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Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
1 st Vice President
Mr. Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President
Mr. James Parthenais
Mr. Daniel Norman
Mr. Roy Culbreth
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Ms. Betty LeDoux
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mrs. Lynette Stokes
Mr. Kenny Morris
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
President's M essage......................................................... ........................................................ 1
Secretary's M essage.......................................................... ........................................... 2
Editor's C orner.................................................................................................................... 2
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes....................................................3
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings....................... .......................6
L egcislative R ep ort............................................. .......................................................................9
PCSOFL Spring Luncheon East Coast........................................................... .....................12
M military Pride................................................ ............................................................... 12
PCSOFL Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast...........................................................13
N ovem ber Luncheon Pictures........................................................................... ............................... 14
D ecem ber Luncheon Pictures............................................................................. ..............................16
Your Reporters Says:
Alabama, Dothan.............18 FL South FL....................30 Northwest......................38
Alabama, Prattville...........19 FL Space Coast................32 Panama..........................40
Arkansas....................20 FL Tallahassee.................34 Pennsylvania...................39
California........................21 FL Tampa........................35 South Carolina................42
FL Central.........................24 Georgia..............................36 Tennessee........................42
FL Ocala...........................26 Louisiana........................37 Texas, Dallas..................43
FL Pensacola..................27 Mississippi.....................37 Texas, Kerrville...............44
FL Pinellas County..........29 North Carolina...................37
C ongratulations......................... ................. ................................................................................45
W edd in g s................................................................................ ...............................................5 1
B irth s.................................................................................... ................................ ..... 53
L letters to the E ditor.................................................................................... ..................... 55
W ith D eep Sorrow ............................. ............ .............................................. ...........................64
Looking Back....................................................................................................... ........... ............ 70
Announcements............. ..................... ..... ................ 74
E m ail U pdates................................................................................................................. ............78
M u seum N ew s.................................................................................. ......................................8 1
F or Sale or W anted ............................................................................. ....................................83
M em bership Application Form ......................................... ............................................... 87
Front Cover: Tivoli Guest House, painted by Ginger Carter, 1973.
Back Cover: End of the Day Gatun Locks, painted by Joseph Pennel, taken from Pictures
of the Panama Canal.
DATES TO REMEMBER
April 5 PCSOFL Spring Luncheon East Coast/General Membership Meeting,
11:30a.m., Ormond Beach, Florida at the Olive Garden on AIA. See pg. 12
contact Jeannie Hickman at (386) 441-9979.
May 3 PCSOFL Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast/General Membership,
11:30a.m., Troyer's Dutch Heritage restaurant (the new Der Dutchman
restaurant) in Sarasota, FL. Call Bob Russell at (813) 633-8916. See pg. 13.
May 4 Panama Canal Society of Southern California Luncheon, Lauguna
Hills, Holiday Inn in La Paz. For more information contact Kathryn (Argo)
Taylor at (949) 951-4801.
May 25 5th Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast Panazonian Mini-Reunion,
Sunday, May 25, 2003 (Memorial Day weekend) at Coconut Bay Holiday
Inn University Mall, Pensacola. Contact Barb Vose at (850) 474-6341.
April 1 OZ/PCDD Semi-Annual Buffet Luncheon meeting at Ryan's Family
Steakhouse in Ocala (3933 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Hwy. 40 East). Sign-in
after 11:00 A.M. Further info call Bill Muller at (352) 854-7902.
June No General Membership meeting.
July 23-27 ANNUAL PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION, Orlando World
Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida. See yellow pages for information.
August 9 Annual NW Picnic, at Abrams Park, Ridgefield, WA. Contact Murray
and Candy Falk (360) 263-2982 or e-mail pokeytoo(iwa-net.com for
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all you Irish Zonians! Here it
is March already and only four months till our 2003 Reunion.
I can't wait!
By now, most of you have already registered for the 2003
Reunion, but if you haven't, you better get your paperwork in.
Last year we sold out of our allocated rooms and that could
happen again if our registration numbers are high.
Bruce Quinn and all the performers for the Annual
Luncheon Gala have been working hard the past seven
months and all those attending the luncheon are in for a
GREAT SHOW! The show will be an hour and a half long
and will start immediately after the luncheon is over. I do
want to advise everyone that if you do not have a ticket you
will not be allowed into the show. We will have security at the
doors and we must be strict with the rules. If you want to
come to the show, you will need to purchase your tickets in
advance through the Panama Canal Society office. Tickets for
the luncheon will not be sold at the reunion. This show is
going to be one of Bruce Quinn's greatest events. So, order
your tickets early to be guaranteed a seat.
Please check the reunion schedule for all the exciting
events taking place.
We have two nice luncheons planned for the Spring. I call
them Spring Luncheon East Coast and Spring Luncheon Gulf
Coast. Our Spring Luncheon East Coast will be held on April
5th in Ormond Beach, Florida at the Olive Garden. We had a
great turn out there last year and we wanted to do it again.
Our Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast will be held on May 3rd in
a new place, which has never had the privilege of our Zonian
presence, the Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota.
They say the food is great and the setting is unique. I hope
many of you can join us for these luncheon meetings. There
will be no membership meeting in June.
Some of you may wonder why there are no ballots in this
issue for new officers. According to the by law revisions of
2002, officers now serve two consecutive years.
Nominations for the 2004 2006 officers will take place in
I'll keep it short this issue. So until the June issue, take
Bill McLaughlin and Bruce Quinn at the Orlando World
Center Marriott met in late November to discuss the 2003
Annual Reunion's Luncheon Gala Show. If you haven't
signed up yet for this historical show, do it now, before it is
too late. See the Reunion Registration Forms in the middle of
the book. Bruce Quinn is the Artistic Director of the show.
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The Secretary's Report
As I write this message it is still
early in January and I am delighted
to be receiving so many membership
renewal forms and new member
applications. Last October, the
Executive Board approved sending
post cards to all members who had
not paid their dues by December 31, 2002. On January 2,
2003, Marje and Pete Foster volunteered to spend the day in
the Society office assisting me with the preparation of the
post cards. By the end of the day we had 2,300 post cards
ready to be mailed. From the response we have received, I
believe it was time well spent. Today is January 15 and so far
we have received almost 1,000 envelopes from Society mem-
bers paying their dues for 2003, along with many, many notes
thanking us for sending the dues reminder. A big thank you to
Marje and Pete for your hard work.
We are also receiving many inquiries from members seek-
ing their membership number and asking for a membership
card for 2003. Several years ago, we stopped sending mem-
bership cards in an effort to cut costs. Recognizing, however,
that many members prefer to carry a membership card, we
printed a cutout blank membership card on the back cover of
each Canal Record. Your 2003 membership card appears on
the back of this issue. Simply cut out the card, write in your
name and you have a membership card that will fit nicely into
your wallet. The membership number appears next to your
name on the address label of all Canal Records.
Carol Masino continues to assist Jacque Vowell with the
Canal Record and is currently working on the typing for this
March issue. Additionally, she continues her work on pro-
cessing all the reunion paperwork that has been coming in the
past few weeks. Carol asked that I pass along the reminder
that it is never too early to submit the reunion reservation
forms. If you are even considering attending the reunion this
year, please submit the appropriate documentation and
reserve a hotel room. It is much easier to cancel a hotel reser-
vation then to reserve one as the reunion draws near.
As always, if you have questions about your membership,
please feel free to call or email us at the office and we will try
to help you.
Hope to see many of our members at the 2003 Reunion.
Nancy Van Siclen
WHERE ARE YOU?
SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
Canal Records and correspondence have been returned
from the following members. Any information regarding new
mailing addresses will be appreciated.
MICHAEL L CAIN
PAUL L ELIA
HERBERT F HARMOND, SR
WILLIAM C HUTCHINGS
WILLIAM J JENKINS
DARNELL A LOPEZ
JOHN A KRAEMER
WILLIAM L MCGANN
CHARLES A PARKS
JOAN M VOYLES
EVELYN D WADE
Thanks so much to the members that called or e-mailed
the Society office to give us updates on members that
appeared in the December Canal Record. The Society records
have been updated. Let's hope we can locate some of these
members who have had their December Canal Records
Where did the time go?
Another year has come and gone
so fast! I would like to congratu-
late our President Bill on achiev-
ing his goal of earning his degree
in Information Systems
A Technology! Way to go Bill!
I am sad to say goodbye to two veteran reporters; Dolores
Cleveland, who reported the news from Dothan, AL and
Shirley Erickson, who reported on the "Pocono's" yearly
reunions. Both Dolores and Shirley will be sorely missed and
I would like to thank them for their many years of dedication
to the Canal Record.
I am pleased that more and more members are getting
more comfortable with sending their news using their com-
puter and email. Please remember that you all have area
reporters out there and they are always looking for news to
include in their articles. All it takes is a quick phone call, let-
Deadline for the
June Canal Record
April 18, 2003
ter, note, card and/or email to make their day! You will find
the area reporters listing on top of page 18. If you can t find
an area reporter close to you or in your state, volunteer to
become one! We are always looking for new people to gath-
er news about friends, neighbors and loved ones from the
Canal Zone and Panama.
Please remember, I cannot accept pictures embedded in
word documents. I will accept pictures in a JPEG and TIF
format, or you can send a copy of the actual photograph to the
office. Please do not send a printed out copy of the photo-
graph, they just do not scan well. Remember photos become
the property of the Panama Canal Society; so send a copy of
those precious, treasured photos.
Jacque Vowell, Editor
To help As Reunion
DESPEDIDA LOTTERY VENDORS
Volunteer now by contacting
the Society's Secretary
Or Lottery Chairperson,
Pete Foster at (727) 785-8555
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
AUGUST 24, 2002
Present: Bill McLaughlin, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Tom
Wilder, Jim Parthenais, Bob Russell, Jim O'Donnel, Kenny
Morris, Jacque Vowell, Peter Foster, Dan Norman, Betty
LeDoux, and Dottie Yocum. Absent: Ed Wardlow and Roy
*Approved Minutes from July Executive Board meeting
and Expenditures for July 27-August 24, 2002.
*Approved 9 applications for new membership.
*Approved Secretary s position be increased to 40 hours
per week and converted to a salaried employee. The annual
salary will be $26,000.
*Approved position of Canal Record Editor to receive
$12,000 annually and the position remains at part-time.
*Appointed Jim Parthenais to oversee Information
Systems for the Society office.
*Appointed Elaine (Vestal) Lewis to coordinate and chair
a committee to look into the feasibility of setting up a schol-
arship program for members and dependents.
*Appointed Elaine (Vestal) Lewis as chairperson of the
General Membership potluck picnic to be held in March.
*Requested Pete Foster to look into the by-law changes
concerning holding General Membership meetings every
other month instead of the current monthly meetings.
*Approved the Panama Canal Museum opening their gift
shop at the Society functions through December 2002.
*Approved paying Virginia Booth $325.00 to cover the
purchase of door prizes to be used at monthly meeting mem-
*Approved companies who provide the Society free give-
aways at the reunion be allowed to have free advertising in
the Yellow Pages.
*Approved an increase in the Canal Record overseas
mailing fee to $25.00 due to the Postal Service increased fees.
*Approved purchasing an updated Zip Code Reference
book or CD ROM.
*Approved Edie and Al Cotton as new Canal Record
reporters from Alabama.
*Decided to investigate the cost of advertising from vari-
ous publications and prepare a comparison chart.
*Approved re-investing some of the funds from the
Money Market account in a step Certificate of Deposit.
*Decided to look into the possibility and the legalities of
removing the "Florida" from the official Society name
because there are so many members from different states and
all over the world.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 28, 2002
Present: Bill McLaughlin, Tom Wilder, Jim Parthenais, Bob
Russell, Daniel Norman, Jim O'Donnell, Kenny Morris, Peter
Foster, Roy Culbreth, Betty LeDoux and Nancy Van Siclen.
Absent: Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Jacque Vowell and Dottie
The Executive Board took the following actions and dis-
Bill McLaughlin announced that Ed Wardlow was resign-
ing from the Board due to his need to spend more time with
his business. The motion was approved to move Daniel
Norman from Sgt. At. Arms to Director.
*Approved the minutes from the August 24 Executive
*Approved expenditures for the period August 24 through
September 27 in the amount of $20,879.90.
*Approved ten applications for membership.
*Approved the increase in salary for Carol Masino, Office
Decided that Eddie Stroop's group would play music dur-
ing the intermission at the 2003 Reunion.
Decided that the President would write to Bob Boring
regarding his request to provide music at the Reunions
Friday night dance to say that the arrangements for the music
were already in place.
Decided not to provide an organized activity for Thursday
night so the members who have class reunions will be able to
provide entertainment of their choosing.
Discussed Rich Hull's letter requesting that his group, The
Castaways, provide the music for Thursday night at the 2004
Reunion. No decision was made.
Discussed Jim Reid's offer to sell the society 500 Sprague
75th Anniversary prints to be used as a fundraiser. The Board
decided to contact Al or Cassie Sprague before making a
decision on the purchase of the prints.
Discussion concerning the office rental agreement with
Ross Realty. It was decided to re-measure the office and
make a decision, based on cost per square footage. Report to
be made at the October meeting.
Discussion into the possibility of having a General
Membership meeting in Tallahassee sometime this year. Joe
Wood will be contacted in this regard.
Discussed the possibility of having the 2003 Caravalito
in Ocala this year at the Hilton Hotel, off 1-75. Decision will
be made a future meeting.
Decided to cancel the January Business Meeting in Ocala
in the event the Camavalito will be held in Ocala.
Decided to move the 2003 Society picnic to March 8th.
Reservations will be made at Anderson Park in Tarpon
Springs. It will be a potluck again this year.
Discussion concerning having COPA present at the
President announced he is seeking a person to take on the
Audit and Nominations Chairpersons positions as well as a
the position of Sgt of Arms. Betty LeDoux volunteered to
serve as Chairperson of the Nominations Committee for the
Announced the Space Coast picnic will be held in con-
junction with the General Membership meeting on October
Discussion concerning raising the advertising rates for the
Canal Record. The President will rewrite and send to the
entire Board for their perusal and approval at a later date.
Decided to allow the Museum to use the Society mailing
list to contact members. They will be provided the information
on a computer disk.
Decided to donate the Society PA system to the museum.
Decided to close the Society office from December 23
through January 1. An announcement will be placed in the
December Canal Record advising members.
Approved a $100 advance for Christmas decorations for
the Christmas luncheon.
Decided to poll the general membership regarding the
possibility of implementing a Scholarship for members and
their dependents. Changes to the By-laws will need to be con-
sidered before a decision can be made to proceed on this
The job descriptions for office personnel will be reviewed
and final input will be presented at the next meeting.
The Yellow Pages for the 2003 Reunion are being worked
on by the Reunion Coordinator. Several suggestions were
made regarding how to improve upon them, thereby making
it less complicated for the members.
A discussion concerning the revision of the software used
by the Society office personnel in order to facilitate their
work while handling the data base and inputting the Reunion
information was presented. Several Board members will
investigate the cost and feasibility involved in completing this
task. The computer programmer will be apprised of how the
Board and the office personnel would like to see it accom-
plished. There will be a cost attached to this change.
The Canal Record mailings had some problems with the
September issue. Many members received duplicates and
some members didn't receive any. The Board will look into
what happened and resolved it before the next mailing. If
duplicate books need to be printed, the number will be deter-
mined after an evaluation of the extent of the problem has
been analyzed and decided at the next Board meeting.
It was announced the deadline for the next Canal Record
is October 18, 2002.
Announced that DSL cable has been ordered for the office
internet connection. The cost would be $60 per month.
Announced that the May Luncheon meeting would be
held in Sarasota at the Troyer Dutch Heritage Restaurant for
the cost of $13 per person.
Announced that the By Laws committee would be work-
ing on the By Law revisions in preparation for the next meet-
Members are directed to carefully read the Legislative
reports provided in the Canal Record if they want to keep up
on changes to their annuities and how federal legislation
might affect their retirement.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
OCTOBER 26, 2002
*Approved minutes and expenditures from the September
28th Executive Board meeting and the period from
September 28 October 22 in the amount of $8,045.40.
*Approved 12 new applicants for membership.
Discussed the accepting of commercial ads on the Society
website. Decided further research needed to be done before a
final decision is made.
Discussed a possible videorama give-away for Reunion
2003, but determined the item was too costly for serious con-
Discussed a letter from the Convention Manager at the
Marriott World Center in Orlando which concerned a $5.00
per day self-parking fee they have implemented for guests.
The Board felt that since this charge was not part of the orig-
inal contract with the Marriott, it should not be applicable to
the Society membership. Reunion Coordinator will contact
the management to discuss the issue.
Discussed the possibility of having a lawyer from Panama
talk to the membership regarding banking and investments in
Panama. It was decided not to address this issue unless a for-
mal proposal was presented by the individual.
A discussion was held regarding outside agencies gaining
access to our mailing list and using it for solicitation and sales
purposes. The Board assured concerned members that the
Society does not condone this activity, nor does it intention-
ally provide this information to any second party or group.
*Appointed Lynette Stokes as Sgt at Arms.
Discussed the shortage of September Canal Records and
duplicate mailings due to the mismanagement of the contract
mailer employed by the Society. Additional books had to be
ordered as well as additional postage paid for the mailing of
40 re-printed Canal Records. Approved $252.50 for produc-
tion and $289.72 for international postage. An investigation
into the reasons for this mistake will be made by the Record
Editor and the Executive Board.
*Approved mailing of post card reminders for the upcom-
ing Caravalito celebration to be held in February to mem-
bers living in Florida, Georgia and parts of Alabama.
*Approved travel and incidental reimbursement to the
Society Secretary while on official business to be included in
the Standing Rules in the future.
*Approved reimbursement to President for tuition paid
($37.00) toward a class on Non-Profit Boardsmanship.
Reminded members that membership in the Society enti-
ties them to a 10% discount when purchasing tickets on
COPA airlines for a trip to Panama.
Announced that the Scholarship Committee is waiting for
the outcome of the vote to be published in the December
Canal Record before proceeding on policy for implementa-
Announced that the annual Society picnic will be held at
Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs on Saturday, March 8th. A
potluck is planned.
*The revised job descriptions for the Society office per-
sonnel were presented and approved.
Decided to cancel Bingo on the afternoon of the annual
luncheon at Reunion 2003 due to the probable length of the
entertainment/program that is planned.
*Approved the cost of the annual luncheon ticket at
$30.00 per person.
*Approved the increase of the dance tickets for the annu-
al Panazonian Dance and Ball to $15.00 on site.
Decided that admittance to the annual luncheon would
only be with advanced ticket purchase and once the enter-
tainment starts, the doors will be closed. Tickets will not be
sold at the door. Advanced ticketing is required. A large
crowd is expected.
*Approved the vendor hours for Reunion 2003. Hours
will be printed in the Yellow Pages.
*Approved donating the obsolete Society computers to a
charity or other organization in need.
*Approved allowing two members (unmarried) occupy-
ing the same household to be covered by one membership at
a cost of $35.00. This will be done on a case-by-case basis,
*Approved installation of a glass door on the Society
office as a security measure at the cost of $350.00.
*Approved closing the old 2002 Reunion bank account.
*Approved adding Betty Dunning, Lynn Harp and
Lynette Stokes as new reporters for the Canal Record.
Agreed to investigate the cost to conduct a complete audit
of the Society financial by an outside agency.
*Approved $150 for decorations for the November lunch-
*Approved the extension of the Society office lease with
*Approved six proposed amendments to the Society By
Laws to be published and voted upon in the December Canal
Record: Amendment 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
NOVEMBER 23, 2002
Present: Bill McLaughlin, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Tom
Wilder, Bob Russell, Dan Norman, Jim O'Donnell, Roy
Culbreth, Kenny Morris, Betty LeDoux, Dottie Yocum,
Jacque Vowell and Nancy Van Siclen. Absent: Jim
Parthenais and Pete Foster.
*Approved minutes from the Executive Board meeting on
October 26, 2002 and the expenditures in the amount of
*Approved 28 new applicants for membership.
*Approved Mr. Roberto Roy's presentation concerning
the current status of the Panama Canal at Reunion 2003. Mr.
Roy will be slotted into the Friday afternoon seminar session.
*Approved the museum's request to reserve three con-
joining tables at the Annual Luncheon so their members,
benefactors and other interested parties can sit together. It
was also approved that they be allowed to sell their
Centennial Coins to the general membership after the lunch-
Decided that a one page flyer requested by the museum to
be placed in the 2002 Reunion packet would not be an appro-
priate means of distribution since the packet is traditionally
reserved for reunion sponsors.
*Approved the museum gift shop sales at the February
through May membership meetings, with the exception of
April's meeting in Ormond Beach, due to insufficient space at
the restaurant for an additional table.
Decided to contact Videorama, the company offering the
place mats for the Society give-away gift for members at
Reunion 2003, and make a counter offer of $.50 per item in
exchange for a free ad in the Canal Record and a flyer inclu-
sion in the Reunion welcome packet.
*Approved $800 for the Annual Luncheon table decora-
*Approved adding the Secretary's mileage and expenses
to the recurring expenses for each month.
Announced that the Society is still searching for a mem-
ber who has an audit background who is willing to serve on
the Executive Board.
Agreed to use the photo of the Tivoli Hotel for the cover
of the March issue of the Canal Record.
*Approved framing of the two Centennial Medallions for
$100 which were donated by the museum.
*Approved the purchase of 6 directional signs for use at
the Society picnic in March at a cost of $141.24, which
includes tax. The signs will be used for several years.
*Approved advance of $100 toward the purchase of pic-
nic supplies for the upcoming March annual picnic at
Announced February Board meeting will take place in the
afternoon of Carnavalito at 1:00 PM.
Decided not to add the email address of members to the
Marriott World Center's data base due to the excessive cost
of re-writing the software to include a cell for this informa-
*Approved two members of the Executive Board who
will serve on the Nominating Committee for 2004. Bob
Russell and Jim O'Donnell volunteered since they will not be
running for any officer position. Betty LeDoux will Chair the
*Approved disposal of the obsolete printers in an envi-
ronmentally safe method since no organization wanted them.
*Approved reimbursement of $435 for Canal Record
reporters for the articles they submit throughout the year.
*Approved purchase of $200 worth of merchandise from
Panama to be used as door prizes at the General Membership
meetings each month in 2003.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
MINUTES OF THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING
HOMAR'S BUFFET CLEARWATER
AUGUST 3, 2002
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 41 members in
attendance at Homar's Buffet at 11:00 a.m.
Chaplin Dottie Yocum gave the invocation, followed by
Bob Russell who led the membership in the Pledge of
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the following past
presidents who were in attendance: Anna Collins, Peter
Foster, Marje Foster, Jim O'Donnell, Tom Peterson and Faith
The President, Bill McLaughlin adjourned the meeting so
the members could have their lunch.
Bill McLaughlin resumed the meeting after lunch. Shirley
Boswell, Acting Secretary read the minutes of the Annual
Business Meeting in Orlando. Jim O'Donnell made a motion
to approve the minutes as read; seconded by Elaine Lewis.
In the absence of the Treasurer, Kenny Morris, Shirley
Boswell read the July Financial Statement, which stands for
President Bill McLaughlin announced the newly elected
and appointed Officers for 2002-2004 and indicated the yel-
low hand out contained the Officers names, positions held
and their telephone number: Elaine Lewis 1st Vice
President, Tom Wilder 2nd Vice President, Jim Parthenais -
Director, Ed Wardlow Director, Bob Russell Director, Roy
Culbreth -Director, Kenny Morris Treasurer, Jim O'Donnell
- Legislative Representative, Betty LeDoux Past President,
Jacque Vowell Editor and Dottie Yocum Chaplain. He
reported the increase of Director positions this year as a result
of the recent By-Laws change with two elected and two
appointed Directors now on board. In addition we now have
a Treasurer slot, which is an appointed position. Committee
Chairpersons are: Anna Collins, Sunshine; Tom Peterson -
Historian and Beth Brandenburg Insurance. We are looking
to fill three vacant positions of Sergeant at Arms, By-Laws
Chairperson and Audit Chairperson.
The President reported there is a change in the dates for
the 2003 Reunion in Orlando due to a scheduling conflict of
another large group at the Marriott. The new dates will be
July 23 through July 27, 2003. Betty LeDoux will be the
Reunion Coordinator of the 2003 Annual Reunion and Tom
Wilder will be assisting.
The theme for this reunion will be "Celebrating Panama's
Centennial" since next year will be Panama's 100-year inde-
pendence from Columbia. Bill McLaughlin has contacted
Bruce Quinn regarding directing a musical production to be
held at the Annual Luncheon. The show will be called "A
Hundred Years of Songs We Knew". This will probably
require an increase in the cost of the luncheon tickets to help
cover the additional costs of the entertainment. The
December Canal Record will have information regarding this
production. The Society would like our members to pick thir-
ty of their favorite songs to be included in the event. A dead-
line for submission of your favorite songs will be April 30,
The December issue of the Canal Record will contain all
of the 2003 Reunion registration information and on-line reg-
istration will resume in late December. We had a record num-
ber of attendees at the 2002 Reunion and hope to surpass that
Our next meeting will be in Sarasota for our September
Luncheon on September 7; October 12, we will have our
membership meeting in conjunction with the Space Coast
Picnic at the Tom Stratham Park; November 2 will be at the
Columbia Restaurant where we will celebrate the 99th
Panama Independence Day Celebration with a performance
by the Requerdos de mi Panama folkloric dancers and the
Christmas Luncheon on December 7 at the Wine Cellar.
The first Board Meeting of the new board members will
be held on August 24 and we will be discussing new initia-
tives, and how we can continue with Caravalito.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative indicated he
had handouts of his report in the rear of the room for the
Beth Brandenburg reported she had received many calls
regarding Compania Interacional De Seguros sending out
duplicate certificates. This was a result of a mix-up by the
Company and is not a problem. Members are encouraged to
call her regarding any problems you encounter in this area.
In the absence of Roy Culbreth, former By-Laws
Chairperson, Jim O'Donnell counted and reported we had
received 81 ballots for the By-Laws, Amendment #24. The
count was as follows:
76 In Favor
Woody Woodruffmotioned to destroy the ballots, Barbara
Peterson seconded. Motion passed.
Kathy Egolf, representing the Panama Canal Museum,
thanked our members for their support. The Museum
acquired many new memberships, donations and sold many
items at the Reunion. They are still in need of more volun-
teers and she extended an invitation to visit the Museum at
Anna Collins indicated the person attending the July
Membership Meeting who seconded approval of the June
Membership Meeting was not present at that meeting and,
therefore, according to Robert's Rules was not eligible to do
so. President Bill McLaughlin said he would check into this
and let us know at the next meeting.
Jim O'Donnell motioned to adjourn the meeting, Bob
Russell seconded. The motion was approved to adjourn the
meeting at 1:20 p.m.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
MINUTES OF THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING
SEPTEMBER 7, 2002
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 73 members in
attendance at CJ's Restaurant, Forest Lakes Country Club at
Anna Collins gave the invocation, followed by a moment
of silence for member who have passed away.
In the absence of the Sgt. at Arms, Bill McLaughlin then
led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the following past
presidents who were in attendance: Anna Collins, Bill
Wheeler, Muriel Whitman, Jim O'Donnell, Tom Peterson and
The meeting was adjourned for lunch.
Bill McLaughlin, President reconvened the meeting fol-
lowing the luncheon. The President addressed the question of
seconding the minutes brought up by Anna Collins at the
August meeting. According to Robert's Rules, seconding of
minutes is not required and the President of the organization
can approve the minutes. The President asks if there are any
amendments to the minutes. If not, then the President
approves the minutes as read.
Shirley Boswell, Acting/Secretary read the minutes of the
August Business Meeting at Homar's Buffet in Clearwater.
As there were no changes or additions to the minutes Bill
McLaughlin approved the minutes as read.
In the absence of the Treasurer, Kenny Morris, Jim
Parthenais read the August Financial Statement, which stands
President Bill McLaughlin announced that the Annual
Reunion made approximately an $11,000.00 profit. This fig-
ure is a close ballpark and we will not have a final exact num-
ber until the reunion audit is complete.
Bill McLaughlin thanked Tom and Barbara Peterson and
their committee for hosting today's luncheon.
President Bill McLaughlin reported that the theme for the
2003 Reunion would be "Celebrating Panama's Centennial".
Bruce Quinn is going to direct the entertainment for the
Annual Luncheon with a musical production called "100
Years of Songs We Knew". The main ballroom will be used
for the production, which will be able to accommodate 1,200
members. Members can participate in the planning process by
selecting 30 songs that they would like to hear. The deadline
for members to submit their favorite songs for inclusion in
this program will be April 30, 2003. Details about the Annual
Luncheon event will be in the December Canal Record. Bill
encouraged members to register early for the reunion.
Bill McLaughlin stated he would like to once again pur-
sue establishing a Panama Society Scholarship. Bill hopes
that by offering this benefit to the Society member depend-
ents, it may interest them in becoming members themselves
and continue supporting Society. 1st Vice President Elaine
Lewis is chairing a committee for this project.
The Society has not given up on having the Carnavalito in
2003 and we are looking into locations. Ernie Pierce, The
Golden Parrott, indicated he would contact his BHS class-
mates celebrating their 60th Reunion to keep the Caravalito
in mind for their get together.
The October Business Meeting will be held in conjunc-
tion with the Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Stratham Park in
Merritt Island. November will be "Viva Panama" at the
Columbia Restaurant (Sand Key) in Clearwater and along
with great Latin type cuisine, we will be entertained by the
"Requerdos de mi Panama" folkloric dancers. Our Christmas
Luncheon will be at the Wine Cellar in North Redington
Beach. The January Business Meeting will be in Ocala at
"Carmichael's" hosted by 2nd Vice President Tom Wilder
and Ocala Zonians' Bill Muller.
President Bill McLaughlin introduced Daniel Norman as
Sgt. at Arms and that Past President Pete Foster has accepted
the position of By-Laws Chairperson. The President still
needs to fill the positions of Audit and Nominations
Tom Wilder, co-chairperson for the reunion announced
the 2003 Reunion Committee Chairpersons: Registration -
Beth Brandenburg/Gene Fritz; Lodging Betty LeDoux;
Information & Secretary Nancy Van Siclen/Carol Masino;
Dances Tom Wilder, Betty LeDoux and Margaret
McLaughlin; DJ Dances Jacque Vowell/Dan Norman;
Luncheon Jan & Lou Andino; Mini-Reunions Jim
Parthenais; Despidida Ed Wardlow; Lottery Pete Foster;
Dance Tickets Bob Russell/Roy Culbreth; Security Tom
Wilder; and Transportation Betty LeDoux/Tom Wilder.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative announced
that there were copies of his report on the table by the
Jacque Vowell, Record Editor reported that the September
Canal Record would be mailed out to the members on
Anna Collin, Sunshine Committee Chairperson said she
had mailed out numerous cards to members.
Kathy Egolf thanked the Society for their support and
allowing them to set up a table at our functions. Bill
McLaughlin and Chuck Hummer have set up a "Tour on
Line" for the Museum.
Bill McLaughlin then asked Tom and Barbara Peterson
and their committee to come up to the podium to begin with
the presentation of door prizes donated by members of the
Society. Bill gave Tom, Barbara and each committee mem-
ber a nice Panama and American flag lapel pin as a thank you
for a great luncheon.
Jim O'Donnell motioned the meeting be adjourned at
1:55 p.m.; seconded by Tom Wilder. Motion approved by
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
TOM STATHAM PARK SPACE COAST PICNIC
OCTOBER 12, 2002
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 105 members in
attendance at the October General Membership Meeting held
in conjunction with the Annual Space Coast Picnic at 12:30
In the absence of Dottie Yocum, 2nd Vice President Tom
Wilder gave the invocation, followed by a moment of silence
for members who have passed away. In the absence of a Sgt.
At Arms, Bill McLaughlin then led the membership in the
Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the
September Business Meeting at CJ's Restaurant in Sarasota.
As there were no changes or additions to the minutes,
President Bill McLaughlin approved the minutes as read.
In the absence of the Treasurer Kenny Morris, Nancy Van
Siclen read the September Financial Statement, which stands
President McLaughlin reported that Carnavalito in 2003
would be held at the Hilton Hotel in Ocala at State Road 200
and Interstate 75 on Saturday, February 22. Tito Mouynes
will again be playing for our enjoyment and the cost of the
dinner and music will be $40.00, which is the same as last
year. He mentioned that Ernie Pierce, BHS Class of 1943
would be holding their class reunion in conjunction with
Bill McLaughlin reminded the membership that the dates
for the 2003 reunion have been changed to July 23 thru 27
and that our theme is Celebrating Panama's Centennial and
that Bruce Quinn will be arranging a luncheon musical gala
called 100 Years of Music. Along with a list of ALL-STAR
performers, Sarah Knapp will be singing the CHS and BHS
The president reported that we are working again on
establishing a Panama Canal Society Scholarship. He said he
hopes to entice the younger generation to join if we can get
the Scholarship Program up and running.
Bill McLaughlin announced that there will be four differ-
ent bylaws to vote on in the December Canal Record and out-
lined each one as follows:
First Change Proposed changing the name from The
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. to Panama Canal
Society, Inc. The Panama Canal Society is a more national
and international organization now and its name should not
be that of Florida only.
Second is obtaining members approval to establishment a
Scholarship Program for our members, children and grand-
children. Once it is determined that the membership approves
of this idea, the scholarship committee will proceed with the
The approval for the Board to vote on-line during emer-
gency situation, but it would be followed up at the next board
meeting and placed in the records of the minutes. Due to the
long distance that board members live, it is more practical to
hold an emergency meeting via email, on-line chat room or
The fourth proposed bylaw change would allow the
Executive Board to make minor changes (such as grammati-
cal errors or overlooked phrases) in the bylaws without plac-
ing a ballot. The changes would be printed in the Canal
Record and if the board does not hear a protest from the mem-
bership, the changes would be made. A case in point was the
fact that the date for dues payment was changed from
October 31st to December 31st. It was missed in one section
of the Bylaws and a ballot was needed to vote on correcting
The president apologized for the September Canal Record
taking so long to get to the membership and explained that we
had a problem with the Mailer and we are currently looking
into a new Mailer for the New Year.
He also said we are upgrading our email system in the
office to DSL which would enhance the system.
Bill McLaughlin reminded the membership of our
November meeting which will be held on November 2, at the
Columbia Restaurant in Sand Key, the December Annual
Christmas Luncheon meeting will be held at The Wine Cellar
for an on December 7 and that there will be no January
General Membership meeting.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, 1st Vice President and chairperson
of the Scholarship Committee reported that the scholarship
committee has been busy studying processes needed to estab-
lish the Panama Canal Scholarship program and for members
to read the bylaw change in the December issue of the Canal
The president reminded the membership that the deadline
for the December Canal Record is October 18 and that adver-
tising rates will be increased effective January 1, 2003 and
the new rates will be published in the December issue.
Bob Zumbado, representative of the Panama Canal
Museum thanked the Space Coast Committee and the Society
for supporting their efforts.
