine. Blanche had a
chance to catch up on the activities of her great
grandchildren and looking at the pictures their proud
moms had brought to share with her. Blanche always
enjoys the hustle and bustle of the family visit, but says
once they leave it's just "too quiet" around the house.
Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey always looks forward
to her son Donald Humphrey's annual "Wild Hog

Cookout and Get Together" that he hosts at his home in
Malabar, FL, preceding the Panama Canal Reunion. Donna
(Humphrey) Mann drove her mom Gladys to the cookout.
Along with Gladys and Donna, there were 45 to 50 other
Zonians and friends from near and far. All enjoyed eating
lots of good food, laughing and telling stories about the
"good old days".

Gladys B. Humphrey
(941) 955-1900

South Florida

I took a trip to Memphis in May to visit Mike
Young as part of Bird's Blues in May. First stop, the
Interstate BBQ and then to Silky's to see my good friend,
Barbara Blue. If you ever go to Beale Street, check out
Barbara's show. She will sing just about anything you
request. My fishing buddies Taj Mahal and the Phantom
Blues Band were playing at the Beale Street festival, so we
had double the fun. Cally Wharry drove over from
Arkansas and my fiend Linda Kuenzil flew in for the
weekend. Mike "Chili" Rose and his wife Sandy stopped by
for a visit to Mikey's "Cocoli Carport" and it was good
catching up on old times. We suffered through the rain and
Mississippi mud the first night and if it hadn't been for the
backstage passes on Saturday, we probably would have
stayed home. Once backstage, Mike's friend "Bad Dog"
McCormick and his wife Jana (Hooker), set us up with a
bird's eye view of the concert from ROCK 103's remote
broadcast tower for the Allman brothers.

Calley Wharry, Mike Young and Tom Pattison at
Mike's Cocoli Carport. Note License plates.

In May, D. LaPorta turned 42 and we all went to a
party up in Boca Raton at South Inlet Beach. It was a
beautiful park and we had a great time swimming and
hanging out while the kids got to smash a pifiata. The Other
Side Catering and Fry-Fry Company was hard at work
churning out their famous fried yucca, patacones, wontons
and empanadas. It also turned out that the lifeguard, Lang
Jacobs, is a Zonian.
In late May I flew up to Annapolis to celebrate my
birthday with Bob and Mindy Dollar. It just so happened
that Taj was playing at the Chesapeake Blues Festival, so

once again it was double the fun. We were joined by Evelyn
(or was that Evilyn), Dave Wiatt and his girlfriend Colleen
and Mindy's sister, Gigi Eustace. Her fiance Ron Jennings
drove down from upstate New York. We had typical Mid-
Atlantic weather (wet and cold) for the festival but we still
managed to have a good time. We hung out and listened to
music with our friends from the Baltimore Blues Society on
Saturday but skipped Sunday's line-up in favor of visiting the
many fine taverns of downtown Annapolis. I suggest shrimp
at Davis's, oysters at Lester's steamed mussels at
McGarvey's and the beer just about anywhere.
I barely made it home in time for the First Annual
Panamaniac Primavera Picnic. Lucho reserved a bohio at the
Tree Tops Park in Davie and it was B.Y.O.C.P. (Bring your
own cerveza Panama). and nobody was disappointed. We had
folks from as far away as Tampa and some flew all the way
from Panama. Those attending were Wayne Bryant Jr,,
Leni Stokes, Richard and Yakeel Barker, Ivan and
Lizabeth Klasovsky, Tom Gray, Jeff Watkins, Eva
Thompson and her brother Butchie, Mike Samson, Kevin
Coleman, Fernando Cabeza, Terri (Salyer) and Jeff
Lang, Amy and Jaime Niedda, Mike and Poke Parker,
Michele and Chris Mazuros, Michele Kaufman, her
brother Kirby and his fiance Marita, Doug and Ori
Burfeindt, Pam Weldon, Barbara Hall, Lou Domenech,
and his daughter Renee, Teresa Martinez, Mimi Azcarraga
and their mom Annie Hoag, the "A" Team of Andre, Adam
and Alex Azcarraga and their dad/referee "Lucho." We
listened to Salsa, devoured Ivan's "Tarpon Club Ceviche,
BBQ'd a ton of chicken and washed it down with ice cold
Panamas. Afterwards it was off to the obligatory post-party
at Rancho Pajaro where we hit the pool, ate leftovers,
listened to more snlqn made noise and dannped till Intp

Three of South Florida's loveliest ladies, Mimi
(Martinez) Azcarraga, Anne Hoag and Teresa
My mom "Bricky" Pattison came to visit me in
June followed shortly thereafter by my brother Jim "Red",
his wife Kat and their two kids, Tommy and Megan. They
stopped in Orlando first to visit Micky Landia, then drove
to Melbourne to see Kat's mom and dad. They hit Pembroke
Pines and barely slowed down enough to pick us up on their
way to the Florida Keys. We rented a couple of cottages in
Marathon and spent three days swimming, eating, and
shopping. We all got our pictures taken at the Southern-most
Point in the Continental U.S. When we got back to Rancho
Pajaro, tired and broke, we decided to have one more party
before they left the next morning. All the locals came over
including west coast transplant Mary Claire Pascavage. By

the way, Mary, thanks for the Napoli T-shirt. Red says he
will return the favor next time I'm in Austin.


Brickey (Coleman), Tom, Kathleen and Jim "Red"

It looks like Rancho Pajaro wasn't the only joint
filled to capacity in June. Tom and Julie Young's Hotel TY
in Kendall also saw their share of visitors. It is a favorite
stopover for Zonians before they enter the U.S. Their home
is full of C.Z. and Panamanian memorabilia including the
famous carved farm animals from Sajalices. I'm not sure
what it is, but it is genuine folk art. Rick and Janice
Doubek, along with their kids Allison, Sondra and Darren
stopped for an overnighter and T.Y's cousin, Dean Young
and his wife Gail were guests in July. Telemachus Richey
stopped by on his way to Tampa as did the duo of Mike
Jablonski and Frank Young. Tom and Julie do their best
to lessen the shock of expatriation, and T.Y's famous Beach
Bar will instantly transport you back to Gamboa, Cocoli or
San Carlos. I've heard that with the addition of a Puerto
Rican flag courtesy of K-boy that you may be transported to
Ft. Buchanan.
Finally in July, my mom "Bricky" and I drove to
the CZ Reunion in Tampa. She finally got together with an
old high school friend, Grace (Schack) Wilson. They hadn't
seen each other in over 50 years, so they spent almost a
whole day talking about the old days and catching up on all
the changes.
Manuel "Lucho" Azcarraga ran into some of his
old running buddies." Namely some of the members of the
old CZ Rugby Association that did some serious kicking
during their heyday. They played against and beat some
pretty organized competition including British and Australian
teams of visiting ships.


Canal Zone Rugby Association impromptu reunion in


I managed to stay busy myself. Richard Grimison
had hired me to provide music for his class reunion, BHS'80.
After recruiting Rich Figueroa to play drums, Jaime
Niedda on congas and Mike Young on Samurai timbales, I
contacted Don Ross in Austin to play lead guitar. He flew
out with Mark and Jaime, to complete the band. Without
any practice, we remarkably played for two hours. At one
point, I wished we had Chuck Petersen's old red station
wagon to beat on. Everyone danced till we had to quit and
reconvene at the Ball. Although we've already been
approached to play for one or more of next year's class mini-
reunions, I think it would be more fun if we had a dance for
ALL the class mini-reunions, featuring reunited Canal Zone
bands on Thursday night next year in Orlando. Let's see what
this coming year brings.
Tom "T-bird" Pattison
(954) 894-1247


It's the "dog days of summer" in Tallahassee, but at
least we are starting to get some rain, after so many months
of drought. Guess it's the same around the country. We just
finished up the Parade of Homes, and a surprising number of
people ventured out in the 90-100 degree heat to view all the
new homes on the market. Since we had our own new home
in the Parade, we were glad for the turnout. Happy to share
with you that we won two of the top awards in the show.

Bev Wood, Lloyd spradlin, Margaret spradlin,
Sharon Smith, Katherine Heddaeus, Mark
Heddaeus, Joe Wood, Bryan Wood, and Paul Hurst
during the parade of Homes, in Mike and Sharon's

We have a new Tallahassee Zonian to announce:
Dakota Burton Mead, son of Rick and Maria Mead, was
born on June 6, 2000. He joins his sister Brianna Mead.
Keith and Cindy Mead are expecting a brother or sister for
their son Chad. Brianna and Chad play regularly with their

Corrigan cousins, Little Gil and Andrew Corrigan, sons
of Gil and Cher Corrigan. Three-year-old Gil is a hoot -
just listen to this: When his mom asked him to say his "full"
name, he answered, "Gilbert Ryan Corrigan Jr. Get Over
Here." Of course, he cracked everyone uo.

L-R: Sarah Mcllvaine, Blake Thomas, Jillian
Heddaeus, Frank Hinek, Chris Gibson, and Gabe
Sunny Mizrachi just returned from her annual
sojourn to visit her grandchildren out west. She went to
Phoenix for her granddaughter Mia Nicole's second
birthday. Mia is the daughter of Karen and Todd Atkins.
Then it was on to San Diego to visit daughter Beth Lane and
her grandson Shannon and her son Robert and his wife
Russell and Kathy Stromberg proudly announce
the marriage of their son Russell Jr. to Gladys Hattabaugh
on May 20, 2000, in Orlando, FL.
We were delighted when Mike Smith Jr. returned
to Tallahassee to play in two golf tournaments, the Jim Lee
Open at Capital City Country Club, and the Seminole
Invitational at Florida State University golf course. Mike
brought an entourage of players from Tampa, including his
brother Pat Smith and his personal (very personal and very
pregnant) caddy--Donna Smith. Pat's daughter, and our
granddaughter Jamie Lynn Smith, cheered when her dad
took second place in his flight in the Jim Lee Open.
My baby girl, twenty-two-year-old Kristin Ann
Kirkby, just returned from doing research at the Marine
Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. This is the world's premier
marine mammal rehabilitation facility, where whales,
dolphins, sea lions, and the like are nurtured back to health
and returned to the ocean. Krisin just finished her first year
of veterinary medicine at the University of Florida and hopes
to work with either marine mammals or exotic animals in the
future (that's what happens when you grow up in Panama
watching dolphins play in the ocean and having baby sloths
and boa constrictors for pets).
Please send me your news, so I can report it. Just e-
mail me with the details.

Sharon Smith
(850) 668-4121


The monthly nurses' luncheon for April met at
Leverocks Seafood Restaurant in Madeira Beach. These
luncheons are always organized by Ann Buchter of
April was Jackie Linker's birthday month so Ella
Peterson came from Deerfield Beach to surprise her. Those
in attendance were Jackie, Ella, Ann Buchter, Fran Stock,
Beverly Shirley, Kay Talercio and Betty Kelleher.

L-R: Jackie Linker, Betty Kelleher, Ella
Fran Stock.


New people who have moved into the area are Elsie
and "Woody" Woodruff and Anita Oberholtzer. The
Woodruffs are happily located in their new home in
Mainlands of Tamarac in Pinellas Park. They are pleased to
be located near their daughters, Darleen Hunt and family as
well as Linda Weir and her family.
At last I've located Anita Oberholtzer in "Top of the
World., West". May she enjoy retirement life in this area and
will get involved in the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Anne E. Williams celebrated her 97' birthday on
June 28 at a party given by her sister-in-law, Beverly
Williams. The party was held at Manor Care Nursing Home
in Palm Harbor, where she resides. A Chinese dinner was
enjoyed by those present; Grace Schack Wilson, Trudi
McConaghey Roberto, Helen Kat, Mildred Hickey, Sean
and Katie Williams and Betty Snow.
The BHS Class of 1943 is very proud of one of their
classmates, Ernest E. Pierce, who was the guest speaker at
the Annual Luncheon of the Panama Canal Society Reunion
held on Saturday, July 8 at the new Tampa Marriott
Waterside. Many of his classmates attended the luncheon and
also visited the BHS'43 and '44 Hospitality Suite hosted by
Bill Diez, Woody Woodruff and Eddie Doran. Ernie's
classmates seen at the reunion were Betty Olsen Boyer, Jim
and Mary Sullivan Sr., Larry Jones, Elsie and Woody
Woodruff, Isabella Zemer Lively, Norine Rathgeber
Lucas, Vic Melant, George Chevalier, Betty Snow, Vonna
Huldtquist, Mary E. Howard Ames, and Tommy Lou
Jordan Horter
Betty Snow
(727) 799-4769


Balboa High School alumni met for the fourth year
at Sissy Flynn's home in Stockbridge, GA, from May 3-8th.
Sissy says if you make Johnny Mozetti, French cookies,
plantain chips, empanadas, ceviche and Panama beer, they
will come. As Nick Gorham said, "even though we are
scattered, when we come together it is like we were never
apart." Some of the events that Sissy planned for her BHS
reunion were a gourmet cooking class at the Eagles Landing
Country Club, a trip to Turner Field to see the Atlanta Braves
win an exciting game against the Phillies, lots of shopping,
a trip to Stone Mountain for dinner on the veranda of the
Stone Mountain Inn followed by a fabulous laser show on
the side of the mountain. The final event was the delicious
Sunday Brunch at the Country Club which provided the best
photo opportunity.
Those that came to the BHS Reunion were: Babe
and Bill Kessler, Dothan, AL; Arlene and George
Tochterman, Seminole, FL; Phyllis and Joe Barkley,
Tallahassee, FL; Betty Burns, Amarillo, TX; Fran
Elmendorf, Princeton, IL; Betty Jane Geerer, Los Angeles,
CA; Sandy and Nick Gorham, Argyle, TX; Al and
Mariette Graham, Macon, GA; Floann Gray, Blue Ridge,
GA; Betty Ann Hansen, Dunedin, FL; Bruce Hearn,
Cumming, GA; Mary Ellen and Larry Horine, Boone, NC;
Shirley O'Connor, Arlington, TX; Annette and Bill
Stocking, Georgetown, TX; Martha Tanner,
Hendersonville, NC; Ginny and Jay Troup, Myrtle Beach,
SC; and Sally and Ray Tucker, Atlanta, GA; along with
Ray's mother, who came for the Sunday brunch. My husband
Davis and I were unable to come to this fabulous reunion
due to other commitments, but everyone said it was great.
Next year many of the above plan on taking their reunion to
the high seas for a Caribbean cruise.

BHS Reunion at Sissy Flynn's home in Stockbridge,
Georgia during May, 2000.

Our July 2000 Panama Canal Reunion in Tampa is
now "history" and again, I had a wonderful time seeing many
friends. Sydney Stevenson, brother to my husband Davis,
came to the Reunion, as both he and Davis were celebrating
their 50'" BHS class reunion. Also celebrating their 50th BHS
class reunion were Floann Pierce Gray, Bruce Hearn and
Joanie Sprague Kilgallon. It was a well planned and


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Interesting reports from my brother, Billy D, and
others on the 2000 reunion remind me how much I miss the
reunion I missed.
My daughter Katya DeLaMater, who is caretaker
for the JWA Buyers' estate in Hakalau near Hilo, HI, enjoys
doing martial arts at Scott Provost's Big Island Martial Arts
Academy at Hilo. Katya will visit Oahu and me in August
and celebrate her birthday and other good things.

Davis and Sydney Stevenson at Class Reunion in
Tamna. Florida .iilv 9000

Floann Pierce Gray, Bruce Hearn, Joanie Sprague
Kilgallon at Class Reunion in Tampa, Fla., July, 2000

delightful class reunion, and I got some ideas for our next
one in 2004.
As usual, my favorite part of the Reunion (besides
seeing everyone) is the dance on Saturday night. I love the
music, and always have a good time, even when we don't
quite make it to the dance floor.
The following weekend, after our return to Georgia,
I had a small birthday party in our backyard to celebrate a
special birthday for my husband Davis. One of his gifts was
a singing fish (bass, I think) and everyone got a good laugh
over it. My brother Skip Rowley and his wife Beverly drove
up on Friday night to spend that weekend with us and we all
had a wonderful time together.
Remember, if anyone has any news that they want
to give me for the Canal Record, please call me or send me
an email. I did see a few members from Georgia at the PC
Reunion, and they all promised to send me some information,
so don't forget.

June A. Stevenson
(770) 005-7537

Katya DeLaMater (L) and Tae Kwan Do classmate
Sarah Wantanabe testing for gold belt, Hilo, Hawaii.

When I lived at Big Tree, Ft. Kobbe, there was a
large bush of small dark peas called "goooongooo peas" or
"jungle peas", which I cooked never knowing what they
were. Jean Kaufman gave me Gladys Graham's
fascinating cookbook "A Handbook of Tropical Foods and
How to Use Them" which lists "Pigeon Peas" with
subheading "Congo Peas, Coongo peas, Guandu, Frijol de
palo...". Will someone please enlighten me?
Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan attended her BHS
69't class reunion held in May at Peggy Brugge's place at
Exmore, VA. Then on to Dallas, meeting daughter Kathy to
attend a grandniece's wedding. Then to Santa Fe to see
Tom's son Jamie Sullivan and to San Mater to see
Margaret's youngest brother's son Jim. Margaret's next trip
- to Italy (Tuscany and Venice) with an international art
So sorry to learn of the death of Betty Forgeson of
the comely Comley Zonian family, this upon the death of
two close women friends and the scattering of their ashes
here at sea. Aloha 'oe (farewell to you).

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Lourdes Flanagan and her brother Henry de la
Garza, both of Panama, were among the guests at the Helen
Gregg-Jeffrey Brown wedding in July. Family members
attended from near and far. The bride's brother Gene Gregg
and his wife Melinda came in from Seoul, Korea, where they
both teach for DoDDS. Laura Gregg Roa, Helen's sister,
came from Mons, Belgium, where she teaches at Supreme
Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. Gail Gregg Weien and
her husband Bob came from California but are transferring
to Colorado Springs, CO, where Bob, an Army colonel and
MD, is commander of the Dept. of Defense Medical
Examination Review Board. Another sister, Nancy Gregg,
lives in Baton Rouge and works as an operator for Dow
Chemical Co. Helen's parents, Marian and Gene Gregg,
live nearby in Slaughter. Gene taught American History at
Cristobal High School and Marian worked as an RN at Coco
Solo Hospital until they retired in 1979.

L-R: Marjorie Hupp Paine, Beverly Reeves
McLaughlin, Harriet Keenan Serger Wollmers, and
Alice Benthall Saltzman.

Marjorie Hupp Paine of Colorado Springs, CO.
Beverly Reeves McLaughlin of Irving, TX, and Harriet
Keenan Serger Wollmers of Sun City Center, FL, visited
Alice Benthall Saltzman at her home in Thibodaux for five
days in May. The former CHS'47 classmates enjoyed the
New Orleans French Quarter, old plantation homes and
South Louisiana's Cajun culture and cuisine. Non-stop talk
and reminiscing about the Canal Zone lasted into the wee
hours. "We're still having slumber parties," Beverly said.
Dona Helmerichs of Slidell had fun at the reunion
visiting old friends. Daughter Cinda and Rob Spilling
celebrated their CHS 30'h with a luncheon that included
mecha, empanadas, seviche and carimanolas, all specially
brought up from Panama by Jane Gabriel Huff. Lucky
class, Dona says.

Patt Foster Roberson
(225) 774-7761


Deadlines come about too quickly and too often and
somehow I've missed filing the last two reports. My
Daniel and Margaret (Morris) Hanesworth
welcomed niece Mercedes Morris, living in Panama, to their
Chicago home for a visit while she was attending a
conference in Chicago. My wife and I joined them one
evening for drinks and dinner. It was nice catching up on the
happenings of Panama and talking about the Big Ditch.
Charles Morris of Panama, also passed through
Chicago and also paid Dan and Margaret a visit. Dan tells
me that Charlie was looking for a jacket in seventy-degree
weather! Yes, Charlie, we agree, Chicago weather is different
than that of Gorgona.
I had the pleasure of a twelve-day vacation down to
Panama in early March. I went down with my son, Carlton
and eight business associates. While there, we chartered
Cheers, the boat owned by George Hayes, Ed Beasley and
others for a six-day fishing expedition to Pifias Bay. What a
blast! Anyone looking for a first class boat to charter, this
is it....and very reasonable! Rory Egger was working on a
boat and made the trip memorable. Mike and Terry
Andrews of the Tropic Star Lodge in Pifias were very
accommodating to us. Thanks! Time was also spent at Isla
Grande and in Panama City.

Shannon and Gabriella Morris at Treasure Cay,

My sister, Bliss (Morris) and family invited my
clan to share a beach house on Man-O-War Cay, Bahamas,
with them in early June. The islands were just spectacular,
and the water crystal clear. I won't hesitate to go again!

It's better in the Bahamas! John, Jake, Bliss and
Drew Connerton, Man-O-War Cay, Bahamas.
At the Panama Canal Reunion I discovered that
April Phillips Gavin (BHS) and husband Jason are
neighbors of mine in the Chicago area. We plan to get
together very soon.
Paul Bierman of Bloomingdale, Illinois was seen
talking non-stop with Jimmy Parthenais. Congrats to Jimmy
and wife Kelly for becoming new parents recently.
Reunions are just not long enough!

Carlton Morris


Gerda Smith of Smithdale has reserved a pavilion
with fireplace and bathrooms for our annual Gulf Coast
picnic Saturday, October 7, starting at 11 a.m. (Details under
"Announcements"). If the weather's cool enough, we'll have
a fire and coffee for early arrivals. Come join the fun.
Mississippi members for your eyes only please
send in your news for your column. All of you are doing
things we want to hear about. Your old CZ friends,
especially, are eager for your news. Let them know what you
are up to.
This reporter is pleased to announce that several
Zonians are busy writing their CZ life stories, some full
blown, others specific scenes, all valuable and to be added to
the museum archives. Many of us cannot take our families to
the former Canal Zone to show them what life was like. So,
unless we write these things down from our own experience,
they will be lost or trivialized. If writer's block is the
problem, poet William Stafford advised, "I just lower my
expectations and keep writing." Good advice.

Patt Foster Roberson
(225) 774-7761


I just returned from the Reunion, as did many of
you, and I must say it was a great reunion despite a few
problems. However, I do think things are better in Orlando.
What a pleasure it was to see Marie Weir, if only
for a few minutes. She was the guest of honor and speaker at
the BHS'50's reunion. She and Dave Speir have to be my
two favorite teachers in the world. The Class of 50 was my
brother Bill Dunning's class. He and wife Betty
(Flenniken) missed the reunion because they were baby
sitting their three grandchildren in Rogers, Ark. so that their
daughter, Lynn Harp (BHS'80) could attend her 20th.
Special kudos to the class of 1980 for presenting the leftover
money collected for their gathering to Lynn Harp and Larry
Smith, both of whom have young children suffering from
cancer. What a wonderful, generous gift. It makes you proud
to be a Zonian when you hear things like that. Cheryl
(Dunning) Lowery came from Germany to attend with her
sister. She spent the month of July in Rogers before returning
to Germany with husband Mark.
There were several visitors to this area during the
summer. David and Michelle Stone spent several days with
his parents, Jean and Malcolm. David and Michelle are
now living in Las Vegas where David is teaching at the Air
Force Weapons School. Actually, he and Jean are just back
from a trip down the Rhine.
Dick and Lynn Cunningham visited with his
mother Janet in Connestee Falls. I'm sure the climate is a
little cooler than Royal Palm Beach, Florida. where they live.
Cherry Sue Stalham was "home" for a while from Puerto
Rico where she has been teaching for the past year. She says
it has been an experience and has met up with lots of former
Panama teachers. She spent some time also with daughter
Bonnie and her husband in Eastern Carolina. Bonnie is
stationed there at Camp Lejeune and is an optometrist in the
Willy and Wilma Nowotny and Jim and Diana
Bradley took a cruise to Alaska recently. They flew to
Seattle and then rented a car and drove to Vancouver, Canada
where they boarded their ship. The scenery was gorgeous, the
glaciers magnificent and the food wasn't bad either! They
were gone about 10 days and enjoyed it so much they are
already planning another cruise together.
Pat Frasier went on an African Safari in late July.
Will save the details for next issue. Sherri Beth kept the
home fires burning and is busy with her job in the CPA
office and going to school. Willy and Wilma entertained two
of their granddaughters, Alex (14) and Jacqueline (9) for a
couple of weeks. They are the children of Gerald and
Adrian Nowotny of Barrington, Rhode Island. Adrian and
the younger girl Kathy came for a few days to escort the
girls home. They did a lot of swimming and sight-seeing
while here.
Norma and Sam Irvin went to California in July to
help son John move. Bob and Fran Morrissey had planned
a trip to New England but Bob ended up going alone to help
a fellow pilot. Nat Gladding sailed his boat down to North
Carolina. Bob and Fran's son Shawn, a soon to be a third
year cadet at the Maine Maritime Academy, spent his
summer shipping out on a "Clean tanker" carrying jet fuel.
He went from Jacksonville, FL. to Key West, Guantanamo,
Aruba, Corpus Christi and them to Thule, Greenland to
deliver fuel to the U.S. Base there 1700 miles inside the
Arctic Circle. They met up with a Canadian ice breaker to get
them to the base. Shawn had a short visit home before and

after the trip and then went back to school.
I had a little visit from Betsy Bivin and her daughter
Margaret Coffin in late June. Margaret's husband had just
been transferred from McDill AFB to Fayetteville, NC. Betsy
and Margaret drove over here for Betsy to attend the
Presbyterian music conference in Montreat. They stayed here
a couple of days and we managed to get the Irvins, the
Stones, the Dunnings together for dinner. Betty Dunning
and I drove to Montreat for one of the sessions and had lunch
with Betsy and Hannah Stockwell who was also attending.
Dr. Henry Stockwell was there but was out bird watching so
we didn't get to see him. The Stockwells live in Charlotte,
My three girls and their families attended the
reunion also Lisa Johnson, Laurie and Sam Trenca, Zach
and Justin and Terri Watkins Rhodes, Bryan, Michael
and Jennifer. We had a family reunion with my sisters Vicki
Howe, and Sandra Ingle and Nanette Brandi and
Katherine Vicki's daughters and granddaughter. Cheryl
Lowery and Lynn Harp represented Bill Dunning family.
I was glad to see Sherry Gayer McGinnes and her two
daughters, Sharon and Sheena. They were our neighbors in
Diablo. The girls have grown into lovely young ladies.

Patricia Hunt
(828) 696-3995


Hello to all from the great Northwest! Vicki
(Harrell) and Larry Ahlemann are trying to sell their
Albuquerque home and move back to the NW. They've had
some great treks around the SW. Bob Geddes really enjoyed
the Tampa Reunion. He and John Mahler breakfast together
in Anacortes frequently and catch up on PC news. Bob
Blake was elected to the King County, WA, Republican
delegation and went to the State Convention in Spokane in
June. He and friend Mary Sanford have done some
extensive travels. Neil Lohr recently moved to Bellingham
for a new job and bought a nice home on 3+ acres there.
Barbara (Greene) Litchford builds computers as a hobby
and troubleshoots problems for neighbors. Sons Sean (12)
and Ian (5) keep her hopping. Her mom, Wink Greene, in
Seattle, has been active since her 1987 retirement, and uncle
Richard Callaway made his annual visit to see them all in
April. Brother Allen Sheppard plans to visit in early August.
Barbara and Bebe (Nehring) Denike went to the Reunion
together for the second year and are now planning for next.
Gerry (Briem) and Jim Hannigan in North
Cascades have acclimated finding 75 degree weather too hot
and barely breathable at 80. They've had a slew of visitors
including Jim's brother Tom from Seattle; Gerry's son Allen
Smith from San Francisco; Isabel Leones, their Spanish
tutor from Panama; Donna Murphy and Mary Sue
Hoglund; Allen Briem from Panama; and Ken Frensley
from Denver. Gerry went to Connecticut in April to help with
Brian and Wendy Hannigan's triplets. Jim keeps very busy
with work at the Diablo dam, and says when not busy with
his "mayor" and other duties, sometimes they make some

electricity. Gerry was invited to a quilters' retreat in Diablo
and took her mola collection and some San Bias scarf and
skirt fabric which caught the group's interest so much they
asked Gerry to give a full talk about each item.


Bob Blake and Mary Stanford in
September 1999.


Henry Cruz says he, wife Pat, and Jim and
Noralee (Roche) Shobe often camp and fish together, and in
June Pat (Rudge) and Jim Nellis joined them. In May there
was a mini BHS '49 reunion (with some '50, '52, '53 grads
too) in Stanwood, which resulted when Frances (Farrell)
Viglielmo from Hawaii called Henry to say she and her
husband would be in Washington to visit friends. Henry, in
turn called Barbara (Comber) McDougal who called
Peggy (Veney) Hansen, Janet (Kimmel) Kinner and Carol
(Brentner) Slover and they all met at O'Brien's Turkey
Restaurant with the Cruzes and the Shobes. In July Henry
and Pat went to Vancouver, BC, to pick up Elaine (Clark)
Cook and husband Warren, and bring them to their home in
Bellingham. The Cruzes showed them the town and the next
day on the way to take them to Seattle airport, stopped at
Chittenden Locks (a smaller version of the PC Locks) where
there just happened to be the largest concentration of
Sockeye salmon in years.


L-R: Val Viglielmo, Carol Brentner Slover, Janet
Kimmel Kinner, Frances Farrell Viglielmo, Noralee
Roche Shobe, Barbara Comber McDougal and
Peggy Veney Hansen at O'Brien's Turkey Restaurant
in Stanwood, WA.

Tim and Theresa (Snider) Herring and their
younger kids did a short visit to Portland to see Tim's brother
Steve, wife Jamie and three kids. The Herrings' son Chris
is in Panama for two months staying with the Huerbsch
family and Sue (Lessiack) and Lew Stabler. On return,
Chris will go to Army National Guard bootcamp in Missouri
then to radio communications school in Georgia. The
Stablers and sons Tito and Robbie were at the Herrings in
Silverdale in late June. Howie (Adams) Laatz and Marti
Lohr joined them for a drive and ferry ride to see and lunch
with Sue and Howie's uncle and aunt, Roger and Katy
Adams. A Snider family reunion in late July will include
Lee and Kathy from Kingston, Bill from California, and the
following and families of: Mike from Wichita, Patty of
Topeka, Beth from Denver, Tom from San Antonio, Jim
from Bremerton, and Theresa. Among planned events is their
traditional talent show. Tim and Theresa will then await birth
of bambino around August 21.

Panama President, Her Excellency Mirea Moscoso
with H. Wallace Teal in Panama's Veraguas Province.
Alex Livingston, owner of the Rio Negro Fish Resort
in Marieto arranged the meeting.
At Sequim, the Frank Brus were recently in town
as were Randy and Donna Grubbs from Okinawa. Randy
and Marty Hoffman played in a Sequim tennis tourney
sponsored by Allison (Hoffman) and Doug Hastings, tennis
coaches in Sequim. Wayne and Ruth (Lineman) Smith
visited the Grubbs and Bev and Marty Hoffman for a beach
cookout, joined by Gayle (Fettler) and Robert Rankin,
Janet Rigby, John Carey, Wallace Teal and Wallace's
friend Bev Jones. Scott Hoffman is now an Air Force
Lieutenant. Allison Hastings will teach 7th grade English next

Among all the hiking, kayaking, bicycling, and
camping the Robert Rankins do, they managed an April trip
to Virginia to meet Kindra (Rankin) and Dave Younce's
new son Clay Alan Younce. Gayle and Robert also went to
Ohio in June to surprise Gayle's mom, Vera Fettler, for her
80th birthday. They were joined by Gayle's sister Vicki
(Fettler) Christian, brother Kevin and family from South
Carolina, and all of Vera's brothers and sisters, and some
grandkids, greatgrands, etc. Billy and Ginny (Kleefkens)
Rankin recently visited Robert and Gayle to see the
Rankins' cousin Janice (Rankin) (uncle Tommy's daughter)
and Jim Craighead who were out to see their son Bill. They
all enjoyed Robert's BBQ and caught up on family news.
Ed and Mellie (Turner) Kennedy, their kids
Robert, Wesley and Joyce, and three Boy Scouts just did
two weeks in Panama where they joined Gerry Laatz (down
for a month's visit) to fish, beach, snorkel, tour, do a tug
ride, etc., on the Atlantic side, then on to the Pacific side to
see friends and relatives and lunch with Norm and
Marixenia Pedersen and Jaime and Virginia Gutierrez at
the Napoli. Son Wes Kennedy just graduated from Anacortes
High and plans to attend the University of Louisiana in
Lafayette. Daughter Joyce just graduated from Anacortes
Middle School.
The 24th annual PanCanal Picnic, held in North
Bonneville, WA, July 29, was attended by some 80
enthusiastic former PC folks, who donated a whopping $200
for the Panama Canal Museum. Jim and Clover (Shobe)
Duffus did a great job in putting the picnic together and even
chose a Columbia River gorgeous, glorious weather day.

Howie (Adams) Laatz
(360) 293-0923


The Oklahoma Chapter held its Spring semi-annual
business meeting and picnic on May 13, 2000, at Lions Park
in Norman. Attendees were Paulino and Julia Allande; Toy
Barnard; Jean and Doris Burns; Scott Burns; Francisco,
Tania and Francisco III Carranza; Ronald Bruce and
Sharon Kay Chan with baby daughter Rachel; Tomas,
Aymee (Lugo), Michelle and Michael Diaz; Bill and
Teresa Keller; Eli Lugo, Sr.; John, Madeleine (Lugo) and
Kristin Raffler; and Mike, Laura (Burns), Elizabeth and
Cheyenne Redemann. The weather was great and everyone
had an enjoyable visit with one another.
Doris and Jean Burns celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on June 23, 2000. Doris and Jean were happy to
have Charley Brown and friend Erma (Estes) Coiner come
from Joplin, MO, to help Doris and Jean celebrate the
momentous occasion. Doris and Jean also had a wonderful
time visiting with Forest (Wise) and Ray Robberson and
Vicki (Hutchison) and Bob Boukalis in Lillian, AL, on
Doris and Jean's way to the 2000 reunion in Tampa. Doris
and Jean had a good time at the Tampa Reunion. They also

joined Catherine and Eddie Goodrich and Gloria and
Edwin Malin in Apollo Beach, FL, to celebrate 150 years of
marriage between the three couples.

Members at the Oklahoma Chapter Spring Picnic, May
13, 2000, Lion's Park. Norman, Oklahoma.
Renee Carter Collins enjoyed the Fourth of July at
the home of her parents Marilyn and Wade Carter. Renee's
son Chris Collins arrived home on July 6, on leave from Ft.
Riley. In July, her daughter Michelle enjoyed a visit in
Seattle with traveling companions from Michelle's trip to
Europe last summer. Her children Lauren, Michelle,
Christina and Elizabeth Collins enjoyed a vacation to
Disney World in June.
Bill and Teresa Keller's daughter Kimberly
attended a pageant for the National American Teenager
Scholarship Program at OCU in Oklahoma City on May 12-
13, and she did great. Kimberly received a scholarship. Bill
and Teresa are brand-new grandparents. Son Gregg and wife
Tenille had a little boy and named him Austin Thomas. He
was three weeks premature and weighed in at 5 lbs., 8.8 oz.
The Oklahoma Chapter will hold its Fall semi-
annual business meeting and picnic on October 7, 2000, at
the home of Julia and Paulino Allende in Tulsa. All are

Laura (Burns) Redemann
(918) 745-1337


Ramon and Laura Reyes visited their daughter
Monica (Reyes) Carl during Easter week in Hayama, Japan.
Monica and her husband Jeff Carl work at Ikego Elementary
School. Monica is a second grade teacher and Jeff is the
school nurse. With the closing of Panama's DoDDS schools

last May, many have relocated with DoDDS to Japan, and
the Reyes' had the opportunity to reunite with friends from
Panama. The Reyes also enjoyed sightseeing in Tokyo and
visiting the Great Buddha in Kamakura, the ancient capital of
Japan. Ramon and Laura are living in Panama, retired from
DoDDS. Ramon is the Assistant Executive Director for
Special Olympics here in Panama and Laura is on the Board
of Directors. Their daughter Monica and husband Jeff, with
their daughters Laura (4) and Rachel (21 months) returned
to Panama for a three-week visit in July. Monica enjoyed
revisiting old stomping grounds like El Valle, Coronado, San
Bias, and fishing in Gamboa.
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Zonians in Hayama, Japan. Back row L-R: Laura
Reyes, Elizabeth and Bill Fahy, Dave Moffitt, Ramon
Reyes, Ken Crowley. Middle row: Jeff Carl, baby
Laura Ray, Kathy Moore, Jose Ospina, baby John,
Colleen Fahy, Shannon Fahy. Front: Monica (Reyes)
Carl, baby Rachel, Jackie (Plunkett) Ospina, Erin
Fahy, Carmen Crowley.