Bill McLaughlin called Terry and Sue Deakins and Randy
and Joella Deakins and their committee to come up and gave
each of them a thank you for all the hard work organizing and
hosting a great picnic. We will be back next year.
Richard Bailey motioned the meeting be adjourned at
1:00 p.m.; seconded by Joella Deakins. Motion approved by
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
COLUMBIA RESTAURANT, CLEARWATER, FL.
NOVEMBER 2, 2002
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 95 members in
attendance at The Columbia Restaurant, Sand Key at 11:50
In the absence of Chaplain Dottie Yocum, Cheryl Russell
gave the invocation, followed by a moment of silence for
members who have passed away. Sgt. at Arms, Lynnette
Stokes led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the following past
presidents who were in attendance: Anna Collins, Bill
Wheeler, Muriel Whitman, Betty LeDoux, Bob Johnson, Jim
O'Donnell, Margot Jordan, Tom Peterson and Faith
The meeting adjourned for lunch and reconvened at 1:15
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
October General Membership Meeting at the Space Coast
Picnic. As there were no changes or additions to the minutes,
the president approved the minutes as read.
The President thanked Roy and Milla Culbreth and their
committee consisting of Margot and Hubert Jordan and Jim
O'Donnell for arranging such a wonderful luncheon. He also
thanked several members who donated door prizes for the
Bill McLaughlin gave a brief history of Panama's
Independence Day and what the colors and shapes of the
Panama flag stood for.
The president reported that Camavalito will be held at the
Hilton Hotel in Ocala and Tito Mouynes will be playing for
our dancing pleasure. Bill reminded everyone that the cut-off
date for hotel reservations is January 23rd and the deadline
for dinner reservations is February 15th.
The president reminded the members that the Annual
Reunion dates have changed to July 23rd thru July 27th and
that we will be celebrating Panama's Centennial with a gala
musical production at the Annual Luncheon directed by
Bruce Quinn. The reservation form for the luncheon will be
in the yellow pages of the December Canal Record and sug-
gested that if you wanted to see the show to get reservations
in early. There will be no tickets sold at the reunion and no
one without tickets will be allowed in to just see the show.
Bill McLaughlin reminded the members that the
December Canal Record will have suggested Bylaw changes
and urged the membership to review them and send in their
The president reported that we how have DSL hook-up
for our Internet access. This upgrade in service will help
speed up our connectivity for email, on-line registration, etc.
Bill McLaughlin reminded the membership of the up
coming meetings to be held: December 7th, Christmas
Luncheon at the Wine Cellar; there will not be a meeting in
January; February 22nd, Camavalito in Ocala; March 8th, the
Picnic at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs and the April 5th
luncheon will be held at the Olive Garden in Ormond Beach.
The president called on officers for reports: Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis, 1st Vice President, asked if anyone was inter-
ested in volunteering to help in the Vendor area to please let
Betty LeDoux, Reunion Coordinator, announced that the
yellow pages will be in the December Canal Record and
please read all instructions carefully and to get their reserva-
tions in early.
Kathy Egolf representing the Panama Canal Museum
spoke of what the Museum has been doing and that the gift
shop is doing very well with the holidays approaching.
As an added attraction at this luncheon the Panama
Dancers "Requerdos De Mi Panama" performed to the delight
of all in attendance.
The president again thanked Roy & Milla Culbreth and
their committee for a wonderful luncheon and gave each a
token of appreciation from the Society.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
On August 15, 1914, 88 years ago, the Ancon official
inaugurated the Panama Canal. On November 3rd, 2003,
Panama will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
PLAN FOR THE TRULY LONG-TERM
Median life expectancies are now 83 and 87, respectively,
for men and women, so half of all Americans will live longer,
much longer, in many instances. Financial advisors often tell
clients to project retirement expenses until age 100. Thus,
retirement at age 65 may last for 35 years or more.
Last month several of our members expressed the opinion
that Medicare or Medicaid is the same as Long Term
Insurance. This is not the case. Medicare or Medicaid will
help cover the cost of Hospice. Hospice is a service that is
available to all who need it. It is available for Adults and chil-
dren with life threatening illnesses, for who medical treat-
ments aimed at cure are no longer possible or desired. It is for
family members of terminally ill patients. It also covers indi-
viduals and families who have experienced the death of a
loved one and desire help in returning to the mainstream of
living. If you would like more information about Hospice's
many programs and services, call or visit The Hospice of the
Florida Suncoast at 300 East Bay Drive, Largo, Florida,
34640 or call (813) 586-4432
ALTERNATIVE LTC INSURANCE AND SERVICE
Two other of the less understood features of the new
Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program are the "alterna-
tive insurance plan" and the "service package." These are dis-
tinct from the insurance that eligible enrollees may wish to
choose during the current open season. For a look at what
those coverages provide and to whom they will be offered, go
to http://www.fedweek.com/HotFreeNews/default.asp for
the full story in the hot free info section of our website.
COLA will be 1.4 percent in January
January 2003 federal retiree cost-of-living adjustment,
retirees have banked 1.4 percent, following release of the
October figures. You may remember that starting in 1975 the
monthly Social Security checks have been adjusted automat-
ically to protect retiree benefits from being eroded by infla-
tion. The increase is based on the rise of the Consumer Price
Index. With the October announcement, the average monthly
check will be increased about $13. Social Security
Administration also announced that for working Americans,
the maximum annual earnings subject to Social Security
taxes next year will raise to $87,000 from $84,900. The
Social Security s 1.4 percent cost-of-living increase is the
smallest since a 1.3 percent rise in 1999. Last January's ben-
efits boost was 2.6 percent and in 2001 it was 3.5 percent,
which was the biggest rise in nine years.
If you are interested in the COLA and how it is deter-
mined, you can go to http://www.bis.gov. The U.S. Labor
Department complies widely followed inflation gauges. The
department says its consumer-price-indexes program pro-
duces monthly data on changes in he prices paid by urban
consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.
Check out the Labor Department's Web site for details.
FEHB RATES CLIMBING AGAIN. BUT TAX BREAK
Premiums in the Federal Employees Health Benefits pro-
gram will climb an average of 11.1 percent in the 2003 plan
year but a new tax break that will be available effective next
July will ease the pain to enrollees somewhat. The Office of
Personnel Management announced that starting in the open
season that begins November 11, enrollees will be able to
choose from among 188 plans, some of which have essential-
ly held the line on premiums and a few of which will show
small decreases. However, the 11.1 percent average is the
fifth year in a row of increases at or around the double-digit
range, with fee-for-service plan premiums raising an average
of 10.5 percent and health maintenance organization premi-
ums up an average of 13.6 percent. That translates into an
average increase for the typical self-only enrollee of $4.45
per pay period and $10.21 per pay period for the typical fam-
ily enrollee. Even with those rises, OPM officials said, the
increases are at the low end of premium hikes being experi-
enced by state and local governments and other major
employers. As in past years, OPM officials said rising use of
medical care and prescription drug costs are primarily to
blame for the increases.
CHANGES IN FEHB PLANS ALSO COMING
While much of the attention to the recently announced
changes in Federal Employees Health Benefits program
offerings in the 2003 plan year has focused on a new type of
program introduced by the American Postal Workers Union,
there are numerous other plan changes on tap. Eleven health
maintenance organizations are dropping out and another four
are eliminating service areas, meaning that more than 27,000
enrollees will have to select a new plan during the open sea-
son that starts November 11.
Office of Personnel Management officials said the deci-
sions were made for much the same reasons having to do with
business considerations based on enrollment, market share
and profitability. They also noted that the loss is well below
the dropouts of recent past years. In the four previous years,
a total of 168 plans dropped out and 37 withdrew from cov-
erage areas, affecting more than 300,000 enrollees.
Meanwhile, OPM announced that effective October 4,
Amcare Health Plan, enrollment codes ZH and ZQ, will no
longer participate due to action by the State of Louisiana and
that enrollees in those plans must change coverage.
The National Association of Retired Federal Employees
is working to get the Survivors Benefits increased. They are
working towards getting an amendment to the Civil Service
Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employee
Retirement System (FER) to provide retiring employees the
option of electing, and paying the actuarial cost of, addition-
al survivor annuity amounts in 5 percent increments up to 75
percent of the unreduced employee annuity.
Under the current CSRS, retiring workers who elect
spouse survivor benefits have their annuities reduced by 2.5%
of the first $3,600 per year plus 10% of the annuity above
$3,600 per year. The reduction entitles the surviving spouse
to a maximum 55% of the retiree's annuity before the reduc-
tion, of about 60% of the reduced annuity.
The retiree's reduction for the 55% survivor annuity is
approximately 8.5% of the earned annuity. The actual cost of
the 55% survivor annuity is 16.5% of the earned annuity.
Therefore, the government, as employer, is subsidizing an
additional 8%, or close to half of the current survivor annuity
Workers retiring under the FERS pay a flat 10% of earned
annuity for a survivor annuity of 50% of the unreduced
amount. The full actuarial cost of the FERS survivor annuity
is about 15%, so the government employer is subsidizing one
third of the cost.
Assuming that the government employer would continue
the current subsidy level, but not assume additional costs, the
Office of Personnel Management (OMP) estimates that it
would cost the retiring CSRS employee an additional 1.5% of
earned annuity for each %5 increment in the survivor annu-
ity. Under FERS, the same actuarial cost per 5% increase in
survivor spouse annuity would apply; i.e. 1.5% of the unre-
DOD RELEASES MORE FACTS ABOUT PANAMA
The Department of Defense has released five new fact
sheets on chemical and biological warfare tests conducted by
the Desert Test Center in the 1960s in support of Project 112.
The fact sheets cover four tests. Two, Yellow Leaf and Red
Oak, Phase I, were conducted partially in the Panama Canal
Zone and on the island of Hawaii. Big Jack (Phases A and B)
was conducted entirely in the Panama Canal Zone. Records
indicate the fourth test, Pin Point, was conducted in a tropical
jungle environment in an unspecified location. Investigators
continue to seek information for this test, which used CS (tear
gas). Simulates for chemical and biological warfare agents
were used in all the other tests except for Red Oak, Phase I,
which used the nerve agent sarin in the Hawaii trials only.
Veterans who believe they were involved in the tests and
desire medical evaluations should call the VA's Help line at
OPEN SEASON FOR HEALTH BENEFITS
Open season for changing your Health Benefit Plan is
November 11 to December 9 of this year. The effective date
of the open season enrollment change is January 1, 2003.
Your February 1, 2003 annuity payment will be the first
monthly payment to reflect the 2003 premiums. To make an
open season enrollment change or request plan brochures or
other information, call OPEN SEASON EXPRESS at 1-800-
332-9798 or access Open Season Online, at Web site, at
www.opm.gov/retire/fehb The web site leads you through
the process and provides online help if needed. Your spouse
can continue health insurance coverage after your death, if
you have your spouse on a family enrollment during your
lifetime, in the event of your death, your spouse may contin-
ue enrollment in the FEHB Program only if you are enrolled
in self and family coverage, and you have provided a survivor
annuity for your spouse. Another important reminder is that
if you marry after retirement, you can elect a survivor annu-
ity for your spouse by sending a signed request to the
Retirement Operations Center, P.O. Box 45, Boyers, PA
16017-0045. This request must be made within two years of
the date of your marriage.
NARFE'S GOALS FOR THE 2003
Preserving the Earned Economic Security of Federal
NARFE shall continue efforts in strong support of cost-
of-living adjustments (COLAs) for all federally adminis-
tered retirement programs on a regular annual schedule,
computed on the same basis and paid at the same time,
regardless of age and/or income level, and oppose across-
the-board cuts not required in all federally administered
NARFE supports, and shall continue to evaluate, a
Consumer Price Index (CPI) based on the objective
analyses of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) profession-
als, and oppose any politically arbitrary changes in the
CPI. The BLS should establish a research program to
develop an accurate measure for retirees.
NARFE opposes any action that erodes the solvency of
the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund
(CSRDF) and supports legislation to exclude the fund
from the Budget of the U.S. Government, and supports
providing full public disclosure of the fiscal stability and
financial obligations of the fund.
SNARFE supports legislation to provide Military
Reserve Dual Status employees with retirement benefits
equivalent to those made available to federalfirefighters
and law enforcement officers.
NARFE supports legislation to provide retiring federal
employees the option of electing and paying the actuarial
cost of additional survivor annuity amounts in five (5)
percent increments, up to 75 percent of an unreduced
NARFE supports legislation that would allow federal
workers to make Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contributions
up to the monetary limit of 401(k) plans authorized in the
Internal Revenue Code, without regard to the percentage
NARFE supports a private relief bill on behalf of the
diminishing number ofFilipinofederal annuitants to pro-
vide for increased and adequate compensation for servic-
es rendered to the Government of the United States.
NARFE supports legislation to prevent the erosion of
deferredfederal annuitant retirement benefits.
Protecting the Federal Employees Health Benefits
NARFE supports protecting the nation's most efficiently
administered and cost-effective employer-sponsored health
insurance program, the FEHBP, for federal employees and
Toward that end, NARFE shall continue to actively par-
ticipate in ongoing discussions with key Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) officials and staff regarding the premi-
ums, benefits, terms, conditions and marketing of FEHBP
plans. The association shall also actively participate in efforts
by the Administration and Congress to contain FEHBP costs,
including the development and implementation of initiatives
to rein in skyrocketing prescription drug expenses. NARFE
supports ending the enrollee co-payment for purchase of mail
order prescription drugs in FEHBP by federal annuitants
who participate in Medicare. NARFE supports legislation
that would allow federal retirees and survivors to pay their
share of FEHBP premiums with pre-tax annuities.
To protect the program, NARFE opposes legislation:
Authorizing Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) in the
Broadening participation in the FEHBP, unless separate
risk pools are created; and,
Indexing flat payment by the U.S. Government for
Providing Long-Term Care:
NARFE shall actively participate in the development of
the federal/uniformed services group long-term care
insurance program, including use of the plan's economy
ofscale to make premiums and underwriting requirements
more reasonable than similar products sold in the private
NARFE supports legislation that would provide tax
relieffor the purchase of long-term care insurance, fami-
ly care giving and other long-term care expenses. The
association also supports proposals that would help indi-
viduals who cannot afford long-term care insurance or
have an immediate or likely need for long-term care to
receive such services without impoverishing themselves.
NARFE supports the guarantee of long-term care bene-
fits for individuals presently eligible for Medicaid, ade-
quate state and federal contributions to Medicaid to
finance current and future program needs, standards of
care and safety that all nursing homes must follow in
order to receive reimbursement for any patient in their
care, and current Medicaid law which protects spouses of
nursing home residents from becoming impoverished and
also allows the legal transfer of assets 36 months before
QUESTION CONCERNING IRA'S
I have heard it said that the House Ways and Means
Committee of Congress had passed a bill increasing the age
at which Americans are required to begin withdrawing
money from IRA'S and 401(k)s to 75 years of age from 701/2
years of age. The Committee of the House Ways and Means
did pass a bill recently. But the full House didn't. Neither has
the Senate. It's a very popular idea, and it makes sense. But
it isn't the law of the land yet.
When the Republican sweep in last month's elections,
look for this proposal to come up again next year.
Congressional staffers say it has a good chance of winning
approval. So do other parts of that bill, including a provision
allowing investors to contribute more to their individual
retirement accounts and other tax-favored retirement plans.
For more details on this bill, visit the committee's Web site
www.waysandmeans.house.gov/ and click on "Tax
Spring Luncheon East Coast
General Membership Meeting
April 5, 2003
Come join us on Florida's beautiful Atlantic
coast in Ormond Beach on April 5, 2003.
Socializing begins at 11:00 (cash bar available),
meeting at 11:30 with lunch served at 12:00 noon.
We will be meeting at the Olive Garden at 880 S.
Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach. We look forward to
seeing everyone again.
Our Hostesses are Jeannie Hickman and
Ginger Young. For more information, contact
Jeannie at 386-441-9979.
NYLES FARNSWORTH JOINS
Congratulations to Nyles Farnsworth, son of Ron
Farnsworth (BHS'68) and Nancy (Williford) Farnsworth
(CHS'75) of Zephyrhills, Florida. Nyles joined the U.S. Coast
Guard and graduated from the Coast Guard Boot Camp in
Cape May, New Jersey on November 1st 2002. Nyles is the
grandson of Camila Farnsworth and the late Noel
Farnsworth, formally of Diablo; and the late William
Williford and Tommie Williford of Margarita.
Nyles is currently stationed at Small Boat Station in
Sabine, Texas. He expects to attend Individual Advanced
Training for Airman Apprentice later this year in Elizabeth
City, North Carolina. Congrats Nyles!!!
How to get there: Coming from the Gulf
Coast, take SR 40 to A1A. Coming North or
South on 1-95, take the Ormond Beach exit.
Head East on SR 40 (Granada Blvd.)
towards the beach. Continue straight across
the Granada Bridge until you get to the end
of the road (you will see the beach straight
ahead). Turn right onto A1A (Atlantic Ave.)
and drive a mile or so, the Olive Garden will
be on the right. The Olive Garden's number
is 386-673-3027 in case you need it.
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Amish Style Cooking
Our Gulf Coast Spring Luncheon will be held on May 3, 2003 from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the Troyer's Dutch
Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota. This is our first time at the Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant. We have been
told the food is excellent so come on out and join us. Our menu will be: Two meats (chicken and roast beef), home-
made bread, dressing, gravy, real mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, tossed salad, slice of pie and beverage.
This will be a sit down served meal and pre registration is required. Cost for the lunch is $13.00 per person, which
includes tax and gratuity. Pre-meeting at 11:45 a.m., lunch served at 12:00 noon followed by our May Membership
Meeting. The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 23, 2003. Your host is Director, Bob Russell. For future
information, call Bob at (813) 633-8916.
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Please Print Clearly
iMember Name Member No. I
iTelephone Number Please make reservations at $13.00 each.
INames of guests:
(2) (4) .
Total Enclosed $______
IMake checks payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida and mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida,
:7985, 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712
IReservation deadline is Friday, April 23, 2003.
Directions: Troyer's Dutch Heritage (the new Der Dutchman
t of Sarasota is located at 3713 Bahia Vista, Sarasota,
SxR Florida. Telephone: 941-955-8007. Take 1-75 to Exit 210
0 (old 39), Fruitville Road. Go right after the next exit and stay
on Fruitville Road until the stop light at Mclntosh Road, go
t3 1..Vi..St t left (South). Stay on Mclntosh until the next stoplight. Go
right on Bahia Vista Street. Right after the railroad tracks
the restaurant will be on the right (North). The restaurant is
.e R R. located close to the intersection of Bahia Vista Street and
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PANAMA INDEPENDENCE DAY LUNCHEON
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Ken Morris, Betty DeDoux, Nancy Van Siclen, Margaret Dick Danielsen, Barbara and Tom Peterson, Bob and
McLaughlin, Margot Jordan, Milla Culbreth, Kathy and Virginia Moriarty, Faith Brundage, Kathy Egolf, Marion
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Paul, Beverly Williams, Cecile and Norman DeMers, Betty
Snow. Bettv Bover and Millie Hickev.
Woody and Elsie Woodruff, Linda Weir, Aura Erikson,
Bill and Jeanne Wheeler, Darleen Hunt and Vera Ryan.
Lori and Frank King.
Elaine Vestal Lewis, Louie Charles, Phyllis Everson, Billie
and Ove Hultin, Liz (Hanna) Neal, Ellen and John Gough.
Ben and Kelly
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PANAMA INDEPENDENCE DAY LUNCHEON
Bill McKeown, Helen Ledgerwood, Beth Brandenburg,
Ed Mitten, Harriet Wollmers, Ginger Zornes, Peggy Musicians accompany the folk dancers.
Wertz, Dick Zornes, Judi McCullough, Carol Lynn
Anna and Tony Mann, Nancy Van Siclen, Betty LeDoux, Dot and Bob Herrington, Barbara and
Kenny Morris, Carol Masino and Margaret McLaughlin. and Pete Foster, Joy and Al Maale.
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Lynn Pridgen, Judi McCullough, Al Wilder, Tom and
Kathy Wilder, and Jim Parthenais.
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George Walko, Ellen and John Gough, Woody and J
Woodruff, Linda Weir, Vera Ryan and Nelda Walko.
Daruara retersun, j2atmy Lgull, iiary _gull, alinua
Collins, Faith Brundage, Linda Marshall, Tom Peterson
and Diane Pearson.
Bill Stock, Cindy Stock, Linda SI
Marge Sherry, Sue and Larry Barca.
Iryllis livetoll, Janlllne anu Dill V lueler, 1iWeanur
Buehler, Aura Erikson, Billie and Ove Hultin, and Vannie
IoK In lisol, aanuy Anlgrnm, a nriey nuswel, Larullne
Sellhorn, Olga Disharoon, John Disharoon, June Lagueux
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Uottie Yocum, Betty Boyer, Bev Williams,
Betty Snow, Cecile and Norman Demers.
Jue anu inez Lonner, neuty anu uave renlener, iviaurce
Bud Kelleher, George Tochterman, Helen Ledgerwood
and Arlene Tochterman.
Aggy Anderson, Mary Lou and Pete Lang, Robert and
Carolyn Johnson, Peggy Wertz, Ginger and Dick Zornes.
Grace Carey, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carey and Karen
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YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Prattville Edie (Smith) and Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
AR Betty Dunning
CA Joan (Ridge) de Grummand
Mid-CA Janice Cookie Newlon
CO Diane French
FL Central Vicki Sizemore
Ocala Bill Muller
Pensacola Barbara Vose
Pinellas County Betty Snow
Space Coast Kathie (Nehring) McConaughy
South Florida Tom Pattison
Tallahassee Sharon Smith
Tampa Lynnett 'Leni Stokes
Another year has passed so quickly and another new year
begins, I do hope 2002 was good to you and that 2003 will be
On December 11th we had our annual Christmas
Luncheon with one difference, we invited the men. The host-
esses Catherine Filo, Mary Urey, Doris Etchberger, and
Catherine Castleman did a great job. The food was deli-
cious and the many door prizes were outstanding. They
included several gifts from Panama, which brought back
Doris Etchberger, Katie Filo, Catherine Castleman, and
Our monthly luncheon (Panama Canal Ladies) meets the
1st Wednesday of every month. If you are planning to be in
the area around this time, we would love to have you call us.
I just received a call from Muriel (Moore) McGriff
telling me that her brother Howard Moore had passed away.
He was born and raised in the Canal Zone. He is survived by
his wife Polly, sisters Muriel (Moore) McGriff of Dothan,
Ala., Margaret (Moore) Hern and husband John of
Zephyrhills, Fla., Alice (Moore) Jackson and husband Mel
of Bartlesville, Okla., and brother Edward Moore and wife
Letty of El Segundo, Calif. Our sympathies are with the
Alice Clark, Edna O'Donnell, Lois Thomas.
Alice Clark, Edna O'Donnell, Lois Thomas.
Katie and Eddie Filo
GA June A. Stevenson
LA Patt Foster Roberson
Mid-West Carlton A. Morris
MI Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Howie Laatz
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
SC Trudi Clontz
TN Sheila Taylor
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
VA Evelyn Sellers
1 (800) 685-2088
Hugh Norris, Tom Etchberger, and John Fallon.
That's all for now from the unseasonably cold south, hop-
ing this finds all healthy and warm.
Dolores Cleveland, Reporter
The North Alabama Panama Canal Club 3rd annual
reunion was held at Beverly and Keith (CHS'52)
Moumblow's, Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast in Skyline, AL,
on Saturday, October 26th 2002. In spite of the rain, and cool
weather, 20 former Zonians and relatives of Zonians attended
the reunion. Edie (Smith) Cotton (CHS'70) and Allen
Cotton (CHS'68 would have been) spent Friday and
Saturday nights at Brigadoon B&B and were treated to
Beverly and Keith's delightful hospitality. We highly recom-
mend staying with them if you are in the vicinity of
Scottsboro, AL. In spite of hosting the reunion the next morn-
ing, Beverly and Keith welcomed us to their B&B and we
talked well into the evening. Beverly was in a tizzy making
sure everything was ready for Saturday and worried about the
weather washing out the party. The weatherman had been
predicting a beautiful fall Saturday all week but on Friday he
changed his mind and we had a cold drizzle and fog instead.
Edie and I rose early Saturday and after Keith and Beverly
fed us a huge, delicious breakfast, we headed into town to try
shopping at the nationally known Unclaimed Baggage Store.
We didn't have nearly enough time there but made a few
great buys anyway and then headed back to Brigadoon for the
The appointed starting time for the party came and went
but the usual early arrivers hadn't shown up, which didn't
help Beverly's nerves any, and then, almost as if they had
come as a caravan, everyone showed up within about fifteen
minutes of each other. The serving tables were instantly cov-
ered with empanadas, ceviche (two recipes), Johnny
Mazzetti, arroz con polio, casseroles, chili, key lime pie/cake,
cookies. We ate and ate and ate some more and then settled in
for an afternoon of chatting, making new acquaintances and
renewing old friendships. Everyone was given a ticket for a
drawing for door prizes, and most people were lucky enough
to win a prize. There were prints of Panama related paintings,
books, and assorted other prizes. Edie won the first place
prize of a free night at the Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast,
which I'm sure we will use to make a trip so we can spend a
little longer at the Unclaimed Baggage Store and eat another
of Keith and Beverly's scrumptious breakfasts.
Those in attendance were Richard (BHS'61) and
Carolyn (Rowley) Dillon (CHS'63) and their son John
Dillon (BHS'83), Sue (McCullough) Burk (CHS'74), Ed
and Lotta Kilborn, Bill and Ann Willoughby
(BHS'51)(CZJC'53), Curtis George, Judy Rose (CHS'50),
Ann (Rose) Fowler, Roy Wilson (CHS'52), Glynn DuPre',
Leigh DuPre', Keith (CHS'52) and Beverly Moumblow,
Lori Moumblow and her daughter Jade, and Edie (Smith)
Cotton (CHS'70) and Allen Cotton (CHS'68 would have
been). We are already looking forward to next year's picnic.
L-R: Richard Dillon, Bill Willoughby, Allen
Cotton, Edie Cotton, Sue Burk, Glynn Dupre', Leigh
Dupre', and Carolyn Dillon.
L-R: Lotta Kilborn, Ed Killborn, Curtis George.
On November 3rd, Chaplain (Colonel) William "David"
McGowin, Jr. (BHS'61) retired from the Alabama Army
National Guard after 32 years of service with the US Army
Reserve, the Mississippi Army National Guard and the
Alabama Army National Guard. David is the son of Mac and
Ruby McGowin. David was awarded with the Legion of
Merit Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal of
Alabama for his many years of service to the soldiers of the
Alabama Army Guard. David's retirement ceremony was
attended by his wife, Judy (McGriff) McGowin, his son
Dave and daughter in law, Deneta McGowin, of Hanceville,
AL, and grandson Mathew. The Adjutant General of
Alabama presented David's wife, Judy, with the Alabama
Commendation Medal for her support of David's years of
service and her sacrifices during those years of service.
Following the retirement ceremony, a reception was held
in David's honor where the men and women of the Alabama
Guard expressed their appreciation for all Chaplain
McGowin has done for them over the past 32 years and 8
L-R: Judy McGowin, Mathew McGowin, David
McGowin, Dave McGowin and Deneta McGowin.
Edie and I had a lot of our combined families celebrate
Christmas at our house this year. Edie's daughter Kendra
Coulson and her son Daniel Coulson and granddaughter
Hayley Coulson all from Houston, TX and my daughters
Heather Cotton-Wade and her friend Tracy Nichols from
Peoria, IL and Christy Cotton and her friend Jeff Smith
were all here for all or part of the holidays. Heather met
Kendra, Daniel and Hayley for the first time and Edie and I
met Tracy for the first time. We had a house full, which made
it one of the best Christmases ever! The presents were piled
high under our tree which led us all to observe how truly
blessed we are. We took Daniel, Hayley and Kendra to
Alexander City, AL to visit Edie's parents, Jack and Lois
Smith. Hayley was really excited to see her great grandpar-
ents again and of course receive more gifts (and help them
open their gifts too!). We were sad that it all had to come to
an end when everyone returned to their homes.
This being the Christmas season friends and relatives
have been visiting many of our members.
Alice Nail went to Branson, MO with friends to see the
Radio City Rockettes. Her 15 year old grandson passed his
test and is now a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwon-Do.
Joe and Gretta Vowell had their daughters Amy and
Allison home for Christmas. Allison is currently working at
the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona while working on her
Masters degree in secondary education. Joe and Gretta also
drove down to Mountainburg to see Doug and Camilla
Gibbs. While visiting Doug and Camilla, Bruce Scott was
also there helping Doug build a garage. Way to go Bruce!
Doug and Camille Gibbs report that they have had many
visitors this past year. John Eberenz (ex-Admeasurement)
and family were visitors, Dr. David and Mary West (from
Smithsonian) and daughter Karen, John Coffee (ex[Power
Branch) now living in Atlanta and Bob and Carolyn Humer
(ex-Marine Shop/Industrial Div.) visiting from Bellville, AR.
Betty and Bill Dunning had Freda (Flenniken) Stohrer,
Betty's sister, visit over the Holidays. Her flight was diverted
to Memphis where she spent the night before continuing her
trip to Rogers via Dallas. We had a big snowstorm arrive that
day and the worst of it was when her flight was due to land.
When she finally arrived, everyone was relieved and thankful
for a safe trip.
Maxine Wren said she spent a quiet Christmas at home
Gloria Malsbury said she also spent a quiet Christmas at
home with friends. "Her Mexican neighbors have adopted her
and even invited her to a Christening party. She was treated
like a queen and was even serenaded by three young men."
Sounds like fun!
Harold and Jerry Harp drove down to Picayune, MS to
see Robert E. and Faye Lee and then to Manchester, TN to
see Betty and Jim Stewart.
Jack and Joan Corliss had her niece Pam and family, her
daughter Leslie and son John and families to her house for
the Thanksgiving holiday.
Kathleen and Willard Huffman visited the West Coast
in October to see Mary and Jim and families. Mary lives in
Port Townsend, WA and Jim in Oak Harbor. In November,
they went to Branson, MO with Will, Kathy and families for
a show and shopping tour. They spent Christmas in Wynne,
AR with Kathy, Will and families. Jim's wife Joan, is a navy
Chief and has been sent to the Indian Ocean area for six
months. We pray for her safe return.
Four Generations of the Smith Family
L-R: Hayley Coulson, Daniel Coulson, Edie (Smith)
Cotton, Jack Smith.
Lynn (Dunning) Harp
Betty (Flenniken) Dunning
Edie and Allen Cotton, Reporters
The Panama Canal Society of Southern California held its
holiday luncheon on Sunday, December 8, 2002, at the
Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills. David C. Hollowell (CHS'42),
Imperial Beach, was our Master of Ceremonies. Grace
(Argo) Allen, Laguna Woods, played holiday tunes as 53
members and guests arrived. The U.S. Marine Corps Color
Guard, Tustin, Calif., presented the colors. The Pledge of
Allegiance was led by Ted Sundquist, we all sang "God
Bless America", accompanied by Grace, and Ivan L.
Jenkins gave the Invocation. David introduced his sister
Victoria "Pete" Allen of Thermopolis, Wyo., a longtime
member of the Florida and S. California societies, and June
Maggard, his guest from San Diego. David Lane introduced
his new bride, Ann (Short). Bob Wolfenstein (CHS'47)
introduced Frank Howard (CHS'47) and friends, Jack and
Dolores McClure. Claude E. Anderson (BHS'37) and his
wife Ruby attended with Noble "Buddy" and Dottie
Phillips, who also reside at Leisure Village, Lake Forest. We
welcomed longtime members, Carrie (Miller) (BHS'57) and
Bill Edwards (BHS'48) of Northridge, and Karl Florine,
who joined us for the first time.
David mentioned the past officers who were present:
Presidents, Francis E. Fitzpatrick (BHS'34) of Westlake
Village; Joan (Ridge) de Grummond (BHS'40), Laguna
Woods; Louise Ann ("Nana" O'Brien) Roberts (BHS'46),
El Cajon; Dr. John M. Hanson (BHS'45), Hawthorne, and
Bartley ("Bob") Wolfenstein, Buena Park. Vice President:
David C. Hollowell, San Diego. We missed Warren A.
Wood of Lancaster, who had surgery recently. He is doing
very well now. Warren and his wife Evelyn (Belanger)
(BHS'41), have been most helpful in handling the raffle, the
centerpieces, and all the things that help make the gatherings
a success through the years. Secretary/Treasurer/Newsletter
Editors: Ruth (Bauman) Yeilding (BHS'37), San Clemente;
Kathryn (Argo) Taylor (CHS'54), Laguna Woods; Harold
Wickersham, Los Angeles, and Joan de Grummond. We
appreciate the work behind the scenes to keep our society
together, and sincerely hope you will continue to support us
by attending the luncheons.
Kathryn Taylor spoke to the group about the Panama
Canal Museum in Seminole, Fla., and encouraged our mem-
bers to join this organization.
David and Kathryn joined me as the group sang "Happy
Birthday" on my 80th, a special day. The waiter then brought
in a beautiful carrot cake, my favorite, for all to enjoy. Bob
Wolfenstein and Grace Allen also celebrated December birth-
A festive holiday sing-along was enjoyed by all, and we
thank Grace for her special talent.
We hope to see everyone on Sunday, May 4, 2003, at the
Holiday Inn on La Paz Road, Laguna Hills. For information
and reservations, please call Kathryn Taylor at 949-951-4801.
Kathryn did a fine job as photographer that day, and her
collage will be included in this issue.
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer, San Diego, donated a beautiful
sequined 2003 calendar as a door prize, which was won by
June Maggard. Those donating raffle prizes were Ivan
Jenkins, Blanca Wolfenstein, Ester Regalado, Kathryn
Taylor and others. Winners were David Lane, San Diego; Ted
and Beth Sundquist, Jamul; Harold Wickersham and his
mother Emiko; Tom (CHS'41) and Helen McGuinness, La
Quinta; Bill Evarts, Chula Vista; Dottie Phillips; Jack and
Dolores McClure; Betty and Francis Fitzpatrick; Bill and
Nana Roberts; Ivan Jenkins; Victoria Allen; David
Hollowell; June Maggard; Blanca Wolfenstein and Joan de
Others attending were Bill Finkin and son Bill, Jr., fam-
ily of our late treasurer; Eileen (Cryan) (BHS'40); Mary
(Cryan) Lade (BHS'39); Guy Lane from Utah; Bill
Monsanto (BHS'40), Tustin; Edward and Letty Moore
(BHS'40), El Segundo; Susan (Taylor) Pitney (BHS'57),
San Diego; Cynthia (Evarts) Totty (BHS'52), San Diego;
Audrie and A. Grant Westbrook (BHS'40), La Jolla, and
Bejay and Hugh Wright (BHS'37), Santa Ana.