David and Mayra (Linares) Seitz and their
children Katherine, Stephanie, Melanie, and Sarah
enjoyed a visit to Panama. David took a 4-day fishing trip to
San Blas on Sid Coffin's boat, the Odyssey, with Ernie
Holland, Tom Fennell, and Gerry Laatz. The guys enjoyed
the beautiful weather and lots of barracuda. The Seitz family
also spent two days snorkeling the waters of Isla Grande.
Also along on that trip were Tom Fennell, Ernie and
Jennifer Holland and their baby Dylan, and William Pohl
with his son Jacob, and his friend Gabe Brandenburg. (The
Hollands moved out of Puerto Rico this summer where Ernie
was teaching, and will be moving to Ft. Worth, TX.)

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Zonians at Patrick Nolan's wedding, L-R: Jennifer
Nolan, lan Dillon, Christina Nolan Hensel, Michelle
O'Droske, John Henriquez, Richard T. Nolan,
Patrick L. Nolan.

Roland Folse hosted a 4'h of July Shorty n' Slim
jam session. Accompanying David Seitz (a.k.a. Shorty) and
Alex Reyes (a.k.a. Slim) were musicians Roland Folse,
Ralph Smith, and his son Ralph Smith Jr., Jared
Bistrong, Omar Dominguez, and Evan Rodaniche. Joining
the Seitz family and the Reyes family (Alex's wife Vivian
and daughter Jessica), many came to enjoy a night of
calypzonian music, including Mike Erhart, John Husum,
Ned Atkinson, Dan Gustafson, Jorge Bloise, Alex Bloise,
Jim Fehrenbach, Lance Hughes, and Dr. Oscar
Rodriguez. Festivities also included a brief round of
fireworks perpetrated by Jorge Bloise.
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Cayuco Race 2000 finish line party at Diablo Spinning
Club. Back row L-R: Jack Whitlock, KboyRichey,
Andrew Efthimiadis, Luigi Regonati, Carl Winkler,
Denise (Alberga) Winkler, Christ Ford, Frank
Westgate, Front L-R: John Magee, Wendell Sasso,
Reyna (Royo) Sucre, Rolando Sucre, Nicole Stump,
Lisa (Palm) Post.
The Balboa Yacht Club lives. Thanks to the Junta
Directiva, a Panamanian company, consisting of President
and Commodore Roberto Duran (of Duran coffee, not
boxing). Jim Wiese, Mike Foster (special thanks to both
Jim and Mike for going beyond the call of duty), Russ
Bennett, Enrique Coachman, Eduardo Gonzalez,
Roberto Luis, Rafael Barcenas, and under the management
of Larry Liberty, the Yacht Club bar has been resurrected
adjacent to the Amador swimming pool. The inauguration
was held on July 5, and the official opening of CZ's favorite
watering hole was Friday, July 7. Those who didn't make it
to the Reunion this year enjoyed a sunset Happy Hour by the
Canal. Complete with the same BYC leather chairs, the
Yacht club is open every day except Monday with Happy
Hour on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday from 5-7
p.m. There is even a limited menu, consisting of food from
burgers and fries to chicken cordon bleu. The pool itself will
be open and completely renovated by the end of July. Still in
its fledgling state, the Yacht Club will continue to evolve, not
as a re-creation of the old Yacht Club. but maintaining that
special ambiance that the community has missed. The Balboa
Yacht Club dates back to 1918 when it used to be the Navy
Officer's Club before it became the American Legion. It had
been in continuous operation until the February 1999 fire.
There are future plans to build a club on the old site to house
facilities for yachties. including a first-class bar/restaurant. In
the more distant future, the Junta Directiva would like to
create the largest marina in Panama, spending $2-3 million to
build a breakwater and a 205-slip marina capable of handling
up to 100-foot vessels.

On a final note, I am always looking for input from
community members. Please call me with your news.

Eva Anderson


Our June 3rd "pot luck" luncheon was held at the
Senior Citizens Clubhouse and was attended by Charles
Green, Olga Holmes, Lorna Shore, Diane LeBlanc, Peggy
Hutchinson, Trudi Clontz, Fina Balinski, Beverly Lard,
Kathleen Burkett, Shirley Burkett, and Beatrice and
Joseph Marriott.
In July Peggy Hutchinson traveled to Florida where
she spent several days in Ocala with her daughter and son-in-
law, Dianne and Jerry Cox, and also attended the Canal
Zone Reunion. They were joined by Bob and Vicki
(Hutchinson) Boukalis of Lillian, AL, who had just
returned from a trip to Alaska with Bob's family. Also at the
Reunion were Peggy's brother-in-law Buddy Phillips, his
wife Dottie and their children and grandchildren. While in
Tampa, several of the family drove down to see Doris
Hutchinson in St. Petersburg.

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Front L-R: Kim (Phillips) Collins, Dottie Phillips,
Peggy (Sealey) Hutchison, Daniel Fisher and friend
Lauri. Middle L-R: Olga Phillips, Diane (Hutchison)
Cox, Buddy Phillips, Sue (Phillips) Fisher, Jon
Fisher, Christie Fisher. Back L-R: Richard Phillips,
Brad Collins, Jerry Cox, Doug Phillips.
On May 13th, Laurie (Saarinen) Siltz, daughter of
Margaret (Ryder) Saarinen and the late Robert J.
Saarinen, received a registered nurse diploma from
Southside Regional Medical School of Nursing in
Petersburg, VA. She was co-Valedictorian and received an
award for academic excellence. Present were her mother of
Columbia, SC. her husband Josh and children Sam and
Maria, sister Lynn (Saarinen) Jahnke of Houston, TX, and
brother Albert C. Saarinen of Kuwait City, Kuwait. Laurie
has accepted a position at Southside Regional Medical
Trudi Clontz flew to Manchester, England, in early
June and from there bussed to various parts of Scotland with

a group from South Carolina. They visited several castles,
including Edinburg, where the cannons boomed a salute just
as they arrived--in honor of Prince Philip's birthday. The trip
included a stop at Scotland's smallest distillery (with a wee
taste), the Isles of Arran and May (a bird sanctuary), Loch
Lomond, Loch Ness (no sign of Nessie), a set of locks at Fort
Augustus, Glen Nevis (scene of the movie "Braveheart"),
and other places of interest. The weather cooperated except
for the day on a sheep farm where they stood under
umbrellas watching the sheepdog handle his charges.

Trudi Clontz
(803) 649-2759



Paul and Maria Conover, Piano, have enjoyed
visits from family: Thelma (Conover) DeLaMater and
Maria Paredes (Rep. of Panama) this summer. Daughters
Nicole (5) and Natalie (2) delighted in the attention from
their grandmoms. Paul (BHS'80), a 15-year veteran of the
Otis Elevator Company, returned to Piano after a two-year
assignment in China. At a recent gathering in the Conover
home, Bob and Linda Morris, John, Bliss Connerton and
family, Carlton and Shannon Morris and family enjoyed
Paul's "Disco Room" and danced to "Samy y Sandra's"
musica tipica). The homemade empanadas were good too.

Party at the Conovers, L-R: Shannon and Carlton
Morris, Chicago, Bob and Linda Morris, Piano, Bliss,
John Connerton, Frisco, Paul and Maria Conover,
Piano, the kids: Gabriella Morris, Jake and Drew
Connerton, Nicole and Natalie Conover.
Bill and "Babe" (Flynn) Kessler, Dothan, recently
gathered at the home of daughter Tammy in Keller, TX, to
celebrate FAMILY. Everyone came Mike, Billy, and Brian
and their families. It was hectic but wonderful.
Earl Hattaway and John Riley did it again. They
drove all the way to Kerrville, TX, to visit family and friends.
While in Texas' "Hill Country" (Kerrville), they visited Les
and Muriel (Thompson) Johnston. They also "feasted' on
a real Texas Barbeque at Ed and Barb Stanford's. Bobbie
and Jackie (Dunn) Fearon made it a party of six.

John and Bliss (Morris) Connerton and family spent
nine days on Man-o-War Cay Abaco, Bahamas in June. They
enjoyed boating from cay to cay, snorkeling, scuba diving,
and the company of ten friends and family including brother
Carlton, Shannon, son Carlton and Gabriela and Sandra
Fulton, Houston. The fun continued with Bliss and Sandra's
attendance at their (BHS'80) 20h anniversary celebration in
Tampa. Sorry, no photos of the "Dancing on the Table" event
Bob and Linda (Reimann) Morris spent two weeks
on the West Coast, visiting Bill and Maria (Reimann)
Thomas in San Francisco and continuing on to Reno and Las
Vegas. They did all the "touristy things" and enjoyed it all.

Sisters Bliss (Morris) Connerton and Victoria
(Morris) Hall enjoying day at Turner Falls, Oklahoma.

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Richard Grimison and Bliss (Morris) Connerton
enjoying a reunion with Anita. The Grimison nanny.
Anita watched these two grow up on Tavernilla Street,
while working for the Tinker Scott's

Victoria (Morris) Hall, Guatemala, and three
children, Kenneth (8), Krystal (6) and Devon (5) will spend
a month with the Morris family in Piano.
Factoid: Karen (Parfitt) Hughes, a former Dallas
TV reporter, is now a key member of the George W. Bush
Election Campaign.
Hope to hear from more of you.

Linda Reimann Morris
(972) 398-3400


Twenty-First Christmas Bash, December 9, 2000,
Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, Texas. Put this date on your
calendar for another great get-together. For information and
reservations, contact Elsie Larson at #4 Paradise Lane,
Kerrville, Texas 78028. Telephone (830) 257-4204. Notices
will be sent at a later date. The Canal Zone may be gone but
we are still going strong!
We have had several visitors in Kerrville lately and
it is so good to see old friends and rehash the "old days."
Earl Hathaway, Panama and Florida, came with John Riley
of Dothan, Alabama, spent an afternoon and evening
recently, visiting the Les Johnstons and Ed and Barbara
Stanford. The Stanfords also had Lenny and Renee Wertz
from Florida spend a few days with them in their home.
Ronnie and Belinda Byrd, Punta Raton, Panama, spent ten
days with the Stanfords before heading for Florida and
Georgia to see family and friends. They hope to be at the
reunion before leaving for Panama. While Ronnie and
Belinda were over here, Chris Christianson of New
Braunfels spent a week with them. Ronnie and Chris had not
seen each other in 17 years, so there was much catching up
to do. Lionel Johnston and wife Gladys were visiting
Lionel's parents, Les and Muriel Johnston over the Fourth
of July weekend. Lois Carpenter spent some time here in
Kerrville visiting Lois' sisters Honey Fealey and Jean
Iris Hogan's son-in-law Lee Chiles planned a
wonderful two weeks vacation for his wife Mary
(Richmond) and two children plus his mother Betty and
mother-in-law Iris. They went to Dallas where they picked up
their rented van and Lee's mother. Then on to Gatlingburg
and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where they took in the sights
for three days. They all went to Dollywood while in the area,
then on to the Wild Life Refuge in Virginia and Washington,
D.C. The weather was good and they had a memorable trip.
Kathi Lessiack flew to Seattle to visit her brother,
Roger Adams and his wife Katy. While in the area she
visited Tim and Theresa Herring and Howie and Gary
Laatz, Kathy's daughter, Sue Stabler accompanied her and
Sue met her husband Lew and sons who are visiting the area.
The Stablers will return to their home in Panama.
Leo Eastham has been in Kerrville since April. He
and Camille are happy in their apartment while looking for
the right place. Leo keeps busy exploring the area and getting
accustomed to the cultural shock. Leo and his friend Pat
Fallon of Austin, went on a bike ride throughout the Hill
Country. It was a great experience, according to Leo. Johnny
Hannah of San Antonio, accompanied Leo on another ride
beginning in New Braunfels. Leo is enjoying riding his bike
and getting to know the area well.
In June, Dale and Jackie Bishop drove to Fairfield
Bay, Arkansas, to visit some Texas friends and while there
they looked up Dan and Frances (Heim) Hennessey who
left the Canal Zone many years ago. Dale and Dan. worked
in the Internal Audit Staff in the 1950's. The Hennesseys are
planning to move to the Little Rock area to be nearer their
Anna Calvit had a visit from her son. Tim and his
daughter, Amy, who came to help Anna celebrate her's and
Tim's birthday in May.
Marilyn Carter was on a "grandma's baby sitting"
job in Katy, Texas. for her daughter Kim (Carter) Baird.
Kim and her eldest daughter Rebecca, went on a week's

cruise aboard the Norwegian Sea with the Cadet Girl Scout
group. It took Rebecca two years to earn the credits for this
cruise. Cancun, Cozumel and Roatan, Honduras were the
ports of call. "A marvelous time of R&R" was Kim's
comment. Renee (Carter) Collins plans to visit her parents,
Wade and Marilyn Carter in July. A shopping trip to
Laredo, Mexico is planned. Vanette and Wade III Carter
will also make the trip. "Sorta reminds us of shopping in
Panam "

Kim (Carter) Baird and daughter Rebecca on board
the Norwegian Sea..
Les Johnston is recuperating well from his mild
stroke. The rapid intervention by the EMS and the TLC he
received from the VA Hospital in Kerrville and his therapist
have contributed to his recovery. He is in therapy at the
moment, but expects to have completed the treatment within
the next few days. He would like to hear from his friends and
have them visit him.
Anna Lee Young was looking forward to seeing all
her friends at the Reunion but had to cancel at the last
minute. She says she will be fine and already planning her
next trip. Bobby and Jackie left early on their way to the
reunion. They will visit with family and friends along the
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Reunion.

Bea Rhyne
Area Reporter
(830) 8969-8643

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October 20,2000



Vicki Lynne (Baldwin) and Greg Fischer of
Imperial Beach, CA. are totally tickled to announce the Saint
Valentine's Day romantical engagement of their son Rob to
beautiful Candace Dawn Grafe, daughter of Sharon and
Ronnie Mascheck of Rosenberg, Texas and Mr. Charles
(Chuck) Grafe of Hallettsville, Texas.

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Rob is the grandson of the late Fr. Bill and Lucky
(Electra Vunck) Baldwin and the late Norman (Pete) and
Esther (Johnson) Pedersen, and son of Robert Pedersen
of Panama. A January wedding is planned and they are
looking to buy San Diego and hope to stay a while.


Ted and Mel Henter threw a surprise 90't birthday
party at their home for Ted's dad, Ted Henter, Sr. Lots of
neighbors, Zonians and family attended the catered affair.
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Rob Fischer and Candace D. Grafe

The young couple have caused much parental
proudness lately as both have recently graduated. Candace
earned a BS in Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude from
National University while serving as a Navy electronics
Technician, making E-6, and preparing to transfer to the USS
John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Rob left the Navy as an E-5 after
serving almost six years (also as an Electronic Tech....tho'
their paths never crossed) and worked his way to a BA in
English, Summa Cum Laude, and Magna Cum Laude from
San Diego State University (SDSU). Rob will continue
working for Digital Systems International Corporation in
Scripps Ranch and has been accepted to Graduate School at
SDSU, pursuing a master of Arts degree in English; hoping
eventually to get Vin Scully's job announcing for the
Dodgers, or that someone will hire him to write or be a
college professor when he grows up.

A very surprise ea center br!.

Among those attending from the Canal Zone were
Jack and Gloria Corrigan, Terry and Lil Corrigan, Jack
and Sue Lubera, Marie Corrigan, Norman and Kerry
Robertson, Russ and Cindy Bowen, Marion Bowen, Tom
and Alice Engelke, Terry and Sue Deakins, Violet
Deakins, Randy and Joella Deakins, Al and Sheila
Shonert, Bill and Sandee Weigle, Butch and Lynn
Nehring, Steve and Lauren Nehring and Norman Little.
A great time was had by all with swimming in the
pool, jet skiing, boat rides and lots of food and drink.


Bud and Joanne Allen celebrated their 50"h
wedding anniversary and Joanne's birthday on June 22,
2000, with a mini family reunion at Hotel Circus Circus in
Las Vegas.
Helping celebrate were their children, Steve, Brian
and wife Carol from Topeka; Bill and wife Glenda from
Topeka; daughter Beverly and her four children from
Alabama, and Lori Gayagas and her husband, Lincoln with
their three children from Aiea, Hawaii. Son Stuart, of Ft.
Campbell, Kentucky was unable to attend and was certainly
There was lots of swimming, roller coaster rides,
bungee jumping, every ride in Water World, games in the
pool, and golf at Desert Pines. Some were lucky enough to
hit a jackpot or two.
Bud and Joanna were married in Arkansas City,
Kansas, in 1950, and moved to the Canal Zone in 1954. Bud
retired from the Navigation Division as a tug captain and
Joanne retired as secretary to the Principal, Cristobal High
school. They moved to Dothan, Alabama after retirement in
December 1984. They have since moved to colorful Colorado
Springs, Colorado.


Kelly L. Bauman, has graduated cum laude from
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. on May 7,
2000 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Kelly L. Bauman with daughter Courtney, Mt.
Pleasant, Michigan.
She is employed at Daimler Chrysler Corp. as an
Operations Support Manager in Beaverton, Oregon.
Kelly is the daughter of Eugene and Louise
Bauman of Port Huron, Michigan.


Mike Hernandez was chosen Cadet of the Year for
Broward County, Florida. He is also the ROTC Battalion
Commander at his school, South Plantation High School.

L-R: Major Keith Duble, Mike Hernandez, General M.
Aguillar, ROTC Battalion Commander Mike
Hernandez, Maria Kerley Hernandez..

Mike is the son of Michael and Maria (Kerley)
Hernandez of Plantation, Florida, and the grandson of
Captain Frank and Nena Kerley, also of Plantation, Florida.


These couples have been friends since the early
1960's and celebrated many anniversaries together.

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L-R: Doris and Jean Burns, Gloria and Ed Malin, and
Cathy and Eddie Goodrich.
Their last get together was at the Tampa Reunion,
July 5 9, 2000. Jean and Doris Burns of Tulsa, Oklahoma
were married June 23, 1950. Ed and Gloria Malin of
Jacksonville, Florida were married July 1, 1950 and Eddie
and Cathy Goodrich of Apollo Beach, Florida were married
June 2, 1950. Our congratulations to you all!


On June 17, at the home of Randy and Joella
Deakins, a party was given for Randy Deakins and Roger
Dean. Both retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve with 30
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Those attending the Randy Deakins and Roger Dean
retirement and 60'h birthday party.
The following Zonians attended: David and Judy
Jenkins, Joe and Darleen Hunt, Bud and Val Dempsey,
Ted and Mel Henter, Bob and Fran Morrissey, Terry and
Sue Deakins, Rick and Tracy Deakins, Tom Deakins, Tim
Deakins, Alice Dibiase, Norm and Janet Watkins, Marta
and Sam Guterriez, Roger and Nancy Dean, Sandi
Roscoe, Diane Murphy, Brenda McArthur, Jinjer
Jeffries, Al and Sheila Shonert, Earl and Nancy
McMillan, Bill and Jane Huff.


Richard T. Nolan (BHS'95), son of Donald L. and
Gerlinde R. Nolan, formerly of Balboa, Rep. of Panama,
received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marine
Transportation from Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME
on May 6. 2000.

Richard T. Nolan
Present at his graduation were his parents, sister
Jennifer Nolan, and brother Patrick L. Nolan with his
fiance Syjetlana Teskeredzic.


Greg Baerg, Balboa High School class of 1988
graduate, is executive producer of Ultimate TV, soon to be
Zap2it,com. Greg also attended the Panama Canal College
before moving to California, where he graduated from
California State University with a degree in communications.
Greg also received a Master's Degree in screen writing from
Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Since 1995, Ultimate TV has been the leader in
providing television information online. From Daily TV
News, Nielsen ratings and the Ultimate TV Showlist, to local
listings and star chats, they have tried to be the same home
base for TV fans on the Net, and have been recognized in
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune,
Washington Post, USA Today, Yahoo!, Warner Brothers
Entertaindom, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, DishTV,
MovieFone, TiVo, WebTV and hundreds of other partners
online and in print..
In mid-May they will take an exciting new step for
Ultimate TV and merge with their sister website, and become In a nutshell, if
it's on a big screen or small, will cover it. It will
be a new look, new features and sections and access to all
the information UltimateTV has created over the last four
Greg and his wife Mary live in Glendale, California.


Mary and Robert Hanna celebrated their 59"h
wedding anniversary on April 5"h, 2000! They were married
in the First Baptist Church in Balboa, Canal Zone and
honeymooned in Costa Rica.

Mary and Robert Hanna
They had four boys, Robert D. of Tarpon Springs,
Florida; William F. of Brookings, Oregon; Thomas L. of
Asheboro, North Carolina, and John D. of San Antonio,
Mary worked as the main cashier at Gorgas Hospital
and Robert was an accountant in the Accounting Division.
They have lived in Clearwater, Florida since retiring in 1972.
Robert still plays trumpet in four local bands!


On August 3, 2000, Paul "Buddy" Morgan
(BHS'62) received his PH.D. in Latin American History
from Florida State University. Paul's wife, Stacia "Tess
Walsh" Morgan and his sister, Margaret "Peggy Morgan"
Brown attended the ceremony in Tallahassee.
Paul's dissertation title was "The Role of North
American Women in U.S. Cultural Chauvinism in the
Panama Canal Zone, 1904-1945." Copies of his dissertation
are being donated to both the Panama Canal Museum and the
Technical Resources Center in the former Canal Zone. It will
also be available by interlibrary loan through public and
university libraries.

Paul is grateful for the help of many former Zonians
who graciously lent him diaries, photos, correspondence, and
verbal memories. Specifically he thanks Nancy (Kaufer)
Lanfranco, Betty Bradly London, Dick Bjorneby,
Catherine "Catsy" Schafer, Roberta Hollander Musco,
Tom Ford, and Joyce Collinge. He also wants to thank Pat
Beall and Barbara Green for giving him the resources of
the Society office, Mania Nita of the former Panama Canal
Library for research guidance, Maricarmen Ameglio and
Lorena Riba of the Technical Resources Center for access
to the Canal Zone archives in Panama, and Melva Lowe de
Goodin and Toni Williams-Sanchez for guidance on West
Indian history in Panama.


Jim and Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart of Heidelberg,
Germany, and Silver Spring, Maryland, announce the
engagement of daughter Suzanne, to Sean M. George, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Keith D. George of Bowie, Maryland.
Suzanne was born in the Canal Zone and attended schools in
Berlin, Germany and the Canal Zone before graduating from
Springbrook High School in Silver Spring in 1988 and from
Clemson University in 1992, where she majored in Parks,
Recreation and Tourism Management. She currently resides
in Arlington, Va. and is the Director of Meetings and
Conventions for the Central Station Alarm Association in
Vienna, Va.

Suzanne Gerhart and Sean M. George
Sean, also a resident of Arlington, was born in
Washington D.C. and attended school in Augsburg, Germany
before graduating from Bowie High School in Maryland in
1988, and from the University of Maryland in 1993 with an
Accounting degree. Currently he is a software engineer with
Cysive, Inc. of Reston, Va. The couple plan to be married at
St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Arlington with the reception
at Ft. McNair Officers Club in Washington, D.C. on May 19,


Shauna J. Sears graduated on May 20, 2000 from
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. with a degree
in Industrial Design. Shauna graduated from Balboa High
School, June 1993.
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snauna J. Sears
Shauna is the daughter of Kathleen Sears, (BHS
'64) of Elon College, NC, and Jeffrey Sears, (BHS'65) of
Pensacola, Florida.


The Al Sprague Retrospective Show of "Panama
Memories", held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
from July 5 9, 2000 during The Panama Canal Society of
Florida Annual Reunion was well received and appreciated
by so many.
It was a special time for family and friends of the
family to reunite and pay tribute to Al.
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Front row: L-R: Kassie Sprague Taylor, Marsha
Makibbin Sprague, Terry Sprague Giles. Back row L-
R: Bob Sprague, Jim Giles, Joanie Sprague
Kilgallon, Al Sprague, Drake Sprague and Pat
Merriweather) Sprague.

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On May 28, 2000, Deborah Mollie Wertz
graduated Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern
University, Collage of Pharmacy, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Debbie is the wife of David L. Wertz and daughter-in-law
of Diane (Roscoe) Murphy of Sarasota, FL, and G.
Leonard Wertz of New Smyrna Beach, FL.

school. Ron was also recognized as Mayes County Retired
Teacher of the Year at this years state convention in
Oklahoma City.
Ron remains busy at retirement. He is involved as a
member of the Chamber of Commerce, Area Arts and
Humanities Council, historical and genealogical societies,
chairman of the County Nutrition Center, member of the
Grand Gateway Area Agency on Aging, and a senator
representing three counties in the Silver Haired Legislature,
an organization which lobbies state government on retiree
benefits, He is also presently serving his second term as the
president of the Mayes County Retired Teachers. Ron and
Alice currently reside in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.

Lange Jacobs
Boca Raton, FL


Ms. Linda Woodruff Weir (BHS'66) of Largo,
Florida is pleased to announce the engagement of her
daughter, Jennifer, to Greg R. Harvey, son of Mr. and Mrs
Roger A. Harvey of Clearwater, Florida.


Debbie Wertz

She is the daughter of Bob and Pat Naidel of
Osprey, FL. Debbie is employed as a clinical pharmacist at
the Veteran's Administration Hospital in St. Petersburg.
Dave and Debbie reside in Clearwater, FL.


Ron Jacobs was recently honored as the Very
Important Member (VIM) by the Oklahoma Retired Teachers
Association. Ron began his career in Oklahoma but accepted
a teaching position in 1967 from the Panama Canal
Company. He and his wife. Alice, a school teacher as well.
had only planned on staying for two years but the couple
became so enchanted with their new surroundings that two
years turned into twenty.
Ron taught at Cristobal as well as Balboa high
schools in the former Canal Zone. He and Alice returned to
Oklahoma where he continued to teach at the local high

Jennifer weir and ureg H. Harvey

Jennifer is the Spa Reception Manager at the Safety
Harbor Resort and Spa in Clearwater and Greg works at the
Ugly Duckling, Inc., also in Clearweater.
The couple will be married on November 18. 2000
in Tampa, Florida.


Charles and Sandy LeBrun celebrated their 50'h
wedding anniversary in Laughlin, NV, then renewed their
vows at the home of their daughter Victoria in Mission
Viejo, CA. Also present were another daughter Marjorie,
their spouses and children and many friends of the re-


Charles and Sandy LeBrun, had their 50th wedding
anniversary in June, 2000 at Laughlin, Nevada, shown
here at the Edgewater Casino.
Charles graduated from Balboa High School in
1945. Sandy is from Portsmouth, VA. They reside in
Riverside, CA. They were married at home plate in Tampa,
FL, June 26, 1950, where Charles was playing professional
They have two sons, Charles Jr. is in Mexico with
his wife and four boys. Larry is in Seattle, WA. Both were
unable to attend.


George Gauger and daughter Karen Gauger at her
graduation ceremony from North Colorado State University
in Greeley, CO. Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in History on May 6, 2000.

George Gauger with daughter Karen Gauger


On April 29, 2000, Markus McGraw, son of Lena
McGraw, both of Pensacola(formerly of Gamboa) and the
late Richard "Mack" McGraw, graduated from the
University of West Florida in Pensacola with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Management Information Systems and a
minor in Business Management.

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Markus McGraw and his mother Lena McGraw
The occasion was celebrated at a luncheon with
family and friends. Markus is currently employed with
Network Telephone in Pensacola as a Computer Network


Katherine (Kate) Wilder, (BHS'95, daughter of
David (CHS'64) and Jeannine Hebert, BHS'62) Wilder,
graduated in May this year from Wingate University,
Wingate, North Carolina, with a B.S. degree in Athletic
Training, School of Sports Medicine.
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Katherine (Kate) Wilder (BHS'95) with parents, David
(CHS'64) and Jeannine (Hebert) Wilder (BHS'62).
She is currently pursuing additional certification at
the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage


Charisse Marie Fortner and Jason Andrew Irvin
were married on June 10, 2000 at Mountain Park First
Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Ga. Charisse is the
daughter of DeLight (Nelson) Fortner (BHS'75) and
Kenneth G. Fortner (BHS'71) of Lawrenceville, Ga..
Jason is the son of James and Sandra Irvin, also of
Lawrenceville. Both Charisse and Jason are 1996 graduates
of Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) and recent
graduates of Georgia Southern University. They now reside
in Greenville, S.C.
Ken and DeLight were pleased to share the event
with paternal grandmother, Mavis (Beall) Fortner (BHS'47)
of Orange City, FL; maternal grandparents Rev. Elmer and
Dorothy Nelson of Minot, ND; Carol (Beall) Fritz
(CHS'67) of Peachtree City, Ga. and Russ (BHS'71) and
Sheila Stevens of Sanford, N.C .The wedding was presided
over by Jason's uncle, Rev. Frank Lewis of Nashville, TN
and Charisse's grandfather Rev. Elmer Nelson.

Charisse Marie Fortner and Jason Andrew Irvin
A reception was held at the Mountain Park First
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall with approximately 300
family, friends and guests.
Charisse is currently employed as a marketing
representative with Kraft Foods, and Jason is a computer
information systems specialist with AIMCO. an investment
management company, both in Greenville, South Carolina.


Helen Marie Gregg of Zachary, LA, and Jeffrey
Giacobbe Brown of River Ridge, LA, were married July 8,
2000, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Hodges. The bride
is the daughter of Marian and Eugene Gregg of Slaughter,
LA. She was born in Coco Solo and attended Cristobal
schools through the 9"' grade. She graduated from Mandeville
High School, Louisiana State University and the LSU School
of Nursing in New Orleans. She is employed as a registered
nurse at Villa Feliciana Medical Complex, Jackson, LA.


L-R: Laura Gregg Roa, Jeffrey Brown, Helen Gregg
Brown, Nancy Gregg, Gail Gregg Weien, Gene
Gregg on the left, and Marian and Gene Gregg on the
right were omitted from the foto here due to lack of
The groom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas John
Brown of River Ridge, is a graduate of Bonnabel High
School and the University of New Orleans. He is employed
at Home Depot. The couple is at home in Zachary, LA.


Kelly Dawson (BHS'85) and Timothy Ryan were
married October 9, 1999 in Alexandria, Virginia. The bride
is the daughter of Herbert Dawson (BHS'49) and Gail
Dawson of Sea Girt, New Jersey. The groom is the son of
Joan Ryan and the late William Ryan of Oscoda, Michigan.
Reverend Father John F. Kennedy (who baptized Kelly in
Panama) traveled from Philadelphia to officiate at the
ceremony in St. Mary's Catholic Church.
The reception was held at the historic Woodlawn
Plantation in Mount Vernon. The wedding party included the
bride's sisters Sharon and Erin Dawson as maids of honor,
and brothers Brian and Herb Dawson Jr. as reader and
groomsmen, all BHS alumni. Best man was Stephen
Ruckman, the groom's cousin. The groom's niece Meranda
Ryan served as junior bridesmaid and nephew Shaw
Dawson was the ring bearer. Nephews Chris and Ryan
Dawson served as alter boys.

Kelly Dawson and Timothy Ryan.
Kelly left Panama in 1987, worked for the PCC
Washington Office, left that position in 1999 and currently
works as Staff Assistant for the Office of the Vice Chairman
of the Surface Transportation Board in Washington D.C. Tim
is a system engineer for I-Sharp software development. The
couple honeymooned in Virgin Gorda and resides in Vienna,


Svjetlana Teskeredzic and Patrick L. Nolan
(BHS'91) were married on May 13, 2000 in Madeira Beach,
Florida. The reception was held at Madeira Beach Elks
Lodge. Family and friends attended from New York, Georgia,
Panama and other places.
Svjetlana is the daughter of Radislov and Jasmina
Teskeredzic of Lakeland, Florida. Patrick is the son of
Gerlinde (Schubert) and Donald L. Nolan of El Valle,
Republic of Panama.
Former Zonians in the wedding party were the best
man and brother, Richard T. Nolan (BHS'95), sisters
Jennifer Nolan (BHS'87) and Christina Nolan Hensel
(BHS'85), Ian Dillon, John Henriquez and Michelle
After a honeymoon trip to the Bahamas, the happy
couple returned to make their home in Lakeland, Florida.

Svjetlana Teskeredzic and Patrick J. Nolan


Shane C. Walker (BHS'93) and Brenda L. Finch
were married on April 8, 2000, aboard the Starlite Majesty
Cruise in Clearwater, Florida. Many Zonians, including
uncles and aunts, cousins and friends attended the wedding.
Shane and Brenda had an extraordinary time during
their honeymoon at the Swept Away resort in Negril,
Jamaica. Now they are new home-owners in Riverview,
Florida. Shane is a program director for an International
Investigation Agency and Brenda is a financial associate for
the stock brokerage firm, A.G. Edwards & Sons.

,.iane and Brenda Walker, 4/8/00


William Allen (CHS'75) and Glenda Arnold were
married on October 16, 1999, at the Garden Gazebo at Lake
Shawnee, Topeka, Kansas. Glenda was accompanied by her
daughters, Dusty and Chelsea. The best man was Bill's
brother, Brian (CHS'73) accompanied by his wife, Carol. A
tropical theme reception followed at the park. Everyone
danced to a DJ, sang karaoke, formed a waving conga line
and flailed away at a token pifiata. What a time! Fiesta

William Allen (CHS'75) and Glenda Arnold
Family and friends attended from Hawaii, Alabama,
Ft. Campbell, KY, Colorado and Kansas. These included
Bill's brother Steve and his sisters, Beverly Winberg and
Lori Gayagas. And, of course, Bill's parents, Bud and
Joanne Allen of Colorado Springs, Colorado..
Bill and Glenda took their wedding trip to Spain in
April, They saw the sights and enjoyed the culture for two
weeks. Bill is a surgical nurse in Topeka and Glenda is an
insurance broker.

Due to space limitations and to
accommodate all members with
their announcements as equally
as possible, wedding guest lists
will be limited and members are
asked to summarize as much as
possible and not list each name.
Eff ective June 1, 1999

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October 20,2000


Brendan Hunter Lee

Francisco Lee (CHS'85) and Kelly M. Lee
(Smith) are proud to announce the birth of their son
Brendan Hunter Lee, born in Tampa, Florida on January
10, 1997 weighing a healthy 4 lbs. 8 oz. at birth, joining his
older brother Justin M. Lee.

Francisco and Kelly Lee with son Brendan Hunter.
The family has decided to make Panama City, R.P.
as their permanent residence. Francisco commutes daily to
the Atlantic side to operate his retail store while Kelly
teaches at Crossroads Christian Academy and serves as the
social coordinator for Crossroads Bible Church in Cardenas,
the other side. Both children is and will be attending
Crossroads Christian Academy.

Royce Allen Bridstrup

Royce Allen Bridstrup came into the world on
April 13, 2000. He weighed seven pounds, 2 ounces.

Parents are Lars and Brandy Bridstrup of
Fairborn, Ohio. Maternal grandparents are Betty and Dave
Larrison of Dayton, Ohio.

Kyle Patrick Ward

Kerry and Lisa (McArthur) Ward of Clayton,
Ohio, are proud to announce the birth of their second son,
Kyle Patrick on May 8, 2000. He joins his brother Kevin
Charles. aee three.

Lisa, Kerry, Kyle and Kevin Ward
Lisa, Kerry, Kyle and Kevin Ward

Maternal grandparents are Charles McArthur and
Barbara (Klipper) Miller, each formerly of Los Rios,
Panama Canal Zone.
Lisa is a 1981 graduate of Balboa High School.