News of members and other friends: Nellree Berger,
Signal Mountain, Tenn., was honored recently by the East
Lake Garden Club for having served as president for seven-
teen years. The club's 2002 Yearbook was dedicated to
Nellree for this service and for having held many club offices.
Ken and Jo Booth, Mission Viejo, spent Thanksgiving
holiday in Kerrville, Texas, with their family. Daughter
Sharon and son-in-law Doug Schmidt are still working.
Their daughter Cheryl is a nurse in nearby Fredericksburg,
and her little girl is now four years old. Jo and Ken flew to
Las Vegas recently for a few days, and have other trips on
Mary Margaret (Dzevaltauskas) and Jose ("Pepe")
Camell are happy in their lovely home in El Valle de Anton,
R.P. They visit with Cecelia "Ceci" (Alvarez) and Carlos
Vas, when they spend every other weekend in the valley.
Mary Margaret, Ceci and I worked together in the Schools
Division Office, Civil Affairs Building, Balboa Heights, in
Steve (BHS'70), Tina (Johann) and Evan Cartotto,
Valencia, Calif., spent Christmas and saw in the New Year
with Tina's mother, Mary Johann, in Saginaw, Mich. They
enjoyed a winter weekend skiing at a resort in Northern
Paul Debehnke, Downey, Calif., enjoyed the Florida
reunion last summer. He always looks forward to seeing his
Canal Zone classmates and other buddies.
Virginia (Ridge) (BHS'38) and Hank Dolim spent sev-
eral months last year in Honolulu, their island home, and in
Riverside, Calif., at their Air Force Village home. In Hawaii
they celebrated Hank's sister, Olive's 90th birthday, along
with his sisters, Mabel and Lydia, also in their 90s. They vis-
ited Maui and other familiar places, including the cane fields
of Keahua, Hank's old Plantation Home. They often have vis-
its with their children and families in California and Hawaii.
Eddie and Jeanne Doran, Hillsborough, N.J., are enjoy-
ing their new home. He looks forward to the reunions in
Florida and the Poconos, and seeing his Zonian friends.
Shirley (Jennings) Erickson (BHS-CHS'40), Mt. Holly,
Pa., was sorry to have missed the Poconos reunion in
September and vows to attend every one in the future.
Father John Kennedy, C.M., Philadelphia, Pa., is a "peri-
patetic priest". He began last year in Viet Nam, then to San
Antonio, Texas. Costa Rica to work on a ten-day Spanish
Mission in ten towns near Turrialba. He squeezed in a four-
day visit overland to Western Panama. In February to Philly;
to Albany, N,Y., to see his brother Tom, who was suffering
from cancer. Then to Phoenix, Ariz., for a Spanish Mission at
St. Vincent's Parish, two blocks from the stadium where the
Milwaukee Brewers were in spring training. So, he managed
to see a few games. Then to the Dominican Republic in a
parish near the Haitian border, Hondo Valle, where they had
no priest for Holy Week services. Father John conducted the
services, as well as covering outlying villages for official
liturgy and processions, which are very important Lenten
observances all over Latin America. In April to his favorite
parish in Miami, and in May, several visits with his brother
Tom in Albany, and a Spanish Mission in Freeport, Long
Island, N.Y., and a grand celebration of Tom's 60th anniver-
sary as a La Salle Christian Brother. Father lost his brother,
Tom, in June. July found Father ministering to the Mexican
migrant farm workers in the Kalamazoo, Mich., diocese.
September to December was spent in Philly, Escondido,
Calif., a Vincentian Hispanic Workers' meeting in Chicago,
and a trip to Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore. Father
Kennedy often says Mass on Saturday afternoon at our
PCSFL annual reunions.
A note from Virginia "Jibby" Sanders Kleefkens, who
lives with her daughter Ginny Rankin in Tacoma, Wash. We
are saddened by the death of Ginny's husband Billy. Ginny
now has five grandchildren. Another of Jibby's grandsons,
John Herman Ridge, lives and works in Titusville, Fla.;
grandson Alan Ridge, USAF, and family live in Syracuse,
Utah, and granddaughter, Lori (Ridge) Sutherland and fam-
ily live in Fountain Inn, S.C. Alan is scheduled to retire in
May; however, the date may be changed if we go to war.
Edward C. Lawson (BHS'34), San Antonio, Texas, sent
birthday greetings to me, noting that "80" is a great number.
On March 12 he will be 87. He and my late brother John
Ridge were neighbors and good friends from the time they
were little kids in the old Balboa Flats area. "John and I were
the same age. God bless him. I really loved him; he was like
a brother to me. So many wonderful memories. I was like a
member of the Ridge family in the old days"
Virginia (Tam) Leon-Guerrero, El Sobrante, Calif., had
a great time with her daughter Terry and family. They trav-
eled together to Jonesport, Maine, stayed on the Atlantic
coast and on the shore of Lake Schoodic, enjoying freshly-
caught lobster and clams. She volunteered for three months
with the Children's ballroom dancing program, where she
dances; attended the Grand Ball, San Francisco Airport
Hyatt; the Galaxy Dance Festival at Wyndham Hotel, San
Jose, Calif.; the Autumn Classic in San Francisco and the
Viennese Waltz Grand Ball at the Regency, San Francisco.
Her new activities include Shiatsu massages and country
western line dancing.
Karl and Barbara Marohl, Jackson, Calif., are fine.
Their sons Arthur and Karl Jr. and his wife Lena and their
families live nearby. They all enjoyed a September day's visit
from Joannie (Ridge) Cameron of Roseville, Calif.,
Rebecca (Ridge) Seymour and her young son Adam of
Joanne (Reccia) Mays, Mission Viejo, hopes to attend
our society luncheons, so close to her home.
Lars and Marcela (Hawk) Morales and family are living
and working in Germany. "Christmas in Germany is quite
nice, so many traditions, but I'll still take Christmas on the
Charlie Norris (BHS'46), Fairfield, Calif., is getting
along fine following open heart surgery last year. He enjoys
the good life with his family; cruised the Sacramento Delta
with son Chris and family; enjoyed visits from his brother
Hugh Norris (BHS'40) of Dothan, Ala., and attended
Hugh's 80th birthday celebration at their sister, Lillian
Schwarz', home in Elmhurst, Ill.
Eileen Petersen (BHS'49), our former secretary, is happy
that she made the move from Los Angeles to Columbus,
Ohio, a few years ago. She lives a block from her sister, Sr.
Mary Loretta Petersen (BHS'45) at the De Sales Convent.
Mildred (Crawford) Provost, Carlsbad, Calif., widow of
Robert Provost (BHS'38) had a difficult year. Her daughter
in Atlanta, Ga., passed away in December 2001 following
complications of bypass surgery. "They thought she had a
stroke and never gave us any hope. My stent from aneurysm
surgery in 2001 was leaking, so they repaired it in June, and
I'm hopeful it'll do okay." Millie was a nurse at Gorgas
Hospital, when she met and married Bob in the '40s.
Bill (BHS'42) and Jean Quinn, Oakley, Calif., are work-
ing at Pinkerton Security. Jean as Gatekeeper and Bill doing
the same chemical watch at General Chemical in Bay Point.
They both had heart problems last year, but are on the mend
now. "The good news is that we get to carry nitroglycerin
tablets and a permanent 'Handicapped Parking' permit."
Tina (Cartotto) (BHS'68) and Michael Ressa and son
Steve, along with Tina Johann and Steve and Evan Cartotto,
hosted a luncheon for their mom, Joan de Grummond, at The
Olive Garden, Laguna Hills, in celebration of her 80th birth-
day. Thirty-six family members and friends enjoyed the party,
with special invitations and planning by Joan's daughter.
Joan's niece, Nancy (Ridge) (CHS'73), her husband Jaycee,
and seven-year-old daughter Natalie Williams, Mission
Viejo, also attended. Friends formerly from the Canal Zone
and Panama included Mahlon and Renee Hawk, Rafael and
Neldis Santos and four youngsters.
Joe Ridge (BHS'48), Burlington, Iowa, is doing very
well following a year of heart problems, but he is in good
hands and feels he is really on the mend. In September, the
four of us (formerly eleven) Ridge kids spent a weekend in
Davenport, Iowa, to visit Joe and his wife Sue, their daughter
Kate and grandson Stone Ridge of Davenport, and son Mike
of Chicago. Vince (BHS'37 and CZJC'39) and Dottie Ridge,
Center Valley, Pa.; Julie (Wilson) Ridge (BHS'38), Corpus
Christi, and her daughters Cathey Adams (BHS'60) and Sr.
Therese Ann Ridge (Mary) (BHS'62), Edinburg, Texas;
Margaret Coffey (BHS-CHS'52), Chalmette, LA.; my
daughter, Tina Ressa, Rialto, Calif., and I had a grand time
reminiscing about our years growing up in the Canal Zone.
Kate rented a 14-passenger van and drove us to the baseball
movie site, "Field of Dreams". Joe, Kate, Stone, Vince,
Margaret, Sr. Therese and Tina managed to play ball for a
short time. A wonderful visit.
In October, following the wedding of Joanie (Ridge) and
Scott Cameron in Roseville, Calif., Patricia Ridge and
daughter Gina stopped by to visit me and the family on their
drive back to Columbus, Ohio, in their new motorhome. They
also spent a few weeks with Pat's daughter Rachel and fam-
ily in Tucson, Ariz.
Olga (White) Stone, Castro Valley, Calif., loves living
near her sons and families. Her parents were Odina (Frost)
and Walter White, who spent several years in the Canal
Zone. Olga's brother Walter "Buster" lives in Albuquerque,
N.M. Her aunt Olga Frost was our BHS Spanish/French
teacher, and her aunt Florita Frost was employed by the U.S.
Army Fortification Division.
The Vosburghs, Ines and Vos, Rochester, N.Y., very
much enjoy the visits from their sons and families. John
Daniel, Betsy and Danielle came during the Easter season,
and David, Betsy and Deanna were with his parents over
Bob and Pat (Heitman, BHS'44) Whitam, Medina,
Ohio, are working on arrangements for the Poconos reunion
of Canal Zonians, usually held on the weekend after Labor
Margaret F. Wiggin, a coworker of mine in the Claims
Branch, Admin. Bldg. in the 40s, lives at a seniors' residence,
Grand Court, in Winter Haven, Fla. "If I need personal care,
it is right here. The doctor said yesterday to make the next
appointment in six months. I can see and hear, so I feel I am
in good shape for 86." Laurie (McBride) Hazelip (BHS'70)
is a member of the Grand Court office staff. When she and I
were in touch via e-mail, she mentioned that a Canal Zonian,
Margaret, was living there. I told her about our having
worked together and we've been corresponding at holiday
I telephoned Olive Unruh, Bakersfield, Calif., for a holi-
day phone visit, and we chatted about our wonderful days in
the Canal Zone. I was secretary to her husband, the late Earl
F. Unruh, Director of Posts, Civil Affairs Building, Ancon,
in the late 1950s. Olive still does her own housework, but has
someone to take her shopping. We recalled many mutual
friends during the years, and their Santa Claus Lane with the
snowman and his family on Empire Street, Balboa. Olive
received a Christmas card from Iris Days, Poway, Calif.,
whose husband Al Days worked for years with the Canal
Zone Postal Service.
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond, Reporter
(BHS'96), William Henningsen (BHS'81), Linda
Humphrey (CHS'65), Louis and Robyn (Patton) Husted
(BHS'67 and BHS'70), Rolli and and Maria Mans
(CHS'69), Paula Leftridge-Martin (BHS'64), Bob and
Elvia May Rosania (he was CHS'46), John and Cindy
Scribner (he was BHS'75), Sam and Cathy (Goodrich)
Scribner (BHS'67 and BHS'75), Rick Smith (CHS'79),
Karl Hinz (BHS'79), Frank Stabler (BHS'59), Rich
Watkins (BHS'75), Stanley Wilson (BHS'59), Guillermo
and Yolanda Diaz-Granados, Malena Bremer-Merriam
(BHS'67), and Fred and Loly Bremer (BHS'71).A great
time was had by all reminiscing and feeding on ceviche,
empanadas, plantain chips, and yuca frita. See next page for
photos of Fred's party.
Laurie (McBride) Hazelip and husband Dave had a
wonderful time visiting their daughter Karen and son-in-law
Joe in Germany. They also traveled to Ireland. Laurie had an
exceptional time shopping for crystal at the Waterford facto-
ry.They had so much fun they hope for a return visit soon!
L-R: Mike Waters, Vicki Sizemore, Ed Wardlow, Joe
Eytalis, Janet Stuart and Sue (Waters) Eytalis.
The Crowell clan had a mini-reunion in Ormond Beach in
November with long "lost" brother Rick. Several hours were
spent reminiscing over family stories from the Canal Zone.
Dawn (Crowell) Gressang, Pam Crowell, and Jacque
(Crowell) Vowell enjoyed spending the time with Rick and
his wife Linda Crowell. Sister Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison
missed the mini-reunion as she was in Las Vegas trying to
win money for that early retirement!
Fred Bremer had a gathering of 28 former Zonians from
the Orlando area at his home for Panama Independence Day.
Those attending were: Bob and Rosa Fishbaugh (BHS'53), L to R: Pam Crowell, Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Dawn
Jeanne Smith-Crawley (CHS'72), Erica Gifford Gressang, Richard and Linda Crowell.
L-R: Bob Rosania, Rosa Fishbaugh, Elvea Rosania,
Yolanda Diaz-Granados, and Guillermo Diaz-Granados.
L-K: Sheila Thompson-Schonert, Paula Leftri
Sam Scribner and Kathy Goodrich-Scribner.
listed, and Stan L-R: Erica Gifford, Al Schonert (back to
Scribner, Cindy Scribner, and Rick Watkins.
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L-R: Karl Hinz, Bob Fishbaugh, Kick Watkins,
Patton-Husted, Stan Wilson and Frank Stabler.
L-R: Guillermo Diaz-Granados, Linda Humphrey, Paula
Leftridge-Martin, Bob Fishbaugh and Sheila Schonert.
L-K: Jeanne m -in-t-rawley, Loly tastrellon-tsremer, L-R:
Linda Humphrey, John and Cindy Scribner.
Jeff Riley (BHS'64) and his father Jim Reily Sr. spent
time visiting Jim Riley Jr. and wife Maritza in Orlando dur-
ing the holidays. While there Jeff made time to travel to
Aubumdale where he played golf with Ed Wardlow and Joe
Eytalis (BHS'67). Due to no pressure whatsoever from his
opponents, Jeff shot a 2 under par round. After the game, Jeff
enjoyed visiting with Central Zonians at the home of Ed
Wardlow and Vicki Sizemore.
While in the Orlando area Jeff made sure to visit the
famous center for cultural exchange and fine dining, Hooters.
In February, Ed, Vicki and Jeff are planning a trip to
Enterprise, Alabama to visit Vicki's brother and sister-in-law
Tom (BHS'66) and Vicki Sue Sizemore. They will also visit
niece Patty Sizemore in Dothan who is also Jeff's god
March 2003 -- Time for a reminder! Tuesday, April 1st at
11:00 A.M. Next semi-annual buffet luncheon meeting of the
Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers will be at Ryan's
Family Steakhouse (3933 Silver Springs Blvd. Hwy 40
East) in Ocala. If you don't want the buffet, you may order off
Not much to report from the local crowd despite requests
for information of interest trips, visits, visitors, etc.
Meanwhile, your wandering reporter has returned safely
home to Ocala. Our last report was sent in from Albuquerque,
NM while visiting my sisters Adrienne (Muller) Neuhaus
and Catharine (Muller) Peabody.
Catharine (Muller) Peabody and Jean Muller picked their
favorite horse at the Ruidoso Downs, NM Racetrack museum
Jim Riley with his favorite "Hooter's girl"
I recently received word that classmate (BHS'70) Lt. Col.
Tom Wesley has been deployed to the Middle East. Tom is
married to Susan Jellum Wesley also from BHS'70. Other
Central Florida zonians whose loved ones have been deloyed
to the Middle East are: SSGT. Joe Eytalis Jr., son of Joe and
Sue Eytalis (BHS'67 and '69) and Capt. Joseph Bethel, son-
in-law of Dave and Laurie (McBride) Hazelip (BHS'70). Our
prayers and thoughts are with them all.
Please contact me to let me know of your comings and
Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
Jean Muller took the walking tour of the White Sands
National Monument in New Mexico.
On to Dallas and a quick "hello" visit with Linda
(Reimann) and Bob Morris and some time with our family.
Edna (Curles) and Larry Didier were off to California for a
month to visit with family. Meanwhile Barbara (Curles) and
David Aycock were in Texas for another family gathering
over the Christmas holiday period. They were surprised by an
early 50th wedding anniversary party. On January 16th (back
in Florida), they celebrated the true date with friends. This
was to be followed by a Canadian Rockies train trip with
friends who will also be celebrating the "big 50". In February,
it was back to Las Vegas for their annual get-together with
Bette (Farrell) and Buckeye Swearingen and to help boost
the Nevada economy. Barbara said her mother, Marie
Curies, is doing "well".
Bob and Linda Morris welcomed Jean Muller (center) on
her visit to Richardson, TX
At this writing, Ocalans were planning for the PCSOFL
Society Carnavalito 2003 and a good turnout was expected.
Were you there?
Bruce and Maggie Ruiz celebrated their annual Three
Kings Day Open House in Gainesville in January receiving
anniversary congratulations along with birthday greetings for
Bruce and Caris.
If you have access to a website, take the time to check out
this site: http://www.BruceRuiz.net You will find it very
interesting. You can e-mail Bruce at Bruce(Ruiz.net
Virginia Townsend is in her early 90's but she still
attends our luncheon meetings on a regular basis with her
daughter, Sydney Corbett. We recently visited her and she
told us some interesting facts about her Canal Zone life and
"growing up" there. She lived in the old French quarters in
Culebra. There were no street lights so her mother took her
for walks before sundown. They would walk to the Pedro
Miguel Locks and onto the gates. Virginia didn't like the
opening in the railing at the center of the locks but soon over-
came any fear with some help. She also was a passenger on
the ferryboat rides across the canal North of Pedro Miguel.
She later moved to the Prado and walked to school but she
always waited for the final bell before starting out and she
was only late "a few times". She recalled that the first floor
was for Grades 1 thru 6; the second floor Grades 7 and 8;
and, the top floor Grades 9 thru 12.
She remembered that she first met Wesley "Red"
Townsend at a birthday party. When they were introduced
while eating cake, Wes asked her if she knew how to cook
oatmeal. That was the beginning of a lifetime together. They
were married in the Balboa Union Church and had two chil-
dren, Frank Townsend in Gainesville and Sydney Corbett
Virginia earned her teacher's degree in Winona,
Minnesota and Wes graduated as a Civil Engineer. He retired
from the Panama Canal Company as Chief of the Survey
Branch in the '60's and they moved to Ocala. As others
retired and moved to Ocala, they visited in their homes and
the Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers became a
reality with a large group meeting at Lake Waldena some thir-
ty years ago.
Virginia Townsend tells some childhood tales of the Canal
If you live within a reasonable drive to Ocala, come on over
on April 1st for our next meeting and enjoy some pleasant
memories of the Canal Zone days with others who shared in
the Panama Canal experience.
William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
In October my daughter-in-law, Dawn, hosted a birthday
dinner for my son, Bob, my daughter, Darla and myself.
Dawn outdid herself with a fabulous lasagne dinner. In
November, Keith hosted another birthday dinner for all of us
at TGI Friday -can you imagine having two birthday parties
in one year the best part is we don't feel any older!!
Back L-R: Jeff Creek, Darla (Vose) Creek, Barb (Hall)
Vose, Keith Kulig, Shane Vose, Mora, Dawn, Bob and
Bobby Vose. Front: Jonathan Creek.
Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan and her son, Ralph Richmond,
made a quick trip from Kerrville, TX to south Florida to visit
family and friends, stopping over a few days to visit her
brother Louis and wife, Barb Dedeaux in Pensacola on their
way to and from south Florida.
Before Thanksgiving, while I was in Jacksonville with
Keith, my daughter, Darla with husband, Jeff and my grand-
children Shane and Jonathan visited us for a weekend. Even
though their visit was short, we packed some good times into
Back Row: Louie Dedeaux, and Ralph Richmond. Front
Row L-R: Jon, Deb, and J. Dedeaux and Iris (Dedeaux)
In November, Rosa and Bob Fishbough made a trip from
Orlando to California to visit their new grandson, Drew and
his parents, Daryl and Ashley (Anderson) in their new
home. On the way to California they stopped in Pensacola for
a day and on the way back to Orlando, after Thanksgiving,
they stopped for another day. The stopover gave Bob a
chance to catch a few winks, while Rosa and I caught up on
all the latest news! We had a really nice visit it's always
good to spend time with great friends!
Barb and Louis Dedeaux celebrated Thanksgiving at Jon
(son) and Deb's with J, Sonya and her fiancee, Dan
Sigmond, Orrin and Carol Clement along with their family
Carrie and Dan Hopson, Candace and Casey.
Front Row: J. and Sonya Dedeaux. Back Row: Dan
Hopson, Casey, Carol, Orrin and Candace Clement, Louie
Dedeaux, Dan Sigmond, Carrie (Clement) Hopson, Deb
and Jon Dedeaux.
Our Thanksgiving was spent at Dawn and Bob's house
with just the family and Bob's neighbors from Panama. As
usual we ate too much at dinner, but thank goodness Dawn
had made some sugar-free desserts at least we didn't feel so
guilty enjoying lots of that!
Jon and Deb Dedeaux hosted a great Xmas cocktail party
at their home in Pace we all had a great time enjoying the
company of our Zonian friends along with friends of Deb and
Jon. The food was great (lots of empanadas) can't have a
party without some sort of Panama delight!
Back Row L-R: Tina and Eddie Williams, Keith Kulig,
Kevin Vose, Louie Dedeaux, Tom Gabiel, Jeff Creek, Jon
Dedeaux, Orrin and Carol Clement. Sitting L-R: Barb
(Hall) Vose, Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux, Cissie Witt, Darla
(Vose) Creek and Deb Dedeaux.
In December, we were delightfully surprised with a call
from Jim Brooks (CHS'58). He was here in Pensacola to
conduct the "Nutcracker Ballet" at the Saenger Theater in
downtown Pensacola. While here he made a short visit to our
house. What a great visit we had! He came just in time to take
home some of my seasonal baked goodies! He called after
returning home to tell us how he had enjoyed them thanks
Jim! He's going to return to conduct the ballet in December
2003 and we're going to attend and enjoy a late supper at
"Skopelos" (Jim's favorite dining place here in Pensacola)!
My son, Kevin, and Cissie Witt spent the Xmas holidays
here in Pensacola it was so good to see them again it had
been over a year since their last visit because of Kevin's
school schedule. He graduates in May of this year and hope-
fully we'll get to see them more often. While here he made a
huge batch of ceviche yum, yum!! I haven't had it in a long
time I'm going to try my hand at making it for our mini-
reunion this year.
We had our family non-traditional Xmas buffet dinner at
Dana's again the mounds of shrimp was delicious and I
baked a huge ham. Bob, Dawn and little Bobby had traveled
to New York for Xmas so only part of the family was here for
Xmas. Keith spent a week here that was surely great!!
Keith and I spent a quiet New Years' and his birthday in
Jacksonville. When we returned to Pensacola, the family,
along with Louis and Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux, celebrated his
birthday at the "China Star" restaurant (the best chinese buf-
fet in Pensacola).
Wine Cellar accompanied by Elsie and Woodie Woodruff.
Come to find out she has moved from Dothan to Pinellas Park
near the Woodruffs.
One of the graduates in the December 21 graduation cer-
emonies at University of Florida was Katherine Marie
Williams. She was awarded a B.A. in Spanish. Those attend-
ing the ceremony were proud parents, Pat and Cheryl
Williams, brother Sean, and grandmother Beverly Williams.
L-R: Louie Dedeaux, Keith Kulig, Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux,
Barb (Hall) Vose and Jim Brooks.
L-R: Shane Vose-Mora, Jeff, Jonathan and Darla (Vose)
Creek and Keith Kulig.
After the holidays, Barb Dedeaux and I got together and
went SALE shopping (everything is at 50% and 75% off)!
Boy -did we have a great time!!
Reminder: The 5th Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast
Panazonian Mini-Reunion is scheduled for Sunday, May 25,
2003 (Memorial Day weekend) at Coconut Bay Holiday Inn
University Mall, Pensacola. Please mark your calendars and
contact me for any information.
If you have any news for the next article, please contact
me. Hasta Luego!
Barbara (Hall) Vose, Reporter
Margaret Leigh continues to participate in her favorite
pastime GOLF. In October reported that she had spent two
weeks in Ireland. Six women golfers played courses on the
Eastern and Western coasts. They went as far as Northern
Ireland. It was a fabulous trip and she had a ball.
It has been so nice seeing Vera Howard Ryan at the
luncheons held at the Columbia Restaurant and later at the
Former patients of Dr. Rod Jurado were entertained at
his condo in Sand Key. Dr. Jurado, wife and daughter
Maritza hosted the delicious buffet of tamales and other out-
standing goodies. The doctor's origins are from Panama so he
has good feelings for his former patients who came from the
Canal Zone and Panama.
Those attending were Gladys and Skip Halsted, Mildred
Hickey, Norman and Cecile Demers, Marjorie McBride,
Bob and Anayansi Lord, Margaret Martin, Mary Panyko
and Elaine Smith. The party ended watching a lovely sunset
over the Gulf of Mexico.
After Katie Williams' graduation, she, her parents and
brother flew to Panama to attend the wedding of Ximena
Cedeno to Jeffrey Aldrich. Ximena is the daughter of
Catherine Whitlock and Celio Cedeno, formerly of Balboa
but now Rota, Spain. The newlyweds will live in California.
The Williams were houseguests of Rick and Janice
Doubek of Balboa from December 23 through January 3rd.
Besides the wedding they enjoyed the beaches, fishing, and
all the typical Zonian holiday activities.
The weekend of August 23rd saw family and friends
gathering in Dothan, Ala., to attend the 50th wedding
anniversary of Neilson and Doris Chan Etchberger (see
Congratulations). The activities were organized by their son
Tom and his wife Lesia and their nephew Howard Paulding.
Activities planned were a Chinese buffet dinner, a brunch, a
wedding anniversary party and a despedida brunch on
Sunday morning as friends and families dispersed to their
Saturday night was a "wedding" reception where gifts
were opened, a wedding cake was cut then served with
punch. Those in attendance at the Saturday and Sunday activ-
ities were Irene Chan Howard and Lisa Paulding, Tom,
Lesia and two sons, Harry and Thelma Chan, Pat, Cheryl,
Sean and Katie Williams, Paul Williams and three children,
John Dillon and two sons, Marcy Wood and Eddie
Napoleon, Beverly Williams, and Betty Snow.
Snowbird Lucille Abernathy has come south to spend
the winter in her condo at Top of the World in Clearwater. She
is an active supporter of the Panama Canal Museum and
plans to do volunteer work at the museum while here this
Chan Siblings (L-R): Irene Chan, Doris Etchberger, Harry
Chan, Betty Snow and Beverly Williams.
The Panama Canal Museum held a potluck meeting on
Saturday, January llth. The approximately 34 people in
attendance brought a large assortment of delicious food. It
was especially nice to see Larry and Sue Barca and to meet
Ann Barca. She now resides in St. Petersburg so it is hoped
will see more of her at the various C.Z. activities.
Betty Chan Snow, Reporter
As I prepare for the coldest of the cold snaps we're been
experiencing this winter (going down to the mid 40s tonight),
my mind wanders back to dry seasons past. Verano. Last
week would've been one of many tree burns and we would
find out who managed to "collect" the most trees. Next we'd
be preparing for Carnavales. I miss the old zone. I wanna go
home! O.K. Snap out of it. Reality sets in. Arrrrg. 45
First of all I want to welcome Rich Hull, and his wife
Linda to South Florida. They have moved to Key West from
Sarasota. Rich is Executive Vice President and Senior
Lending Officer for First State Bank of the Florida Keys.
Rich is also a member of "The Castaways", an All-Zonian
rock band, that played at the 2002 Reunion in Orlando, for the
CHS Class of '68.
Theresa Martinez celebrated her early thirty some-
thingeth birthday in late October at Mimi and Lucho's Canal
View Patio Bar. Unfortunately the view is of the Miramar
Canal and not the Panama Canal. Nevertheless, it's a won-
derful spot to watch the Florida sunset. I threw together a
batch of ceviche (using a couple of Bill McLaughlin's
Genuine Gamboa Aji Chombos for heat) for the occasion
while Mimi and her mom Anne made the old Martinez/Hoag
standby of Filipino Chicken with Pineapple Rice. What, no
Weenie Stew? Along with TY's famous Gamboa Dip, plenty
of Ron Cortez, cold beer and the obligatory tequila shots, it
made for a great party. In addition to the regulars, Karen and
Eddie Castleton took a break from their son Kyle's sports
filled weekends to stop by and catch up as did Michelle
Kaufman, her friend Hugo.
In early November, Dave and Colleen Wiatt and Jay
Sieleman paid us a visit for the annual Ft Lauderdale Blues
Fest. This year the fest coincided with the Ft. Lauderdale
Boat Show and Dave and Colleen wanted to check out all the
latest sailing gear. Although their plans for a second Bahamas
sailing vacation are on hold, "Promise" always needs new
toys. Jay, on the other hand, came to rustle up support for his
bid to become the next Blues Foundation president. The
music, as always, was great and you can never have too many
visits from good friends.
This was our first Thanksgiving together and we had a
small dinner with our neighbors. The big question was what
was I going to prepare for Linda, since she is a vegetarian. I
joked that I was going to fashion a bird out of tofu and call it
a Tofurkey. She was not interested so I relented and cooked a
small bird for the barbarians and roasted "root" vegetables for
her. Alas, she's the only vegetarian I know that doesn't like
parsnips, rutabagas and turnips. She'd much rather sit down
to a dinner of Italian bread, baked macaroni and cheese and
finish it off with a bag of twizzlers. We still managed to have
a great feast and she has yet to find a desert she doesn't like.
Next year, maybe we'll have a Thanksgiving pizza...at the
Meanwhile T.Y. was off to Georgia to feast with the rest
of the "Youngers" for dia del pavo. Brother Jim and wife
Mary (Andrews) Young hosted the whole family at their
Georgia estate for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Their
daughter Shannon, son Jack and his girlfriend Adriana
were there along with the Goodrich clan, Lori (Edwards),
Megan, Abby and Ian (sans Mark, who was working in
Panama). Young brothers Frank from Seattle and Memphis
Mikey were there along with parents Jim and Mary
(Sullivan) Young, visiting from Camaino Island, Washington
(are they ever home?). Dave and his wife Natalie along with
son Luis were unable to make the trip from Panama, as were
Ellie and her husband Al who live out in Berkeley. Jim man-
aged to fry two turkeys without burning down the house and
the next generation took over burning the midnight oil from
their elders by staying up till dawn the next day. As they say,
youth is wasted on the young.
Manuel "Lucho", Mimi (Martinez) Azcarraga and the
"A" team (sons Alex, Adam and Andre) drove up to
Alabama in their "chiva pachanga" to visit John and Maria
(Martinez) Whitte. Both John and Maria have their
Doctorates and are professors at Auburn University. Maria,
can ah have s'more sweet 'tater pone with mah okra?
ANNUAL PANAMANIAC PICNIC
We had our Annual Panamaniac Picnic at C.B. Smith
Park, Pembroke Pines in early December. We were pestered
by "woman rain" (it comes, bothers you, goes away, it comes,
bothers you again, goes away). Jaime's band played as usual
and all the closet musicians got to beat on cowbells and such.
Food, glorious food always in abundance at these gather-
ings. There were four different arroz con pollos, ceviche,
empanadas (thanks Leni), frituras (thanks Scott) and plenty
of my Panamaniac Pepper Sauce to top it off (thanks
Gilberto). Leni (Stokes) her husband David and their son
Ryan traveled down from Tampa and Art Mokray was up
from Panama. Other than that, the usual suspects from the
next side (Boca and beyond) and the terd werld maliantes
(points south) were all present. That night found us at Rancho
Monita y Pajaro for more dancing, noise making and snack-
ing on leftovers.
even though his ATV got mash-up). Que pereza. Maybe next
Keep those cards and letters coming! Hasta pronto!
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison
The Record just would not be complete without the latest
saga in Randy and Joella Deakins' camping adventures. In
September, they visited retired Admiral Jerry Geneko and
wife Pat (formerly of Fort Amador) on their farm in Paduka,
Illinois on the Ohio River. Jerry and Pat have since sold their
farm and are now living in both Texas and Idaho. Then
Deakins moved on to vist with Joella's high school classmate
Yoli (Velez) Woodman in Madison, Wisconsin. They got to
tour Woodman's grocery stores where they have plenty of
good latin foods. The Woodmans had just returned from
Panama with a load of jumbo shrimp and lobster.
Christmas was quiet this year. The Azcarragas left to visit
with Lucho's mom Mary in Indio, CA. The boys had a great
time playing in the snow up in the mountains and were in no
hurry to come home. They even took a day trip to Tijuana.
Lucho said they spent more time in immigration than they did
in Mexico. Come on ice cream.
TY was off to Panama (again) for his annual dry season
romp. Here is his report: Went to Santa Clara for 3 days with
the Goodrich's and brother Jim's family. Plenty dry season
weather. Sweet! Off to Pedasi with Val (Richey) Burghart
and 2 %o month old Alex. Three days at Vem's Achotines lab-
oratory in Venado. Surf, fish, surf, swim, snorkel, sancocho,
balboa ice-ice baby, river, tuna, sleep, surf etc. Off to Boquete
for 3 more days. Met up with Daryl Barnes, Stover Jenkins
and girlfriend Dothie, Eddy Wood, Bill Harp and his wife.
Stayed at Sanchez's. They have a river rafting company.
Hiked, hot springs, cold crystal, chilly chilly chilly, food,
sleep, etc Spent New Year's at resort in David. Chuleta! It
sucked! Daryl's bonehead idea. Back to Santa Clara for 3
more days. Went to Doug Allen's Rio Teta swimming hole
experience. Also met with brother Dave and Natalie's broth-
er's family. Pizza Napoli!!! Whew!!!
Well, everyone made it home safe and ready for new
adventures for the next report. Nevertheless, I am sorry to
report that even though the Nextsiders went camping twice
since the last report and despite my urging, they did not sub-
mit any bochinche (although Scott said they had a great time
Dinner of Panama shrimp and lobster.
R-L: Yoli (Velez) Woodman, Phil Woodman, Joella
Deakins, and Yoli's family.
Randy Deakins got a little out of hand at Raggety Ann and
Andy s birthplace in Arcola, Illinois.
On Halloween day, 22 Zonians and friends set sail on the
"Carnival Fantasy" out of Port Canaveral, Florida. The 3-
day cruise to the Bahamas was a great time and the onboard
Halloween party proved to be good for more than a few
laughs. While in the Bahamas, the group rented mopeds,
swam at the beach and ate lunch at the "Poop Deck". While
at sea, they ate, drank and were they ever "merry"! Before
they even returned to port, the group was already discussing
where the 2003 trip would take place.