Andrea Lisette Rodriguez

Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley proudly announced the
birth of her second grandchild, Andrea Lisette. born
December 17, 1999 at Redmond, Washington. Proud parents
are Juan A. and Ivonne Rodriguez.

Leila A. (Leon) Cheesley with granddaughter
Andrea Lisette Rodriguez.
Grandmother Leila spent some time with her new
grandchild in May in Redmond, and she looks forward to
seeing her again when she comes with her family to visit for
Thanksgiving in November.

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"Eterenalrest give to tlem, 0 Lord;
andlet perpetual figt shine upon them"

Ted John Bembenek, of Fort Myers, Florida,
passed away May 9, 2000. After World War II, he became a
civilian employee of the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal
Zone. He retired in 1980 with over 42 years of service with
the Southern Command, Office of Military Assistance, in
Fort Amador.
He is survived by his wife, Melida (Anguizola)
Bembenek; his son, Ted John Jr. and wife Sally Wassenberg
Bembenek of Riva, MD; daughters Diana Marie Bembenek
Swain and husband Thomas Larry Swain of Columbus, OH.,
and daughter Teresa Carmen Bembenek Nelson and husband
Robert Nelson of Ft. Myers, FL.; brothers, John and Stanley,
and sister Jenny Bembenek of Toledo, OH; granddaughter
Andrea Alyson; grandsons Christopher Patric, Brant Robert
John Bembenek, Paul Anthony and Phillipe Matthew Swain.
Ted Bembenek was buried at Arlington National
Cemetery on June 12,

Arthur Leroy Blystone, Sr., 78, died May 3, 2000
at Aiken Regional Hospital. A native of Apollo,
Pennsylvania, was an Army veteran of World War II and
received a Purple Heart. He retired from the Panama Canal
Police Division, and was a charter member and former vice-
president and president of the National Association of
Federal Employees and a former member of Knights of
Columbus, Monsignor G.L. Smith, Council and Cardinal
Cooke Council, Augusta. He was a member of St. Mary Help
of Christians Catholic Church, and a member ot the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. .
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Z. Arruda
Blystone; two sons, Charles and Marvin) both of Aiken; five
brothers, Armour of Sarver, Pa., Leland of Avon Lake,
Ohio/, Ronald of Apollo, Pa., Robert of Jacksonville, Fl., and
James of Los Angeles, Ca.; three sisters, Louise Gordon,
Spring Church, Pa., Margaret Goe of Cleveland, Ohio, and
Helen Carney, Apollo, Fla; and five grandchildren and six

Robert Boyer, 73, of Clearwater, Florida, died July
22, 2000 at Spanish Gardens Nursing and Convalescent
Center, Dunedin, Fl. He was born in Bellingham,
Washington and retired from the Panama Canal Company in
June, 1979 as communication manager of the Electrical
Division with over 34 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran of World War II; a Protestant, past grand exalted
ruler and past district deputy of Elks Lodge 1414, a member
of the Seminole Country Club and Golf Association; the
Diablos and several Canal Zone Hunt Clubs and the Balboa,
Panama Yacht Club.
Survivors include his wife Betty; a son, Robert R.
of the Panama Canal area; a daughter, Meredith Broussard of
Miami, Fla.; a sister, Barbara B. Slover of Seminole, Fla. and
four grandchildren.

Emily Mae Brooks, 76, of Lutz, Florida, died of
cancer on January 28, 2000 while visiting her son in
California. Born in Colon Hospital, she graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1941 and married William L.
Brooks in 1942. She was active in the Margarita Union
Church, Balboa Union Church and the Fellowship of the
Concerned. She retired from the Payroll Division in 1978,
moved to Lutz and became a member of the First United
Methodist Church of Lutz and the PEO Sorority. She was
very active in the last few years of her life, traveling to
Venezuela, Israel, Jordan, North Carolina, Branson, twice to
Panama and several times to California and taking a
Caribbean cruise.
She is survived by her son, Bill, of Fountain Valley,
Ca.; her foster daughter, Miros Boretti of Jacksonville, N.C;
two brothers, Carlton Horine of Los Gatos, Ca., and Tucson,
Az, and Larry Horine of Booth, N.C., and four

Ann Cody Carey, 100, of Deltona, Florida, passed
away July 8, 2000 at home. Born in Renovo, Pa., she went
with her family, age 8, to the Panama Canal during the
construction days, barely surviving the collision and sinking
of the ship The Finance. She boarded another ship and
eventually made it to Panama. She lived in Gorgona and then
Balboa. Her father, Roosevelt Medal holder Michael J. Cody
was a construction day worker. Ann saw the first ship pass
through the Canal and saw Teddy Roosevelt and Charles
Lindbergh during their visits. Her husband Jack Ellis Carey
piloted the Thatcher Ferry before the bridge was built. She
was predeceased by two sons, Bob and Jack Carey Jr..
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Carey
Kammerer, a sister, Alice Cody Seavey, and grandchildren
John, Dennis, and Jim Kammerer, Mary Kammerer Hoffman,
Sharon Kammerer Sefcik, Jean Kammerer Leatherwood,
Barbara Carey Darby, Thomas Carey, Maureen Carey
Domenech, Robby, John C., Jeanne Cody and John
Carey,(Big John), and 14 grandchildren, 15 great-
grandchildren and 7 great-great Grandchildren

Jacqueline Briscoe Carney, 79.of Cincinnati,
Ohio, passed away August 31, 1999. She was born in the
Canal Zone, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs Philip Briscoe. Her
father was in the Building Maintenance Department and her
mother was a telephone operator in the Tivoli Hotel.
Jacqueline graduated from Balboa High School and from the
University of Iowa with a degree in Dietetics and became an
intern for a Army hospital among other areas. She married
her husband in 1943.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Carney of
Cincinnati, Ohio and three sons, Thomas, Robert and
Richard, and several grandchildren.

Frank A. Castles, 83, of Falmouth, Massachusetts
died April 19, 2000 in JML Care Center. He was born in
Revere, Ma. and graduated from Villanova College and did
graduate work at Boston College, Boston University and
Harvard University. He taught mathematics and coached
baseball and football in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
before moving to the Canal Zone in 1946. He managed and

pitched for the Panama Baseball League during the 1950s
and was a principal supervisor and superintendent of Canal
Zone Schools before becoming Director of Civil Affairs. He
was involved in the Canal Zone Council of Boy Scouts and
was president of the Canal Zone Chapter of the American
Red Cross. He was granted Fulbright Awards to Europe and
India, participated in White House Conference on Education
and attended the IDEA Conference held at Amherst College
during the 1960s. He retired in 1976 with over 30 years of
service; and as a resident of Falmouth he was a member of
the VIPS Volunteers in Public Schools, and served as a
member of the Chief State School Officers for 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen (McMahon); a
daughter, Anne Barnes of Falmouth and a grandson.

Dolores Marie Coffy, 90, of Ormond Beach,
Florida, passed away June 10, 2000, at Ormond-in-the-Pines.
Dolores retired after 34 years as a civilian employee of the
U.S. Army in the Panama Canal Zone, after which she left
her birthplace, the Panama Canal Zone and settled in
Ormond. She was a member of the AARP and NARFE, and
served as president for the American Legion Auxiliary in the
Canal Zone. She was an avid gardener.
Dolores is survived by her daughter and son-in-law,
Virginia M. and William D. Young of Ormond Beach; a
sister, Armenia Metzger of Ormond Beach; and two
grandchildren. William D. of Seattle, WA., and Stephen B.
of Miami Beach, FL.

R. (Bob) Collins, passed away on September 1,
1999 in Clearwater, Florida. Bob has had more than 25 years
of experience in marine work in the U.S. Navy and the
Panama Canal. A native of Orleans, Indiana, Bob entered the
Navy when he was only 17 years old. He first came to the
Isthmus in 1930 and served 3 years with the 15th Naval
District. He was employed as a Coxswain Engineer for the
Canal on March 3, 1934 and served continuously in the
Marine Bureau except for a year and a half during World war
II when he returned to the Navy. He held such positions as
Dock Foreman and Harbormaster before retiring and residing
in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Collins, and his
son Bill, both living in California.

Captain Charles Robert Dade, 71, of Fairhope,
Alabama, died April 11, 2000 at his home. He was a native
of Battles Wharf, AL. and was formerly a Panama Canal
Pilot from 1960-1969 and a Mobile Bar Pilot from 1969-
1996. He was a member of the Greeno Masonic Lodge #598
for over 50 years and was a Merchant Marine since 1944. He
was also a pecan grower in the community of Barnwell and
was a past president of the Alabama Pecan Growers
Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis
Roberts Dade.
He is survived by his daughter, DeSha Dade (Terry
B.) Andrews; two grandsons, Luke Roberts Andrews and
Ryan Dade Andrews, all of Fairhope, Alabama and a brother,
Oliver Girard Dade of Pensacola, Florida.

Muriel H. DeYoung, passed away on May 14,
2000, and a Memorial Service was held may 23r, 2000 at the
First Presbyterian Church in Cornelia, Georgia. She was an
art teacher and will be missed by her many art students. She
was the widow of Charlie DeYoung who passed away
several years ago.
Her only survivor is her beloved dog "Schotzie."

Philip A. Downs, 93, of Bradenton, Florida, died
April 28, 2000. He was born in Leominster, Massachusetts.
He retired from the Panama Canal Company's Electrical
Division with over 26 years of service in 1969, and first
resided in Holmes Beach, Florida.
He is survived by a sister, Madeline DeWitt of
Hillsboro, New Hampshire; three nephews of Hillsboro, New
Hampshire and County Kerry, Ireland; and several
grandnephews and nieces. He was buried next to his wife of
63 years, Pauline (Reed) Downs in Ellenton, Florida.

Ruth S. Dunscombe, 92, of El Paso, Texas, died
January 5, 2000. She was a retired office worker for the Civil
Service and proudly worked for the Panama Canal Zone for
over 30 years. She was a home-maker and a member of St.
Luke's Episcopal Church in Ancon.
Survivors include her daughter, Jennie D. Covender
of Albuquerque, NM; a brother, John Slichter of Wenatchee,
WA., four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many
nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bart J. Elich, 86, of Austin, Texas, died June 30,
2000. He was born in Pueblo, Colorado and graduated from
the University of Colorado with honors and a BBA in
Merchandising. In August, 1940, he was employed by the
Panama Canal Company where he worked 36 years. During
that time, he gained recognition by the United States and the
Republic of Panama for furthering international
relationships. He retired in 1976 as general Manager of the
Supply Division, and the family moved to Austin where he
served as president of the Senior Golf Association, and he
marshaled the Legends of Golf. He was an avid fisherman
and golfer.
Bart is survived by his wife, Ruth H. Elich; a son,
Bart John; a daughter Deborah Patton, and two grand-
children. .

Capt. Roy Travis Evans, 73, of Slidell, Louisiana
died May 26, 2000 from cancer. Born in Blytheville,
Arkansas, he worked for Lykes Brothers in New Orleans,
Louisiana as Master until moving to the Canal Zone in 1960.
He was a Panama Canal pilot for 30 years and just prior to
his retirement in 1990, he served as Deputy Marine Director
for the Canal operation.
He is survived by his wife, Betty L.; three sons,
Michael T. of Alvin, Texas, David T. of Nashville,
Tennessee, and Andrew T. of Orlando, Florida; one
daughter, Cheryl L. Sibson of Portland, Oregon and seven

Dora Raquel Flores, 67, of San Antonio, Texas,
died suddenly at home on March 10, 2000. She and her
husband, Johnny Flores were long time Curundu residents.
She is survived by Mari Kelly of Brooksville,
Florida; Edna (Jenny) Turner and John A. Flores of Atlanta,
Ga.,; Jon A. Flores of Austin, Tx., Jesse A. Flores of Detroit,
Mi.; Joann Levin of San Antonio; her mother, Lilia de la
Ossa; sisters, Noris Wilkins and Elsa Santos, all of Panama,
Rep. of Panama.

Betty (Comley) Forgeson, 82, passed away on May
7, 2000 in Cape May, New Jersey after suffering a massive
heart attack aboard the cruise ship Rembrandt, formerly the
Rotterdam, at sea, during a cruise up the East coast to
Canada and Halifax. She was born in the Canal Zone and
attended schools there until she graduated from Balboa High
School in 1936 and Canal Zone Jr. College in 1938. She then
attended Penn State University where she met her future
husband, Bernard (Barney) Forgeson. She returned to the
Canal Zone, working for the Army Civilian Personnel and
Barney followed later, working at the Naval Research
Laboratory in Miraflores. They married in 1942. Barney
later worked for an African Safari Company and after many
months, he rejoined his wife in Washington D.C., and
returned to work in the Naval Research Lab there. They lived
in Annandale until his retirement, after which they settled in
Tierra Verde, Florida, and they traveled the world. Barney
predeceased her in 1993. Betty belonged to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, AAA Explorers and the Balboa
Union Church.
Betty is survived by two sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse
(Mary Jane Comley) Lacklen of Arlington, Va., and Mr. and
Mrs. George (Beverly Comley) Dilfer of Boca Raton,
Florida. She was interred in Arlington National Cemetery
with her husband.

Thomas W. Gove, 77, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, and
formerly of Sarasota, died June 26, 2000. He was born in
Seattle, Wa., and was a graduate of the University of
Washington, and was a shipmaster for the Army Transport
Service and Military Sea Transport. He also spent 18 years
as a pilot for the Panama Canal and retired in June 1975 with
over 32 years of government service. He was a member of
the Navy Reserve, an altar server and eucharistic minister at
St. Steven's Catholic Church of Sun Lakes. His interests
were ham radio and flying.
He is survived by his wife, Cecelia; three sons,
Stephen of Edmonds, Wa., Gregory of Tampa, Fl, and
Michael of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Ruth Herr of Seattle;
five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Nancy Ann Kirkpatrick Hannah, 71, of Dothan,
Alabama, died May 17, 2000 at Flowers Hospital following
an extended illness. She was a native of Asheville, N.C. but
grew up in Waynesville, NC, She was a graduate of
Woman's College at the University of North Carolina and
Western Carolina University and Laverne University,
Laverne, Ca. She was a teacher of Haywood County schools
and the Canton City School. The family moved to Margarita,

CZ in 1965 and she taught in Ft. Davis and Ft. Gulick
schools. She was medically retired in 1981. During her 28
years of teaching, she taught over 1,500 students. She was
preceded in death by their infant daughter Betsy Hannah and
a son, Edward K. Hannah.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth H. Hannah
of Dothan, who she married in Waynesville, NC in 1950; a
son and daughter-in-law, John and Sharon Krauss, of
Candler, NC and granddaughter Melinda Smith, Horseshoe,
NC and a great grandson Zachary Hannah.

Grady B. Hardison, 87, of McMinnville, Oregon.
died May 15, 2000 in his home. He was born in New Bern,
N.C. and served in the Army from 1929 to 1941 and was
stationed in Fort Clayton. He became a Policeman with the
Panama Canal Police and retired in 1964, then moving to
McMinnville He married Margaret Gorham in 1948 in
Gatun, Canal Zone. He was a life member of the National
Rifle Association, a member of Sibert Masonic Lodge, the
Scottish Rite and Abou Saad Shrine Temple, all of the Canal
Zone, and the Bayou Golf Club. He was also a member of
the United Methodist Church in Riverdale, N.C. He enjoyed
hunting, fishing, playing golf and working in his garden.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a son, Jim of
Lake Oswego; three sisters, Helen Baar, Dorothy Seal and
Betty Williams, all of New Bern; a brother, Curtis of New
Bern; and two grandchildren.

Jennie M. Harrington died Tuesday, May 9, 2000
at the Palm Harbor Florida Manor Care Nursing Home. She
was 89 years old. She was born in Akron, Ohio and left there
for the Panama Canal the day war was declared in December,
1941. She returned to Ohio in 1949 and moved to Palm
Harbor in 1985 with her sister Marian.
Jennie leaves behind three daughters, Marjorie
Foster of Palm Harbor, Shirley Boswell of New Port Richey,
Florida, and Peggy Currier of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and
a son Robert Harrington of Akron, Ohio. Her daughter,
Wanda Johnson of Apple Valley, California predeceased her
by eight months. In addition, she had 14 grandchildren. 24
great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Alcide R. Hauser, 88. of Aiken, South Carolina
died June 1, 2000 at home. A native of New York City, he
was an U.S. Army veteran and a retired police officer in the
Panama Canal Zone. He was a member of St. Mary Help of
Christians Catholic Church, and BPOElks Lodge 1542,
Survivors include his widow, Sofia (Bucello)
Hauser; a son, Robert of Miami, Florida; two daughters,
Caroline Kelley and Dorothy Hauser. both of Aiken: a sister,
Georgette Elliott of Washington, and five grandchildren.

The Rev. Orville Jay Hine, 83. of Sanford, N.Y..
died February 15, 2000. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he
received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College in
Holland, MI: his Master of Arts degree from Boston
University and Master of Divinity degree from New
Brunswick Theological Seminary NJ. He was ordained to
the Christian ministry of the Reformed Church in America in
1943, and after serving in New Jersey and New York he

moved with his family to Balboa, where he served as pastor
at the Balboa Union Church. While in the Canal Zone, the
family adopted a son Franklin in addition to their three
children. After leaving the Canal Zone, Rev Hine served
churches in Saugerties, NY and Binghamton, NY.
He is survived by his wife Gladys Gustafson Hine;
three children, Janet A. Widell (BHS'62), Robert Widell
(BHS'62) of Auburn, AL, Orville Jay Hine, Jr. (Anne) of
Fonda, NY, and Cheryl Hine of Trumansburg, NY; three
step-children, four grandchildren, two brothers Glenn and
Richard; and a sister, Evelyn Sutsh. He is predeceased by his
first wife Jeanette; his son Franklin and a brother Kenneth.