Bottom: L-R: Natalie Watkins, Dawn Bilgray, Lydia
Webster, Leanne Watkins, Amber LaSota, Jennifer
Enger, Lisa (Hunt) Setnika, Heather Wood, Kelly Hunt,
Rachel (Bottin) Grimison, Kristen Robinson. Top: L-R:
Eric Grimison, Tim Setnika, Craig Wood, Buddy Bottin,
Scott Lugering, Eric Hefley, Monty Smith, David Lemon,
Darrell Canamas, Richard Lemon and Wayne Watkins.
I got a nice note from Evelyn Dishong and it sounds like
they had a great Christmas. "The holidays brought the
Dishong's together once again. William was able to slip
away from his "dream job" in Houston (Biomedical Flight
Controller with Wyle Labs on a NASA contract); Bryan was
home from Florida Atlantic University; and Harry Foster
(Grandpa) was here, too. The holidays began with William
and Bryan facing off against each other once again in the
annual Merritt Island High School Alumni Soccer Game. In
true sibling rivalry fashion, they didn't cut each other any
slack. Although we, the parents (Chris and Evey) couldn't
lose as we had a vested interest in both teams, we're happy to
report the game ended in a tie -- 2-2. Next year should be
really interesting as brother Stephen will also be an "alumni"
player and the balance will be tilted! Grandpa went on a
cruise prior to joining us for Christmas and then found him-
self in the hospital upon his return with pneumonia.
Christmas in the hospital stinks, but we're happy to report
that he is doing well and out and about once again. Needless
to say, we concentrated on what is truly important this
year...our faith, family, and friends. In other news, Verne
(Chris'cousin) Turpin's daughter, Marina, will be getting
married on Sunday, January 12th at historic Porcher House in
Bryan and William Dishong sharing a pre-game handshake
just prior to the annual Merritt Island High School Alumni
Soccer Game in December 2002.
Bill and Jane (Gabriel) Huff enjoyed a wonderful
Thanksgiving by being able to share it with all their children,
spouses and families. Rick and Brandy (Huff) Cofer with
Emma, Timothy and Ellie. Cecil and Allison (Huff)
MacPherson with Gabriel and Ethan. William and
Michelle (McLean) Huff and their boxer, Casius. Jane's par-
ents, Phil and Betty Gabriel were also able to join in the fes-
tivities. They celebrated Thanksgiving on the Saturday before
the actual day due to the fact that Bill was returning to work
on the canal on Tuesday. It just goes to show that anytime you
are fortunate enough to have your family gathered around
you is a day of thanksgiving. It was an especially important
gathering since Allison and family were getting ready to
move to Lima, Peru for a year as Cecil, an army Captain, has
been assigned to the embassy there as a Foreign Area Officer
Huff grandchildren at Thanksgiving.
L-R: Emma Cofer holding Ethan MacPherson, Gabriel
MacPherson, Timothy Cofer holding Ellie Cofer.
We had a pretty quiet Christmas season in this area. Ron,
Fran and Nikki Meyer had Craig home for Christmas and
also had Ron's mom, Elsie McDowell here. Louise
(Rathgaber) Hunt was here for a few days visiting Norman
and Janet (Hunt) Watkins, and Jim and Jerri (Hunt)
Farnsworth. Bob and I were lucky to have our daughter and
son-in-law Danny and Monica (Livingston) Parkhurst and
their 4 children around our Christmas tree.
Sean Morrissey is here for 4 months from his assignment
in Guam as 3rd Mate for Osprey Shipping. His parents, Bob
and Frances Morrissey are glad to have him back and hope
that his friends allow him to spend a little time with them
while he is here, also!!
We welcome Cathy (McIntire) Spafford back to the
area. After a stint in Colorado, she decided that the Space
Coast was where she really wanted to be...and I'm sure living
near Bud and Valerie (McIntire) Dempsey had a little some-
thing to do with her decision. We're glad to have you back,
We have three new families in the area: Jim and Rhonda
Wagner and their daughter Ashton; Brian and Brenda
Robinson and their daughter Morgan; and Tom and
Glenora (Hale) Cleary and children Todd and Dillon. We
welcome you and look forward to seeing you at some of our
More people means more news...so let me know what is
Please note that I have a new e-mail address!!
The chilly weather has everyone in the holiday spirit. I'm
sure that Mark and Katherine Heddeas' houseguests, Jeff
and Sue Robbins, from ski country in Colorado, felt right at
home! (See picture of Jeff and Sue, along with other invitees
to a dinner party held in their honor.) Mark and Katherine
also enjoyed a visit, back in October, from Katherine's par-
ents, Carl and Tita Simons
Carl and Tita Simons
Seated: Katherine (Simons) Heddaeus, Jeff Robbins, Sue
Robbins, Mary Gordon, Burt Mead, Rick Williams.
Standing: Tom Robertson, Mike Stephenson, Ed
Mcllvaine, Bev Wood, Kari McIlvaine, Joe Wood, Mike
Gordon, Carol Mead, and Mark Heddaeus.
We were unable to attend Ed and Kari Mcllvaine's annu-
al Christmas party, but I hear the regular Zonian gang had a
great time, as usual. Lots of delicious food, drink, and holi-
We also missed out on Rick and Maria Mead's annual
Christmas Eve get-together, but Burt Mead kindly filled me
in on the festivities: Rick, Maria, Brianna and Dakota Mead
filled their home with many relatives and friends-and lots of
little ones who knew that Santa would make his visit to give
each child a pre-Christmas gift. As promised, Santa (Maria's
father, Sal,) did appear and gave each one of the children a
gift. Soon, wrapping paper and boxes were strewn across the
house, as the children squealed with delight. Rich Linton,
who played Santa last year, promised to lose some weight by
December, so he could fit into the size small Santa suit and
do the honors again! All who attended had a great time and
thoroughly enjoyed the scrumptious food that Rick and Maria
had prepared. Some of those in attendance were: Gladys
Mead, Gil, Cher, Gilly, and Drew Corrigan; Keith, Cindy,
Chase, and Kelsey Mead; Burt and Carol (Morland)
Mead; Larry Corrigan; Henry and Sunny (Morland)
Mizrachi, Lloyd Spradlin; Brett Spradlin; John, Nicole,
Kyleigh and Taylor Spradlin; Ryan Spradlin; Rich and
Angie (Brennan) Linton; and Brian, Selene (Mead),
Arianna, and Addison Neely.
Joe and Bev (Bowman) Wood also missed out on the
Mead party, as the Wood family hit the road during the holi-
days. Joe and Bev, along with son, Scott Wood, and Bev's
mom, Audrey (Benoit) Bowman, enjoyed Christmas week
in Orlando with their son and daughter-in-law, Craig and
Heather, and granddaughter, Cameron, who celebrated her
first Christmas. While there, they all shared Christmas dinner
with Bev's brother, Bob Bowman, and his wife, Jill, and
sons, Wade and Mike, in their beautiful Cocoa condo. After
returning to Tallahassee for one day, Joe, Bev, Scott and
Audrey took off again for the long drive to San Antonio to
spend New Year's with son and daughter-in-law, Brian and
Karina, and grandson, Jordan, who celebrated his first
birthday on January 3rd. Bev's brother, Ron Bowman, and
his daughter, Kristen, who live in Boerne, Texas, rounded
out the family gathering. While in San Antonio, the Woods
got together for lunch with Kerrville residents, Doug and
Sharon (Booth) Schmidt, their daughter, Cheryl, and
granddaughter, Katherine, as well as Dale and Jackie
(Schmidt) Bishop. The Schmidt's and Bishop's had another
visitor over the holidays, John (Bill) Schmidt (read about
John's long road trip in the "Letters to the Editor section").
Well, we didn't venture that far away from Tally for
Christmas, but we did hit the road. My daughter, Kristin
Kirkby, was on call at the University of Florida's School of
Veterinary Medicine and could not leave Gainesville, so we
headed there for the day. Kristin prepared her first turkey
feast, and a feast it was! Her brother, Tim Kirkby, had just
returned from Italy, after spending a semester studying in
Vicenza, and was thrilled with the "American" fare. A few
days after Christmas, we traveled a bit further, this time to
Tampa, to visit with Michael's son and daughter-in-law,
Mike and Donna (Date) Smith, granddaughter, Anna; son,
Paul Smith, and granddaughter, Rylie; daughter and son-in-
law, Nancy (Smith) and Pat Lincoln; son, Pat Smith, and
Cherish Collupy, and Donna's mom, Loretta Date.
Cousins, Anna (2) and Rylie (4), dressed up in the elaborate
costumes they had each received for Christmas and proceed-
ed to charm us with their singing and dancing. We headed
home just before Jan. 1st and heard the disappointing news
that the huge New Year's Eve party that the Smith clan had
planned to throw at Nancy and Pat's house was hampered
greatly by torrential rains. Only the most dedicated revelers
sloshed their way to the party; but those that made it had a
fabulous time feasting on roast pig, drinking rum, and danc-
ing the night away.
Send me your news, so I can write about YOU!
Sharon Smith, Reporter
Greetings to all from chilly Tampa! Hard to believe that
we have had so much 'frost' lately that I've had to go out and
buy me some wool gloves....oh well, they'll come in handy
for those cold cerveza bottles.
On 12 Oct, we got a wonderful invitation to go up to
Haines City, Florida to a bar-b-que at the home of Buzzy and
Reina Kennon's (both BHS'79). A great potluck which
included Reina's one-of -a-kind wontons....for a while there,
I thought I was at the Balboa K of C ...oye chica....those were
good!!!! Some of their guests that were helping me eat were
Charlie Griffiths (BHS'79), Bob Austin (BHS'77), Tommy
Anderson (BHS'78) and Manny Arosemena (BHS'77) and
his family. The next one is at my house guys!! Oye Reina,
you need to bring that recipe!
At the Kennon House, we all got a wonderful opportuni-
ty to once again see and talk to Coach Sid Kennon who was
the football coach for Balboa High School for many, many
years. I took along my Canal Zone Memory Scrapbook which
contains a lot of Isthmus Football Schedules dating all the
way back to 1974, containing the names of football players,
coaches, and cheerleaders from BHS White, Red Machine,
CZC Green Devils and of course a great team...the CHS
Tigers (now you know I HAD to say that!!). Even though
Zone Football is just a memory, it was such a treat to hear the
great football stories especially from one on the best....thanks
Coach for taking us back!!!!
Well it seemed that in the month of November, there were
a lot of fiestas and picnics as well as wedding anniversaries,
so in normal Zonie fashion, it gave me a reason to have a get-
together at my house. On 23 November, David and I invited
some of our amigos over to eat some Korean Ribs a la
Panamanian style. My guests included David and Lisa
Kelleher (both BHS 79), Buzzy and Reina Kennon, and Earl
and Laura Wemple, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces
Major and his wife that spent many years stationed at Ft
Clayton and Ft Gulick, and with whom we share a tremen-
dous love of Panama with....so of course they were in great
company with the rest of us. We all had a wonderful time
sharing Zonie stories and tons of 'bochinche' as well as BHS
and CHS school mentiras.....25 years have passed since we
were there, but it sure did not feel like it that night.
December is always a great time of the year around
here...for one, we get see our beautiful poinsettias turn red
and second, to attend the Annual Panamaniacs Picnic down in
South Florida. I was very fortunate that I was able to attend
with my husband and son, but you need to read the details
from my friend and fellow South Florida Reporter Tom "T-
Bird" Pattison...oye papi....how was that cigar?
We received many good wishes and Christmas Cards
from many of my former CHS classmates and Canal Zone
Friends. Got a wonderful email from Michelle (Arnold) Van
Leer (CHS'80) who is a Register Nurse and works as a Nurse
Manager at the Children's Health Services in Jacksonville,
Florida. She is doing well and hopes to get together with her
former classmates, so all of you out there need to email
I also, received a warm and touching email from one of
my Cristobal Rainbow sisters, Bonnie Jeanne
(McNaughton) Tonner (CHS'77). She wrote to say that she
and her children are doing as well as can be expected and that
she is trying to teach them (by example) that life goes
on...good for you girl...a message we should all pass on!!
She told me that they were recently in Tampa Bay right
before the New Year and they spent a pleasant, enjoyable but
very crowded day at Busch Gardens. Sounded like fun!!!!
A former CHS'78 classmate, Rick Hodges, emailed me
in order to try to locate some of his former classmates from
CHS. He is currently in Texas working for Raytheon
Enterprise Applications. He said he had not kept contact with
anyone from Panama since he left back in 1978, so if any of
you who remember him and would like to chat with him,
please contact me.
I want to send a warm felicitacions to Carol Thompson
(CHS'79), formerly of Margarita, on the birth of another
beautiful little girl, born 4 months ago. She currently lives in
North Carolina with her husband and her three other children.
All in all it has been a busy and wonderful couple of
months filled with good cheer and great friends. Very soon,
most of us are going to turn into pirates for the upcoming
Gasparilla Parade Celebration that is coming up....but that is
for the next issue. Very special thanks to all for sending me
your wonderful articles and information....keep it coming
Lynnette "Leni" Stokes, Reporter
The only news that I have for this issue is that I was back
in Panama in November; staying at the new all-inclusive
Decameron Beach Resort with nine other ladies for a Ladies
Retreat. My daughter, Lori Snow put the fun trip together
where we spent four wonderful days taking in the lovely
warm Panama Beach weather. Besides my daughter and I, we
had two other Zonian ladies join us. Bobby Jo Oglesby
Rebennack, a classmate of mine from BHS, and Judy
Baerg, a friend of mine who retired from the Panama Canal
Commission as Chief of the Employee and Management
Development Branch with the Office of Personnel
Administration. Judy left Panama in December 1989 and had
not been back, so this was a wonderful trip down memory
lane for her. Besides getting some beach time, Judy also man-
aged to see friends she had worked with, as well as other
friends who were all most anxious to see her once again.
Arriving in Panama: Lori Stevenson Snow (kneeling in
front) June Rowley Stevenson and Bobbie Jo Oglesby
Rebennack in front left and Judy Baerg third from right; all
others were first time visitors to Panama.
While in Panama, we took the ladies to see the Panama
Canal, a first for most of them, but always a wonderful sight
to see for all of us. Bobbie Jo had gone to Panama with us on
a Dry Season tour in 2001 and had such a good time she
wanted to go back on our Ladies Retreat. Bobbie Jo was
talked into going on the Jungle Canopy ride in El Valle, and
although she was somewhat hesitant, she did make the trip
and said it was fun.
Miraflores Locks (L-R): Lori Stevenson Snow, Bobbie Jo
Oglesby Rebennack, Judy Baerg and June Rowley
Getting ready for Canopy Ride in El Valle, Panama: Lori
Snow on left was the Leader of the group and Bobbie Jo
Oglesby Rebennack on the right.
The small group of Zonians living in the Atlanta area got
together in December for a Christmas dinner; however, I was
unable to attend and missed out on seeing every one.
Remember, if any of you Zonians out there in any part of
Georgia have some news about trips taken, or Zonian/Panama
visitors, please either give me a call, or send me an email/let-
ter so I can get your news in the Record. I honestly love hear-
ing from you, and know other Zonians feel the same way.
June A. Stevenson, Reporter
Mary Ann Hallett of Shreveport graciously sent us a
batch of T-shirts for the Seafarers Ministry. Free T-shirts and
bags of toiletries are given to foreign seamen who come
ashore in our harbors and visit church-affiliated facilities
designed for their use. There they can phone home, play
board games, watch TV, write letters and socialize. If you
have any worn but clean T-shirts that need a home, please
send them to this reporter at 2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA
70714-2253. Small and medium sizes are preferred since
most seamen are small in stature, but all sizes are accepted
and put to good use.
Some of the T-shirts Mary Ann sent, however, may be
appropriate for use by the PanCanal Museum in the scouting
exhibit planned for the reunion.
Mary Ann is president of NARFE Chapter 1622 and
attended the national convention in Greensboro, N.C., in
September. Her daughter, Carol Rudd, of Sherwood,
Arkansas., did the driving. Mary Ann had the pleasure of
meeting Federation President Joseph McClean and his wife
from Colon, R. de P.
Jaime Lloreda, 6-foot-9, from Colon has gone from 2002
national junior college player of the year to forward on the
basketball team at La. State University, Baton Rouge. Last
year he averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds at Dixie College,
St. George, Utah.
Dr. Susie Hammerschlag Marmorstein (BHS'51) is
coordinating plans and arrangements for a reunion in Panama
Sept. 8-17 for Panamanian and Zonian classmates and friends
from both sides who attended high school in the mid-'40s and
'50s. Our Parakeet Voyager editor Jay Troup is handling
publicity. Contact Susi at firstname.lastname@example.org with
your questions, suggestions or willingness to volunteer. Jay
is reachable at email@example.com.
Your reporter received a holiday note from Pat Quinn
and stands corrected in that Pat is the younger sister of Bruce.
(My mistake, sorry). She wishes to reconnect with her old pal
Millie Damerau Boudreau of Washington, La. Pat can be
seen in the TNT rerun of "Alice's Restaurant."
Tampa reporter Leni Stokes gave this reporter a generous
acknowledgment over zonelink(@yahoogroups.com. All
your reporters are eager to remind you we are looking for
news for the Canal Record. Thanks, Leni.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Penny Lotterhos in Clinton stays busy working part
time, exercising and serving as a docent with the Mississippi
Museum of Art. Husband Joe still works full time and they
enjoy traveling when they can. Daughter Karen and her hus-
band Todd visited over Christmas. They work for the same
company in Texas and Karen is pursuing an MBA. In
December Penny and Joe celebrated their 34th wedding
anniversary in Aruba. The weather was perfect. They enjoyed
the beach, shopping and a wonderful hotel suite overlooking
Ginger Newland Teer (BHS'69) and her husband live in
Gulfport and were planning to attend the Gulf Coast picnic
before Tropical Story Isidore entered the picture. Everyone
was disappointed that the park was closed, but can now mark
their calendars for this year's picnic Saturday, Sept. 27, at
Davis Bayou Campground at the Gulf Islands National
Seashore, off U.S. Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Miss. I'm
bringing everyone free D'Elidas T-shirts and samples of
D'Elidas pepper sauce. The sauce is from a Panamanian-West
Indian family recipe, handed down since 1904, and even
tastier than Tabasco.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Happy New Year to everyone--hard to believe it is 2003
already. The new one sneaks up on me every time. Lots of
news to report this time, so let me get on with it.
In October, Kathi Sears (BHS'64) hosted a mini-reunion
at her home in Elon, N.C., near Burlington. Quite a few peo-
ple attended from the area and a few came from Tennessee
and South Carolina. A classmate of mine, Carol Chase
(BHS'54), was there. She is a professor at Elon College.
Would loved to have seen her as it has been many years. My
two daughters, Lisa Johnson and Laurie Trinca and family
were able to attend.
Jim and Norma Miller drove up from Charlotte, N.C.,
for a short visit in November. Norma was a nurse at Gorgas
and Jim was a Canal Zone Policeman. They were looking for
possible retirement property in this area. They attended their
first PCC reunion since leaving Panama this past summer and
had a great time, especially at the police mini-reunion.
Our Western Carolina Society held a pre-Thanksgiving
Christmas party on November 22 at Hubert's Restaurant in
Hendersonville. Twenty-nine people attended and we all
agreed it should become an annual event. The room was dec-
orated in a Christmas motif by Wilma Nowotny and Pat
Hunt and a number of door and table prizes were awarded.
Pat and Ron Nessler won the first prize and Jeanie and
Doug Hinek took the second prize. Several poinsettia plants
were given as table prizes. Also attending were Malcolm and
Jean Stone, Sam and Norma Irvin, Ron Angermuller,
Willy Nowotny, Ruth and Bill Tillman, Shirley and Jim
Crafton, Carmen and Charlie Howe and their grandson
Charles, Nicki and Tye Erickson, Priscilla Dunn, Vaudie
Robinson Dunning, Pat Fraser, Tom Judge and a guest
from Greenville, S.C., and Dr. and Mrs. Charles Latimer,
also from South Carolina. Jean Clary was unable to come at
the last minute and Jim and Diane Bradley had to make an
emergency trip to Florida because of his mother's illness. We
are sad to report her death shortly after Jim arrived and our
condolences go out to their entire family. Also, our condo-
lences go to Pat Patino on the death of his wife Agnes in
October. Pat and Agnes were long-time, faithful members of
our society and she will be sorely missed.
My house was overflowing with people for Thanksgiving
as all my children and grandchildren were home--the first
time in several years--Lisa, John, Laurie and Sam with
grandsons Zack and Justin and Terri and Brian and
Michael and Jennifer Watkins. We all went to the down-
town Hendersonville tree lighting which was very nice.
Zachary had to leave early for a cross country race in
Charlotte but the rest of the gang stayed until Sunday. Lots
of eating, talking and shopping went on and a good time was
had by all.
Willy and Wilma Nowotny went on a 10-day cruise to the
Caribbean in December and had a marvelous relaxing trip.
They arrived home on December 23rd, just in time for the
arrival of Mike Densmore and his girl friend for Christmas.
After Christmas, Gerald and Adrianne Nowotny and their
three girls stopped overnight on their way back to
Connecticut from Miami. It was a short visit but Grampa and
Grandma were glad to see them all.
Malcolm and Jean Stone had a houseful over Christmas,
celebrating with daughter Lynn and husband Scott and Jean's
Mom. Things were a little tricky with the snowstorm that hit
the East coast but the travelers arrived safely.
Jim and Diane Bradley spent Christmas in Panama and
celebrated with their daughter Eileen and husband Per, and
his parents from Germany. The highlight of the trip though
was meeting their newest grandson, Karl Phillip, Eileen and
Per's firstborn, who is already seven months old. He, of
course, was the "most beautiful grandchild in the world",
according to Jim and Diane. I think, however, I heard that
same description when Michael and Kim's three, and Jimmy
and Sherri's two girls arrived. Anyway they had a wonderful
visit. Jim and Diane were in Houston over Thanksgiving with
Mike and Kim and the children.
Art and Marge Sherry visited Pat Fraser in early January
for a few days before Pat had to go back to school. They got
in a little sightseeing and we all had dinner together at Wilma
and Willy Nowotny's before they headed back to their home
in Zephyrhills, Fla., and then back to Panama.
I had a call from Joanne Hummer, who was in
Greenville, S.C., at a miniature convention. As close as
Greenville is, I couldn't get down to see her but we had a long
phone conversation. Hopefully, we will both be at our 50th
reunion next year in Orlando. I am still the music director,
organist at my church here in Hendersonville, so that keeps
me rather busy. I am hoping for a replacement soon. I also
had a call recently from Joe Barkowitz (BHS'75, I think).
He and his wife and 6-year-old daughter live in Arden which
is just up the road near the airport here. Hopefully, we will be
able to get together one of these days soon. Laurie and John
both took tennis lessons from Joe in Diablo during the sum-
mer recreation programs. He and Lisa were involved in many
of the music productions at Balboa High.
Guess that is about it for this time. Hope I haven't forgot-
ten anyone; if so, I apologize. Keep sending me your news.
We will be having our next meeting in April sometime, so if
anyone if visiting in this area, please give me a call for the
exact date and plan to join us.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Greetings to all from the great NW! It has been a gentle
(so far) winter in this area. Only several frosts and quite a bit
of very welcome sun in January.
Jamie Fealey, daughter of Guy and Mary (Wells) Fealey
will serve for the second time as Worthy Advisor for the
Coupeville Assembly No. 67 of the International Order of the
Rainbow for Girls. The installation ceremony was held
November 16 at the Fidalgo Masonic Lodge in Anacortes,
WA. Jamie has worked very diligently for this organization.
The holidays were certainly happy ones for Glenn and
Sonia Rhyne of Vancouver, BC, with a visit from all their
kids who came from Florida and Texas. The two boys,
Kenneth and Erick went skiing and snowboarding up at Mt.
Seymour in Vancouver, while the girls (Sonia, Taffy and
Christina) went shopping with Glenn's cousin Nancy
(Largent) Wilson. Nancy is the daughter of the late Sam and
Mildred (Rhyne) Largent from the Atlantic side.
L-R: Erick, Chrissy, Taffy, Glen and Sonia Rhyne,
Kenneth Bower, Larry and Nancy (Largent) Wilson.
The Rhynes had an Open House on December 26 for fam-
ily and some of their Canadian neighbors. Everyone
immensely enjoyed the get-together, and the empanadas
made a big hit with all, especially the Canadians. The ceviche
was gone before the party even started!
Wallace Teal and Beverly Jones recently spent 4 months
traveling through Alaska. They spent 4 weeks on the ferry
system and had a wonderful trip. While there, they had three
sets of guests for a total of five weeks: Allison (Hoffman)
Hastings from Sequim, WA, Randall Grubbs from
Okinawa, and Diana Constance from Bloomfield Hills, MI.
They did lots of hiking, bird watching, saw many species of
wildlife, and caught many sockeye salmon in the Keani
Szczukowski came from Tennessee. Others attending were
Tom, Diane and Alex Ellis, Pat and Cheryl Williams, and
Lori Goodrich and family. Their sons Mike, Tom, and
Frank arrived for Thanksgiving, and their grandchildren
Shannon and Jack Young were also there.
The Young Family
Randall Grubbs and Wallace Teal standing atop the
Alaskan Pipe Line.
Allison (Hoffman) Hastings at Portage, Alaska Hiking the
Bryan Creek Trail in Chugach National Forest.
Paul and Suzette Baker are still cruising the South
Pacific on their 35-foot sailboat. After spending five months
in Tonga and Fiji last summer, they returned to New Zealand
in November 2002 to be around for the America's Cup. They
say it's been fun to watch the boats go out racing and to actu-
ally see the racing on the water after only watching on televi-
sion in the past. They say it's been nice to return to a familiar
place after exploring so many new places in the past two and
a half years. In May/June 2003 they'll head back out to the
islands, returning to Fiji then exploring New Caledonia and
Vanuata before heading on to Australia for cyclone season.
Mary and Jim Young celebrated their 50th Wedding
Anniversary in Hampton, Georgia at the home of son and
daughter-in-law, Jim and Mary Beth Young. It was a great
party attended by relatives and friends. Ginger and Bill
Young came up from Florida, and Dr. Mike and Lil
L-R: Shannon, Mike, Tom, Jack, Mary, Frank, Jim, Mary
Beth and Jim, the Elder.
The annual NW PCers Christmas Party was held on
December 14 at the Elks Lodge in Bremerton, WA. This
event was originally started by Floyd and Bev Baker at their
home shortly after they retired and moved to WA, but the
multitude became too large, so Cecil Caudill and Ted Paine
have arranged it for several years now.
Ted Paine at the Annual NW PCers Christmas Dinner with
(R-L) Nan Stickney, Floyd and Beth Baker.
There were some 40 in attendance for the annual NW
PCers Christmas Party, and the warmth and camaraderie were
wonderful. The food choices, all delicious, were steak, cod,
chicken and/or salad bar and topped by delicious dessert
choices. Ted and Cecil's banter was all too entertaining, as
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usual. Many stayed long after the food and talks were over.
Most of us spent the night at the same motel so further gab
sessions were held there. Great job Ted and Cecil!
On a recent trip, we were fortunate to see so many former
CZers. In Maryland (yes, during the sniper scare) Beth
(Brown) and Paul Schmidt displayed their incredible hospi-
tality, and while we were there, their lovely daughter
Amanda and her husband Dwayne Breeden from Aiken,
SC, spent a weekend, just a few weeks before their precious
daughter, Abigail, was born. In Orlando, we saw Skippy,
Cody and Marta Hollowell, and Tinker (Hollowell)
Cooper. In Little Hollywood at the Manning river house,
gatherees for spreading Carol's ashes in the river were Pat
Manning; Betty Quintero; Beth Schmidt; Gerry and
Barbara (Brown) Coleman, their son Michael Byrnes and
their daughter Lyza, her husband Steve and kids Jordyn and
Tyler; Mark Manning and wife, Susan, and son Mark; Pat's
daughter-in-law Jeannie and grandson Johno; Cody
Hollowell and Tinker Cooper; and our son and daughter-in-
law J and Sunshine (Ray) Laatz, among other Manning
friends. In St. Pete, visiting our son J and wife Sunshine, we
stopped in to see and went to lunch once and to dinner anoth-
er time with Bill and Fran Stock and daughter Cindy who
looked fantastic. Howie also stopped in to see Bob and
Margie (Flumach) Daisey at their lovely Pt. Charlotte home.
Cody Hollowell and Gerry Laatz also did a month-long side
trip to Panama to see Sid Coffin and they got in some great
fishing off Sid's new boat, and saw quite a few friends there.
"Come one, come all" to the annual NW picnic to be held
August 9th, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., or until?... at Abrams Park,
Ridgefield, WA (just a wee bit north of Vancouver, WA),
arranged this year by Murray and Candy Falk. They are also
offering an optional potluck at their farm beginning at 6 p.m.
on August 8. There is plenty of room for parking at their
place for RV's, etc. Contact the Falks for more info. Murray
and Candy have also been busy promoting their "Grandma
Candy's Black Cap" (black raspberry) Jams and Syrup at the
Vancouver Farmers Market and the various Christmas
bazaars, but they are appreciating a little breather. Their busi-
ness is growing, what with telephone calls, e-mails and let-
ters, and they do ship. They say it has been not so much work
as fun, so far. Being retired, they have to decide how big they
want to make it. Whew!
Bobby and Ann Best recently spent a few days visiting
Robert and Denise Will in Ormond Beach, FL, enjoying
their children Raymond and Regan, their beautiful home and
visits with Irene Will and Renee Nellis. In Tallahassee, they
spent a few days with Joe and Bev Wood where they were
treated to wonderful dinners and get-togethers at the homes
of the Woods and Burt and Carol (Morland) Mead. They
were able to visit with many transplanted Zonians in the area.
Bobby lost his money at golf but enjoyed seeing so many
"old" friends. They also had a great visit with Mary
Overstreet. (Mary and Ann worked together for manyyears
on the maternity ward at Coco Solo Hospital.) They spent a
week in Safety Harbor visiting Beverly Shirley where they
attended a 3-day retreat at the House of Prayer in Clearwater
with Bev, Anita Oberholtzer, Phyllis Magee, Sweetie
Brogie, Freddianne Matheny and Les and Margaret
Rinehart. Bobby was able to squeeze in a day of golf and
again enjoyed seeing everyone-although they too took his
money. They spent Thanksgiving with Bev at the home of
Bill and Fran Stock along with their daughter, Cindy Stock
before heading back to Washington for a weekend visit from
daughter Michele Best and her friend, Grant Miller. The
Bests had a great time in Florida and are looking forward to
returning, perhaps minus the golf clubs! Christmas was spent
in Austin visiting their son, Greg Cowles, and his family. It
was all the more special with the awe of 4 year old grand-
daughter, Casey. They were also able to spend 2 days in San
Antonio visiting Lou Farley Bargnesi and sons, Dean and
Trey Greer as well as Brian and Karina Wood and their
beautiful baby, Jordan.
Retired Canal Zone Chief Kenneth Daly, addressed the
Third Annual Panama Canal Fire Fighters Reunion recently
held in Miami, FL. Chief Daly retired and left Panama in
1976 and many of the guests had not seen him since that time.
Chief Daly was accompanied by his wife, Alice.
There were 69 guests in attendance for the dinner/dance
festivity. Guests came from eight states and Panama. A great
time was enjoyed by all and everyone has started making
plans for the next reunion to be held in Panama in Late
October 2003. For more information, please check the web
Our best to all, and hasta la proxima.
Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
Back for a quiet Christmas visit to Panama was John
Niedzialek (BHS'88), with wife Julie (Gailhouse)
Niedzialek and their 15-month old baby daughter, Lauren
Anne. All three are visiting the proud grandparents, Dave
and Dell Niedzelik who reside in the "reverted area" of
Albrook. John and his family are currently residing in Puerto
Rico, and look forward to catching up with everyone at the
2003 reunion in Orlando.
(L-R) John, Julie and Lauren pictured here in front of his
parents home, in Albrook.
The Panama Canal BPO ELKS #1414 recently sponsored
their annual Christmas Party for the Helen Keller School of
the Blind. A beautiful and successful event took place, pre-
sented by Charity Committee Chairman, Mike Progana,
along with many volunteers to serve food and to assist
"Santa" with the giving of gifts for the children. The dedica-
tion of this School's staff that work to mainstream these
young people into Panama Society with excellent knowledge,
skills and abilities, to function in their everyday life, is a true
gift. The Lodge's website, has all activities listed for their
CONUS and "abroad" members to keep them in touch with
the on-goings of the Club.
Down for a mini reunion here in Panama were, Joel
Baldwin (BHS'87) and wife Claudia (Jordon) Baldwin
(BHS'88), sister Kelly (Baldwin) Morris (BHS'87) and
brother Andrew Baldwin (BHS'91). The family made their
way up to their home in Volcan for some much needed R&R.
Faces recently seen in Panama for the Holiday Season:
Lisa Bonk (BHS'86) and her 2 children; Andy De La
Guardia (BHS'97); Rob Maguiness (BHS'97); Tommy
"Pat6n" Ellis (BHS'92) visiting Bocas de Toro and Isla
Grande; Michelle Tassel, Ricky Alvarez (CHS); Jose
Alverez; Cathy Bates; Ed Dolan, Sr.; Eddie and Wendy
(Winkler) Stanford; Glenda Lewis; Shannon Winters
(BHs'90) staying with Johnny and Lucy Haines in Vera
Cruz; Chris Cook; Randy and Camile Robertson; Bo
Lane; Billy Bell; Maryann (Spagna) Manns and daughters;
TY Young; Mike Young from California; Mike and Elaine
Little and children; Pat and Cheryl Williams; Martha
Duncan celebrating her 50th birthday; Tom Duncan for his
sisters 50th; Marcie Marhol; Deborah (Beall) Brandy;
Marvin Wright; Carmen and Carlos Lampas from Costa
Rica; Joe and Francis O'Donald; Evelyn White from Puerto
Rico; Woody DeJannette; Davy Jones buying land in the
Volcan; Tom and Bill Arnold; Paul Dolan; Tom Carey;
Elliot Carlson; Ed Seabeach, 84 yrs old, who drove solo
from Texas to visit Panama; Andy and Maureen (Egger)
Whitlock and children from Korea, Jean Whitlock visiting
from Puerto Rico, Dave and Pauline (Whitlock) Faulkner;
Celio and Catherine (Whitlock) Cedefio from Spain for
their daughter Ximena's wedding; Andrea Cedeiio from
Seattle; Paul Cedefio; Jeffrey A. Aldrich and Ximena
(Cedefio); Brian Ormsbee from New York City; and Jose
Francisco Gutierrez and Carla (Ormsbee) and son, Jose
Guillermo and John Stromberg (BHS'83) and wife
Azucena and son Justin, visiting family for the holidays.
John is working as Youth Services Supervisor, (Army) in Ft.
We received an e-mail from Pedro F. Pinilla, nephew of
Ron and Belinda Byrd (Punta Raton, Pma) informing us of
his intention of organizing a cayuco racing club at the United
States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.
Pedro paddled last year in the cayuco "Carioca ". He along
with fellow cayuco mate, Luis A. Solis, won scholarships
from the Panamanian Government Instition (IFARHU) to
attend the academy. Their dream is to expand this sport inter-
nationally and motivate other institutions to participate in the
Annual Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race through the Panama
Canal. They have received support in this endeavor from the
Academy and have already had other midshipmen sign up for
the Club. Pedro and Luis are trying to locate cayucos in the
United States to use as molds to build fiberglass cayucos.
They can be e-mailed at: pedro.pinilla.2006usmma.edu and
The Cardenas Annual Christmas Tree Bum was held on
January 11 and as always was a huge success with approxi-
mately 150 people enjoying the event. The festivities kicked
off at 6:30 p.m. with a barbecue that included came en pali-
to, sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken. The bonfire
of about 100 trees that had been collected started at 8 p.m.
Some of those attending were Lew and Sue Stabler, Andrew
and Juana Wiliczek, Jennifer (Jones) and Tony Howitt,
Dillon Lynch, Doug Allen, Lucia Lincoln, Christina
Crump, Gustavo and Maria Lorena Rodriquez, Dean
Homa and family, Pablo and Marisa Prieto, Bosco and
Marena Vallarino, Mitzi Almanza, Margarita Krapfl,
Luis Lopez, John and Lorena Husum, Tina, Andrew, and
Steven LeBrun, Tom and Zinia Morris, Jason and Lisa
(Palm) Post, Rick and Jannis (Kunkel) Doubek, Art
Mokray, Barkley Hayes, and Jim and Ana Ferhenbach.
L-R: Sue and Lew Stabler manning the BBQ while John
Husem looks on.
Andrea (Byrd) Smith, Lawrenceville, GA., has asked for
help in locating a long lost friend, Teresa McGann, (approx
class of '63). If anyone has any information on Teresa, please
e-mail Ron Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a sad note, we recently heard that on November 27,
2002, David (Tony) Oiler, 86 years old died of cardiac fail-
ure at the Bella Vista Hospital, Panama. Tony worked at the
Balboa Railroad Station news-stand until it was closed in
1989. Everyone knew Tony from the news-stand; he was def-
initely everybody's friend. He was an institution in the Canal
Zone. Tony will be sorely missed and may he rest in peace.
The Tradition Continues with the 50th Annual Ocean to
Ocean Cayuco Race. This year's event will take place on the
llth, 12th, and 13th of April and will host about 50 to 60
teams from Panama and from other countries. Three other
prepatory races were held to give the teams some practice and
to hone that fighting spirit. In this year's event will also be
observing members from the first cayuco race back in 1954.
Race results can be seen at the Balboa Paddle's Club website
at www.cayucorace.org and for all those outside of Panama
and with access to a computer, can see some of Day 3 on any
of the websites that carry the web camera from Miraflores
Anna Opel, Reporter
001 (507) 686-1001
The end of October found my husband and I taking my
mother, Kathryn McNamee, on an unexpected trip to
Reading, Pa. One of my CHS classmates, Donna Geyer
Bowman was also in Reading visiting with her mother,
Theresa Geyer. As small worlds go, I found a life friend
from my home town, by going to the Zone. We managed a
get-together and the tales from the Atlantic side flew.
November 2, 2002 began, what I hope will become a
habit for Zonians in TN and KY. With Lester Oliver invest-
ing time and organizational skills, 18 hardy Zonians gathered
in 35 degree weather to enjoy each other's company. Most
had not met each other before, but since no one from the Zone
is a stranger, a great time was had by all. To prove this, Carl
and Gail Will drove down from the Chicago area.
Trina Clark, Reporter
A pre-Christmas luncheon was held December 7th at
Houndslake Country Club complete with gifts from
"Santa". Those attending were Beverly Lard, Olga Holmes,
Blanche Browne, Caroline Westendorff, Kathleen and
Shirley Burkett, Joan and Jack Woodzell, Bea and Joseph
Marriott, Trudi Clontz, Ann Richardson, Mitzi Schwindt
and sons Mark and Brian, Peggy Hutchison, Fina Balinski,
Sis and Bill York who came with their granddaughter and
husband, Anne Marie (Holder) and Josh Germany.
While some members kept the home fires burning for the
holidays, others scattered Trudi Clontz enjoyed a white New
England Thanksgiving in Massachusetts with her nephew and
family Blanche Browne headed south to Panama and
Peggy Hutchison made her annual trek to Alabama with Bob
and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis.
Trudi Clontz, Reporter
DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING PICTURES
AND ARTICLES FOR THE
JUNE CANAL RECORD
IS APRIL 18, 2003
Front Row: Chris Oliver, Kaleigh Acosta, and Sasha. 2nd
Row: Derek and Millie Rowley, Sandy and Gordon
Graham, Carl and Gail Will, Jenny Cowell. 3rd Row:
Robert, Karen and Roake Summerford, Woody
Deternette, Kim and Eric Acosta, Bob and Maureen
Copeskey and Debbie Oliver.
Lester hopes Zonians from AL and GA will join us at the
next one, to be held on Saturday April 5 in Fair Field Glades,
TN. For information please contact Lester at 615-826-7093,
e-mail BALBOACZ2COMCAT.NET or Sheila Taylor
(931) 456-4830, e-mail email@example.com. This will be an
I would also like to ask all CHS and BHS 1954 classmates
to begin thinking about our Big 50 Reunion next year. June
Rowley Stevenson and I are putting together a few ideas and
would appricate any others. Let's try to encourage any class-
mate who has not attended a Reunion to do so in 2004.
I hate to "sing it again SAM" (Sheila Ann McNamee)
but news is not deluging me....
Sheila McNamee Taylor, Reporter
A "Despedida Cocktail" was hosted by Bob and Carolyn
Ciepiela at the Richardson Woman's Club the end of
November. After twenty plus years in the Dallas/Fort Worth
metroplex, the Ciepielas' are relocating to a brand new
condo overlooking the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis,
A multitude of well wishers gathered to wish the couple
"a fond farewell." Included from the Zone; daughter, Marie
(Ciepiela) Gaughan who traveled from San Francisco;
Captain Art and Edie Farrell; Scott and Sheila (Farrell)
Fashimpaur; Bert and Dina (LaBlanc) Cronk; Captain
Bob and Ange Bloemer; Donald Bloemer, Carlton and
Shannon Morris, John and Bliss Connerton and Bob and
Howarth and Grace (Gillespie) Roe arrived on "The
Splendour of the Seas" in Galveston, Texas, after completing
a 17 day transatlantic cruise from Barcelona. The Roes' now
make their home in Washington state, after working many
years as a canal pilot. A trip to San Antonio, to visit Steve and
daughter Elizabeth (Gillespie) and grandchildren was
planned after the cruise.
Maggie (Williams) Windle is finally unpacked and set-
tled in her new home in Cibolo, Texas, twenty miles NE of
San Antonio. Maggie writes that she has rediscovered golf
and the Lane family, Mac and Bo, from San Antonio. She is
now making up for all the golf she missed while living in
South Dakota. She has joined the Randolph Air Force Ladies
Golf and the San Antonio Women's Golf Associations.
Carlton Morris achieved the ultimate coup of the year by
actually surprising sister Bliss Connerton at a well planned
and well kept secret "40th birthday party." A fondue table
arranged with tenderloin, cheese, strawberries and crusty
bread to be dipped in various dipping sauces, cheese, and
white or dark chocolate was prepared by Shannon. It was a
big hit with everyone. The best part of the evening was the
opening of the "gag gifts" which were varied and a hoot!
Zonians that attended were Sandra Fulton, Paul
Conover, Colin and Karen Creel with thirty or more friends
An email was received from Esperanza Lopez (BHS'53)
Holford recently. Espi lives on a ranch in Johnson City, near
the hill country. She is a recent widow, with two grown chil-
dren, Will, who lives in Spokane, Washington and Dionne
from Rowlett, Texas. Espi has planned a trip to Panama in
late January to attend the wedding of niece, Leslie Lopez. We
have exchanged addresses and will definitely get together.
Espi's sister Vilma (BHS) is married to Dick Johnson
(BHS'52) and lives in Houston. Her brother Bobby (the bull-
fighter) Lopez lives in Laredo, Texas. At past Orlando
reunions, everyone has always asked him "Where's Espi?"
And now we know!
Noreen Dillman Simms is already hard at work on the
BHS'53 reunion committee. She moved to Montgomery,
Texas three years ago after twenty-nine years in El Paso.
A very elegant "50th wedding anniversary" celebration
for Captain Bob and Ange Bloemer was held on the 11th of
January at the home of a nursing classmate of Ange's. The
couple looked fantastic, Bob in tuxedo and Ange in a long
The affair was planned by daughter, Nancy Ellington
(CHS'73 )and husband Doctor Tim. Brothers Robert
(CHS'72) New Jersey and Donald (BHS'79) also helped in
the planning. The spirits flowed and the buffet was spectac-
ular. A three layer wedding cake, topped with the original
bride and groom figure, dominated a "memory table" dis-
playing a wedding album and family photographs. Ange's
original wedding gown was fastened to a mannequin figure,
complete with her original garter.
Later in the evening, Bob and Ange renewed their wed-
ding vows and sealed it with a big kiss. Guests that you might
know include: Harriet Corones (husband Col. Paul, was
home recovering from hip replacement operation) Frank
Corones (BHS'77) recently moved from Minnesota to
Frisco, Texas. Peter Corones lives in Richarson, Texas. Also
enjoying the party, Dr. Oren and Em Irion, from
Nacogdoches, Texas and Dr. John and Peggie Stinnett,
Ooops! Proud grandmother, Pat Scott, emailed a note
correcting the sex of Joel Scott's 5 year old triplets. All boys
Bill and Jean Muller visit "La Casa Morris".
Continue to send me news and photos. It makes the record
so much more interesting.
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
Fred and Marion Wells have had a busy summer. On
July 13, Joe and Sonia Orr of San Antonio watched their
older daughter Ashley celebrate her 16th birthday with a
mass, dinner, and dance. Bob Orr and Margaret Minalga,
and Marion and Fred joined their family and friends in cele-
brating the occasion.
Fred and Marion's granddaughter and Honey Fealey's
granddaughter Jamie Fealey was selected to work at Sea
World in San Antonio for a week. She had a great time
preparing the food and helping feed the animals. She then
came to Kerrville to stay with Grandma Honey. Just in time
for Fred Wells Jr. to arrive from Perth, Australia.
Fred Jr. flew to South Carolina for a class reunion. He
then visited Alan Wells, KJ, and family in Atlanta, Ga. Fred
and Marion flew to Atlanta to join in the fun. Alan and son
Michael have both obtained airplane pilot's licenses so gave
anyone who wished a ride in their plane. Fred Jr. will be vis-
iting England (where wife Tricia will join him), France, and
Spain before going back to Australia.
Dr. Alan H. Wells flew his plane to Texas from Georgia
so that he could fly his Dad, Fred. E. Wells, to the
Confederate Air Force Show in Midland, TX. Alan spent a
couple additional days in Kerrville and got a chance to shoot
with his dad.
On August 3, Marion Well's brother Bob Orr and
Margaret Minalga were married in the Hunt United
Methodist Church, with Pastor John Green officiating.
Marion and Fred stood up for them. Son Bob Jr. and wife
Mary served as official photographers. It was a fun time and
the family happily welcome Margaret as their newest mem-
Honey Fealey went to Washington state to visit her 2
sons, Guy (and wife Mary Linda Wells) and Jimmy, along
with 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson.
Marilyn Carter went to visit her daughter Kim Carter
Baird in Houston. Together they went to Galveston to visit
Kathy Lessiack was invaded over July 4th by her daugh-
ter and son-in-law Sue and Lou Stabler, and son Tim from
Panama; son John Lessiack with wife Dawn and 2 children,
from Columbia Missouri; granddaughter Leslie Robertson
and husband Richard and 2 girls, from Halfmoon Bay, CA;
granddaughter Jinny Cassulo and husband Chris and twin
boys and a daughter, from Swansea, IL. On the 6th Kathy and
her daughter Sue went to Seattle to visit Kathy's brother
Roger and Katie Adams. They also got in a visit to the
Herring family in Silverdale.
Elsie Larson drove to Spokan, WA, to visit her son,
Terry Autry, wife and 3 kids. Also there were her mother,
brother and sisters.
I spent a fun week in the western Caribbean on the
Rhapsody of the Seas with my exercise class. Yes, as an old
Panama Line sailor, I know about this time of year. Actually,
we had just gotten Isadora on land and dodged a little of Lilly.
With 1946 passengers, it was different than the Panama Line
of 200+. I saw Key West, Grand Cayman, and Cosumel, all
new to me had a GREAT time!!!
Les and Muriel Johnson were married for 60 years on
November 5th. They decided to celebrate all month long, vis-
iting family and friends in small groups.
Doug and Sharon Schmidt attended a class reunion in
Bea Rhyne went to see her grandson in Atlanta.
Sue and Bill Graham welcomed their son Will and wife
Denise from Olympia, WA, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Will and Denise prepared an elaborate Thanksgiving feast.
Will learned to cook while in grade school. It was five days
of weight watching!! On the llth of December, Sue and Bill
filled their car with Christmas gifts and headed up 1-20 to
Hinesville, GA, to daughter Donna Elliotts' house. They
arrived in time to celebrate Bill's 85th birthday and then
Christmas. A highlight of the trip was a visit Donna and hus-
band Rodney's new office at "A+ Alarm" and see how they
are renovating the office for themselves and for rental office
space to other businesses. The Grahams also visited St. John
the Baptist Cathedral in downtown Savannah which was
beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. The Elliotts,
along with grandson Jeffrey, treated them to a delightful
evening of Greek food right on the river front in Savannah. A
very merry Christmas was enjoyed by all. The Grahams
arrived home in Kerrville January 3rd, proclaiming all further
trips would be done by air!!
Jeffery, Donna and Rodney Elliot
Bill Graham, Will and Denise Graham
Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter
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The 2003 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott from
July 23 through 27, 2003; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed applications being received for Reunion activities,
it has been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these applications to be placed in a
pending file and not processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper amount of fees, are supplied by
the applicant. When put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new priority date will be assigned
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delays in the processing of your application and in order not to affect your original receipt date for ticket and
lodging priority purposes.
Any persons who are eligible to join the Society and plan to attend the reunion should be enrolled as a member
before June 28, 2003, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the
reunion. The annual membership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remit-
ted with the membership application form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from only
those members who have paid their 2003 Annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the
membership application form found in the back pages of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrative
fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society may be contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for
those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those within the local calling area. The Society's web-
site at http://www.pancanalsociety.org may also be visited for an application and information.
The deadline for registering for the Annual Luncheon and the Golf Tournament is July 1, 2003. The deadline
for receipt of hotel room reservations is June 1, 2003, or until such time as the room block is full and rooms are
no longer available. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since available hotel
rooms and event tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines.
Tickets purchased for the various reunion activities will not be mailed in advance, but instead will be held
at the Society's reunion registration area for pick up by the member during registration operating hours at the
Reunion. Please make it a point to pick up your registration packet early when arriving at the hotel.
Requests for ticket refunds will not be honored if received after July 1, 2003, unless there are compelling exten-
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order not to lose the first night guarantee deposit.
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that smoking in hotel rooms is limited to those that are designated as smoking rooms.
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accordance with State law.
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older must be paid. For those choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accomplished online at the
Society's web site http://www.pancanalsociety.org at the "On-Line Services" link.
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING (Sago Ballroom)
All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting that will be held on Friday, July 25, 2003.
Although all Society meetings are important, the Annual meeting is probably the most important meeting of the year
for members. This is the meeting where our national and international members attending the reunion can listen to
Society business and participate in discussion. Please plan to attend this meeting! There are always really great door
prizes donated by the Reunion Vendors as a bonus.
ANNUAL LUNCHEON (Sabal / Royal Ballrooms)
The 2003 Annual Luncheon is not only a luncheon, it is a "SPECTACULAR LUNCHEON"!! This year the
Panama Canal Society is happy to announce a Bruce Quinn production of epic proportions at our Luncheon. In con-
junction with our "Celebrating Panama's Centennial" theme, we will have a musical show that will pack the house!
"One Hundred Years of Songs We Knew and Loved" is what this show is all about. In keeping with a Bruce Quinn
production, the talent is phenomenal including Sarah Knapp, Steve Alper, JoAnne Mitchell, George Childers,
Melanie Bales, Faith Varrone, Kenn Lantry, Linda Weir, Bob Teta, all from the US and then Dino Nugent, Erika
Ender, Luis Arteaga, Cristina De La Fuente, Juan Carlos Adams, and Aaron Zebede from Panama performing. This
promises to be the best show at a Panama Canal Society Reunion ever. Be sure to make your luncheon reservations
early, seating will be limited. See the ad in this book for more exciting information about this event. Don't forget to
send in your requests for the songs you would like to hear.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is July 1, 2003, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to
limited seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Seating
will be at tables of 10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment
preferences, as well as special seating arrangements to accommodate special needs, should be listed on the ticket
order form and will be honored to the extent possible.
Diners must indicate on the order form their choice of either Grilled Pork Loin Medallions con Guava Salsa
OR Roasted Chicken with Citrus garlic and Rosemary. Both entrees are served with Florida Citrus Salad consist-
ing of mixed greens with fresh orange and grapefruit, toasted pistachio nuts and citrus vinaigrette, yellow rice,
steamed vegetables and topped off with a pina colada torte, vanilla sponge cake and pineapple-coconut mousse.
Luncheon tickets will not be sold at the Reunion. Entrance into the luncheon by ticket holders only will be
strictly enforced. Entrance for the show only will not be allowed.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DANCES (Sabal / Royal Ballrooms)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt, until the allowed maximum capacity for the ball-
room is reached. Both dances will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 1:30 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance"
will again feature "Lucho's Friends" who had a highly successful debut at last year's Reunion. Dress is informal.
The Saturday night dance again features the incomparable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band;" and dress is
semi-formal, with no shorts or jeans permitted.
Children must be at least 12 years of age to attend these dances.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DANCE TICKETS PURCHASED AT THE REUNION WILL BE AT THE RATE
OF $15.00 EACH. THEREFORE, ADVANCE PURCHASE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DISCO DANCES (Sago Ballroom)
Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt until allowable room capacity is met. Both dances will
begin at 11:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 a.m. Attire is casual. Children must be at least 15 years of age to attend these
GOLF TOURNAMENT and LUNCHEON (Hawk's Landing and Sago Ballroom)
The 23rd Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Marriott's Hawk's Landing
Golf Course on Thursday, July 24, 2003, with a 7:00 a.m. check-in time and a 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start. The Awards
Luncheon will be held in the Sago Ballroom, and will start immediately after play ends. The entry deadline is July
1, 2003. The player entry fee includes green fees, golf cart, luncheon, awards, door prizes and complimentary stor-
age of clubs during the player's reunion stay.
Players are to select, at time of registration, whether they choose to play as an individual and compete for indi-
vidual prizes, or to play in a two-person scramble format for team prizes. Players choosing the team format who
do not designate a partner at the time of registration will be assigned a compatible partner, to the extent known or
possible. It is permissible (and requests will be honored) for a foursome to consist of a two-person scramble
team and two individual players.
Male players electing to play in the individual format will be flighted by age, while individual female golfers will
be grouped in one flight. Two-person scramble teams will be flighted by team handicaps to be determined by the
golf committee, based on the partners' handicaps. Flighting and tee assignments will be posted on Wednesday after-
noon prior to the tournament in the Society's Information Area at the Grand Ballroom Foyer.
Players are encouraged to invite no more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon.
Soft cleats and proper attire are required, and no coolers will be permitted on the course. Professional golfers
are not eligible to compete for player prizes only door prizes
BINGO (Sago Ballroom)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of charge bingo games on Friday from 2:00 5:00 p.m.,
with lots of fun to be had and great prizes to be won.
DESPEDIDA (Sabal / Royal Ballrooms)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida, which will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2003. The doors will open
at 9:30 a.m. at the Sabal/Royal Ballrooms. The Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be on
sale to members by the hotel. Come early and get a good seat.
The Folkloric Dancers will perform for your entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The dance group will be
available afterwards for photographs.
Despedida 2003 will also feature the drawing of the 2nd Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always color-
ful and entertaining closing ceremony on Sunday morning. The lottery is priced at $1 per ticket, and is available at
the Despedida Lottery table located near the Registration / Information area. ALL of the monies collected will be dis-
tributed to the 3 lucky prizewinners. A WORD OF CAUTION THOUGH ON THE LOTTERY YOU MUST
BE PRESENT AT THE DESPEDIDA IN ORDER TO WIN, so do not buy it unless you will be able to attend, as
there can be NO REFUNDS.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of
CLASS AND MINI REUNIONS
Members desiring to hold a class or mini reunion while at the Annual Reunion must coordinate with and
receive advance approval from Class and Mini Reunion Chairperson Jim Parthenais at 727-892-9994, or
firstname.lastname@example.org. THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PER-
SONNEL DISCUSS ANY ARRANGEMENTS, UNTIL THE ADVANCE APPROVAL PROCESS IS COMPLETE.
Class and mini reunions requiring hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's
Coordinators for class and mini reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of the
policies and procedures regarding the payment of membership dues and registration fees required in order to attend
Society reunion activities. Coordinators are also responsible for scheduling their class or mini reunion activities so as
not to conflict with the Society's scheduled activities. In order for Society personnel to be able to assist and respond
to inquiries during the Reunion, class and mini reunion schedules of events or notices should be posted at the
Society's Information desk and are, by hotel policy, not to be posted anywhere else in the hotel.
REUNION VENDORS (Canary Ballroom)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2003 membership dues,
(2) their $5.00 reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application
approved by the Society. Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and are
subject to space availability. The Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may pro-
hibit the sale of any items that are deemed objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign a hold harm-
less clause that denies any Society responsibility or liability for items sold by reunion vendors.
Vendor applications may be obtained, as well as inquiries made, by contacting Vendor Chairperson Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis by telephone at 727-442-0457, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Printable Vendor
Applications are also available on the Society's website, http://www.pancanalsociety.org.
INFORMATION AND SECRETARY (Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide
assistance to reunion attendees in a number of ways. It is the focal point for information and directions for all reunion
activities, including mini reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and serves as a message center
through maintenance of a bulletin board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for lost and found articles, for
the sale of Society license plates, decals and Canal Records, as well as tickets to reunion dances, if still available.
Members wishing to conduct Society business or having membership related matters to discuss are also welcome to
visit the Secretary during posted operating hours.
In response to numerous complaints in past years concerning the difficulty encountered by individuals moving
about the rather expansive reunion facility, arrangements are being made for a local supplier to make available motor-
ized scooters at a special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker Medical at 1-888-726-6837. Free Delivery and Pick
up. Scooters are $30.00 per day. Members need to contact the supplier directly and make reservations by July 1. 2003.
NOTICES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2003 membership dues and the
reunion registration fee.
Reservations, and subsequent changes to reservations, may be made ONLY with the Society's Lodging Chairperson.
The host hotel will not deal directly with reunion attendees on reservation requests at the Society's special rates. The
Society's special reunion rate of $109.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning July 20 through July 30,
Except in special circumstances, only one room reservation per member will be permitted at the Society's special
reunion rate; and the reserving member must occupy the room.
Rooms will be reserved in the same order as reservation requests are received and approved, and will be done so
until all available rooms are assigned.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose
their priority; and a new priority date will be assigned when the form is finally in order. The Society will make every
effort possible to expeditiously advise those applicants who could not be placed and to offer alternative lodging
There are a number of one and two bedroom suites available on the property. Interested applicants should contact
the Lodging Chairperson directly at 1-813-679-8416 for prices, availability and approval before submitting a request
for these suites on the reservation form.
SUBMISSION OF HOTEL ROOM RESERVATION FORM
To reserve a room, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages A and B must be completed
in its entirety, either printed or typed, and accompanied by one night's deposit (payable to Orlando World
Center Marriott), to be submitted to Reunion Coordinator, and received in the Society Office at 7985 113th
Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712 no later than June 1, 2003.
There are a limited number of rooms available for assignment to persons having "special needs," as well as a limit-
ed number of roll-away beds and refrigerators, all of which will be assigned in the same order that reservation requests
are received and approved. Requests for these items should be noted in the space provided in the hotel reservation sec-
tion of the Reservation, Order and Payment Form.
Members will lose their first night's deposit and the remainder of their reservation will be cancelled, if they:
a. Fail to cancel or amend their reservation at least 72 hours before arrival date, or
b. Fail to check in to the hotel on the first night for which the reservation was made.
Please Note: No more than five persons are permitted to occupy a single hotel room.
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Hello fellow Panama Canal Society members....
I think I can safely say that this will be one of the grandest shows yet for the
Panama Canal Society. The Panama Canal Society is very privileged to have a show of
this magnitude. Bruce Quinn and the top shelf performers of this gala event have been
working hard for months getting ready to entertain all of you. This show will certainly mark
a significant emotional event in your life! Since I have been a part of the planning of this
event, I have been very impressed with the method of the long distant organization of the
show and watching it slowly evolve into a real production. I have never been in the theater
or musical business, but after witnessing this process, I am impressed!
If you want to be part of this historical event, buy your tickets early, because once
the allocated seats are filled, no more tickets will be sold. In addition, tickets will not be
sold at the reunion and no one will be allowed into the luncheon or show without a ticket.
Since this is such a big event, we will have security manning the doors.
Please see the yellow pages for registration, or register on-line at the Panama
Canal Society web site.
This six-page booklet in the middle of your Canal Record has been provided to you
to give you the opportunity to see who the performers are going to be. We will list the
songs that will be performed in the June Canal Record.
Although we haven't had very many song requests from the Society members, we
have one heck of a listing of old-time favorites that you will hear at the show. The show
will be an hour and half long and will begin as lunch finishes.
I can't wait!!!!
See all of you there....
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Jerry Brees (Artistic Director) is currently the Executive Director of the Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne,
Florida. He worked in Panama for many years directing and acting in shows for the Theatre Guild and the Pacific
Theatre Arts Centre with JoAnne. Since leaving Panama, Jerry has also worked for the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation in
Destin, Florida and as Executive Director for the Seaside Association in Seaside, Florida. He continues to pursue the-
atre, working on productions with JoAnne at the Henegar Center for the Arts.
JoAnne Mitchell (Artistic Director) grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she started doing theatre in high school.
This avocation stayed with her as she traveled the world as a teacher for the U.S. Department of Defense Overseas
Schools. She spent many years in Panama directing and acting in shows for the Theatre Guild, Surfside and the Pacific
Theatre Arts Centre as well as working with drama students at Curundu Junior High School and Balboa High School.
JoAnne now teaches in Melbourne, Florida and directs theatre productions at the Henegar Center for the Arts.
The Support Team
Bruce Quinn is a Descendent of A Holder of the Roosevelt Medal. His grandfather, Patrick J. Quinn,
was a Canal Builder working between the years 1907-1914. His great grandfather, John Corrigan,
worked in the post Canal Construction Days after 1916. Both his parents, Marc and Berta Quinn retired
from Canal Service as did his brother, Marc. Bruce worked nearly 30 years with the Canal enterprise
retiring in 1989, as the Ombudsman of the Canal Area. He is known for his work in theater. For 47 years
he has directed, produced, acted, and so forth in more than 200 productions. The Government of
Panama decorated him in 1984 for his contribution to the performing arts with the Order of Vasco Nuiez
de Balboa. The Museum of Contemporary Arts presented him with their prestigious award for his
"Excellence in Art" in 1995 and in 2001 he was presented the Anita Villalaz Award in the performing arts
as the "Man of the Year". In 1996 he directed here in Orlando for the Panama Canal Society a retro-
spective of Broadway musicals which he produced or directed for the Canal Zone United Fund for nine-
teen years with many of the original cast members performing at the event. The impact of this program,
attended by 900 members, was evident when an unbiased observer, a waitress of the hotel, comment-
ed that she had never seen so much love in one room. He considers this comment one of the highest
accolades in his life.
B John Mayles lived in Panama for nearly 50 years. He appeared in more than 25 stage productions
before audiences at the Circle Theatre, Theatre Guild, Teatro en Circulo and in five musicals for the
United Way. He will be remembered for his roles as Captain Von Trapp, Henry Higgins, Fagin and
I was most fortunate to have had my first exposure to theatre in the brilliant light of Don Musselman's
direction. Among the many things I learned from him was the knowledge that life was always a bit more
humorous than one might have thought. As my life progressed, I was lucky enough to have formed a
lifelong relationship with my dear friend, Ed, had three wonderful children: Derek, Melinda and Erin, to
have married my beloved late husband, Ken with whom I have had many treasured memories both on
stage and off, a FABULOUS granddaughter, Jolie Bette, and a terrific theatre family, many of whom are
performing here today. As I look back on favorite characters I've played Goya, Sister Mary Regina,
Cherie, Madame Arcadi, Sylvia and favorite characters I've known Bruce, George,Terry, JoAnne,
Jerry, Shirley, Paul, Melanie, Fred, Linda, Rick, Barbara, Peter, my wonderful family, countless other
dear friends my heart is full indeed. My thanks to all of you for filling my world with joy. Now, if only I
Born in West Virginia, Kaye arrived in the Canal Zone in 1954 after graduating from MIT. He began
Canal employment in 1966, writing presentations for the Governor and the Chief Financial Officer.
He taught photography part time at the College, and appeared in College productions of
"Oklahoma", "Li'l Abner", and "West Side Story"; summer musicals "Show Boat", "Oliver!", and
"1776"; and bilingual productions "Bodas de Sangre" and "The Sound of Music". He played the
lead in "Blithe Spirit" at the Surfside Theater, appeared in "Amadeus", and played Senex, in "A
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". In 1984 he wrote the narration for a musical
extravaganza at the Balboa Theater celebrating the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Canal.
For the Canal's 75th anniversary, he coined the theme, "Honoring the Past by Building the Future",
wrote the script for a film, and edited the commemorative photo album. He retired in 1990 and lives
in Venice, FL with his wife Leonor, traveling often to Chile. They have five children and nine grand-
Photo unavailable at press time for Artistic Directors:
Jerry Brees and JoAnne Mitchell
See page 2 of this booklet for biographical information.
Aaron has been acting on stage since 1985 when he starred in ASILO DIPLOMATICO (Diplomatic
SAsylum) in Panama. Since then, he has acted in many TV commercials and other theatrical works
such as: 40 KILATES (40 Karats), JULIETA TIENE UN DESLIZ and ESQUINA PELIGROSA
i:(Dangerous Corner). In 1990, he won the Best Actor Award in Panama for his role of "Enzo" in the
SArgentine work CHUMBALE. He produced LA RATONERA (The Mouse Trap) by Agatha Christie,
SEL DIARIO DE ANA FRANK (The Diary of Anne Frank) by Albert Hackett and DESCALZOS EN EL
PARQUE (Barefoot in the Park) by Neil Simon. In 2001, he performed in his first musical in the role
of "Bell" in LOS FANTASTICOS (The Fantastiks), and he sang in the program celebrating the 70th
Anniversary of the American Society of Panama. Aaron recently appeared in the role of "Tevye" in
VIOLINSITA SOBRE EL TEJADO (Fiddler on the Roof).
Cristina is an Attorney at Law with a Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) Masters Degree. In 1995
she got her first part in the Panamanian musical directed by Bruce Quinn: "Sir Henry the Pirate".
Later that year, she won the "OTI" Revelation 1995 Award, and in 1996 she won second place in
the "Tamborera Festival". Today she is a well-known radio and television jingle singer. She has par-
ticipated in "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1996); "Grease" (1998); "The Sound of Music" (2001-as
Maria); the 70th Anniversary of the American Society (2001) and in the 2002 "A Fiddler on the
Roof", all directed by Bruce Quinn.
Cristina de la Fuente
Juan Carlos has acted in innumerable productions including JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as
"Jesus," JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT as "Joseph," and the FAN-
TASTIKS as "Matt". In 2002, he reprised his role as "Motel" in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF originally
S performed in 1992. Juan Carlos has co-directed with Bruce Quinn on various works at the Alberto
Einstein Institute in Panama such as THE WIZARD OF OZ, CINDERELLA and GREASE. He has
won various singing competitions including the National and International "Festilindo" in 1984 and the
OTI in 1991. In 2000, he appeared in the role of "Marco" in the film THE TAILOR OF PANAMA. Juan
SCarlos is the owner of JUST MAGIC producing commercial jingles in Panama. He was recently mar-
ried to Analia Nufez, Miss Panama of 2001.
Dino graduated in 1988 with a degree in Music Composition and Orchestral Direction from the
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He has received various prizes including the Organization
of American States. He was pianist and arranger for the CD LA ROSA DE LOS VIENTOS of the
Panamanian singer/composer Ruben Blades which won the Grammy in 1996 as the best CD of
Tropical Music. Dino composed the music for the short film EL MANDADO Y SACRIFICTUM for the
Cinematographer, writer and director, Pituka Heilbron-Ortega. He also collaborated as composer
and musical coordinator for the film THE TAILOR OF PANAMA, produced and directed by John
Boorman. He is the winner of the national competition for the official musical composition commem-
orating the Centennial of the Republic of Panama. He is currently the director of the Municipal
Dino Nugent Symphonic Band of Panama.
Erika Ender is one of the New Wave of Panamanian artists setting a name for herself international-
ly, specifically, as a singer-songwriter. Some of the top Latin American singing idols have recorded
her songs including: Chayanne, Elvis Crespo, Son by Four, Alejandro Montaner, Azticar Moreno,
Marcos Llunas, Jaci Velasquez, amongst others. In April 2002, she was honored by the American
Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) for her song "Candela" recorded by
Chayanne when it was named as the Best Latin Pop Song of the Year! She was born in Panama
and has been living in Miami since 1998. That year she was selected to be the hostess of the pro-
gram VIDA@LINEA for the Discovery Channel which was transmitted throughout the U.S:A:, Latin
America, Brazil, Spain and Portugal. She was one of the background singers with Ruben Blades on
the tour promoting his Grammy winning CD, La Rosa de la Vientos, and also participated as a singer
Erika Ender recording CARNIVAL produced by Sting which was a compilation of famous themes featuring:
Luccinano Paivarotti, Bette Middler, Madonna, Elton John, Sting, and Ruben Blades. Presently, she
appears as the principal announcer in diverse commercial such as The Florida Lottery and more
recently as the invited guest in "comical sketches" for Sabado Gigante Internacional.