Capt. Joseph Elton Hudgins of Newport News and
Mathews, Virginia, passed away suddenly on February 22,
2000. A Master Mariner from the age of 21, he served in the
Merchant Marine during WWII in both Atlantic and Pacific
theaters. He then was Master on the MV Hickory Knoll at
Fort Eustis, then a Panama Canal pilot for five years,
followed by working for Curtis Bay Towing, was Master of
the Sea Venture and upon his death was a pilot and Vice
President of The Chesapeake and Interstate Pilots
Association. He was also a member of the local Master
Mariners Council and an officer with the local Merchant
Marine Veterans organization. He was a member of Oriental
Lodge #20 AF&AF, a member of the Newport News Scottish
Rite and Khedive Shrine Temple..
He is survived by his wife Peggy; a son, Joseph
Hudgins of Mathews; three daughters, Patricia Bing of
Amelia, Lynn James of Mathews, Judy Baber of Richmond;
two stepchildren, Ray Lewis of San Diego, and Sandra
Griffin of Surry. 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Audry Wright of Mathews and Elaine Nash of

Hilton Frederick Hughes, 88, of Dunnellon,
Florida, passed away June 12, 2000. He was born in
Yonkers, New York. A graduate of Mechanics Institute of
New York City, he worked as a licensed Master Electrician
for New York City until 1939 when he began employment
with the Panama Canal Company. He retired in 1971 as
Chief, Madden Dam and Hydro Electric Station with 31
years of service, including two years in the U.S. Marine
Corps during World War II. He was active in Masonry as a
member of Balboa Lodge, serving as Master in 1962. He was
also a member of York Rite Bodies, Abou Saad Shrine and
the Citrus Shrine of Inverness, Florida, and a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. In Dunnellon, Hilton and
his wife became members of the Donnellon Presbyterian
Church, was active in the building of the Fellowship Center
in 1973-74. In 1975 he and his wife bought a summer home
in Rangely, Maine where they spent 5 months annually until
1985. He was an avid outdoorsman and traveled extensively
through Alaska, and the Canadian provinces.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of Dunnellon;
a son, Dr. Robert of Centreville, VA; five grandchildren,
Four great-grandchildren : two sisters, Marjorie Backus of
Storrs, CT., and Louise Plank of Ocala, FL. He was
predeceased in death by his daughters, Kathryn Massey and
Nancy Dickey; a sister, Doris Kraft and brothers Kenneth
and George.

Edna Thomas Karpinski, died in her sleep on May
4, 2000 in Titusville, Florida after a long illness. She came to
the Canal Zone in 1951 with her husband and two sons. A
registered nurse, she began as an industrial health nurse in
the Health Division, then moved to pediatrics at Coco Solo
and retired from there in 1968 and moved to Zephryhills FL.
She was especially proud of her work in establishing a
training program for the 8'h Special Forces in the 1960s. She
was awarded a "Green Beret" by them in recognition for her
efforts and an achievement award for training the SF medics.
She was an active member of the Coral Chapter of the OES
as well as many other community organizations. She was a
continuous supporter of the Shriner's Cripple Childrens
She was predeceased by her husband, Felix, and a
son, Felix Jr. (Corky) Karpinski. Survivors include her son
Kenneth and wife Patty of Merritt Island, FL; daughter-in-
law Edith Karpinski, Austin, TX., granddaughters Jamie
Lynn, Winter Park, FL, Kathleen, Austin, TX, and a
grandson Keith, also of Austin. TX.

Lester L. "Sam"Largent, 84, of West, Texas,
passed away on January 29, 2000. Born in Morgan County,
W. Va, he was an Army veteran from 1934 to 1940. He
married Mildred Rhyne in 1945 in Waco, Texas, who
preceded him in death in 1993. He was a Canal Zone Police
lieutenant for 28 years before retiring in 1968 when they
returned to the U.S. and lived in Whitney and West. He was
very active in Whitney Masonic Lodge #335 and the West
Masonic Lodge #475 where he served as past master.
He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Largent Wilson
and her husband, Larry of Vancouver, B.C.; two brothers,
Lenwood of Pennsylvania and Otis of W. Virginia; two
sisters, Colleen Slider and husband John, and Irene Wilder,
all of Md. Two sisters-in-law, Elsie Deiterman of West, and
Beatrice Rhyne of Kerrville, TX; a brother-in-law, Sidney
Funkhauser of Md. and several nieces and nephews.

Timothy N. Lasher, 56, of Colfax, Washington,
died June 23, 2000, at home from cancer. He was born in
Colon, Republic of Panama, and lived in the Canal Zone
until he was age 4. His family returned to the Canal Zone
when he was 15 and he graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1961. He attended a year at the Canal Zone Junior
College before accepting a Panama Canal Commission
machinist apprenticeship. His employment at the Locks and
Power Division was interrupted by 4 years while in the U.S.
Navy on a submarine tender. He left the Canal Zone in 1973
for the Pacific Northwest where he worked as a Power Plant
mechanic at McNary Dam and Lower Granite Dam until his
early retirement in 1996. Since then, most of his time has
been on the golf course.
He is survived by his wife, Coleyne; his mother,
Gladys Lasher, Vancouver, WA., a brother, Kris of
Cartersville, GA., and two sisters, Connie Pennington of
Hermiston, OR., and Betsy Curtin of Deer Park, WA.

Fresia Hager Magee, 63 of Oceanside, California,
passed away April 15, 2000 at home. She was born in
Panama City, R.P., attended Canal Zone schools. She was a

graduate of San Francisco State University and traveled
extensively throughout the U.S. and Madrid, Spain. Her
varied career included Director of U.N. Ambassadors and
Consular Corps Affairs in NY; owner of a realty firm,
President of American Womens Club of Spain and General
Manager of the HQ Executive Suites in Chicago and Miami.
She retired in 1996 to Oceanside.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Charles
"Buddy" Magee; three brothers, Alan Hager of Orlando, FL.,
Louis Hager, Coral Springs, FL., John Hager of Hallandale,
FL. and a sister, Lois Huete of Coral Springs, FL.

Ruth Boyd Mendelsohn, 86, of Milford, New
Jersey, died January 21, 2000. She was a 1931 graduate of
Balboa High School and a graduate of the School of Nursing
of Mt. Sanai Hospital, New York. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Ruth is survived by daughters Alice Draper of
Wimbleton, England and Jill Gunderman and granddaughter
Margaret Gunderman, both of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey.

Kenneth F. Millard, 67, of Satellite Beach, Florida,
died March 17, 2000 after a three-year struggle with lung
cancer. He was born in Oneonta, NY, attended Canal Zone
schools, the Apprentice Program, CZ College and Miami
University where he earned his BS degree. He retired as
Operations Supervisor at Pedro Miguel Locks in 1994.
He is survived by his wife, Toni (Fisher) Millard;
Six children, Susan of Dallas, TX, David and Belinda of
Mira Loma, CA, Derek Hatchett of Zephyrhills, FL, Melinda
Hatchett of Satellite Beach, FL, Erin (Hatchett) Rubinchik of
Plantation, FL; a sister, Barbara Armistead of San Andress,
CA, and two grandchildren.

Borghild M. Misenheimer, 93, of Winter Haven,
Florida died May 18, 2000 at Wintewr Haven Hospital. She
was a native of Norway and a teacher with the Canal Zone
Schools Division teaching in Gatun, New Cristobal,
Gamboa and Balboa. She retired in 1963 with over 26 years
of service. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in
Winter Haven and a former member of the League of
Women voters. She was also a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida and the National Association of Federal
Government Employees.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy

Dorothy B. Muldoon, 98, of Hendersonville, North
Carolina, died January 1, 2000 at Park Ridge Hospital. A
native of Cross Roads, Pa., she was the last surviving
graduate of Cross Roads High School, and was also a
graduate of University of Pennsylvania Nursing School. She
was a registered nurse for many years in the Canal Zone,
where her late husband worked as a mechanical engineer.
Upon his retirement they returned to the U.S. and had resided
in Hendersonville since 1951.
Survivors are nieces and nephews.

Phydelis Walbridge Nethery, 76, of Santa
Barbara, California, died May 13, 2000. She was of a
popular and well known family in the Canal Zone, whose
grandfather, George R. Wilcox was awarded the Roosevelt
Medal as one of the builders of the Canal. Many old-timers
will remember her twin brothers, Mack and Jack, champion
swimmers of Coach Grieser's Red White and Blue Troop.
Phydelis graduated from Balboa High School in 1941; met
U.S. Navy Lt. Harry Nethery during World War II, married,
and finally moved to California. She had three children. For
the most part, she kept few ties to her Zonian friends.
Survivors include two daughters, Alyson Salman of
Santa Barbara, and Bethy Wiley of Ruston, LA; a son, Harry
Nethery III of Eureka, CA; a sister, Barbara Drebing of
Denver, CO; a brother, Mack Walbridge of Ft. Myers, FL.
and four grandsons.

Emory E. Phlegar, 69, of Orlando, Florida, died
June 21, 2000 of cancer. He was a retired cartographer for
the Department of Defense. Born in Jonben, W.Va., he
moved to central Florida in 1994. He was a member of
AARP, Lions Club, Who's Who International, American
Cancer Society and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He
was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, and was a n
Air Force veteran of the Korean War
He is survived by his sons, Emory E. Jr. of Fort
Knox, KY., Edward E. of Orlando, FL.,; brothers Harvey and
Simon, both of Princetown, W. Va., and two grandchildren.

John Cleveland Presley, 78, of Saint Petersburg,
Florida, died June 27, 2000 at Bayfront Medical Center as a
result of an automobile accident on Interstate 275. He was a
liquor sales representative. He was a BHS Class of 1941
graduate. He was a delegate to the National Republican
Conventions for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and
George Bush and was a supporter of the St. Petersburg
Women's Republican Club. He was an avid tennis player and
Survivors include his wife, Janeth Gail; two
stepsons. Michael Pilver of Pinellas Park, and Maurice
Pilver, of Jacksonville; two brothers. Lemuel, of Shreveport.
La.. and Robert, of Denver; a sister, Ruth Huldtquist, ot
Seminole; a grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Helen Cuniff Quinn, 92, passed away April 22,
2000 in Meridian, Mississippi. She came to the Canal Zone
in 1942 and was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital. She married
William Phifer Quinn Sr. in 1945 and they lived in Balboa
and Gatun. Upon his retirement in 1952 they moved to
Florida. She was predeceased by her husband in 1972, and
her stepson, Robert M. Quinn in 1994. She is buried in Our
Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Miami next to her husband.
She is survived by a son. W.P. Quinn. Jr.

Vanice Roberts Quinn, 63, of Seattle, Washington.
died April 5, 2000 at home. Born in Choctaw County.
Alabama, she married Robert M. Quinn in 1955 in Balboa

Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Robert M. Quinn Jr. and
two grandchildren, Catherine and Daniel.

Wyman H. Ramsdell, 78, a native of Lubec,
Maine, died April 13, 2000 after a long illness. He was a
U.S. Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Ticonderoga. He
was a Past Master and life member of Washington Lodge
#37 AF&AM, Lubec, Maine and a life member of Yaarab
Temple Shrine, Atlanta, Georgia. He retired from the
American Can Co. after 37 years.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years,
Roberta "Babe" (McGuire) Ramsdell (BHS'39) and a niece,
Jeanne McGuire.

Jerry Len Roach, 57, of Dothan, Alabama, died
July 7, 2000 in Southeast Alabama Medical Center following
a brief illness. He was born in Morgantown, Ky. and in 1959
he joined the U.S. Army and served for 20 years, retiring in
1980 as a Warrant Officer. Later he was employed by
General Dynamics as a Field Site Manager for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia (Derrer) Roach
of Dothan; daughter of George and the late Flossie Derrer,
who worked in the Canal Zone; a son, Jerry Jr. a daughter,
Judi Davis, and six grandchildren

M/Sgt. Herbert A. Roberts (Ret), 88, died April
12, 2000 in Gilbertown, AL. Born in Choctaw County, AL.,
he made the U.S. Army a career, coming to the Canal Zone
in 1947, assigned to Fort Kobbe and Fort Clayton. On
retirement he and his family moved to Gilbertown.
He is survived by his wife, Alma Jenkins Roberts;
a son, Barry and many grandchildren.

Col. Donald K. Rogers, USAF (Ret), passed away
at his home in Shalimar, Florida on May 16, 2000. He was
born in Minneapolis and attended DePauw University and
shortly thereafter joined the Air Force. During his notable
career he was commander of 43rd Fighter Squadron, Panama,
Wing Exec. of the 86ih Fighter Bomber Wing in Munich,
Germany, participated in the Berlin Airlift, Assistant to the
Secretary of the Air Force, Deputy Base Commander on
Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL., Professor of Air Science
ROTC, Indiana University, Inspector General 65h Air
Division, Madrid, Spain, Base Commander, Richards-
Gabauer, Missouri, and many other assignments. Among his
many decorations, was the Legion of Merit with oak leaf
cluster. He was a member of the Air Force Association, life
member of Order of the Daedalions, and Shalimar Point Golf
and Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Edythe
Weisiger (BHS'41); a son, Jeffrey R. and wife Jane of
Greenville, SC; daughter, Donni K. Witham and husband
Bert of Tenants Harbor, ME. ;and grandsons Blaine and
Christopher Rogers, and Jason and Taylor Witham.

John E. Stadig, 71, of Sebastopol, California died
of pneumonia March 9, 1990. He graduated from Balboa
High School in 1937, attended the C.Z, Junior College and
New York University before entering MIT with the class of
1941 to pursue his career in chemical engineering. He
roomed with William Foulks'42. Through ROTC, he was
commissioned in the U.S. Corps of Engineers through 1941
to 1946 and the Korean War, receiving the Bronze Star. He
began his profession with Esso Standard Oil and worked for
several other firms. He designed and directed the installation
of rocket manufacturing facilities. He designed and directed
the testing of nuclear propulsion systems.
John married Elizabeth Spelts (now deceased) in
1950. He had two daughters, Robin and Katherine and two
sons, John Jr., and James. He is survived by his brother Bill
of Houston, Texas.

Hugh M. Thomas Jr., 78, of Dothan, Alabama,
passed away July 6, 2000 at home after an extended illness.
He was born in Colon, Rep. of Panama and lived in the
Panama area most of his life. He was a veteran of World War
II in the U.S. Navy, and was employed with the Panama
Canal Company as a contract inspector for 35 years until his
retirement in April, 1977. After his retirement, he and his
wife moved to Dothan, Alabama. He was a member of the
former Gas House Gang Golf Tournament Committee and
enjoyed playing golf with his many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Thomas of Dothan;
two sons and daughter-in-law, Hugh and Eileen Thomas III
of Florida, and Greg Thomas of Maryland; a daughter and
son-in-law, Debra (Thomas) and Rick Gohde of Dothan;
seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters,
Thelma Waymon and Grace Ruggles, both of California and
several nieces and nephews. Hugh was predeceased by a son,
Michael Jon Thomas.

Wesley "Red" Townsend, answered the Lord's roll
call on May 10, 2000. Born in Chatanooga, Tennessee, he
came to the Canal Zone as a young boy in 1909. He
graduated from CHS in 1922, worked on a banana farm to
hone his Spanish, then graduated from Michigan College of
Mining and Technology in 1931. Working for the Section of
Surveys allowed him to roam the rivers and jungles of
Panama. He retired in 1964 after over 34 years of dedicated
service to the Panama Canal Company. He was the first
recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for exemplary
performance as Chief of the Surveys Branch. He and his wife
then retired to Ocala Florida, but his heart never left the
Panama Canal Zone. He was also dedicated to the Boy
Scouts of America, receiving the Silver Beaver, Order of the
Arrow Vigil and four beads in the Wood badge program. His
greatest rewards were the brightened faces as "Mr. Red"
appeared, spinning his wild tales. He left an indelible mark
on generations of Zonians when he paddled, and then was in
charge of the Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race. He hiked the
Las Cruces Trail, enjoyed Camp Chagres, and is remember
for his "Bajun" jokes, dancing the tamborito, hearing
"Alfredo Si Tu Te Vas", stamping his feet to "Pescado" and
reminiscing about the cool waters of the Chagres.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia; a
son, Frank and his wife Marvel (Davison); his daughter,
Sydney and her husband Ron Corbett, and three

Phillip Ray "Hoss" Watson, Sr., 55, passed away
at his home in Tallahassee on May 27, after a lengthy illness..
A native of Pocatello, Idaho, he joined the U.S. Marines in
1962. He was stationed at Rodman Naval Station, C.Z., left
the Marine Corps in 1966 and went to work for the Panama
Canal Company. He was a police detective for the Panama
Canal Police at the time of his retirement. He resided in
Curundu with his wife Ronnie and children, Tracie, Robin
and Phillip until 1982..
Phillip is survived by his wife, Ronnie, and
daughters Kate and Lissette of Tallahassee; daughters and
sons-in-law Tracie and Robert Setzer of Enterprise, AL, and
Robin and T.J.Oliveri of Tallahassee; two grandsons,
Anthony and Brian Oliveri of Tallahassee; a son, Phillip Ray
Jr. of Miami, FL.; a brother Rick of Crawfordville, FL; a
sister, Monna Harrison of Enid, OK. Pall bearers, all retired
C.Z. Police officers at the funeral services at Blessed
Sacrament Catholic Church in Tallahassee, were Will
Lablanc, Felipe Cazabon, Roger Wells, Lloyd Spradlin, Don
DeStaffino, Tom Stoakley, George Tochterman, Tom Rogers,
Richard Linton, Rick Williams, Roy Wilson, Joe Garcia,
Jerry Thompson and long time family friend Efran Prado.
The Eulogy was given by George Tochterman and Phil's
brother, Rick. A farewell poem was read by his youngest
daughter, Kate.

Joseph Henry White, 88, of Houston, Texas, died
May 6, 2000. He was born in Fox, Colorado, later moving to
Joes, CO. where he had his early education. In high school,
he was a member of the 1929 basketball team that went to the
National finals in Chicago. For a school with only eight
players, the team finished third in the nation. He and his wife
moved to the Canal Zone in 1940 and worked on both sides
of the Isthmus. He retired as Chief, Division of Storehouses
in 1971. He was active in community affairs and was a
member of the Elks and Masons.
He is survived by his son, Joseph Jr. and his wife,
Marilyn; granddaughters Marium Strott, Virginia Hajka,
Tracy White-Ferruzzo and Tiffany White; four great-
granddaughters and a great-grandson.

Angelica Lim de Wong, 72, of Panama City, Rep.
of Panama, died January 20, 2000. Born in Guabito, Bocas
del Toro, she was a graduate of Cristobal High School Class
of 1945. She worked at the Chase Manhattan Bank in
Cristobal; her husband's Panamerican Pharmacy in Colon;
the Housing Division; School of the Americas, Coco Solo
Hospital and Maintenance Division.
She is survived by her husband, Luis E. Wong, ex-
chief pharmacist at Coco Solo Hospital; daughters Wendie
Teale of Diablo and Kay Charlene Wells of Dallas, TX; sons,
Luis Jr. of Colon and Dr. Kenneth Wong of Los Mochis,
Mexico; brothers Alex and Alvin of Panama; sisters Arlene
Gamble, Aurora Holloway, Alice Lim, all of Dallas, and
Sandra Aubrey of Holland; nine grandchildren, and many
nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Letters to the Editor


A mini-mini afterglow reunion was enjoyed in Sun
City Center, Fla. at the home of Harvey and Vickie Violette
(van't Veld, BHS'49) Johnson by hosting Betty Jo
Underwood (BHS'49) after attending the PC .Society
reunion. Betty Jo and Vickie had a Sunday Brunch at the
SCC Golf and Racquet Club. Betty was a bit tired after
Saturday night at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City,
Tampa with the Menzel sisters, Ruthie and Emma and
others. At 7:00 p.m. Betty Jo, Harvey and Vickie picked up
Kyle (BHS'47) and Lois Schiedigg (CHS'53) Andress of
Sun City Center and went to the Tropics Restaurant, Ruskin
Fla. for a sunset toast and dinner. Mother nature decided to
provide a thunder and lightning rain storm (much needed).
After dinner we visited some more at the home of Kyle and
Lois. After breakfast we reminisced some more and then the
limo picked Betty Jo up for the airport to return to Indiana.
We promised to keep in touch and meet at the Orlando
reunion in 2001. Harvey and Vickie are returning to their
home in Falls Church, Virginia and will try to be "snow
birds" for a couple of years, still keeping their home in Sun
City for the winter.


A Surprise party for Larry Jones who celebrated
his 75"t birthday at Leverock's Restaurant was hosted by
Larry's daughter, Jennifer, who is working in Panama for
the new Canal Commission.
Those friends of Larry are shown in the photograph.
Everyone wished Larry 25 years of good health.

Back row: Gil Smith, Carolyn Campbell, Jack
Campbell, Jim O'Donnell, Larry Jones, Bill Carlin,
Shirley Whitlock, Sheri Kimball, Tony Howitt, Tom
Kimball, Bud Kelleher. Middle row: Pat McCoy,
Gemma O'Donnell, Nita Karst, Joe Smith, Dave
Kelleher, Betty Kelleher. Front: Margaret Karst, Paul
Karst, Jennifer Howitt, Toni Jones, Billy Allen, Mille

L-R: Betty Jo Underwood (BHS'49), Kyle Andress
(BHS'47), Lois Scheidigg Andress (CHS'53), Vickie
Violette Van't Veld Johnson,(BHS'49) Harvey
Johnson. At Bahia Beach, Ruskin, Florida, July 9,

Since Lois Andress and I live in Sun City Center,
about /2 hour from the Tampa hotel, we went and had lunch
then shopped and browsed over the beautiful vendor tables.
We both enjoyed the Tagua nut carvings, also known as
"Rain Forest Ivory." It was also great to see friends we
haven't seen for a long time. May we always have these
annual reunions, and we applaud and say thank you to all
who work and donate so much time to arrange this endeavor.
Thank you and God bless each and every one of you.

Vickie Violette(van't Veld) Johnson
Sun City Center, Fla.


Lou and Suzette Seldon visit the USS Lexington in
Corpus Christi, Texas, in April. Suzette was born there and
Lou completed his Navy Pilot training there in 1967.
Lou also became carrier qualified on the "Lex" in
a TS-2 aircraft while training at Corpus Christi.

Lou and Suzette Seldon at the USS Lexington at
Corpus Cristi, Texas.


My granddaughter Nicole Norris made it to the
Haarlem Cup finals to be played Saturday, July 29h in
Haarlem, Holland.
The "Thundering Herd" plays a 17 year old girls
team from Denmark. It is going to be a tough showing, but
we are proud of them going this far as her parents.
I just talked to her (July 28), as she called me at
8:30 a.m. their time. She should be in good spirits after
shopping for two days.
You can email the Haarlem Cup result at:


After returning from a cruise to Nassau and Salt
Cay, Pat Barriteau and Betty Yerxa drove to West Virginia
to spend Easter with Zip and Lisa Barriteau and their family
and see the house they designed and built.
While there, Pat and Betty visited the glass
factories, and of course, the Mall.

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Pictured in front of Zip's fireplace is Pat, Betty, Megan,
Matt, Lisa, Zip and Winston.

Post reunion visit to Edgefield, S. Carolina at the
Norman's. Behind tractor,L-R: Allison McLaughlin,
Margaret McLaughlin, Gorge Lowery, Bill
McLaughlin, Yarelys Lowery. Mike Norman on the
tractor wheel and Sue Norman in the driver's seat.


Recently, Lee and Kathy Snider from Kingston,
Washington were in San Antonio, Texas, visiting their son
and daughter-in-law, Tom and Evelyn Snider.



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Ted and Mel Henter on the stern of their new boat,
theMelted Zonian. After practising most of the summer,
they are ready for an overnight trip in August. Mel and
Ted with daughters Emley, Elizabeth and Amber will
go to South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island for a


L-R: Marcia Jones, Bob Jones, Lou (Farley)
Bargnesi, Kathy Snider, Barry Greer and seated, Lee
While there, they had dinner at Lou (Farley)
Bergnesi's home with Marcia and Bob Jones, Lou's son,
Barry Greer and his friend, Colleen Keith. They had such
a good time!



In March, 2000, great-grandchildren Clint, 4 years,
and Zoe, seven months with great-grandma Vonna
Hamilton. (BHS'43).

Great-grandma Vonna with Clint and Zoe

They are the children of Chris and Kamber
Whalen Doucett of Woodland, California, who are the
grandchildren of John and Nancy Huldtquist (CHS'66)
Whalen of Citrus Heights, California.


We had a very good summer with most of our
family. Adrienne, our granddaughter couldn't make it with
her husband, Chris John. But she did send our three great -
grandchildren with Brenda and Donald. Barbara and Chris
live with George and I.
We celebrated Conner's first birthday (Carol and
John's son) Ryan and his fiance came in with Chris and
Jennifer, his wife, from Corpus Christi. Kern and Ed Egger
came in the next day, also from Corpus Christi. We all went
to Wildcat Lake to ski for the day. Then we all ended up at
the Canal Reunion on Saturday and saw lots of old friends.
Arthur Egger and family, Maureen Whitlock and family,
Margie and Bill Egger, Lynn (Egger) Skaggs and husband,
We were happy to see our other grandson David,
who came in from Houston also. All in all, we had a very
good two weeks. George and I keep busy with the boat,
fishing and swimming in retirement.

Mr. and Mrs. George Egger
Ocala, Florida

The Egger family, Back L-R: John McCurdy (Carol's
husband) Kern Egger, (Ed's wife), Ryan Egger and
fiance Becky, Jennifer and Chris Egger. Seated: ,
Barbara (Egger) Griffis, Carol (Egger) McCurdy, on
her lap are her two sons, John Jr., and Conner, Eddie
Egger, Jean Egger, George Egger, Brenda (Egger)
White holding Corey, Donald White holding Cody.
Front: Christopher Griffis (Barbara's son) and Allie,
Brenda's granddaughter.


On June 3, 2000, a get together at Hershey,
Pennsylvania took place to assist Lili Oiler Kohr with the
presentation of Mrs. Pennsylvania International Pageant. In
1998 Lili won the Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant, but this year
she was the director for this contest.

L-R: Giovanni Bruno, Itzel Oiler Bruno, Archie Kohr,
Lili Oiler Kohr, daughter Annalysa, Elizabeth Oiler
and Melvin Oiler. Missing from the photo: Lili, daughter
Gabriela and son Jonathan.
Melvyn and Elizabeth traveled from Panama and
the Brunos came from Orlando, Florida. After a week of
hard and enjoyable work in the sweetest city in the world
(Hershey), Lili did an excellent job as director, which was
held at the Hershey Convention Center.
On July 5, Lili gave birth to a handsome 10 pound
baby (Maximus Oiler Kohr).

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First Annual 24-hour Cruise on the Sovereign of the
Seas from Merritt Island, Florida. Back row L-R:
Norman Watkins, Terry Deakins, Earl McMillan, and
Randy Deakins. Middle row I-R: Nancy McMillan,
Sandy Roscoe, Joella Deakins, Al Shonert, Sue
Corrigan, Larry Corrigan and Joe Hunt. Front row L-
R: Sue Deakins, Fran Morrissey, Darleen Hunt,
Janet Watkins, Sheila Shonert and Dick Roscoe.
Not pictured: Dave and Judy Jenkins, Val, Bud,
Darren and Adria Dempsey and Bob Morrissey.


Barbara Green, while still Secretary/Treasurer of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and her son Randy
enjoyed the visit of her other son, Roger Rios and his fiance
Joy McGilll, both from Hawaii, for several days before and
after the reunion. Roger enjoyed seeing many of his Zonian
friends there.

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Joy McGill and Roger Rios of Hawaii
While in Pinellas Park, they covered a lot of ground
by visiting other areas, and they also enjoyed trips to Busch
Gardens and Tarpon Springs. Family and friends gathered at
the home of Barbara and Randy in Pinellas Park for a
farewell bar-b-que on the following Saturday. Even the rainy
day didn't dampen the spirits of anyone. Roger and Joy are
pictured here while dining at Shells in St. Petersburg.


On April 26, Bill (BHS'49) and Beryl Clarke and
their daughter Cathy, along with Don (BHS'49) and Geneva
Boland left on an overnight flight that took us from
Philadelphia to Madrid, Spain.
We picked up a rental van for our two week stay
that took us to the Costa del Sol for a week in a condo, from
which we took daily trips to visit the coastal area from the
Rock of Gibralter to Malaga, as well as inland mountain
towns including Mijas and Ronda. Also one day we took a
ferry to Tangiers, Morocco, touring the city, including the
well known Kasbah.

L-R: Beryl and Bill Clarke, Don and Geneva Boland.
Leaving the condo, we headed back in the general
direction of Madrid, and spent time in some of the ancient
cities and towns including Antequera, Granada, Jaen, and
spent several days in Toledo. It is a different world from
Stateside! In many towns we toured palaces, forts and castles
and other structures that dated back, some around the time of
the birth of Christ. The infrastructure was indicative of the
age of some of the cities, with many narrow streets, no more
than about 8 feet wide, covering the area from building to
building. When there were no sidewalks, pedestrians had to
step to the side, and often back up against the building when
a car came bay. Parking was virtually nonexistent, and
generally motorcycles and scooters parked on the sidewalks.
I do not think I will ever complain about parking again. Even
in a major hotel in Madrid, we had to park about two blocks
away in an underground lot, since the hotel had no provisions
for parking.
Overall we had a great time, meeting pleasant
people, viewing beautiful scenery, and getting an idea of
what old history really is. In the town of Ronda, we were
duly impressed with what was known as the "new Bridge",
which replaced an older one that collapsed. The New one is
a very heavy stone structure, supported by pillars and arches
over 300 feet high, and was constructed between 1735 and
1793. After driving about 1800 miles, along the coast, in the
mountains, and in the high desert, we felt we had
experienced a good bit of the southwest area of Spain.

Don Boland
Columbia, SC


Editor must have by:

October 20, 2000


In November, 1999, member Rhonda Bales
Langham traveled from her home in Switzerland to join her
mother, Lorraine Bales (School of the Americas 1974-
1978), and sister, Risi Bales, for a pre-Thanksgiving
Her brother, Doug Bales, and her husband, Robert
Langham were unable to attend.


Liana (Surdi) Johansen with baby Desa Anders
visited Capt. Waishkey on the beautiful Weeki Wachee
River in Hernando County, Florida.
This was just prior to a month's trip to Sweden to
visit Anders parents. Baby Desa made a great grandfather
out of Capt. Waishkey.

L-R: Rhonda (Bales) Langham, Lorraine Bales, and
Rise Bales, in Seattle, Washington, November 1999

Liana (Surdi) Johansen with baby Desa Anders


Rosie Carr and Charlie Norris met Marie Yates
in Reno, Nevada for luncheon at the El Dorado Casino.
Marie was out West attending a Women's International
Bowling Tournament. Each paid their dues into the Casino's
slot machines, and Rosie and Charlie broke even after
winning a jackpot on separate nickel machines.
It has been 54 years since Marie had seen Rosie or
Charlie. My, how many years have gone by!


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Rosie Carr, Charlie Norris and Marie Yates in Reno,
The next Balboa High School Reunion for the class
of '46 is currently planned to be their 55"h Reunion in Tampa,
(Orlando, Charlie)Florida, during the time the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion is to be held in July (August,
Charlie) of 2001. For those BHS Classmates of '46, that have
moved or not been recently contacted by Charlie, please write
to him to update Class Records, at 2442 East Atlantic
Avenue, Fairfield, California 94533-1680 or by Email


Kelly Jeffries, daughter of Jinjer Reinhardt
Jeffries and the late Curt Jeffries formerly of Los Rios,
recently spent 17 days in Kenya, Africa on a horseback
safari. Nine hours a day in the saddle led to great adventures,
including being charged by two rampaging 5-ton elephants!
Kelly is an avid horsewoman and competes her 3-
day evening horse, Bonkers, throughout the State of Florida.

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Jeffries on an African Safan.


We were happy to be able to visit the old home front
one last time this past February. For one glorious week we
lived at the old bachelor's quarters on Barneby Street in
Balboa, and packed as much into each day as humanly
possible. Emotionally, it was exhilarating and joyful, as well
as painful and bittersweet. We are both Canal Zone born and
bred, as well as our two sons. Saying goodbye is never easy,
especially to a place that was not only home, but also the
foundation of our cultural heritage (there is nothing on earth
like the old Canal Zone).
Although many things were very different (we left
April 7, 1990); they were exactly the same. Like a strange
dream we were back in time; one minute it was like we never
left, then the next second we were transported to an altered
reality where nothing was familiar. Gatun and Gamboa (our
childhood homes) looked much the same. Gatun Lake is still
breathtaking. The dry season sun shining down on it looked
like a million floating gold doubloons glistening in the deep
blue waters. Little has changed in the town (the clubhouse
was torn down long before we left). However, it is very quiet
now. We saw very few cars and no pedestrians as we drove
around the town. We did not see any children, nor did we
hear laughter, skates, bicycles, and for that matter, dogs just
a silent little community.
Gamboa was also generally unchanged (though
again, the "family" aspect seemed mostly gone). It was a
little strange however, to see chicken coops, and a number of
chickens running around loose, at Sibert Ave., the home of
the head of dredging.. The old golf club building has been
torn down and that whole area, and boat dock, have been
taken over by a business that is building tourist resort. Both
towns housed many of the remaining Americans, putting in
their time until the last moment. Since we were there, many
have left though some have not. Several people we talked
with had weighed their options in the balance and decided to
remain. For those people, the end of the millennium was no
less painful, as many of their friends and, often, family
members have packed up and left. And for sure, the old way
of life is gone.
Coco Solo is another story. The former Cristobal
High School (the last one) is part of a shipping company and
the road into town is TOTALLY torn up from the trucks
going in and out. It is unsafe to travel more than 10 mph, as
huge chunks of highway have sunk down, or cracked in the
middle and peak up. The residential part of the town seems
to be completely taken over by squatters. It really looks like
the aftermath of a war. The old commissary is in shambles,
and a heap of trash head high was piled up against one wall.
All the homes we saw were in complete disrepair, with roofs
caved in, etc. Many had squatters living inside, laundry
hanging from the windows, and chickens running around
outside. The former post office building is totally occupied
by squatters. Laundry hung from every window and a small
fire burned outside the building. We tried to drive a little
further down the road to Galeta Point, but it was completely
grown over and what is left of the road is not usable by the
average couple in a small rental car. We turned around when
we came head on to a huge pile of trash. Enough was
Colon looked much the same as we remembered.
And surprise, surprise the earlier Cristobal High School

building (that was given to Panama in 1959) looks very good.
The organization running it now has cleaned, upgraded,
improved, and all around "done good" by that old place.
Balboa, like Gatun and Gamboa, is missing the
family element it used to have. Balboa Road, which runs in
front of the old clubhouse (now closed), is a major traffic
artery and the cars and busses "fly" down the road. The
mornings are VERY busy as people hustle back and forth. As
the Canal Commission has been preparing to turn everything
over to the Panamanian Government, many offices were
closed and others scaled down. A number of the old houses
in the Prado area have been turned into temporary offices.
And all the Canal offices we saw were behind iron bars and
locked doors, or they had armed security guards at the
entrances, or both.
Balboa High School, which had its last graduation
in May, was a sealed school. High fences and walls totally
surrounded the school; and there were security guards at
every gate. An overpass was constructed to get the kids
across the road to the shop building, which was also
surrounded by a fence. In short, it was a walled fortress. As
you have most likely heard, the last graduation was held in
grand style, with over 800 alumni flying in to attend; not to
mention a herd of reporters. Hard to believe that these last of
the (former) Canal Zone schools' graduates were not even
born in the "true" Zone it was "dissolved" by an act of
Congress in 1979.
We had been warned by those still in Panama to
expect to find Panama City in a building frenzy and traffic
completely snarled. Still, we weren't ready for what we saw.
New edifices everywhere, and construction going on at every
corner. Those who we spoke with, Panamanian and
American alike, said it was drug money that is funding the
building boom. But the most startling is the traffic. Terrible
does not describe it! Once, we started into the city, only to
spend 25 minutes at one corner. At the first opportunity we
turned into a little side road and escaped. We never did get to
the place we were headed. On another occasion I was with a
friend who was taking me to dinner. Though this lady knew
the back roads and side alleys, we still found ourselves sitting
for almost 40 minutes at one spot. There was a traffic light
and it was still clogged! Drivers simply plough into the
intersections and attempt to force their way through. Better
than 50% of the cars we saw had some kind of dent or fender
bender "trophy."
There was a Mexican firm that is in the process of
building a "autovia" to help the problem. There are several
miles already completed, and you can take it from Balboa
(behind the Civil Affairs building) and drive downtown in
just minutes. However, it costs 750 to drive 6 kilometers, so
most people don't use it.
Since we returned in March 6, there have been even
more changes, which we are all aware of through the media.