Sarah Knapp grew up in the Canal Zone. Her parents, Mary and Herb Knapp,were teachers for
the C. Z. schools. After spending her adolescent years being influenced by the likes of Bruce
Quinn, Vera Bomford and Carl Chapman,Sarah moved to New York City. She has performed
on and off Broadway and in theatres throughout the U.S. and Europe. She met her husband -
composer, conductor, arranger and musical director Steven Alper, at a theatre right here in
Florida. They have written many musicals together. Their latest, The Immigrant, has been pro-
duced off-Broadway and in Denver and Miami. Sarah and Steven were invited to Panama in
Sarah Knapp and 2000 to perform for the Gala of the 85th Anniversary of the Panama Canal. They performed
Steve Alper "Always Summer," written by Steven and Sarah's mom.
Kenn's first theatrical appearance was in the title role of the hit musical "Oliver!" directed by
Bruce Quinn. Subsequently, he also appeared as the "Courier" in 1776! After graduating from
High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, Kenn went on to study Vocal Performance at The Ohio
State University School of Music, and Musical Theatre Performance at the renowned Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music. During college, he interned with both The New York City Opera and New
York Metropolitan Opera Summer Tours. In 1978, Kenn was known as "the youngest
Pennsylvanian" on the 96-city National Tour of The Fred Waring Show. Other credits include
tours of "They're Playing Our Song" with the popular New York cabaret troupe "Four On The
Town". Kenn later appeared as one of Walt Disney's Showtime Singers at The Walt Disney
World Resort, on European and South American concert tours, as well as various Disney
Kenn Lantry recordings. His final Walt Disney appearance was as the lead American singer for the opening
of Tokyo Disneyland, Japan.
Melanie Trim Bales was born and raised in the Canal Zone and graduated from BHS in 1977.
Her first United Way show was in 1969 "SHOWBOAT". Bitten by the theatre 'bug' Melanie par-
ticipated in summer United Way shows, and Curundu Jr. High and BHS drama productions. In
1980 she returned to Panama after college and began a 19-year run of shows at the Guild, BHS
drama and PTAC. Melanie was Guild president in 1985 and continued to serve on the board in
many capacities. She is a FORSCOM award winner for both acting and directing musicals at
PTAC. I am a proud mother of two boys and wife of the wonderfully talented singer Fred Bales.
Rudy was born in and reared in Panama & the Panama Canal Zone and appeared in and/or
worked in more than 60 productions, from 1963 to 1975 and over a dozen productions in San
Francisco. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Curry College in Milton, MA. He moved to
San Francisco, CA in 1976, worked for SBC, Inc. and retired from there with nearly 30 years
of service. He spends his time gardening, cooking, taking photographs, catering on occasion,
collecting glass ornaments and volunteering at the local PBS station, KQED in San Francisco.
The Christmas season is his favorite holiday; his holiday gift to friends is an annual gastro-
nomic delight, where main courses and desserts get presented with blue flames of brandy. He
also travels and visits friends along the way and is well known as one of the very best tour
guides in San Francisco.
Active in school performances and church choirs since grade school, Faith was thrilled to be
a part of the Canal Zone theater productions in the early 1970's. She participated in the United
Way productions of "Mame" (chorus), and "1776" (Martha Jefferson) and leading roles in
"Paint Your Wagon" and "The Fantasticks" at the Ancon Theater Guild. She was also a mem-
ber of the Balboa Union Church Choir and continues to be active in church and community
choirs in Philadelphia, PA. She recently traveled to Austria to participate in Europe's Annual
Advent Festival with her church choir and participated in AOL's National Chorus in the singing
of Handel's Messiah conducted by John Rutter and performed in New York's Carnegie Hall.
Future choir festivals include Stowe, VT in 2003 and Italy in 2004. She and her husband, Neil
have been married for 26 years and have 2 grown sons.
Theatre and musical productions are certainly a big part of my life. Beginning as early as high
school, through College and then my years in the Canal Zone participating in the Atlantic Little
Theatre and United Way productions in Balboa. Some of the highlights were Showboat, Kiss Me
Kate, Guys and Dolls, 1776, and Fiddler on the Roof. I also taught music at St. Mary's Elementary
school in Balboa, Colegio de San Jose and Academia de Santa Maria in Colon, R de P. Since
our return to the U.S. I have dedicated myself in particular to directing church choirs, children's
choirs and bell choirs. Presently, I am the lead cantor at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL and
sing with the Diocesan Choir. It is a delight to be a part of this production for the Pan Canal
Society and to work with Bruce Quinn and the other extremely talented members of this cast. It's
definitely a humbling experience for me. When we are not enjoying our home in sunny Florida,
Weulcia Wilkins we enjoy the view of Mt. Rainier from our newly completed cabin in Washington State.
Retirement is great!
Captain Teta was stationed in the Army in the Canal Zone during the mid 70's. In less than four
years, he participated in 15 shows, most memorable "1776" and his favorite Kind Arthur in
"Camelot". He directed "The Andersonville Trial" for Surf Side Theater and was last seen in the
Canal Zone in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" He currently performs as a singer in Vero Beach,
Florida and also manages a five star French Restaurant "Cher Yannick".
Linda Woodruff Weir is a 1966 BHS graduate and 1968 CZC graduate. While living in the C.Z.,
Linda appeared in the Bruce Quinn productions of "The Sound of Music", "My Fair Lady", "Music
Man", "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Wizard of Oz", and "Applause". Linda also appeared in "The
Rainmaker" and "Death of a Salesman" at the Surfside Theatre in Amador. Since moving to
Clearwater, Florida, in 1995, Linda has been involved with the Pinellas County theatre communi-
ty winning acting awards for her performances in "The Sisters Rosenzweig", "The Bickersons",
and "The Lion in Winter". This year Linda was honored with the local Lary Award for her direction
of "The Rainmaker" and the musical award for "Carousel", which she also directed."
George arrived on the Isthmus in 1976 and departed in 1995. During that time, he worked for the
Panama Canal's Marine Bureau as a Court Reporter with the Board of Local Inspectors. When
not working, George was either at the beach or singing, dancing, acting or all three at the Theatre
Guild of Ancon, Surfside Theatre or the Pacific Theatre Arts Center. He is a recipient of the
Canal's Honorary Public Service Award for his voluntary work at the Theatre Guild of Ancon and
the Friends of the Ballet. Last year, George returned to the Isthmus and was able to see the
incredible changes that have occurred during the 7-1/2 years he had been gone. He filled himself
'ff I with ceviche, michas, flauta, grilled corvina with garlic and many desserts to the point of exhaus-
tion. He recently relocated in the Melbourne, Florida, area. He states that he is looking for a job
e M. to pay for his new home. You may see him bagging groceries at Publix. Even though the sign says
Childers "NO TIPPING," any gratuity would be appreciated...
John performed his first part on the stage of Cristobal Junior-Senior High School as Manly Rash
in the melodrama "Egad, What a Cad!" a student production directed by his friend John Rowell.
Thereafter, he participated in just about every production he could at Cristobal and then Balboa
High School. He appeared in Surfside Theater's "Working" and in "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well
and Living in Paris" and the "Elephant Man," both directed by Bruce Quinn at the Theater Guild.
In the U.S., John has performed in "Treasure Island," "The Gingerbread Lady," "The Boys in the
Band," "The Odd Couple," "The Owl and the Pussycat", and "Cabaret" among others. Most
recently, John was Assistant Artistic Director of The Theatre District, now at the Charlie Chaplin
Theater in Los Angeles, where he directed "The Sum of Us," "Miss Reardon Drinks a Little," and
"Durang Bang," three short plays by Christopher Durang. John is currently a freelance writer
John Bowerman residing in San Jose with his partner Robert and two mentally challenged cats. He is very happy
to be taking part in "A Century of Music" with some of the old gang from Panama.
Theater in the Canal Zone was important to ill.ir
people in different ways. Directors could sho" (thir
creativity, budding actors got a chance to perform .und
perfect their craft, and the Canal Zone public c II cd
an entertaining night out. Many of us worked back
stage, some of us got a chance to show our tal. nit.
and great stories, plays, and musicals were play d II .u
for all of us to enjoy. From full productions at BHS
Theater of "Man of La Mancha" to "Our Town" at the
Ancon Little Theater, the theater has touched each of
us. I hope that you will enjoy a walk down memory
lane made of program covers from a variety of shows
and plays that became a part of our pride. Many
thanks to Jerry Hall and Rudy Crespo for the use of
their program covers.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Editor, Canal Record
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HEILMANS CELEBRATE 63rd
Babe and Dal Heilman celebrated their 63rd wedding
anniversary on November 10, 2002. The enclosed picture
was taken in front of their home in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
They were married in the Magistrate Court in Balboa in 1939.
Babe and Dal Heilman
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE
SENIOR EARNS ELUSIVE DEGREE AT TSUD
By DeVon A. Applewhite, Eagle Staff Writer
When salt-and-pepper-haired Peggi May reveals she's a
hard rock fan, people realize they're not dealing with a typi-
Sitting on a table in a Troy State University Dothan class-
room, Peggi's legs are crossed.
She's wearing white Capri pants, a light green blouse and
gold hoop earrings.
Peggi's smile becomes as bright as her clothing when she
swings her hands in the air, as if directing traffic, and begins
to speak about an accomplishment that would make some of
her peers shudder and ask why she would put herself through
"I didn't think I was going to make it there a couple of
times," confessed Peggi.
Last Friday, Peggi's quest to earn a four-year college
degree came to an end when she participated in commence-
ment exercises at TSUD. It makes her third degree in the past
Earning an associate degree in 1995 and 1996, as well as
honors from Wallace College, Peggi had credits from that
school transferred to TSUD so she could pursue a criminal
Enrolling at TSUD on a Lifelong Learning Scholarship,
Peggi was determined to get all A's. It doesn't surprise Dr.
Burton Wright that Peggi's graduating with a 4.0.
"She's a very hard worker and is always in class on time,"
said the 85-year-old Wright, who taught Peggi social geron-
tology. "She's a fantastic student and living proof that older
people can learn."
Although Peggi has lived through wars that fellow stu-
dents have only read about in textbooks, she doesn't profess
to be a know-it-all.
"She doesn't think she's old," added Wright, "and
because of that students have really treated her like a peer."
In addition to finding inspiration in students young
enough to be her grandchildren, the support of family also
kept her motivated. Ironically, it was family who put Peggy's
goal on hold a few decades. In 1974, she enrolled at Canal
Zone College. Married with two little girls, her time at the
school was brief.
"Going to college just wasn't as important back then as it
is today," she said.
After graduating high school, Peggi got a job as a secre-
tary for the Air Force. She also performed clerical work in
other branches of the military, even becoming employed at
The Pentagon as a naval secretary.
Today, Peggi has more options.
She doesn't foresee working a 9-to-5 job. However, she'd
like to learn sign language and use her skills in the courtroom,
juggling leisurely work along with her hobbies -- gardening,
sewing, listening to classical music, reading mystery books
and John Grisham novels.
(Article reprinted per permission granted by DeVon
Applewaite December 2, 2002.)
54TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Wilson and Ethel (Slay) Purvis celebrated their 54th
wedding anniversary on December 9, 2002. They were mar-
ried at the Balboa Union Church in 1948.
As a gift to themselves, they cruised on Holland
American Line MS NOORDAM to several Caribbean ports
including a one-day stay in Colon. One of the highlights of
the visit was the train ride across the Isthmus and a bus tour
of Balboa, the Causeway and the Miraflores Locks. Yes,
cruise ships are starting to dock in Panama.
The Purvises currently reside in Convers, Georgia.
Wilson and Ethel Purvis
ELIZABETH A. RIESZ
Elizabeth A. Riesz, daughter of June (Barlow) and John
Riesz of Palm Coast, Florida, recently completed a six-month
Law Enforcement Officer Recruit Class in Tallahassee. On
March 22, 2002, Liz graduated as an Officer with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This was the
2nd graduating class for FWC. Of the 40 recruits, only four
Liz is assigned now as an Officer in the Florida Keys with
her patrol area from Key Largo to Marathon. She resides in
Congratulations to Nick Peters, upon his graduation from
Westmoor High School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Nick is
the son of Marlene (Snyder) Peters (CHS'79) and Kenneth
W. Peters, all from Oklahoma City, OK; and the grandson of
Dr. Wallace M. Synder and Vilma (Higuero) Snyder, for-
merly of Coco Solo, Canal Zone; and the nephew of
Roderick Snyder (CHS'77). Dr. Snyder was the Chief of
Radiology at both Coco Solo and Gorgas hospitals in Panama
where the Synder's currently reside. Marlene is a Register
Nurse with the Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City, while
husband Kenneth W. Peters is a Police Officer and Tactical
Unit Member of the Oklahoma City Police Department.
CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY
The birthday girl Fina Attia is seated at the right in the
enclosed photograph. Celebrating the special day with her
were long-time friend Mary Hanna (holding her newest
great-granddaughter Cody), Jennifer (Hanna) Morris, Jean
Hanna (holding Jennifer's daughter Josie), and Cheryl
Russell (not in photo).
Mary and Bob Hanna also have a new great-grand-
daughter Lily born to Terry (Hanna) Shell who lives in San
Antonio, Texas. That makes Tommy Hanna a grandfather.
Justine Pasek, a crowd favorite during the 2002 MISS
UNIVERSE competition, is a 22-year-old native of Panama
City, Panama. She has been recognized all over the world for
her supermodel looks and humble personality. Her natural
beauty is indicative of the beauty in the new millennium. As
Justine moves to New York City to take on the title of Miss
Universe, she is ready to work hard as an ambassador for
women around the world by representing the Miss Universe
Before putting on the crown, Justine worked in produc-
tion for television specials, charity events, theater musicals
and fashion shows. She plans to someday complete a degree
in Environmental Engineering, and then work for the
Smithsonian Research Center, educating the public about
environmental conservation. During her reign as Miss
Panama, she has worked with Casa Esperanza, which is an
organization that helps street kids get off the street and into
schools. She has also set up fashion shows for charitable
organizations such as the Red Cross, FANLIC (Fundsacion
Amigos Ninos Con Leucemia Y Cancer), Fundacion Son
Felipe, among others.
Justine is the daughter of a software engineer for the
Panama Canal Authority and a homemaker. She is the oldest
of three; her two brothers are 12 and 14. Her Grandfather was
a marine in World War II and a pilot for the Panama Canal
Commission. She has a very close relationship with her par-
ents and has been a mentor to her younger siblings. She has
had her family's support as a competitor in swimming, bas-
ketball and volleyball and has enjoyed drawing, ballet, tap,
salsa and gourmet cooking lessons throughout her childhood.
As Miss Universe 2002, Pasek will travel extensively
with internationally recognized AIDS/HIV organizations,
including the Global Health Council, the Harvard AIDS
Institute, AmFAR, and the Center for Disease Control's "Act
Now" campaign. As a "celebrity" spokesperson, she will be
responsible for working with the media globally to generate a
better understanding and acceptance of AIDS and HIV and its
prevention; while helping increase awareness, funding and
resources for these key organizations.
SCHAFERS CELEBRATE 40TH
Lt. Col. Vernon L. and Catsy Taylor Schafer of San
Diego, Calif., celebrated their 40th anniversary. They were
married at Fort Clayton Chapel, Panama Canal Zone on
December 3, 1962.
JoAnn Bonk of Tampa, Fla., daughter of the late Hugo
and Blanche Belinske announces her engagement to Joe
Massengill of St. Petersburg, Fla., son of the late George and
JoAnn is employed with the Department of Labor
(OSHA) and Joe is a self-employed carpenter.
A wedding date has been set for April 5, 2003 in St.
JoAnn Bonk and Joe Massengill.
DOUG HOFFMAN SELECTED
AS HOMECOMING KING
Catsy Taylor Schafer and Vernon L. Schafer.
Doug Hoffman was selected as the Homecoming King
for Newberry High School. Doug is the son of Sharon
(Dumas) Hoffman (CHS'79) and Doug Hoffman, Sr. of
Newberry, Florida; and the grandson of LTC Edwin H.
Dumas, U.S. Army (Retired), and the late JoAnne Dumas
formally of Ft. Gulick, Canal Zone, and of Diane and the late
Howard C. Hoffman. Doug will be graduating from
Newberry High School on May 31 2003. Congratulations
Congratulations to Pam Clark (BHS'86) on her 4th CD
entitled "Simple Man's Daughter". This is Pam's second CD
in English. Pam is currently residing in Panama City, Panama
and is President and owner of GM Productions, SA., (a
Recording Studio and Production company). Pam has been
extremely busy in the past few years working as a studio
vocalist and producer. She has done jingles and commercials
for Channel (TVN) 2, Ultra Stereo 98.9FM, Rock & Pop
106.7FM. Pam was also featured at the # 1 spot on Panama
music charts at La Mega Radio Station for 2 months with "Yo
Grover and Freddieann (Gallardo) Matheney of
Panama City, Republic of Panama, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Audra Anyse (BHS'94), to Walter
Fitzgerald (BHS'94), son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Fitzgerald,
also of Panama City, Republic of Panama. Anyse is the
granddaughter of Carlos and Margaret (Williams)
Gallardo and Blanche (Adler) Browne. An August 2003
wedding is being planned to take place in Panama.
COPESKEYS CELEBRATE 50th
Bob and Maureen Copeskey marked their 50th wedding
anniversary this past summer and fall with a family reunion
in the Grand Tetons and a special mass and reception with
extended family and friends in Tennessee in September. Bob
and Maureen, the five Copeskey children, their spouses and
the eight grandchildren traveled from around the country in
mid-June for a week-long family gathering at Signal
Mountain Lodge on the shores of Jackson Lake in
Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. The week of white-
water rafting, horseback riding, hiking, paddling, sightseeing
and relaxing was organized by Cindy (BHS'71) and Col.
Mike Coman (BHS'71) of Port Orange, FL; Paul (BHS'72)
and Megan of Los Angeles, CA; Peter (BHS'73) and Mary
of Tucson, AZ; Jim and Barbara of Waverly, TN; and Jeff
and Lissa of Baton Rouge, LA. In addition, closer to Bob and
Maureen's actual wedding anniversary date of September 24,
2002, a celebratory mass and dinner/dancing reception was
held at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Old Hickory,
Tennessee for more than 200 family members, friends and
well-wishers. From 1969-1974, Bob was very involved in
organizing youth activities and was a familiar face to hun-
dreds of kids involved in sports on the Pacific side in general
and on Albrook in particular.
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Bob and Maureen Copeskey
Walter and Anyse at the Amador Causeway.
Front Row (seated): Paul (BHS'72), Jessica, Megan and
Jake Copeskey. Middle Row: Adam, Katie, Pete (BHS'73),
Mary, Bob and Maureen Copeskey. Back Row: Candice,
Barbara and Jim Copeskey, Mike Coman (BHS'71),
Cindy (Copeskey) Coman (BHS'71), Drew Coman, and
Michael, Lissa, Matt and Jeff Copeskey.
Doug and Jean Litton of Pensacola, Florida, celebrated
their Golden Wedding Anniversary on December 29, 2002. A
surprise dinner party was hosted by their children; Brent
Litton (Mobile AL), Greg and Carrie Litton (Pensacola)
and Donsa and Michael Scapin (Pensacola), along with their
grandchildren Patrick and Corey (Brent's), Lauren and
Morgan (Greg's), and Alexandra and Brandon (Donna's).
The Linton's formerly resided in Coco Solo, Canal Zone
where Doug coached at Cristobal High School.
L to R: Brent Litton, Donna Scapin, Jean Litton, Doug
Litton and Greg Litton.
Bill McLaughlin started college at Canal Zone College
in 1971, but like most true blooded Zonians, he went to work
for the Canal Zone Government as a career employee and
never finished college. Now, 30 years later, he has finished
what he started and completed a degree that was not even
offered 30 years ago, which is a degree in Information
Systems Technology (Computers).
After a year of planning, Russ and Marianne (Field)
(CHS'67) Hockin, along with their four sons, daughter-in-
law, and Russ' mom, Grace (Nana) Hockin, spent the
Christmas holidays on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise
aboard the Norwegian Sun. Ports of call included Gran
Cayman, Roatan Bay, Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel.
The Hockins were celebrating Nana Hockin's 80th birth-
day...and...Marianne and Russ' 30th wedding anniversary.
Everyone had a terrific time and the Hockin gang plans on
Front Kow (L-K): Grace (Nana) Hockin, Ryan and Nicole,
Garrett Hockin. Back Row (L-R): Kevin, Jaime, Marianne
and Russ Hockin.
SONYA MICHELLE DEDEAUX
Sonya Michelle Dedeaux, daughter of Jon and Debra
Dedeaux, sister of J Dedeaux, granddaughter of Barbara
and Louis Dedeaux and Delila and Jack Hepler has com-
pleted what has been a long-lived educational career while
still enlisted in the Air Force. She is currently a Staff Sergeant
at Brooks Air Force Base. She graduated on December 14,
2002 from the University of The Incarnate Word in San
Antonio, TX with honors and an ending GPA of 3.9. This
year, Sonya will attend Trinity University in San Antonio,
TX, where she will be in the Masters of School Psychology
Program. Sonya's goal is to work with children as a licensed
school psychologist, assisting children and teachers to make
learning more understandable and beneficial. She will then
pursue her PHD enabling her to teach at the university level.
Sonya Michelle Dedeaux
BLOEMER o5TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Bloemer of McKinney, Texas,
celebrated their 50th anniversary January 11, 2003 at Mrs.
Olive Coe's home in Dallas with their family and close
Robert is a retired Panama Canal Pilot. He also retired
from Louisiana Loop Inc.
Angela and Bob met aboard the General Taylor MSTS
Army Transport in 1951. Robert was the ship's Deck Officer
and Angela sailed as Ship Nurse for 18 months.
They married in 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Plainfield, N.J., on January 11, 1953.
Their family consists of: daughter Barbara and Dr. Tim
Ellington, who reside in Greenville; son Robert, a retired
Air Force Pilot who currently works with W.P. Stewart in
New Jersey and Kim live in Sparta, N.J.; son, Donald, who
resides in McKinney, Texas. Father Carl Vogel of St.
Michael's Church in McKinney renewed their marriage vows
at Mrs. Olive Coe's home.
5oTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
NEILSON AND DORIS
August 23, 1952 2002
"How about breakfast at Shoney's tomorrow?" That was
the beginning of an unforgettable 50th Anniversary celebra-
tion for Neilson and Doris Etchberger. Their son Tom and
daughter-in-law Lesia had secretly planned the celebration
for the weekend of August 24-25 with the help of Doris'
nephew, Howard Paulding.
The first surprise was the appearance at breakfast of
Doris' sisters Irene Chan, Betty Snow, and Beverly
Williams. Also Ed and Marcy (Wood) Napoleon (Neilson
and Doris always introduced Marcy as their "acquired"
daughter). After a prolonged breakfast, the group moved to
Second surprise at Tom's home, nephews Pat and Paul
Williams arrived with their families and John Dillon, one of
the Etchbergers' Eagle Scouts from their time with Scout
Troop 21 in Balboa, came from Scottsboro. John also brought
his two young sons.
Third surprise dinner at China Star restaurant and broth-
er Harry Chan and sister-in-law Thelma were waiting for
them- At this point Lesia said no-more surprises but she
Finally everyone proceeded to the Fairfield Inn where one
of the conference rooms was set up for a "reception". There
were flowers and balloons, a two-tiered cake, punch, and
other munchies. There was lots of talk catching up, more
congratulations, picture taking, and gifts. What an over-
whelming day. The next day, everyone met at the Golden
Corral for a prolonged brunch. There were lots more talk,
reminiscing, and good wishes. But sadly all good things do
come to an end. So after brunch, everyone headed for home.
John Dillon to Scottsboro, the Chan sisters and the Napoleons
back to Florida, Harry and Thelma to Austin, Texas, Pat and
family to Birmingham, with Paul and all to Atlanta. As for
Neilson and Doris, the glow lingered on for another week.
They received congratulatory phone calls from Jimmy Wood
(Vancouver, Wash.), Richard Paulding (Albany, Calif.),
Karen Whitehead (Neilson's niece in, Williamsburg, Va.)
plus cards and notes from various other relatives and friends.
Captain Bob and Angie Bloemer celebrate 50th Anniversary
with renewal of wedding vows.
INelson and Doris (Chan) Etchberger
RONALD GARRIDO GRADUATES
Ronald J. Garrido (BHS'94), graduated from St Mary's
University at San Antonio, Texas, and was awarded the
degree of Master of Science in Computer Information
Systems on December 14, 2002.
Celebrating with Ronald were his proud parents, Captain
and Mrs. Donald P. Garrido, formerly of La Boca, Canal
Zone, his sister Lydia D. Garrido (BHS'91) and Victor
Robledo, Lydia's boyfriend.
Ronald is currently employed as Project Analyst at
Avance, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas
Ronald J. Garrido and Lydia D. Garrido
Willard and Kathleen Huffman flew to the Pacific
Northwest in October to visit their children, Jim, his wife
Joan, Mary with her husband, Gary Novak and family. All
had a good time. The sun even came out everyday while they
Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Schmidt of Ijamesville, Md.,
announce the marriage of their daughter Amanda Lee to Mr.
Dwayne Breeden, son of Danny and Sandy Breeden of
Charles Town, W. VA.
The wedding was held in Hopeland Gardens, Aiken, S.C.,
on September 8, 2001 with a reception immediately follow-
ing at the Houndslake Country Club. After the recitation of
vows and exchange of rings, there was a reading of "On
Love" by Tom and Kathy Irwin. The officiant was the
Reverend Jerry Tindale and wedding participants were
friends of the bride and groom.
After a Caribbean cruise, the young couple are at home in
New Ellenton, S.C.
Nancy Ivory was married at the home of her mother in
Lakewood, Wash., on December 22, 2002 to Jake Saunders.
Nancy is the oldest daughter of Ginny and the late Billy
Nancy and Jake are both from Woking Surrey in the U.K.
and are employed at One Source. They spent the holidays in
the Northwest along with their son Michael Tyler and Jake's
Jake Saunders holding Michael Tyler, Nancy Ivory
Saunders, and Coraleigh Saunders
L-R: Casey Novak, Kathleen Huffman, Heather (Novak)
Bornemeier holding Kirstin Kathleen Bornemeier,
Willard Huffman and Mary (Huffman) Novak.
Jeffrey Allen Aldrich and Ximena Elisa Cedeiio (for-
merly of Balboa) were married on the 28th of December 2002
in Saint Mary's Church Balboa. Jeffrey is the son of Walter
and Susan Aldrich of Rancho Santa Margarita, California
and Ximena is the daughter of Celio Cedefio and Catherine
Whitlock (BHS'76) Cedefio. The ceremony was officiated
by Father Pio Jimenez and was attended by fainily and
friends from near and far.
The bride was attended by maid of honor Andrea
Layonee Cedefio (BHS'96) and bridesmaids Katie Williams
(BHS'97), Kelly Dillon (BHS'99), Monique Woodrow
(BHS'96) and Yoela Cedeiio (BHS'99); Cassandra
Critides, daughter of Jason (BHS'82) and Leslie (Rinehart)
(BHS) Critides served as flower girl. The groom was attend-
ed by his father, Walter and best man Paull Cedefio
(BHS'98); assisting at the mass as ushers were Sean
Williams (BHS '96) and Andrew Whitlock HII. A grand
time was had by all at the reception held in the Bayview
Room of the Miramar Intercontinental Hotel.
Jeffrey Allen Aldrich and Ximena Elisa Cedefio
Third row L-R: Celio Cedefio, Leslie (Rinehart) Crittides,
John Maher, Marylou (Allen) Maher, Jack Whitlock, Jeff
Aldrich, Walter Aldrich, Andrew Augustus Whitlock H,
Paul Cedefio, and Andrew Augustus Whitlock IH. Second
Row L-R: Raymond Whitlock, Pauline (Whitlock)
Faulkner, Patricia Ann Whitlock, Jean Whitlock, Andrea
Cedefio, Catherine (Whitlock) Cedefio, and Maureen
Egger. First Row L-R: Phillip Crittides, Shane Faulkner,
Cassandra Crittides, Ximena (Cedefio) Aldrich, Kyle
Faulkner, and Dave Faulkner.
A webbing bay will be remembered
for all the joy it brings,
a bay of love anb happiness
of vows anb webbing rings.
A bay of new beginnings -
learning wIat love truly means.
Our webbing ba is just the start
of many hopes anb breams.
EMILY LOUISE SNYDER
Dr. (Col., USA Ret) and Mrs. Phil Breunle of Aurora,
Colo., are very proud to announce the birth on October 2,
2002 of their fifth grandchild, Emily Louise Snyder, daugh-
ter of Kara Lynn (Breunle) Snyder and David G. Snyder
III of Oviedo, Fla.
ISABELLA GRACE HARVEY
Linda (Woodruff) Weir proudly announces the birth of
her first grandchild, Isabella Grace. Bella was born on
March 7, 2002 and her parents are Jennifer Weir Harvey
(Linda's daughter) and son-in-law Gregory Harvey of
Linda (Woodruff) Weir and Isabella Grace Harvey.
Phil and Judy with Emily Louise
KYLE THOMAS DUPUIS
Tyrone (Ty) and Nicole (Nicky) Erickson of Asheville,
N.C., formerly of Balboa, announce the birth of their grand-
son, Kyle Thomas Dupuis, born to Heather (Erickson)
(BHS'87) and Tom Dupuis of Hopedale, Mass. Kyle was
born on Sunday, September 29, 2002 and weighed 10 lbs. 2
oz. and measured 21 inches. His arrival is welcomed by sis-
ter Brittany, Uncle Brad (BHS'84) and Jennifer Erickson
and paternal grandparents Joe and Norma Dupuis of
MICHAEL DAVID BJORNEBY
Mindy and Marc Bjorneby (CHS'86) are pleased to
announce the birth of their son, Michael David, born
September 1, 2001. Maternal grandmother is Sue Gleason of
Kent, Wash.; paternal grandparents are Dick and Pat (Leach)
Tom Dupuis holding daughter Brittany and Heather Three generations of Bjorneby: Dick, Marc and the newest
(Erickson) Dupuis holding Kyle Thomas Dupuis. addition, Michael.
ELIZABETH MAE COFER
Rick and Brandy (Huff) Cofer of Rockledgr, Florida,
proudly announce the birth of their second daughter, third
child, Elizabeth (Ellie) Mae Cofer, on June 22, 2002. Ellie
weighed in at 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long.
Ellie is welcomed by her big sister, Emma (7 yrs. old) and
her big brother, Timothy (3 yrs. old)
Maternal grandparents are Bill and Jane (Gabriel) Huff
of Merritt Island, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Bill
Cofer of New Port Richey, Florida and Donna Follese of
Coconut Creek, Florida. Maternal great grandparent s are Phil
and Betty Gabriel of Pensacola, Florida and Esther Huff of
Tulsa, Oklahoma. Paternal great-grandmother is Dottie Voet
of Coconut Creek, Florida.
Brandy, Ellie, Emma, Timothy, and Rick Cofer
ETHAN BOND CESAR
Cecil and Allison (Huff) MacPherson proudly announce
the birth of their second child, Ethan Bond Cesar
MacPherson on September 11, 2002. Ethan weighed in at 6
pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long. Ethan is wel-
comed by his big brother, Gabriel (13 months old).
Maternal grandparents are Bill and Jane (Gabriel) Huff
of Merritt Island, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Cesar
and Carmen MacPherson of Glendale, Arizona. Maternal
great-grandparents are Phil and Betty Gabriel of Pensacola,
Florida and Esther Huff of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Cecil, Gabriel, Ethan, and Allison MacPherson
MICHAEL WILLIAM DRUMMOND
William Drummond, Jr. (BHS'84) and Shannan
(Wiles) Drummond of Pensacola, FL, are proud to announce
the birth of their first child, a son, Michael William
Drummond; bor May 16, 2002 at Sacred Heart Hospital in
Pensacola. Michael weighed in at 9 lbs., 6.4 oz. He was the
biggest baby boy born in Pensacola on that day. Many of
Shannan's family from Fairhope, AL were present to wel-
come Michael into the world. Paternal grandparents are
William Drummond, Sr. and Nivia Drummond of
Pensacola, FL (formerly of Panama). Maternal grandparents
are Lou and Kathy Wiles of Fairhope, AL.
Michael was baptized on September 29, 2002 at St. Paul's
Catholic Church in Pensacola, officiated by the Reverend
Doug Halsema. Michael's Godparents are his paternal grand-
parents, William and Nivia Drummond.
A family celebration held at Bill and Shannan's new
home was attended by two of Michael's great grandmothers,
Beatrice (Mimi) Steele and Bobbie Wiles, both maternal
and paternal grandparents, along with Aunt Shelley Cohen,
Uncle Mark Drummond and first cousins Laura,
Gwendolyn and Jeanne Cohen.
Michael Willian Drummond with his parents Shannon
(Wiles) and William Drummond, Jr.
ABIGAIL ELIZABETH BREEDEN
Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Breeden (Amanda Schmidt) of
New Ellenton, S.C., announce the birth of their first child, a
daughter, Abigail Elizabeth on Wednesday, November 6,
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
Breeden of Charles Town, W.Va. The maternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schmidt (Beth Brown) of Ijamsville,
Md. The maternal great-grandmother is Elizabeth Irvin
Quintero of Hendersonville, N.C.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
CAPTAIN JIM FISH addition to the Ocean to Ocean event, the Club has also
scheduled the "Copa Club de Yates de Balboa" which is run
from the Balboa Yacht Club to Flamenco Island and back
(Feb. 24) and the "Copa Gamboa Rain Forrest Resort" a
speed event which is scheduled for March 29. Also signed up
to participate are some former paddlers. Additionally, the
Club will count with the presence of at least 4 individuals
who participated in the first event in 1954.
Unlimited Tonnage Master, Captain Jim Fish pictured
here on board the cruise ship "Yorktown Clipper" with
Panama Canal Pilot, Andrew Efthimiadis, transiting
Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, April 2002.
: In the photo, we have the crew of the Lone Star (Estrella
Solitaria) Captained by Ted Henter receiving the 2nd place
trophy in the open category for the 2002 race.
Accompanying Ted are his crew members Jim Hall, Brian
Huerbsch and Jean Carlos Tirado. Ted and crew will be
returning to race in this years event and hopes to better his
mark of last year which has been his personal best to date.
Others present in the award picture are Marisa de Arco
Prieto, President of the Club de Remos de Balboa, John
Bates "official voice" of the event and Technical Director of
the Lone Star along with Pablo Prieto, ACP Coordinator of
The "Yorktown Clipper" was traveling between Costa
Rica and Panama before heading north to Mexico and Alaska
for the summer.
IN THE "BIG HOUSE"
Photos courtesy of Panama Canal Pilot James Hotsko and
We have been informed that the Club de Remos de Balboa
has diligently been working in preparation of the 50th cele-
bration of the annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco race. The event
is being held in conjunction with the Centennial celebration
of the Republic of Panama and is one of the major events on
the agenda. In addition to the trophy category participating in
the race, this years' event will count with approximately Harold Sorrell and Owen Sutherland at the football
eight foreign crews participating and about 50 boats overall. game in the "Big House" at the University of Michigan with
The race is scheduled for the weekend of April 11, 2003. In 111,500 fans!
KELLEHERS CRUISE AGAIN
A seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Royal
Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas was again enjoyed by the
Kelleher family this summer as a farewell to Matthew
Matthew was awarded a two-year scholarship to study
with the United World College in Wales, Great Britain.
Maurice S. Kelleher
Kelleher family reunion aboard the Enchantment of the Seas.
MEXICAN FISHING TRIP
Pete Flynn (BHS'48) and Buddy Magee (BHS'47), two
Zone boys who have been friends for over 65 years, went
deep-sea fishing recently at the Palmas de Cortez Resort near
the Eastern tip of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
In three days of fishing, they caught more than 700
pounds of Yellowfin Tuna (Ahi), Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) and
Bonito. On the best day they boated 400 pounds of Yellowfin.
Pete won biggest fish honors with a 97-pounder that took
over an hour to bring in.
At the last reunion Pete told his friend Kenny Morris that
he (Pete) was a better fisherman than a golfer. He would
remind Kenny that the great Ernest Hemingway once said:
"Deep-sea fishing is a real sport, while golf is just a walk in
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PICNIC
The Third Annual Northern California Panama Picnic
was held September 21, 2002, in Los Gatos at Vasona Lake.
It was a potluck with delicious Panamanian food as the high-
light amid bochinche and salsa music, making a fun event
under sunny skies. Keith Olsen made fresh patacones,
smashing them just so with a green Panama Beer bottle.
Leslie Dugas Firth brought ropa vieja and rice with lentils.
Marge Brigadier brought ceviche with scallops, which dis-
appeared pronto. Helen Aanstoos brought ceviche made
from wahoo her brother Peter had just caught in Panama.
Lance Hughes was there again making his popular raspados
in eight different flavors. There were various platters of arroz
con polio and Johnny Mazzetta, empanadas and too much
more to list.
Connie Zemer held a loteria to raise funds for next year's
mailing. The lucky chance winners went home with bottles of
Ron Cortez, Carta Vieja, Seco, Panamanian coffee, arts and
crafts. Before we knew it, it was 6 p.m. and time to bid each
other adios until next year.
If you would like to join the fun next year, mark your cal-
endar for September 21, 2003. The site will remain at Vasona
Lake in Los Gatos. Contact Helen Aanstoos at
Haanstoos(iaol.com or 242 Vila Road, Forestville CA
95436 to be put on the mailing list. You can also check out
our website: www.norcalcanalreunion.freeservers.com.
Some of those in attendance this year were: Jimmie and
Carol Sullivan, Jim and Jane Kaufer Cochrane, Nancy
Kaufer Lanfranco, Isaac Hay, Cathy and Neal Benson,
Hal and Myrna Boynton Ericksen, Keith Olsen, Roger and
Shirley Harned Kelley, Kris Kingsbury, Kathy and Bob
Malin McInturff, Marcela Hilzinger Broe, Carolina
Bringas Hilzinger, Rosemarie Bowker Wildsmith, Dick
and Leslie Dugas Firth, Marge Brigadier, Scott and
Deborah Fade Yaeger, Jan Steward Cazden, John Millar,
Doug Sanders, Mike Young, Dave Finn, Charlie Belden,
Bernadette McNamee, Celia Cronan Miller, Roger Kat,
Alex Bloise, Tom Slice, Jerry McKenna, Darrel and
Connie Zemer Bumgarner and Helen Aanstoos. Photos were
taken by Roger Kelley.
See you there next year.
Charles "Buddy" Magee
Pete Flynn and Buddy Magee at Cabo San Lucas
JOHN SCHMIDT TRAVELS
I knew I was back home when I ordered "sweet tea" and
they didn't look at me like I was crazy.
A new car, the holiday season, and my love of the west
got me back on the road for a November-January trip to visit
with family and friends.
I left Tallahassee the end of November and drove to
Kerrville, Texas, to visit with my sister Jackie and Dale
Bishop and had four great days of visiting and enjoying my
sister's wonderful cooking. I also spent some time with my
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brother Douglas and along with that came more of great
meals from the culinary kitchen of his wife Sharon (Booth).
ed occasional snow but mostly clear and brilliant sunshine.
Trips to Cripple Creek, Divide, Eleven Mile Canyon and
wonderful shopping in Denver and Castle Rock made up
most of the time. Of course, there was plenty of wonderful
eating out in fine and fancy places. Oh, yes, my Kathleen
inherited those special culinary talents that seem to run in my
family, so great food followed me everywhere I went.
Christmas in Colorado is just special and to be with your
children is what it is all about.
It was my good fortune to be able to spend some time with
old friends and partners from my time spent at the USAF
Academy back in the 60-70's and to visit with a former high
school student of mine (Jr. ROTC Cadet) who went on to the
Air Force Academy and is now a Captain stationed in
On my return home (to sweet tea), I spent New Year's in
Kerrville with Douglas and family and the three Schmidt kids
were all together celebrating the start of the New Year and
counting our blessings for our past life and times.
Jackie (Schmidt) and Dale Bishop.
L to R: Douglas C. Schmidt (BHS'55), Jackie (Schmidt)
Bishop (BHS'48) and John (Bill) Schmidt, Jr.
Then on to Colorado stopping in Walsh to visit with old
friends Joyce (Zeeck) and Bill Mundell. Let me warn you,
however, that winter brings not only snow but also the stick-
iest MUD you will ever find on those Baca County roads. My
new Cadillac (and I) were somewhat embarrassed as it was
removed to higher ground. No matter, a visit with Joyce and
Bill is always worth any small inconvenience..like getting
stuck in the mud.
I was fortunate to have taken the drive into the panhandle
of Texas and Oklahoma in between snowstorms and blizzards
which preceded my travels into Colorado Springs to spend
the holidays with my daughter Kathleen and Tim Ryan and
my grandsons, Brandon, a sophomore at Northern Colorado,
and Bryan, a high school junior. I enjoyed almost a full
month of wonderful Rocky Mountain weather, which includ-
A1C (USAF) Jonathan Ryan Schmidt, Major (Leon County
Shariff's office John C. Schmidt (CZJC'75) and CMS
(USAF-Retired) John E. Schmidt, Jr. (BHS'50).
Ryan is with the USAF Security Froces departed January
14, 2003 for his fourth deployment in support of Enduring
Freedom in the Middle East. John is the Director of Law
Enforcement for Leon County Sheriff's Office in Tallahassee,
FL and John Jr. is retired from the USAF and from the Leon
County Schools where he taught for 15 years after retiring
from the Air Force in 1981.
I arrived back home on January 2nd to a "ton of mail" and
children and grandchildren to help me celebrate more of the
John (Bill) Schmidt
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CEDENOS IN PANAMA
The Cedefios, Catherine and Celio arrived from Spain
on 9 December on what turned out to be more of a mission
than a vacation; preparing for their daughter Ximena's wed-
ding and the Whitlock family reunion was a lot of work. The
first few days saw a little bit of relaxation and acclimatization
to the Panama weather since the dry season was not in full
While staying at Celio's sister, Magda Ormsbee,
arrangements for flowers, limos, photography and reception
were done in a whirlwind. In between calls and business vis-
its, Celio was able to catch up on a little bit of golf playing in
the 2nd Annual Rockport Classic and friendly rounds with
old golfing buddies Jimmy Young and Rick Dubek. They
also took time to satisfy their yearning for Panamanian food
with frequent trips to Niko's for Sancocho, carimafiolas and
A week later they were joined by Catherine's brother
Andy and family; Maureen (Egger), daughter Patricia and
sons Andy Jr. and Raymond who stayed with their mother,
Marylou Maher and John at Majagual, in the hills of
Veracruz, a definitively big change from Korea where Andy
is working under contract with Lockheed for the South
Korean Air Force in their F-16 program. At the same time
Catherine and Celio went to house sit for Kiki and Vicki
O'Brien at their beautiful house also located in the hills of
Veracruz. Traveling through the town of Veracruz everyday
was very interesting to say the least.
Andrea Cedefio joined the family arriving from Seattle,
Washington where she works for the Social Security System
a day after the Korea Whitlock's arrival.
Wedding and reunion preparations continued non-stop
with more players thrown in the fray; decorations, suit fittings
and Andrea's plans for her sister's wedding shower.
The following day marked the arrival of Pauline
(Whitlock) Faulkner, her husband David and their sons
Shane and Kyle from Brush Prairie, Washington as well as
Jean Whitlock from Puerto Rico.
The following day Celio and Andrea went to rent a sec-
ond car needed to orchestrate the madness and then made two
trips to the airport to pick up Ximena and husband Jeffrey
Aldrich from Rancho Santa Margarita, California and later
Paul Cedefio who flew in from Gainsville, Florida in the wee
hours of the morning. Prior to heading back to the city, cold
brews and ceviche were shared in the airport parking lot
under a clear and starry night typical of the now in session dry
The Cedefio part of the clan was together to celebrate
Celio's father's 91st birthday, where more brews and plenty
ceviche and shrimp cocktail was consumed.
By the time Christmas day arrived Jean's friends Billy
Bell and Bo Lane joined the tribe and enjoyed a fine
Christnas day celebration at the Mahers place in Majagual.
There was arroz con polio hecho en lefia, more tamales,
ceviche and a fantastic lechon that Celio had to chase all over
Chilibre to deliver to Lung Fun's to have it cooked. The kids
swam in the pool, in the creek and drank plenty sodas as Billy
Bell and Bo Lane went hunting for poison arrow frogs up the
creek bed in Majagual mountain. Quite a few Panama beers
and Atlas were downed as well as seco with maracuya juice.
Later in the evening the party was joined by Carla Ormsbee
(BHS'80) with husband Jose Gutierrez and son Jose
Guillermo as well as Carla's parents Bill and Magda
Ormsbee and brother Brian Ormsbee (BHS'84) who got
lost trying to find the Maher's house in the fading light of the
day. Carla and family came down from Mexico City for the
wedding and a Caribbean cruise and Brian was on vacation
from New York. They came from all over the world, this
Two days before the wedding Andrea and friend, Katie
Williams, recently graduated from the University of Florida
had a great wedding shower for Ximena at Rick and Janice
Dubek's house. Celio used the opportunity to go golfing
again with Pat Williams, Jimmy Young and Rick Dubek at
The following day was back to the airport to pick up Jeff's
father, Walter, by now the toll collectors on the Corredor Sur
were starting to recognize and wave at Celio as he drove
through their booths. Jeff's father brought down his golf
clubs and Celio found the perfect opportunity to go golf again
with Walter, Jose Gutierrez and Jeff at the new Summit Hills
Golf Club. After over a hundred strokes and a dozen lost
balls, Jeff found a new respect for the game.
On the 28th of December we celebrated a great wedding
at St. Mary's Church in Balboa and later a reception at the
Miramar. We were joined by lots of friends and family and a
good time was had by all. The food was fantastic and the cake
made and decorated by Cheryl Williams with the help of
Janice Dubek was out of this world.
The following days were marked with trips to Cholitas at
Isla Grande, Doug Allen's water hole on the Rio Tetas and
the beach off Scott William's place in Punta Raton.
Celio and Catherine were very happy that their kids elect-
ed to stay in Panama City with them to celebrate the New
Year instead of heading up to Bocas del Toro.
The New Year celebration started with a barbecue at
Jason Crittides house in Albrook; the filete was great and
the fire works show put on by Jack and Andy Whitlock, Billy
Bell and Bo Lane was fantastic until the next door neighbor
went ballistic and called the police. From there we all headed
to the Yacht Club where the New Year was received among
more fire works and the din of party favors, whistles and the
music of half of the Shorty and Slim Band. There were
dozens of old friends to be seen that were also down for
Christmas on the Isthmus. On the first of the year we again
had another bash at the Maher's to celebrate Jack Whitlock's
and Shane Faulkner's birthday.
Prior to our departure we had a great Panamanian
meal/barbecue at the home of Carl and Anna Opel in Ancon
where filete was declared as the best cut of meat you can ever
get out of a cow. Ricky Szymanski, Anna's son could not
join the fun because he and Tommy Ellis had been in a fray
with Ron Cortez the night before, and lost.
One by one all the Cedefios started heading back to their
destinations and Celio made more trips on the Corredor Sur.
Ximena and Jeff's departure took two rides to the airport
because on the first try we found out that Chadwick Travel
had booked them on a flight that had ceased to exist two
months before; they had to go back the following morning at
o dark hundred on a flight that would have them stopping in
three Central American capitals and a ten hour lay over in
Mexico City before they got back to Los Angeles. Can't say
they did not get their money's worth.
Celio and Catherine headed back to Spain on the 6th of
January totally beat and bankrupt.
P.S. By our final trip to the airport on the day of our depar-
ture, Celio was on a first name basis with the toll collectors.
Submitted by: Celio Cedefio
Panama Canal Museum president, Chuck Hummer,
makes a presentation of the commemorative centennial
medals to three Panama Canal Authority while transitting the
canal on the Crystal Harmony on January 15, 2003.
Shown in the photo is Tour Guide Anthony Grenald,
Crystal Harmony, Master Capt. Giske, Chuck Hummer,
canal pilots, Capts. Limberis Diamantopolus and Juan
Carlos Molino. Hummer was guest lecturer on the Panama
Canal for the Crystal Harmony.
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Chuck and Sandy Hummer on the cruise ship Crystal
Harmony, January 15, 2003, beginning its transit through the
The family photo below was taken at Thanksgiving time
of Ginny Rankin and her daughters, Nancy Ivory-
Saunders, Sandi McClanahan, and Karen Blennerhassett
and their children.
Ginny held her annual Thanksgiving dinner and her
brother Walter Kleefkens and wife Suzanne (Urey) were
also present. Jibby Kleefkens, who lives with Ginny, had to
put up with lots of noise and laughter.
NEWS FROM THE STRIDERS
The year started nicely enough with our friends from the
Melbourne (FL) area who helped us in our renewal of wed-
ding vows at the PAFB O Club some 20 years earlier (along
with daughter Kim's and Pete's renewal of their 10th
anniversary). Sam's nose (having fallen on it at Patrick two
weeks earlier while arranging that reception) was less of a
distraction than Pete's valiant driving to Orlando and back to
get a forgotten wedding dress. All had a good and exciting
time. We followed that by a Caribbean cruise that included
snorkeling with the friendly sting rays in the Caymans before
going to Sam's old haunt of Belize--from where we visited
Mayan ruins after a boat ride that reminded us of our
Christmas outings by boat (and horses) in Panama, a la Santa
Claus, courtesy of Met and Hyd.
Hillsdale named us among the honorary hosts of its
Shavano Institute's symposium at the Naples Beach Hotel,
which began on Tom's birthday and started with Netanyahu's
banquet speech (whose mind was in fast gear even before his
lecture about terrorism--in which he defined it as the inten-
tional targeting of innocent civilians). We talked with him
beforehand; and when Sam thanked him for Israel's approval
for the establishment of the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, he
immediately responded by saying that it was the most beauti-
ful site (sight?) that he had ever seen. And, as Tom departed
with an uncalled-for "buena suerte", he immediately replied
with a "thank you".
We then skipped away to Downunder, spending a week in
New Zealand, including a couple of delightful nights with
friends in Hamilton who, rightfully, said we HAD to visit the
Army Museum in Waiouru. That museum was well worth the
trip, and we returned to Auckland via Waihi Beach and the
Firth of Thames before flying to Melbourne for about 4-1/2
weeks in Australia that included exploring Victoria for a
week to as far east as Paynesville (and Raymond Island
where there were koalas to be seen). We enjoyed the moun-
tains, and out-of-the-way places like Snob's Creek Falls as
well as inhabited places where the hot-air-balloon festival
was held in Mansfield; and, of course, Wilsons Promontory
where we had to revisit our Whiskey Bay. The last time was
on a Thanksgiving Day when we ate but did not swim. This
time Tom was prepared with swimming trunks. We bumped
into a gringo there who, upon finding out that we were head-
ed for his Morrington Peninsula for our timeshare in Rye,
asked us to call him. We did, and enjoyed a dinner with his
lovely wife and two exceptionally nice children--finding their
niceness to be a reflection of their Peninsula.
A drive north along the Great Ocean Road was climaxed
by a week's stay in Adelaide--where again we saw an old
squash buddy, Pauli, who is doing with plants what she had
done in Panama with wild pets (viz, cougars): nursing them
into abundant beauty. And also in their new abode (a pent-
house overlooking HMS Buffalo in the marina in Adelaide)
were other friends who took us for an overnight stay in their
house on the Murray River. Tom later got a call from Warren
who wanted to make sure that he was occupied while Aime
took Sam shopping. His friend's little old sailboat recently
won the race from New Zealand to Adelaide. Tom, Warren,
his son, and friend sailed from the Royal South Australian
Yacht Club out to sea where Tom dutifully turned down the
offer to take the helm and rested his feet that had kept him
from doing much hiking. That resting also kept him from try-
ing to keep pace with the properly renowned champion beer
drinkers of Australia, and, possibly, it was the cause of the
turning point of the trip; for his feet stopped their pain and
permitted him to hike in the beautiful Grampians to the
Manja and Billimina Shelters. (It's not so written, but even
though Anubis was hiding, behind Billimina's glyphs is the
entrance to his Underworld). A rural B&B near Yandoit
(north of the fair in Hepburn Springs) was exceptionally nice
and quiet before our returning to the hubbub of Melbourne,
but wasn't the only gem we found.
June's Cypress Harbour helped us to introduce niece
Sally's family from Indiana to Kim's family from Arizona,
and a visit in July and August mingled Sam's sister Olive
from San Antone with son Geoff and wife Judy from
Amarillo and John and Joan Long from Kerrville and class-
mates Bill Mastoris and Bob and Troy Chambers, not to
mention Olive's family (Kelli, Stephanie, and Suzanne and
her husband). September had us in the Blue Ridge where we
first visited Tom Burt and his mountain home and had a visit
from Rusty and Gini Wilkerson before our highlight of the
year. We went to visit the 600-year-old Pemberton Oak (tree)
that had fallen the week before--and carried a newspaper
story about it to the owner, Sue Pemberton Vaughan. She
gave us a couple of rings from that tree, under which "Col.
John Pemberton assembled his command in late September
1780 for service against the British." They then marched and
were joined by other units from Virginia where from the
Watauga "the whole force, under Col. William Campbell
marched to defeat (Col.) Ferguson at King's Mountain," the
turning point of the Revolution. On the way to Williamsburg
and Jamestown, we visited George and Margaret Noble and
also Paul and Ann Mueller before visiting the D-Day
Memorial and Yorktown.
Saw many epigraphic friends at the Institute for the Study
of American Culture's annual (October) meeting in
Columbus, Ga. It ended with a revelation from Marshall
Payn that Early Man had been in Mexico some 400,000 years
ago. That was followed by participation in the Sawgrass
Rebellion where Tom didn't have to open it in Naples as he
had in Ft. Lauderdale earlier in the year with a song in
Spanish. A cruise to the Bahamas in November failed to get
us to an island (on which a previous ship had had the misfor-
tune to put its passengers and then couldn't get them off the
same day--having to drop 1400 blankets from helicopters).
That was followed by similarly disastrous cruise to Cancun
where we couldn't go diving since Sam (supposedly the only
one on the ship) was mimicking the hundreds of passengers
on two other ships that had had bad food. But we did get to
visit son Tom's and Mayra's lovely home in Odessa, Fla.
Sam helps with Baha'i classes for children in a migrant
workers' village on Sundays, and she (sometimes with Tom
as a substitute) delivers goodies donated by Starbucks to Cafe
de Vida in Bonita Springs which provides meals for the indi-
gent. Tom, after 18 months off the tennis courts due to foot
problems, now can walk with Sam on a nearby beautiful
beach and is back on the courts three times a week.
Best of luck to all of us in these trying times.
Tom and Sam Strider
Bonita Springs, Fla.
MORGANS IN COLD
Three former Zonians, Paul and Stacia Morgan, and
Paul's sister Peggy, braved the winter cold in Austria and
Germany in December 2002 to take a weeklong Danube
River cruise from Vienna to Nuremberg. Stops were made
along the way to visit Christmas Markets, drink gluhwein
(hot, mulled wine) and explore the beautifully decorated
Even though the trio had bought out all of the winter
clothing mail-order catalogs, the 20-degree weather still
taxed their ingenuity to keep warm. Although Paul and Stacia
had lived in Germany for five years, they had forgotten just
how cold it can get there, now that they live in the Tampa Bay
The weather was a little easier to adjust to for Peggy, who
is from Virginia, but she still needed lots of layers to keep
warm. Despite having had a terrific time on the cruise, the
three chilly travelers have decided that their next trip will def-
initely be to a warmer location.
dance. The visit ended too quickly with Laura again
ensconced in the protective custody of an airline seat for her
return to Tampa and the traditional welcome home glass of
wine served at the airport by her husband Mac.
Stacia (Tess Walsh) Morgan, Paul (Buddy) Morgan and
Peggy (Morgan) Brown warming up in Germany.
In October 2002, Louis and Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux's
nieces Maryruth (Clement) Vaughn (Houston, TX) and
Katherine Egolf (Pinellas Park, FL) and Katherine's mother,
Mary (Bradney) Egolf (Seminole, FL) arrived in Pensacola
for a long weekend visit that turned into a mini-family
reunion (Egolf, Dedeaux, Clement and Vaughn). Katherine
and Mary Egolf had just been to an Egolf Family Reunion in
Pennsylvania and were returning home via Pensacola. A great
time was had by all and we hope to do it again in the future
LAURA MCDILL TRAVELS
With white knuckles (her well known aversion to aviation
showing again) firmly clenching the arms of the airline seat,
Laura (Russon) McDill (CHS 1967) landed in San Juan,
Puerto Rico on 8 January 2003 to celebrate the third birthday
of her grandson Ricardo Ortiz. Ricky is a miracle of love
having arrived very prematurely into the lives of Laura's
daughter Tatiana (Bilgray) Ortiz and son-in-law Ricardo
on January 13, 2001. Little Ricky has gained all the skills to
be a thriving 3-year old with a captivating and inquisitive
personality to match. Laura and Tatiana decorated a pool in
the Builder Bob motif for the event that was attended by sixteen
other children, all accompanied by their families. The tradi-
tional birthday boy cake as well as Mariachis for entertain-
ment, followed traditional island food, which was in abun-
CRANDALLS AND HUTCHINGS
In November, Pat and Jill Hutchings and Stan and Edna
Hart Crandall spent a week and a half with an Elderhostel
group in Cuba. They visited Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and
the farming countryside.
They were impressed with the spirit of the Cuban people
and the wonderful ever-present Latin music. Most of the
Spanish Colonial buildings are in very bad condition, but
restorations are ongoing and some neighborhoods are beauti-
Stan Crandall, Edna Hart Crandall, Pat Hutchings and
Jill Hutchings in Cuba.
POCONO'S REUNION 2003
The Chateau Resort and Conference Center, at the base of
Camelback Mountain in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, has been
selected as the site for the 2003 reunion to be held Friday
through noon, Sunday, 5 and 7 September 2003. Many of us
lunched there last year and enjoyed the beautiful natural vis-
tas and indoor waterfalls. The hotel is located off Exit 299 of
180 (old Exit 45) onto Route 715 North to the first fraffic
light and turn left onto Sullivan Trail. Follow Sullivan Trail
approximately 1 mile to Camelback Road and turn left.
Follow Camelback Road 1.5 miles to the Chateau on the left.
For reservations, please call 1-800-245-5900 and indicate
that you are with the Panama Canal Group. Reservations
received after Sunday, August 3, 2003, will be provided on a
space available basis. A $1.00 In-Room Safe Surcharge will
be applied to each guest room per room night. The
Mountainview Bar and Grill is open daily.
This reunion provides a very relaxing interlude for those
who desire tranquility as well as an activity and fun filled
weekend for those preferring more amenities such as Golf,
visiting the Outlet Mall (only 5 minutes away), antiquing,
hiking, biking, swimming (indoor and outdoor pools) sauna,
whirlpool and fitness center, plus sightseeing or picnicing at
the beautiful Delaware Water Gap and Swanee areas.
Bushkill Falls is only a bit further.
For more information contact:
TOMLET'S PANAMA TRIP
I just returned from a two week trip back to Panama to
visit my brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Becky Tomlet
(BHS 88), now of Aibrook, Panama.
Matt and I are very proud "Atlantic Siders" from our
youth in Gatun. Matt still does a lot of business on the
Atlantic Side, so we recently took a trip back to some of our
old stomping grounds of Shimmey and Devil's beach.
I have enclosed some photos that were taken on the 9th of
December 2002, a beautiful day in which dry season hit the
Isthmus and we knew it had arrived!
L-R: Matthew and Andrew Tomlet at old Atlantic side
stomping ground of Devil's Beach.
Beautiful view of Devil's Beach.
Shimmy Beach, Ft. Sherman, Atlantic Side.
When Matt and I were little boys growing up in Gatun, we
spent many, many of days at Shimmey and Devil's beach. I
hope you enjoy a few shots from beautiful Panama!
I go to Panama very often and I encourage all who lived
on the Isthmus to not give it up! Yes, things have changed,
but Panama is still beautiful and has a lot to offer. Post
December 31st Panama is still an awesome place!
THE ANCON GROUP
L-R: Margaret (Moore) Hern, Muriel (Moore) McGriff,
Mary (Gilbert) Urey, Catherine (Whelon) Filo and Gloria
Withf eep Sowua
"Eteaid we t give ta them, (9 ord; and let petpetuaf ight 6Afine upon them."
Sandra Bishop Ardis, 60, of Sumter, S.C., died
December 2, 2002. She was born March 7, 1942 in Colon,
Republic of Panama. She was the daughter of the late Horace
and Blanche Bishop.
Sandy was the owner and operator of Sandy's Place, and
she worked for School District 17.
Survivors include her husband Robert A. Ardis of Sumter,
S.C.; five children, Curtiss Rivet of Jacksonville, FL., Robbin
Donohue of New Port Richey, FL., Renee Herring of
Niceville, FL., Scarlett Layne of Manning, S.C., and Russell
Ardis of Sumter, S.C.; two stepchildren, Sandy Simner and
Ashley Ardis of Sumter, S.C.; and 23 grandchildren. She is
also survived by a brother Horace D. Bishop (David), Los
Rios, Republic of Panama, two sisters, Bonnie Bishop of Los
Rios, Republic of Panama, and Billie Greenwood of Baton
Jacquelin Lee Arias, ofDothan, AL., died December 10,
2002, at her residence after a long battle with cancer. She was
Mrs. Arias was born Sept. 25, 1952, in the Panama Canal
Zone. She was employed with the Panama Canal
Commission for 24 years prior to her retirement in 1996. In
1997 she moved to Dothan where she resided for the past five
years. Mrs. Arias was a member of St. Columba Catholic
Survivors include her husband, Ted Arias of Dothan; two
stepsons, Donovan Arias and fiance Mary Allen of Dothan,
Trey Arias and wife Brandy of Sarasota, FL.; a granddaugh-
ter, Payton Arias of Dothan; mother, Louise Hunt of Dothan;
mother-in-law, Una Arias of Warrenton, VA; brother, Joe
Hunt of Clearwater, FL.; two sisters, Jerri Farnsworth and
Janet Watkins, both of Merritt Island, FL.; several brothers-
in-law, and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Bobbie Raymond Borgens passed away in Melbourne
Beach, Fla., on November 14, 2002. She was 92 years old.
Bobbie went to the Canal Zone in 1930 on a high school grad-
uation trip with her mother to visit her three sisters, Clara
Smart Perrin, Connie Smart Stafford, and Ann Smart
She stayed when Mrs. Smart returned to Louisiana and
got a job selling movie tickets in the Old Cristobal
Clubhouse. Jimmy Raymond starting hanging around the
ticket booth and in a year they were married. Jimmy was a
middle son of the big Raymond family, Dom,Vince, Tony,
Frank, Jim, Joe, and Della, who all spent their working years
in the Zone and/or in the Republic.
Bobbie married Ben Borgens in 1955 and lived in
Manitou Springs, CO., until she moved to Florida in 1999 to
get away from the high altitude and thin oxygen up there.
She is survived by her son, Jerry, two stepsons, Ben Jr.
and John, nieces Theresa Raymond Bennett and Marie
Raymond Bierbaum, and nephew Frank Raymond.
William J. "Billy" Burns, 64, died at his home in Mt.
Home, AR., on December 12, 2002. Billy was born in New
York City and moved to the Panama Canal Zone at a young
He was raised in Curundu and attended Balboa High
School graduating in 1956. He joined the U.S. Air Force right
out of high school, and served tours of duty in England,
Europe, and Vietnam. He retired after 21 years of service. He
was a member of the V.F.W.
Billy is survived by his wife Sandy, five children, and
seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother
Beatrice of North Carolina and his sister, Beatrice.
Joseph W. (Buddy) Coffin IV, 58, died on Friday,
December 13th, in Middlesex, N.J. He was the oldest son of
the late Joseph W. Coffin III and Carolyn Geddes Coffin.
Born in Elmhurst, N.Y., Joseph was raised in Gatun, Canal
Zone. He attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from
CHS in 1962 and CZC in 1964.
Mr. Coffin worked for New York Telephone Company
and NYNEX Information Resources Company in Manhattan,
N.Y., before retiring.
Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Sabina Coffin; three
daughters, Mary Coffin of Cocoa Beach, FL, Dawn Griffin of
Forks, PA, and Diane Fitch of Charlotte, NC "Buddy" has
three brothers: Thomas Coffin of Wakefield, Mass., Jon
Coffin of Gatun, Panama and Gerald Coffin of Brooklyn, NY.
Five sisters: Carolyn Cunningham of New BeM, NC,
Marjorie Coffin of York, PA., Marcia Wheatley of
Woodbridge, VA, Kathi Reca of Springfield, VA, and
Nannette Halliwell of Red Lion, PA. Two grandchildren:
Kevin Joseph Griffin and Amber Nicole Griffin. "Buddy"
also has seven nieces and nephews and two great-nieces.
Rosa (Lee) Dill, 91, Hemet, CA., suffered a heart attack
and died on March 19, 2000. Rosa was the widow of Robert
Leroy Dill, a Roosevelt Medal Holder for his construction
day/Isthmian Canal Commission service from 1911-16.
Rosa was born in Rankin, PA, and lived in Hemet for
forty years, where she owned Lee's Hardware and Army
Surplus Store in the mid-1960s. Rosa and Bob were married
in 1982 in Arizona and lived for a time in Seal Beach, CA,
before making their home in Hemet. In 1990, Bob was hon-
ored by the Panama Canal Society of Florida for having been
the last surviving Roosevelt Medal Holder. He passed away
in December 1991 at the age of 104.
Survivors include Rosa's granddaughter, Toni Redin,
Hemet, and nine great-grandchildren.
William E. "Bill" Dolan, 62, died October 17, 2002, at
Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. He had been living in
Wickham's Fancy, Canton with his wife Melissa A.
William "Bill" Dolan was born January 11, 1940 in White
Plains, N.Y., son of the late William G. and Cecile
(McCarthy) Dolan. He graduated from Balboa High School
in 1957, and was a graduate of Florida State University. Mr.
Dolan owned and operated Sir Speedy Printing in Avon, CT,
for eleven years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his seven children:
Sean Dolan and his wife Graceann of Montrose, NY;
Maureen White and her husband Bill of Apex, NC; Kevin
Dolan of Canton, CT; Deirdre Morris and her husband Craig
of Hudson, OH; Brendan Dolan and his wife Stephanie of
Montrose, NY; Terence Dolan of Hawthorne, NY and Brigid
Dolan of Branford, CT, and 10 grandchildren. He is also sur-
vived by five brothers and two sisters: Edward Dolan of
DeLand, FL, James Dolan, Patrick Dolan, Madeleine Dolan
and Robert Dolan, all of Jacksonville, FL, Richard Dolan of
Macclenny, FL, and Cecile DeBorde of Sterling, VA.
Bill had numerous friends from his days in the Canal
Zone, Republic of Panama, and from his business career in
New York and Connecticut. He will be greatly missed.
Mildred O'Neil Foster, 93, died Christmas Eve 2002 at
Manor Care, Decatur, GA.
The eldest of 12 children, Mil moved from New York to
the Canal Zone in 1940 where her husband, Gilbert Charles
Foster, was employed with the Maintenance Division for 30
years. During that time they lived in Diablo and Gamboa.
Upon retirement, they made their home in Oxford, GA, to be
near lifelong friends and Zonian retirees, Mary and Dan
Sullivan. When Mil developed Alzheimer's, the Fosters
moved to an assisted-living facility. Following Gil's death in
1998 after 64 years of marriage, Mil became a resident of
Manor Care until her death.
She was a devoted wife and mother, enjoyed cooking and
embroidery needlework. She was a devout Catholic and
crafted hundreds of rosaries from wire and beads for distri-
bution to missionaries around the world. A funeral mass was
celebrated at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Covington, GA,
with interment at Lawnwood Memorial Park.
She is survived by daughters, Betsy Astin, Decatur, and
Patt Roberson, Ph.D., Baker, LA, and a sister, Anna Gregoire,
North Hudson, NY.
Carl Milton Johnson, Sc.D., M.D., 97 of Ventura, died
October 15, 2002, at a Ventura hospital after a long illness.
Dr. Johnson was born Aug. 13, 1905, in Alliance, Ohio,
and had been an eight-year county resident, coming from
Panama City, Panama. He received his doctorate of science
from John Hopkins University before moving to Panama.
Carl had a heartfelt love for the people of Panama and pas-
sionately provided health care and training to the natives.
After receiving his doctor of medicine degree from Stanford,
he returned to Panama and served as the public health officer
of Panama City and eventually became director of the Gorgas
Memorial Laboratory in Panama City, Panama. He estab-
lished 17 medical stations in the jungles, often times driving
as far as possible by Jeep and then hiking into the interior to
meet the needs of the people. He worked in research for the
cure of yellow fever and malaria in 11 tribes and developed a
serum that arrests leishmaniasis. Dr. Johnson also served as a
consultant for th T-.S. Navyand the Panamania.n ove'm-
ment. He also trained physicians in jungle survi":"'
In 1941, he diagnosed himself with Chagas disease.
While hospitalized, he asked for a microscope to be brought
to his bed and prepared a blood slide of his own blood and
examined it under the microscope. Carl had read a study pub-
lished in 1939, by the Allergy and Infectious Disease
Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
wherein dogs with Chagas had been treated with Plasmoutin
and were cured. He prescribed this for himself at 36 years of
age. He found that Pentiquen and one other drug had also
been used successfully Chagas and subsequently used
Plasmoutin to treat others successfully. The use of the above
drugs is reported in "Forty Years of Tropical Medicine".
After retiring in 1988, he spent much of his time and
resources assisting the High Tech Center at Ventura College,
the Braille Institute in Santa Barbara and Guide Dogs for the
Blind. A room at the Braille Transcription Center of Ventura
College will be named in Carl's memory in gratitude for his
endless support and contributions. He also served on the
Technical Advisory Board of the Brain Injury Support Group
of Ventura County. He was a faithful member and generous
supporter of the First United Methodist Church of Ventura
and its Men's Breakfast Club.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara L. Young, of
Ventura; a son,, Richard A. Johnson, of Humble, Texas;
grandsons, Mike Johnson, of Houston, Texas, and Richard
Johnson, Jr. of Michigan; and great-grandchildren, Kay and
Anthony Johnson, also of Michigan.