Carolyn (Rowley) Dillon
Grove Hill, AL


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October 20, 2000



The next Balboa High School reunion for the class
of '46 is currently planned to be their 55'" Reunion in
Orlando, Florida, during the time the Panama Canal Society
of Florida Reunion is to be held in August of 2001. For those
classmates of '46 that have moved or have not been in
contact with Charlie, please write to him to update Class
Records. Charles Norris, 2442 East Atlantic Avenue,
Fairfield, California 94533-1680 or email to:


Date: July 2001
Location: In conjunction with Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Florida.
For Info: Contact:
Bill Burns, 505 Benton Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653
Telephone: (870) 425-6328



The Balboa High School Class of 1951 will be
having a 50'" Anniversary Reunion. This reunion will be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
in 2001 and may be a joint reunion with the Cristobal Class
of 1951.
We have many email and postal addresses, but there
are many classmates who have yet to be found. Please check
the WHERE ARE YOU? section in this issue for a list
of those classmates. Anyone interested in attending this
reunion, please contact us. If anyone would like to help with
this reunion or has any ideas or suggestions to make our
reunion a memorable one, please let us hear from you.

Marilyn Flynn
521 Country Club Dr.
Stockbridge, GA 30281-6314

Arlene McKeown
9053 Pinehurst Dr.
Seminole, FL 33777

Gold ring, as illustrated, with
initials "JR" on underside

Button cover, with 250 Panamanian coin attached.

Ray Ban, mild sun glasses, in thick black plastic rims.

Ladies cloth hat, Red, with printed flowerettes along
band. "Aloha Classic. NB Original.

Eight snapshots, one with a baby in the bathroom
sink, and another with two ladies and a man in
front of the Williamsburg Courthouse.

For all other lost items at the Marriott
Waterside Hotel, please call "Lost & Found"
department of hotel at 813-204-6364


Sid Kennon, Chris Egger, Alan Deckel, William Baldwin


Our 15"h, oops! I mean our 25'" is coming up next
summer. Some of us were thinking of having a dinner/ get
together during the reunion in Orlando in 2001. If you are
interested in helping to plan or attend such an event, please
let Diana Duncan or myself know. At this point, we'll just
collect names and addresses so all volunteers are welcome.

You can reach me at:
Janice Cookie Newlon
1312 Colina Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Diana Duncan


One facet of your museum committee is to gather
and preserve historical information by recording interviews
with former participants in the American era in Panama. If
you would like to contribute a story or two of your Canal
Zone days (work, school, play all are important,) contact
Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253
for details on how to proceed. Handwritten or typed life
stories from your CZ days are equally valuable to the
archives. If you are writing your life story for the
grandchildren, please send us a copy too.

Fran Elmendorf
300 Cedar Haven Dr.
Princeton, IL 61356
pczfran @

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Let's get together in 2001 for our 2nd Reunion. We
had a great time six years ago and we are ready for a repeat.
Our Reunion will be held in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion which will be held at the Marriott's
Orlando World Center during August 8 through 12. We are
tentatively planning on having our luncheon on Friday,
August 10, 2001.
Please contact one of the following if you are
interested in attending so we can start making plans. Our
deadline is April 1, 2001. Hope to see you there.

Ann Buchter
2440 Winding Creek Blvd #301
Clearwater, FL 33761

Nicky Erickson
193 Rose Hill Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Grace Shadeck
3196 SW 177th Lane Rd.
Ocala, FL 34473


On December 2-9, 2000 a golf and non-golf /sight-
seeing tour has been organized for all you ex-Zonians who
might like to see Costa Rica. Deluxe accommodations and
golf courses throughout Costa Rica. Last year we went to
Panama what a ball; and next year on October 19-27, 2001
will be "A Mayan Golf Adventure" hosted by June Barlow
Riesz and her husband John. Don't put those golf clubs
away yet! A special invitation to all ex-Zonians for a get-
together, as well as to those from the old "Gas House Gang."
Groups limited to 20 persons. Anyone interested, please call
June (Barlow) or John Riesz; Tel: (904) 445-2839, our
Email is:


The semi-annual Picnic in the Northeast Florida is
scheduled for Saturday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. The picnic
is still at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Marina/Picnic
area. You need to call or e-mail Diane and Bruce Bateman
in order for your names to be left at the gate for entrance onto
the base. (904-282-7650 or
Directions are to turn into the Birmingham Gate (next to the
Reserve Center not the main gate) Drive straight until you
see the river on the right and it will be next gravel driveway
to the right(A convenience store is on the left). Several picnic
areas and a dock are right there! Don't forget it is potluck
and BYOB.


The Annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic starts
at 11 a.m., October 7, 2000 at the Davis Bayou Campground
of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Highway 90 at
Ocean Springs, Miss. Watch for the Canal Zone banner. For
overnight RVing details, contact the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500 Park
Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. For additional details,
contact Gerda Smith (601) 567-9870 or Patt Roberson
(225) 774-7761. Gerda and Patt will be tenting there the
night before to tidy up the site for picnickers. Early birds may
wish to join them.


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!
As for the yearbooks that some of you want, unless there
are duplicates, those I'm collecting are dedicated to the
Museum. However, if you reimburse the cost of
photocopying and postage, you can still get the book,
provided I have the right year. Please include a SASE with
your query. Thanks.


Descendants of medal holders interested in
learning more about

Panama Canal (1904-1914)

are urged to write to
Marc Quinn, Roosevelt Medal Descendants
P.O. Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon, Panama


Old eyeglasses that are cluttering up your drawers can
be recycled to someone less fortunate than you. Do your part
today to help a visually impaired person in a Third World
country. Every single pair counts. Send yours to Patt
Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253. A
progress report will be made in the December issue.

NEW! Our Toll-Free Number: 1- 866-PANCANAL




The War was over. The Missouri Battleship was
slowly being pulled through the Gatun Locks by the
locomotives, on its way to the Atlantic Ocean and home!!!
The ship's beam is 108 feet, 3 inches, and the locks at their
widest point are 110 feet. There are places where the
concrete walls of the locks have warped, making them less
than 110 feet wide.
This literally means that this massive battleship was
being maneuvered with, at best 10 inches of space on each
side! The word lockagee" refers to the act of a ship passing
through the locks.
The lockage of the Missouri was perfect. At no time
did it touch the wall of the locks! Was that unusual? You bet!
Immediately after Pearl Harbor, it became known
that employees were desperately needed for the Panama
Canal. I applied for employment, was accepted and was on
my way.
At the time, most of the lock employees were middle
aged men, Since I was a young man, and the only one, the
other employees were very paternal toward me. I was the
only employee from Missouri and after Mr. Truman became

President, I received much kidding about being from the
"Show Me" State.
The war was over and I had my plane reservations
and tickets to return to the U.S. I suddenly learned that on the
day I was to depart, the Missouri would transit the Canal.
There was no way I would miss that, so I delayed my
departure until the following day.
All of the operators on the locks knew I was
leaving. When I told them I was delaying my trip because of
the Missouri, I also told them it would be the last ship I
would ever see transit the locks.... and to make it perfect for
Their many years of experience came into play, and
the old men handled the 58,000 ton ship as deftly as a
surgeon handles his scalpel. The locomotives delicately
pulled the Missouri through the few inches of available space
without once touching the walls!
Unless they read this, historians will never record
that perfect lockage. For all they knew, it was routine. Nor
will they ever know it was perfect because the old-timers
wanted to give a young man the gift of a unique place in
history, albeit anonymously.

Wendel Allen
Alexandria. VA
(703) 360-2972

Farewell Luncheon for Col. Leroy A. Kane, assistant to General Manager, Panama Railroad, Hotel Washington,
January 31, 1947. L-R: W.K. Newland, N.E. Demers, Harry C. Adams, J.B. Coman, F.W. Noweck, I. A. Price,
T.E.H. Reed, E.N. Stokes, Col. L. A. Kane, A.L. Prather, Earnest Williams, Captain J.M. Kirchner, W.J. Templin,
Robert Wilford, George Boynton, F.H. Hodges, E.S. MacSparran, R. Armstrong, A.C. Wood, J.A. Dorsey, C.A.
Schaefer, Fred Frank, L.E.Neal. Photo on loan by Niza (Boynton) Greig

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Canal Zone Swimming Association. Coach Bill Zemer,
Circa May 1950. Panama Olympic Pool. L-R: Jim
Forbes, Jerry Ashton, Mike Bursett, Dick Mallett,
Don Connor.

Madden Dam: The Construction of Madden Dam
increased the water reserves for the operation of the
Canal since 1935.
The Panama Canal Spillway
November 19, 1999

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CONFER MAJOR DEGREE. A large groups of candidates from Panama-Balboa Council
1371, Knights of Columbus received the Third Degree of their Order last Sunday afternoon. The Ceremonies, under
the leadership of District Deputy James Cole, were performed at the Colegio Miramar in Panama City and marked
the peak of the day's activities.
The program began with the Council's regular monthly Corporate Communion at the 9:15 a.m. Mass in the
Curundu Catholic Church. Following the Mass, a Communion breakfast was held in the Columbus Club, the K. of
C. Hall on Balboa Road. At 1:30 p.m. members and candidates for the degree assembled at Miramar College for
the ceremonies. The day ended with a banquet at 7:30 p.m. at the Club Atlas. The speakers, introduced by Deputy
Grand Knight Charles Fears, included Msgr. Paul Bernier, Papal Attache, Rev. Louis Storms, pastor of St. Mary's
missions, James Ketek, Panama District Master of the Fourth Degree, James Cole, District Deputy and Grand
Knight L. M. Lovejoy.
Those recognizable after all these years are #1- Tom Herring, #2 Jim O'Donnell, #3- Bob Greig, Father
Wye and Father Storms, middle of second row, Photo by Joe Hickey, loaned by Niza (Boynton) Greig.
Sunday, May 1, 1949

BHS Class of 1940 celebrate 60th
The Balboa High School Class of 1940 celebrated their 60th Reunion during May 22, 23 and 24 at Belle Haven/Exmore
Virginia, off Chesapeake Bay. Sixteen survivors attended, joined by their spouses and friends. Alan Monsanto, Pat Beall and
Ralph McClain, who said they might attend, and Joan Ridge deGrummond, Shirley Jennings Erickson and Margaret
Whelan Jannsen who canceled due to last minute adversities, were disappointing no-shows.
The festivities centered around the beautiful and spacious home of Margaret (Peggy) Brugge, in Belle Haven. Much
of the reminiscing was held in the Hospitality Suite at the Best Western Eastern Shore Inn in Exmore, neighbor of Belle Haven.
The formal dinner event was held at the Trawler Restaurant, in Exmore, Virginia, which everyone enjoyed. Unfortunately, the
digital camera and the wonders of a computer with its color scanner did not do justice to the class picture at the Trawler
Restaurant. But fortunately, Bob Wertz had the waiter take the above photo with his camera. They don't ALL look as old as that.
Their last evening was a sing-along at Peggy Brugge's home, and on Wednesday, the group took a bus tour of the area.
Those attending were Fernando Tapia, 1940 Class President, from Scottsdale, AZ, Andrew Jackson, Des Plaines,
IL, Hugh Norris, Dothan, AL., Bob Wertz of Belle Chasse, LA., Aubrey Lewis of Orlando, FL., Robert Wainio of Whispering
Pines, NC., Aram (Harry) Hatch of Lilian, AL., Neal Small of Brooklyn, NY., Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt of Dothan, AL, Jane
(Tomkins) Heselton of Annapolis, MD., Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan of Honolulu, HI., Dorothy (Kalar) Kennedy of
Englewood, CO., Alice (Haughton) Rodby, of Tampa, FL., Ann (Green) Tillman, of Falls Church, VA, Agnes (Atkinson)
Anderson, of Zephyrhills, FL. and Margaret (Peg) Brugge, of Belle Haven, VA.

Back L-R: Fernando Tapia, Class President, Andrew Jackson, Neal Small, Hugh Norris, Bob Wertz, Aubrey
Lewis, Robert Wainio, Aram Hatch. Front L-R: Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt, Jane (Tomkins) Heselton, Margaret
(Sullivan) McMillan, Dorothy (Kalar) Kennedy, Alice (Haughton) Rodby, Ann (Green) Tillman, Agnes
(Atkinson) Anderson, Margaret "Peg" Brugge. (Missing, Pat Beall, and others, who weren't there, unfortunately).


Bob Wertz and Hugh Norris, Both BHS'40, reflecting
on old times.

On the bus for their tour of the area, Fernando Tapia
(Class President) in the front, as usual, with Peggy
Brugge a close second over his shoulder.

L-R: Jean Wainio, Dot (Kalar) Kennedy, both loyal
BHS'40's, and Rosemary (Millett) Gilead(BHS'41).
How did she get in? .

Some fifteen months after Nick and Jack arrived in
Panama, the urgent military crisis in the Zone was abating.
Time for them to leave Panama and go onto new
assignments, this time separately.
So at the party this year in Charleston, there was
indeed a lot to remember and talk about, especially for a
couple named Scottie and Jack, who have been married for
over 50 years.
Panama Canal Zone people continue to meet in
other ways in the Charleston area. Jane and Jack Steele
recently attended a plantation picnic with two of Jane's 1940
Canal Zone Balboa High School classmates. And in
providing personal data to an author currently writing a
family book, Jane was told, "I too, graduated from Balboa
High School." Small world!
We have for many years enjoyed and valued our
membership in the Panama Canal Society of South Carolina,
which has brought us together in fellowship.
That's all for now.....

Jane and Jack Steele


There was a special happening this year for a couple
of old Panama Canal Zone soldiers, Nick and Jack. One now
lives in Michigan and the other in South Carolina, but they
grew up together in Charleston and have been friends for
most of their eighty years.
This year, to celebrate their milestone anniversaries,
they joined with two other Citadel classmates, Bob and
North, also born in Charleston in 1920 and together had a
party to which they invited other friends of the same ilk. It
was indeed a party to remember, for octogenarians have
much to recall.
Each of the four friends had gone his separate way
after graduation North and Bob entered the Army, Jack
started engineering, and Nick went to theological seminary.
Then came Pearl Harbor and both Nick and Jack were called
to active Army duty. By a remarkable happenstance they
were assigned to the same camp. Then, a short time later,
they were sent on the same train to New Orleans, and the
same troop ship to Panama. Once in Panama, they were both
sent to the Pacific side and assigned to the same anti-aircraft
group. In those days, so soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor
it was expected that the Canal Zone would be the next on
Japan's list of visits. After all, knocking out one of the locks
or destroying Madden Dam would have been a devastating
second blow to our Navy. It must be prevented, and to do so
the Zone became America's most heavily defended place on
earth. Combat pilots and antiaircraft artillerymen, Nick and
Jack among them, were rushed in Guns were constantly on
alert for the enemy. Every other night the men slept in
uniform at their guns, prepared for action within seconds.
On alternate days, they were all given a minute and a half.
Any unidentified plane was fired on, even though it might
well be a lost Navy flier. No chance could be taken.
As months passed and no enemy appeared, the
tension eased a bit, but on those occasions when the U.S.
temporarily lost track of the Japanese fleet, immediate full
alert was ordered. And on one occasion, when the sound of
a practice alarm siren happened to coincide with a blast
explosion at the Zone quarry, it did get everyone's attention.
Some social life continued through this period and,
on a specially fortunate day for him, Jack met a girl named
Jane, whom he called "Scottie."

Canal Zone

The memories that we have of you
will always be with us.
You were our home, but now you're gone
remember you we must.
We won't forget the lush green grass
we ran through every day,
The mango trees the majestic palms
and places we would play
We won't forget the doodle bugs,
the giant beetles too,
The skating rink, the clubhouses
and most of all the schools.
We won't forget the fishing trips
and going to the beach.
And picking mangos off the trees
as high as we could reach.
We won't forget the cardboard sleds
and playing on the street.
The libraries, the swimming pools
and places we would meet.
We won't forget the theaters,
and bowling alleys too.
The Post Office and Commissary
or where we bought our shoes.
You see, there is so much of you,
that we will always cherish.
You were our home,our home sweet home
to us you'll never perish.
You now belong to someone else,
but the memories of you we own.
I'll say goodbye but I'll never forget
The good old Canal Zone.

Celina Barkema Vargas


The Class of CHS 1940 met for a luncheon at the
Panama Canal Society Reunion to celebrate the 60th
anniversary of our graduation.
Some of us hadn't seen each other for 60 years. It
was great to catch up on everybody's life and be brought up
to date on our present activities and whereabouts.
Those attending were Jean (Grabhorn) Dockery,
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane, Rose (Stroop) Carmody, Bobbie
(Styles) Field, Gladys (Wertz) Brayton (she was not
available for the picture), Paul Gorin, Tom Egger.
Also attending were Jim Cochrane, Clara Gorin,
Karen Wolfe (Rose's sister), Kathy Higginbotham and Bill
Dockery (children of Jean Dockery).
Jane (Kaufer) and Jim, of Santa Rosa, Ca. also
visited Jane's brother Ted Kaufer and his wife Anita during
their stay in Tampa. The next day they went to St. Petersburg
to visit another classmate Dottie Pate, and her husband, Al
Pate, former President of the Panama Canal Society.
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane

The Hotel Washington




CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1940. Seated, L-R: Jean (Grabhorn) Dockery, Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane,
Rose (Stroop) Carmody, Bobbie (Styles) Field. Standing, L-R: Paul Gorin, Tom Egger.





The Commercial rates have been approved at the August 26,
1999 Board Meeting. These rates are for those who are either
non members of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, or
those who are members but are placing an ad for an
established business firm, who wish to advertise Panama
related objects in the Society's Canal Record. All ads
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