Mary Ivy Lewis, 89, passed away October 27, 2002, at
her home in Panama City from complications of diabetes.
She was the widow of Henry Edward Lewis who retired
from the Industrial Division in Mount Hope in 1967. After
retirement, they moved to Suffolk,VA.
While in the Canal Zone they lived in Margarita and spent
many summers at their farm in El Volcan. Mary Ivy was very
active for many years as a Girl Scout leader. She was also a
member of the Holy Family Catholic Church.
She is survived by her adopted daughters Betty, Eleonor
and Glenda, their brothers Carlos and Johnny Romolton, and
James L. Malone, DDS, passed away October 30, 2002
at the Milwaukee Catholic Home from complications of dia-
betes. Dr. Malone was born July 3, 1918, in Gatun, Canal
Zone. He came from an illustrious line of Zonians. His grand-
father Thomas Halligan and his father Pete Malone were both
builders of the Panama Canal awarded the coveted Roosevelt
Medal. His father went on to become head of the Panama
Railroad. His mother Catherine Halligan was a little girl on
board the PRR ship Finance when it sank in 1908 on its way
to Panama. People drowned, but Catherine made her way on
to Panama, via Jamaica, barefoot all the way.
Jim was with the BHS Class of 1936 and in his youth was
a gifted pianist. He played for the children at the old Balboa
playshed; for special events at the clubhouses; and for Madge
Locke's dance classes at the Balboa YMCA. In later years,
working his way through college, he played piano for Glenn
Miller. He composed the song "Moonlight Serenade", sold it
for $200 and it became Glenn Miller's theme song.
Jim attended Marquette University and Dental School.
During WWII he was a LCDR in the U.S. Navy. After the
war he returned to practice dentistry in Gatun until 1950.
Having a special gift for treating young patients with com-
passion and humor, fun and music, he attended the University
of Michigan and became certified in pediatric and adolescent
dentistry. He was the founder in Wisconsin of the Wauwatosa
and West Allis Dental Groups.
Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years Margaret Mary,
seven children, and 22 grandchildren; his sisters Mary
Malone Franzetti and Kathleen Malone Williams. Preceding
him in death were his parents Peter and Catherine Malone, his
sister Eileen Malone Stayer, his brother Daniel in Gatun, Tom
Malone of Fairfax, VA, and his granddaughter, Maura
Murphy, of Haverford, PA.
Carol (Brown) Manning, wife of J. P. (Pat) Manning,
died of colon cancer on September 27, 2002. She was the
daughter of the late Oscar O. Brown and Elizabeth Irvin
Quintero and the mother of John O. Manning who died in
She graduated from Balboa High School and the
University of North Carolina, worked 30 years for the Federal
Government, retiring in May 2000 as a Biologist. In addition
to her husband, she is survived by her grandson Johno S.
Manning, her sisters Beth (Brown) Schmidt and Barbara
(Brown) Coleman and her mother, Elizabeth Irvin Quintero.
Charles (Charlie Mac) McArthur, 72, of Dallas, Texas,
passed away on December 22, 2002, after a very short battle
with lung cancer. Born and raised in Ancon, he was a very
loving father, brother, uncle, friend to so many, mentor, and a
well-respected member of the Canal Zone community. He
was also very affectionately referred to as "Uncle Charlie" by
the younger crowd.
He was a graduate of BHS'48 and Oklahoma State
University, served in the U.S. Army, and a retiree of the
Panama Canal Company with 36 years of service. He enjoyed
his retirement years living in Dallas near his son and family
while splitting time visiting his daughter and family in Ohio.
His grandchildren were always his favorite topic of discus-
sion followed closely by the ponies at the track. As a very
proud family man, he will be remembered for his saying,
"Nothing beats family."
He is survived by his daughter Lisa Ward and husband
Kerry of Clayton, Ohio, their children Kevin and Kyle, son
Murray McArthur and wife Valerie of Piano, Texas and their
children Haley and Murray Jr., sisters Edna Mikez, Ruth
Ingram, brothers William, Edgar (Bobo), George, and their
His legacy will live on through his larger than life positive
spirit, his family and friends, and all that he came in contact
with. For all of you who referred to him as Dad, Papi, broth-
er, Uncle Charlie, best friend, and friend, you are his legacy.
He will be greatly missed.
David Harold McConaughey, 55, of Evans, Georgia,
passed away November 28, 2002, at his residence. Dave was
born August 23, 1947 in Gorgas Hospital and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1967. He completed a machinist
apprenticeship with the Panama Canal Company and then
worked for the Locks Division for over thirty years. He
retired in 1999 as an equipment maintenance general foreman
at the Pedro Miguel Locks.
Upon retirement, he and his wife Donita (Crull) left
Panama and moved to Evans, GA (a suburb of Augusta)
where Donita continued to work for the US Government and
Dave rediscovered his love of motorcycles (last count is 5),
his enjoyment of how-to magazines, and on-line shopping.
But what he most enjoyed about retirement was being able to
spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren,
who called him Papa Dave.
In addition to his wife of 31 years, Dave is survived by his
parents, Dick and Juanita McConaughey, Ocala, FL; son
Ryan McConaughey and his wife Trish, and three grandchil-
dren, Kyle, Kayla, and Rachel, Wildwood, FL; daughter
Leann McConaughey, Casselberry, FL; two brothers, Bob
McConaughey and his wife Kathie, Merritt Island, FL; and
William McConaughey, Houston, TX; and many nieces and
nephews. Dave will be remembered by many for his quiet
humor, his patience and his warmth.
Kevin Michael Mulroy, 38, died Saturday, December 21,
2002, in Cedar Park, Texas. Kevin was a native of Brooklyn,
NY, and lived in the Panama Canal Zone from 1964-1979.
Survivors include his wife and daughter Heather Murphy
and Katrin Murphy, Piano, Texas; parents, Edward and Agnes
Mulroy, Ocala, FL; sister, Katy Kietzer, Flagstaff, AZ; broth-
ers, Edward Mulroy, Jr., Acworth, GA, and Patrick Mulroy,
David "Tony" Oiler, 86, died in Panama, November 27,
2002, of a heart attack. Born in Panama March 8, 1916, Tony
ran the "kiosco" (newstand) at the Balboa Train Station until
it was closed in 1989.
He will be remembered by all who knew him, especially
by the Balboa High School students who stopped by at
lunchtime and those who rode the train to Pedro Miguel and
Willis N. Pence, Jr., 71, of Largo, died December 22,
2002 at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Albemarle,
N.C., and came here in 1993 from Abingdon, VA.
He was a federal Treasury agent, a member of Christ
Presbyterian Church and a church elder and a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florda. He served in the North
Carolina National Guard, and Marine Reserve. He graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1950 and attended Canal Zone
Junior College and Mars Hill Junior College, Asheville, NC.
He was a member of the Masons and Gideons. He was a
Republican Comittee member and an avid chess player.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn S.; four sons, Willis
Bruce, Salem, VA; Frederick Bryan, Richmond, VA; Karl
Van, Jacksonville and Michael Perla, Greensboro, NC; a
daughter, Diana Carol Pence Childress, Seminole; a sister,
Winifred Morris, Denton, NC; and seven grandchildren.
Captain John T. Petersen, after enjoying 93 years of
good health, passed away on October 10, 2002, in Fallbrook,
CA., after a short illness. John was born on August 22, 1909,
in Maspeth, Long Island, NY. He is survived by his wife of
67 years, Anna B. (Henning) Petersen. He is also survived by
his son John G. Petersen; his daughter Susan B. (Petersen)
Lewis; four grandchildren Kimberly (Petersen) White, Keith
Lewis, John Scott Petersen, Christian Lewis; and two great-
grandchildren, Jacob Patrick White and Marissa Ann Lewis.
During World War II Captain Petersen was the First Mate
on an Army Freight and Supply ship that moved cargo along
the coast of Panama to the Army installations. He was a cap-
tain on many of the tugboats used to assist ships through the
Panama Canal from about 1942 until his retirement from the
Panama Canal Company in 1972. Captain Petersen and his
wife raised their two children, John and Susan, in the Canal
Zone. After retiring from the Panama Canal Company, he and
his wife lived in California and finally settled in Fallbrook,
Calif., where they have resided since 1976. Anna is now liv-
ing with her son John and his wife Candy in Simpsonville,
Mary Ann Sams, 56, of Inverness, formerly of St..
Petersburg, died January 7, 2003 at H. Lee Moffit Cancer
Born in the Panama Canal Zone, she came to St.
Petersburg in 1959, then moved to Inverness. She was a sec-
retary for GTE Directories in St. Petersburg. She was a 1964
graduate of Dixie Hollins High School and volunteered at the
Historical Society in Citrus County. She was Protestant.
Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Russell; a son,
Robert Pic, Brandon; a daughter, Debbie Jackson, Seminole;
three stepsons and one stepdaughter; a brother, Winchell
Pennock, Portland, Ore.; and nine grandchildren.
Ann Wilson Scheidegg died October 30, 2002 at
Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ., at the age of
She was a homemaker; she loved fishing and making
ceramics. She attended college at Tulane University for three
years. Born in New Orleans, LA, she lived in Edison, NJ, for
34 years. They then moved to Brick, NJ, eight years ago.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Annette Ivan, in
1997. Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Richard
Scheidegg (CHS'47), a daughter, Susanne Homeny and her
husband Robert of Plumstead, NJ; a sister, Jane Burclen of
Tuscon, AZ; and two grandchildren, Nicole Marie and
Kirsten Annette Homeny.
Helen (Patterson) Schrum, 97, of Great Falls, Mont.,
died of natural causes at a local nursing home.
Montana survivors include a cousin, Carol Rose of
Cascade. Her husband, William H. Schrum, died in 1978.
She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Marion Schrum of
Helen was born Dec. 30, 1904, in Helena, and was raised
in Fort Benton. She graduated from Fort Benton High School
and from Montana State College in 1926. She was honored in
1996 as one of three remaining graduates of the 70th class
reunion. She taught school in Roundup, went on to the
Panama Canal Zone and taught for 20 years, where she met
She and William H. Schrum were married Dec. 30, 1950,
in Switzerland. They lived in Europe for 20 years, returning
to Great Falls in 1968.
She was a member of the Shriner's, Nile Club and
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. She loved to play
bridge, attend the symphony and travel.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by
two brothers and a sister.
Evelyn (Shirley) Scott died of Parkinson's disease in Ft.
Sumner, NM, on November 14, 2002.
Evelyn was born in Colon, R. de P., on February 20, 1923.
She spent her childhood on the Atlantic side, graduating from
Cristobal High School in 1941, and marrying Lt. George B.
Scott that same year. When they left the military, they settled
in Lincoln, NE., for a number of years before moving to Las
Cruces, NM, where Evelyn stayed for the remainder of her
She worked for the J.C. Penney Co. for over 20 years, and
after retirement remained very active tending a beautiful
home and garden, and enjoying her friends and family.
Evelyn is survived by her three children: Sharon Marshall
of South Carolina, Joanne Jackson of New Mexico, and Mike
Scott of New Mexico, as well as seven grandchildren and
Michael A. Scott, 40, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away
at his residence on September 17, 2002. He suffered from
cancer for a year.
He was raised in the Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa
High School in 1980. Michael was an avid surfer and loved
the ocean. While in the Navy he was stationed in Cuba, then
Guam and finally Hawaii. He was a welder with the U.S.
Navy at Pearl Harbor for several years.
He is survived by his wife Pamela, stepdaughter Aileah,
parents Ken and Nancy Scott of Florida, and brothers, Jeffrey
of Texas, Thomas of North Carolina and Randolph aboard the
Services were held in Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii,
along with a Military Honors Ceremony. 67
Bruce Herbert Soddy passed away on December 27,
2002, after a long illness. Bruce retired in 1971 from the Inter
American Geodetic Survey, Mapping Service, Engineering
Division. He worked as a graduate civil engineer for 30 years
in Central and South American Project Offices, and was
headquartered in Curundu, Canal Zone. Prior to that he
served as a combat infantryman in Rhineland, Central
Europe, and as a military policeman later in Vienna, Austria.
He is survived by his wife, Rena Boynton Soddy, of
Woodrow ("Woody") W. Speir of Villa Gardens,
Pasadena, CA, died on December 18, 2002, at Huntington
Memorial Hospital, Pasadena.
He was bom in Ancon Hospital (later named Gorgas
SHospital in 1925) on December 3, 1918. He lived with his
parents in Pedro Miguel, where he attended elementary
school, then to Balboa Junior High and Balboa High School,
graduating with the Class of 1937. In Pedro Miguel his fam-
ily lived in "Frog Alley" all cottages on that street, and some
of their neighbors were the Bradleys, Morgans, and Alice
Foote. Woody attended the University of Pennsylvania,
Wharton School of Business. He was a Lieutenant Senior
Grade, U.S. Navy, and served during WWII on a submarine
chaser in the South Pacific. He worked for a time at the Naval
Supply Depot, Balboa, Canal Zone.
SWhen his father retired, the family moved to Monrovia,
CalifrWoody was employed for years in Long Beach, Calif.,
wh'ei-e:' ighired federal employees in the area. He was later
promoted to a job in Pasadena. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Societies of Florida and S. California for many
years, and attended the Panama Canal West Coast Reunions
in San Diego, one time with a former Pedro Miguel neighbor
and classmate, Norma (Stillwell) Martin of Virginia, who was
visiting friends in the area.
Survivors include his close family friends from Pedro
Miguel days, Janice (Cameron) Ross (BHS'29), and her son,
Gordon C. Gregory, of Long Beach, Calif.
Margaret Kessner Stancook, was recently buried, with
honors due a dependent, at West Point Military Academy
beside her husband, Colonel Joseph C. Stancook. They cele-
brated 25 years together before his early death while sta-
tioned in Rantoul, Ill.
Both Colonel Stancook and Margaret were of Lithuanian
extraction--she born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Colonel
Stancook, from Mineville, NY, had relatives. After meeting
in New York, upon graduating from West Point, Margaret and
Joe married. Colonel Stancook had an active football career-
-one year at Notre Dame playing under Knute Rockne, then
at West Point where he captained the 1934 Football team. He
also lettered in three sports, football, basketball and baseball.
He turned down a contract with the Detroit Lions and the
family began following his many military career moves.
Margaret thoroughly enjoyed their assignments to
Hawaii, Washington, The Pentagon, West Point, Denver, St.
Louis, the Canal Zone in Panama, where Colonel Stancook
was the Comptroller of the Southern Air Command at
Albrook Air Force Base, and Rantoul, Ill., where she resided
until her death.
She maintained the family in New York while waiting for
his return after World War II. She particularly enjoyed the
early years in Hawaii and at West Point where he served as
coach. She was an expert tournament competitive bridge
player and also a fantastic cook, competing in and winning
Margaret was a competitive and interesting personality
attracting many people who enjoyed her company. One of her
major attributes was helping to instill religious faith and char-
acter in her children and others as an integral part of their
She leaves three daughters and a son, Margaret Puhlick of
Rhode Island; Eleanor Thompson of Houston, wife of
Clarence "Dick" Thompson of Spring, Texas who maintains
a farmhouse near Littleton, Ill.; Barbara Schurter of
Champaigne; Jospeph Stancook, Jr., of Rantoul, and sixteen
R.B.H. (Bud) Stroop III, 78, passed away on August 22,
2002. Bud was born and raised in the Canal Zone and retired
from the Zone in 1977 as Chief Marine Traffic Controller.
As a young man he earned the honor of Eagle Scout and
he was a decorated World War II veteran as he volunteered
his service to our country. Bud was President of the Lions
Club in Coco Solo and was an avid tennis player.
His wife Lila Stroop, who was the Civil Attache and
Consul General for Costa Rica in Panama when they returned
to Ocala, FL, survives him. He is also survived by his sons,
Edward Stroop and Vincent Canamas, and his daughters,
Elda Canamas and Patty Bramble. His friends and family,
including sisters Rosie Carmody and Karen Wolfe as well as
his brother Gerry Stroop and mother Ruth Stroop attended his
memorial service in Sarasota, FL.
Macel Marie Goulet Thomson of Memphis, TN, died at
home October 13, 2002. She was the daughter and grand-
daughter of Roosevelt Medal recipients. She was born
October 24, 1919, in Gorgas Hospital to Mary Macel Butler
Goulet and Arthur W. Goulet, and grew up on Colon Beach.
She graduated from Cristobal High School in 1937 and the
Canal Zone Junior College in 1939.
She worked in the Canal Zone Administration Building in
Balboa Heights and later in the Ancon Court House, and mar-
ried J. Morton "Mort" Thomson, Jr., then serving in the U.S.
Navy, in July 1946 at the Rodman Naval Station chapel. After
helping her husband through law school in Carlisle, PA, their
first child, John, was born in Abington, PA. In 1950, the
Thomsons returned to the Canal Zone when Mort took a posi-
tion as Counsel to the Governor, and later as Assistant
District Attorney for the Canal Zone. Four more children
were all born at Gorgas Hospital. She was a member of St.
Mary's Catholic Church in Balboa. After leaving the Canal
Zone in 1966, she lived in Memphis, TN, where she was a
member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband, Mort, of Memphis; her
children, Mary Routt and son-in-law William E. Routt, Jr.;
Regina Coleman and son-in-law James P. Coleman, all of Ma
Memphis; Elaine Graber and son-in-law Thomas W. Graber
of Germantown, TN; John M. Thomson III of Olathe, KS;
Gary Thomson and daughter-in-law Karen of Scottsdale, AZ;
four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and a sister,
Margaret Rita Goulet, of Naples, FL. She was preceded in
death by her sisters Mary Zagone and Theresa Wright, and
her brothers Arthur W. Goulet, Jr. and Leo D. Goulet.
Carmen R. Valencia went to a better world October 14,
2002, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was bor in
Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, on June 29, 1919. She graduated
as a Registered Nurse from the Presbyterian Hospital in San
Juan, Puerto Rico.
She moved with her family to Margarita, Canal Zone in
1953, where she spent most of her life. While there she
worked in the Coco Solo Hospital for over 30 years, mainly
in the OB/GYN clinic.
She is survived by a daughter, Carmen Matthews (Tom)
and two sons, Joe Valencia (Jan) and James Valencia (Rita).
Charles M. Wicks, Sr., 72, of Cleveland, Ga., died
September 26, 2002 in Gainesville, GA. Charlie retired from Old postcard showing aquatic sports at Mariflories Locks.
Miraflores Locks in June 1988 as a Senior Lockmaster.
Survivors include his wife, Lynn; daughter, Cheryl; son,
Chuck; and three grandchildren.
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Happy New Year my
S I trust that many of
you have now checked
the vast quantity of
Panama and Canal related memorabilia that are constantly up
for auction at Ebay (www.ebay.com).
If you have been adventurous enough, you may have even
purchased Christmas presents for deserving family and
friends through Ebay and, perchance some of you have even
unloaded some of the unwanted presents that you received.
Since we have already covered how to browse (surf)
Ebay, the basics of bidding and hopefully winning items, and
the how to sell items, this edition of"Seen on Ebay" will dis-
cuss some of the finer points of the bidding process and
devote a little more space to the what's hot in Zone items.
The bidding process is very simple in concept, but to win
an item that multiple people are bidding on takes some
finesse and luck. If any of you have ever been to a function
that included a silent auction, you will understand how Ebay
works. It's simple the final/highest bid wins. It's not how
often you bid or when you bid that counts, it's that you get
that last high bid in before the auction closes.
If you see an item on which you would like to bid you can
keep track of it in two ways. You could place a low, minimum
bid and the item will appear in a list of items upon which you
are bidding if you do a search by bidder and enter your Ebay
name (search is found at the top of the page under the Ebay
logo). You can also monitor items on which you are bidding
by clicking the 'my Ebay' button which is just above the
search button at the top of most Ebay pages.
The second way to monitor an item is to click on the
'watch this item' hot button which appears to the right of the
ending date on the item page. Once you are watching an item
you can monitor the progress by clicking on the 'my Ebay'
The ideal time to place your final bid is with less than a
minute to go in the auction. You can either do this manually
(very exciting) or through 'proxy bidding if the auction end
time is inconvenient for you (like 3 AM).
When you place your final bid do not bid the minimum if
you really hope to win the item bid the maximum that you
are willing to pay. You will still pay less than your maximum
if no one else enters the fray, but if you bid the minimum and
are outbid quickly by other experienced Ebayers, there will
not be enough time to place a higher bid.
Exactly when you should place your bid will depend on
the reliability and speed of your internet connection. If you
are on a dial-up place it with 30 seconds or so remailing, if
you have a cable or dsl connection, place it with 10 seconds
Remember that you may still not win the auction others
will employ similar tactics, but this will give you an edge
over many bidders GOOD LUCK!!
Believe it or not, during the months of November and
December, 2002, the hottest Canal Zone items listed on Ebay
have been license plates! The hottest plates are those issued
prior to the 1960's. Here are some of the prices: 1933 -
$500.00; 1948 $211.43; 1927 $224.72; 1979 $36.00! A
Panama Canal Zone license plate topper sold for $158.05.
Boy I wish my father had saved all of his licenses form the
40's and 50's.
Construction era items are also very popular. A collection
of 34 original photos went for $95.00. A series of 82 post
cards send home from a Canal worker during the construction
days sold for $419.14. The cards were mostly Maduro's and
all contained very interesting eyewitness accounts of happen-
ings in the Zone.
Another, always hot collectible are any Boy Scout items
from the Canal Zone Council. A set of three Panama Canal
Council shoulder patches sold for $107.50 and six
camp/activity patches sent for $25.49. Why did my mother
throw away my Boy Scout uniform?
A plastic relief map of the Canal Zone (approximately
36" x 44") sold for $66.00. The most unique Zone related
item listed had to be the bottle of water from Gatun Lake! It
sold for $2.76. And to think we used to flush with it!
I trust all of you are sorting through your store rooms,
closets and garages trying to find those old license plates!
See you at the Reunion!!
June 20 August 15, 1951
Gatun, Canal Zone
First Row: Virginia Mauldin, Ellen Whittaker, Jackie
Walsh, Mildred Custer, Kathleen Cox, and Ella Morales.
Second Row: Darien Dietz, Gladys Nieves, Louise
Allgaier, Carolyn Holgerson, Charlene Boyes, and Nancy
Gibson. Back Row: Mrs. N. B. Davison, Director; Joan
Holgerson, Program Aide; Mrs. E. B. O'Brien, Assistant
Unit Leader; Mrs. E. J. Nimtz, Unit Leader; Margaret
Joudrey, Program Aide; and Mrs. T. D. Ladd, Assistant
"Remembering the Early Days"
Here is the March 2003 issue's excerpt from the book "The Panama Canal Society of the United
States Souvenir Yearbook and Directory", 1947. This is a letter written for the publication by Collins
P. Gibson, Superintendent Construction, 1905-1911, Empire. I found this letter historically descriptive
but yet very comical of the trials and tribulations for people in the early Canal Zone.
"I was employed in the States as Superintendent of Construction on the Big Ditch. Arrived at
Colon on evening of September 1, 1905. As I was un-assigned, I went to Panama City the following day
I went to Panama City the following day to' consult Mr. John F. Stevens, who directed me to report to
W. E. Douchey at Empire. I arrived at Empire just at sun down. It was raining-one of those soft gentle
rains without any wind, thunder or lightning that we all loved so' well. With a grip and suitcase I man-
aged to reach the top of the hill to find the Quartermaster's Office closed and no one around. While pon-
dering what to do, and I was in a quandary, an old friend, John Purdum, came along and invited me to
his quarters, saying they had their own Mess run by Roy Hibbard. I was shown a room that contained
only an over-sized folding cot, covered with a net suspended from the ceiling.
That night the rats and bats had a frolic in the attic and as the ceiling boards did not mesh within
a quarter of an inch, I found myself covered with fertilizer the next morning. I went to Panama and pur-
chased a couple sheets, a pillow and the largest Chinese Umbrella that I could find. I fastened the umbrel-
la to the ceiling with a net underneath and found it very good protection. A couple of nights later while
getting into bed I felt a sting on my leg and landed out on the floor with the sheets and net. I found the
largest scorpion that I ever saw and which was apparently vexed by my interference with his sleep. It was
at least thirty days before I got any furniture for the room and about the same time the outside of the
porches were screened (they extended on three sides of the house). That night, all hands were drafted for
war and when the battle was over we counted 96 dead bats that had been screened in. Life in the early
days was full of enjoyment as we started each day with a mouth-full of liquid quinine."
Collins P. Gibson
,S family IY4z at IUzi Via rnstooal, Canal Lone.
(L to R): Gerald De Leo Bliss, Sr., Mabelle A. Hart Bliss, George De Leo Bliss, Jr., Manola (Nola), Zonella (Zonie),
Ramona (Tinsie), Gladys (Gladdie), Maybelle (Mayno), Curtis H. (Benny).
Canal Zone Junior College "Green Wave" reduced to 15 players vie for 1953 football championship.
Front seated: Will Nickisher, Sal Aleguas, Jerry Fox, John Ryan and Henry Cruz. Middle: Ray Nickisher, and Bob
Dolan. Back: Bobby Fishbough, Jim Everest, Joe Oliver, Bobby Morris, George Dansby, Bob Quinn, Bob "Snookie"
Rowley, Francis Boyd, and Dick Dillman. Coach leading the charge: The Incomparable James Wolf.
nt.l CL I N I LIV I tLt.IVJIN ILfl.VIA .. 1. 7}J \I I- 1fII.I II. I JI)
Back Row (L-R): "Big Mac" Lane (Coach), Doug Priester, McNair Lane, Gene Fraunheim, Victor Alers, Rusty Potter,
Bob Boatwright, Jim Riley, and Mr. Corrigan (Coach). Front Row (L-R): Timmy Corrigan, Warren Ashton, Dave
Cohen, Billy McCoy, Gino ???, Glenn Evans, George Hovan, and Bobby Ostrea on their way to play in the Southern
Regional Playoffs in Memphis, Tenn.
L-R: Jacque Crowell (Hotline Coordinator), Ewald Wiberg (The Gap), Vicki Sizemore, Jim Wood (The Barn) and
Clarence Payne (Youth Advisor to the Governor) at the dedication of a new environmental boat in the early 70's.
There will be a Hospitality Suite for the BHS Classes of
1949 and 1950 at the 2003 Panama Canal Reunion in
Orlando, Fla. The Hospitality Suite will be open for the
classmates on Thursday, July 24th, Friday, July 25th and
Saturday, July 26th. When arriving at the Reunion, the suite
number will be available at the Society Information Desk.
CHS CLASS OF 1953
Our 50th class reunion will be held in conjunction with
the Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando July 23-27,
2003. If you have not received information on our upcom-
ing 50th reunion, please contact one of the following:
Nancy (Kariger) Eide
3548 E Nugget Canyon P1
Tucson, AZ 85718-2214
2130 10th Ave NE
Naples, FL 34120
13781 88th Ave N
Seminole, FL 33776
BHS CLASS OF 1953
The 50th reunion of BHS Class of 1953 will be held in
conjunction with the 2003 Pan Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando in July. We have plans for a Friday night (25th) din-
ner, Saturday night buffet, snacks, beverages, a yearbook,
nametags and relaxing conversations with old friends. (All
this for only $20 a person!)
We will have this in our hospitality suite. The room num-
ber will be posted later at the reunion.
Norine Dillman Simms is publishing a fantastic year-
book and she needs volunteers. A short "bio" telling what you
have been up to for the past 50 years is needed from each
classmate, as well as comments and memories. Norine's
address is: 119 Park Circle, Montgomery, TX 77356. Ph. 936-
588-6991, or e-mail eniron(txucom.net.
Please send your check for $20 a person to our Treasurer:
Ray Nickisher, 2854 43rd Ave.W, Seattle, WA 98199.
Those who wish, may send additional donations for all the
We still are looking for someone to set up a web site for
reunion information .
Let us hear from you!
Kay (Cross) Carson
375 N. Biscayne River Dr
Miami, FL 33169
William "Bill" Dawson
1954 Hopewood Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043-1870
Edna (Hart) Crandall
744 Nicklaus Dr
Melbourne, FL 32940
CHS CLASS OF 1958
The CHS class of 1958 is planning to hold their 45th
Reunion celebration July 26 27, 2003, at the Annual
Reunion in Orlando, Fla.
Class gathering for cocktails and dinner on Friday, July 25
at the Reunion hotel
6:00pm Cocktails (cash bar)
Class tables will be reserved for the Friday night dance.
Classes of 1958 Cristobal and Balboa High Schools
Joint cocktail party on Saturday evening, July 26th at
the Reunion hotel.
Contact persons are as follows:
Wendy Cotton Corrigan
Steffi Beck May
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1958
45TH YEAR REUNION
Each class will hold a Mini-Reunion during the Panama
Canal Society Reunion this July in Orlando, Fla. Get in
touch with our Contact Persons.
Dona Jones Brophy
P. 0. Box 452
Castine, ME 04421
Tel: (207) 326-9031
Wendy Cotton Corrigan
7601 W. John Cabot Road
Glendale, AZ 85308
Tel: (602) 938-9870
Anne Field Kirrane
16 Wentworth Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Tel: (781) 320-5698
Joint Class Reunion
Plans are under way to celebrate the CHS/BHS class of
1963 in conjunction with Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion 2003 at the Marrott World Center, July 23-27.
Contact one of the following people for updated information.
Let us hear from you!
Sue Barfield Geer
112 Holly Ridge Drive
Monroe, LA 71203
Bev Dockery Vaughn
Douglasville, GA 30135
Patsy Lee Moore
5703 Green Timbers
Humble, TX 77346
28653 Bennington Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
CHS CLASS OF '68
35TH CLASS REUNION
Make plans now to attend a good time for our 35th
Class Reunion to be held in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Annual Reunion, July 23-27, 2003, in
Don't be left out! Renew or join the Society now to
make your hotel reservations and get dance tickets to attend
society functions (if plans change you can always cancel)
and be part of a fun time. CHS'68 is planning an informal
gathering in the hospitality suite over the weekend. We
need to know if you are attending (even tentatively) for a
head count. More details/specifics will follow via e-mail
and visit our website www.chs68.homestead.com.
Renee (Ballou) Krimminger
5917 Cherrycrest Ln
Charlotte NC 28217
Peggy (Hale) Huff
110 Hacienda Dr
Merritt Island FL32952
BHS CLASS OF 1973
Our 30th reunion will be held in conjunction with the
Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion (July 23-27, 2003).
Please contact me for more information.
17208 Dashwood Creek Dr
Pflugerville, TX 78660
We will be having our 30th Class Reunion during the
Society's Annual Reunion in 2003. Our reunion will be
held on Friday night, July 25, 2003, at the Orlando World
If you are not on our 1998 mailing list, then please drop
us a line.
145 -372nd St Apt F-12
Brooklyn, NY 11209
17312 Hialeah Dr
Odessa, FL 33556
CHS '78 25th Reunion
CHS Tigers who graduated or would have graduated
with the Class of 1978, we are looking for you. In four short
months we'll be hosting another rendezvous in Orlando,
and you know what they say : "The more the merrier!"
So plan your summer vacations now and join us in July
for a relaxed gathering of the clan.
Need more information?
BHS CLASS OF 1978
We will be having our reunion in conjunction with the
PCSOFL event in Orlando this summer; we have a notice
posted on classmates.com as well.
Contacts for the event are:
Debbie (Seldon) Blackman
Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman
We are still missing quite a few email addresses, so
please email one of the above people with your latest;
Debbie is coordinating our updated list. We plan to have a
hospitality suite again this year, and other events are TBD.
Contact Debbie or Mary if you have can help or have a par-
ticular expertise to donate (ie, website, especially with pay-
BHS CLASS OF 1983
The 20th Reunion for BHS Class of 1983 will be held
in 2003 in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion. Please send contact information to the
following classmates or visit our web site at:
Dawn Sutherland Jones
2401 S Clark Ave
Tampa, FL 33629
Rae Ann Thrift-Catlett
2242 Doster Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
3807 Green Emerald Terrace
Austin, TX 78739
BHS CLASS OF 1993
We will be holding our ten-year reunion during the
annual Panama Canal Society reunion, July 23 through July
For more details, please go to
If you have any questions, feel free to contact
Shane Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 813-928-8228
Personnel Bureau/Office of
Proposed 2004 Reunion
Do you remember all the good times had at the
Personnel parties of the past? Well, you don't have to
remember them any longer as a reunion of the Personnel
Bureau/Office of Personnel Administration is being
planned for Friday, July 30, 2004 at the Caribe Royale
Hotel in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's 2004
Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida. The Reunion
Chairpersons/Committee for the event are: Bob Russell,
Tommy Peterson and Carolina Selhorn.
All former employees of the Personnel Bureau/Office
of Personnel Administration are invited to attend. In order
that the committee may adequately plan for the 2004
reunion, it would appreciate your response/input to the pro-
posed reunion. Please send your reply to one of the follow-
ing e-mail addresses:
Bob Russell Floridabob(aol.com
Tom Peterson tommypete()worldnet.att.net
Carolina Selhorn email@example.com
If you don't have a computer, please send your com-
ments to the following address: 2327 Lyndhurst Drive, Sun
City Center, Florida 33573.
Thanking you in advance for your reply.
BALBOA H.S. CLASS OF '74
Thirty Years is coming soon! Keep the 2004 Reunion
Dates (July 28 Aug 1) open to join your class in Orlando
for 30 years of REMEMBERING and 5 days of FUN!!
Don't forget to join PCC Society so you can get all the
Make sure one of your classmates below has your
Name, Address and/or Email!
Vikki Borell Edwards etropicgirl(aol.com
Ingrid Errhalt Bryan firstname.lastname@example.org
Llori Kent Gibson email@example.com
Ric Figueroa RicFig@aol.com
Kathy Malin Mclnturff kathy firstname.lastname@example.org
For those without access to a computer, call or write us at:
300 Granada Dr. #11
Mtn. View, CA 94043
5301 Summer Ct.
Ft Worth, TX 76123
1 MASONS AND OES
There will be a Panama Canal Masons and Eastern Star:
:luncheon on Friday, July 25, 2003, at the Orlando World:
iCenter Marriott in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion.
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. immediately fol-
ilowing the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The cost of:
:the luncheon is $20/meal.
All those Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses:
and friends of the Fraternity are invited to attend. Dress for:
:the occasion will be semi-formal.
MASONS & OES LUNCHEON
Orlando World Center Marriott
:July 25, 2003
(A) Chicken Santa Fe
Grmeld lop Sirloin steak
reservations and meal selection of (A) or:
Total enclosed: $_
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to
Robert Russell and mail to:
2327 Lyndhurst Drive, Sun City Center, Florida 33573
List names of persons attending (and meal selection) for:
Deadline for reservations is July 15, 2003
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