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


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

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University of Florida
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Dedicated to the Men and Women Past and Present
who have served to keep our great nation free!



JUNE 2003


FOR 2002-2003
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
1st Vice President
(727) 442-0457
Mr. Tom Wilder
2nd Vice President
(352) 694-2211
Mr. James Parthenais
(727) 892-9994
Mr. Daniel Norman
(813) 805-7562
Mr. Roy Culbreth
(813) 960-9593
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
(813) 633-8916
Ms. Betty LeDoux
Past President
(813) 679-8416
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2498
Mrs. Lynette Stokes
(813) 672-2298
Mr. Kenny Morris
(727) 938-5088
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
(727) 595-0846
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 441-3229
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804

President's M essage.............................................................................................................................
Secretary's M essage............................................................... ............................. ...................... 2
E editor's C om er............................................................... ........................................................................2
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes..................................................... .......................4
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings....................... ..............................5
B yL aw R eport................................................................... ................................ ....................... 8
P C SF L A udit 2002 ................................................... ...... ..................................... ............................10
PCSOFL General Meeting Announcements, Stacey's Buffet and Space Coast Picnic............................. 12
PC SO FL C am avalito Pictures.............................................................................. ................................13
PCOSFL General Meeting and March Picnic Pictures........................... ..... ......................15
PCSOFL April General Meeting Ormond Beach Pictures.................................................17
L legislative R eport............ ........................................................................................................................ 18
M military Pride.................................................................................................................... ............ 20
Your Reporters Says:
Alabama...........................22 FL Space Coast...................31 Oklahoma...........................39
Arkansas..........................22 FL Tallahassee....................33 Panama...............................40
California.......................... 23 Georgia............................... 34 South Carolina................... 42
FL Central.......................... 25 Louisiana............................ 35 Tennessee........................... 42
FL O cala............................. 26 M aryland............................ 35 Texas.................................. 43
FL Pensacola...................... 28 M ississippi......................... 36 Virginia............................... 43
FL Pinellas County...............30 North Carolina....................36
FL South Florida................30 Northwest..........................37

C on gratu lations........................................................................... ........................................... 44
W eddings............ ............................................ ... ... ..... ... ....... ..... ..... ......... ......4 8
B irths.................................. .......................... ...................... ....... ............ .... 50
L letters to the E ditor............... ..................................................................................................................5 1
W ith D eep Sorrow ......................................................................................... .......................................62
E m ail U pdates.................................................................. ............................... ............ ............ 68
"Rem em being The Early Days"................................................................................ ..................... 69
Stam p A rticle..........................................................................................................................................78
M museum N ew s......................................................................................................... ....................... 80
A nn oun cem en ts...................................................................................................................................82
For Sale or W anted..................................................................................................................................... 87
M em bership A application Form ........................................... ...................................................91

Front Cover: The Panama Canal Society dedicates this issue of the Canal Record, to the men and women
of the military armed forces past and present who have bravely defended our country to keep our great
nation free. This dedication also includes the civilian force of men and women who support our armed
forces behind the lines and back home. God Bless them and America! Back Cover: In salute to those who
defended our Panama Canal during WWII. 16 Inch Rifle ready to blast away.


Center, Orlando, Florida. See green pages for information.
August 9 Annual NW Picnic, at Abrams Park, Ridgefield, WA, starting at
10:00AM. Contact Murray and Candy Falk (360) 263-2982 or e-mail for information.
Sept 5-7 Poconos Reunion, For reservations call the Chateau Resort and
Conference Center, Tannersville at 1-800-254-5900. Contact Pat Whitam
(330) 725- 5087 for more information.
Sept 6 PCSOFL General Meeting, Stacey's (formerly Homer's Buffet) in
Clearwater starting at 11:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m., for more info call Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis (727) 441-0457. See pg. 12.
Oct 4 PCOSFL General Meeting and Space Coast Group PIcnic, 11:00 a.m.
at Tom Statham Park Pavilion, Near Titusville, FL. Call Terry Deakins
(321) 631-9209 for more info, see pg. 12.
Nov 1 PCSOFL General Meeting, Columbia Restaurant, (Sand Key) 1241 Gulf
Boulevard, Clearwater, FL. Hosted by Roy Culbreth.
Dec 6 PCSOFL General Meeting, Christmas Luncheon at the Wine Cellar,
11:00 a.m., hostesses are Nancy Van Siclen and Margaret McLaughlin.

Hello all.....
Here we are just weeks away from the 2003 Annual
Reunion. The reunion is one of my most favorite times of
year. It is so great to see old friends, make new friends and
just nice to be with fellow Zonians again. The Executive
Board and Reunion Committees are busy preparing for the
"Celebrating Panama's Centennial" 2003 Reunion. Many
new things are planned for this year. Please make sure you
read the Reunion Coordinator's "Pre-Reunion Report" in the
middle of this book. There is important information you need
to know if you are coming to the 2003 Reunion. Please look
closely to the Schedule of Events to see the daily schedule.
I would like to once again put in a plug for the Annual
Luncheon Spectacular that we have planned for this year. As
you can see from the center insert of this issue, a great show
is planned with very talented people who will perform for
you at the Annual Luncheon on July 26. This will truly be one
of the best shows ever held at a Panama Canal Society
reunion. Bruce Quinn and his performers have been working
hard for the past 10 months preparing for this event.
Remember to order your advanced tickets, as no tickets will
be sold at the reunion.
February brought Carnavalito to Ocala and what a great
time everyone had! With 202 people attending, this was a
substantial increase from past years. We feel the new location
in Ocala had much to do with it. (See photos in this issue).
We had a wonderful spring day for our March picnic in
Tarpon Springs. There were 71 adults and a good group of
children attending. The azaleas were in full bloom all around
our pavilion. Everyone had a great time and ate a variety of
good foods brought by attendees. (See photos in this issue).
Bylaws amendments from the December 2002 Canal
Record were counted at the March picnic. I am happy to
report that all amendments passed with the exception of one.

The scholarship initiative failed to pass by one vote. This
shows how much one vote does count! This is too bad, as the
initiative for the amendment was a move toward encouraging
our younger generations to recognize the Panama Canal
Society and to continue the legacy as a member. Look for the
Bylaw Committee report in this issue.
I was very fortunate in March to take a trip to Panama.
The Isthmian Collectors Club and Panama Historical Society
teamed up and sponsored an eight-day whirlwind tour. We
chartered a bus and traveled throughout the former Canal
Zone towns, visited Miraflores Locks, Gamboa Resort, and
went fishing in Gatun Lake. We toured Panama City sites like
the Presidential Palace (where we actually met the President
of Panama), the National Theater, which is being restored,
and Old Panama. We then spent two days on the Atlantic side
where we visited the Christ Church by the Sea (which is the
oldest church in Colon), the Hotel Washington, Fort San
Lorenzo, took a ride on the new Panama Railroad and much
more. Panama has sure grown since I left in 1996. What
amazed me the most was the new road systems that have been
built! We stayed in the Country Inn and Suites in Fort
Amador, which is right on the bank of the Canal. I wish I
could have stayed longer.
Since the reunion is so late in July, we will not be holding
our general membership meeting in August. It would have
been normally scheduled the first Saturday of August. This is
only a week after the reunion.
We will meet again in September at Stacey's Buffet in
Clearwater. Look for directions in this issue. We had our
August meeting there last year when it was called Homer's.
Food was great and we had a good crowd.
See you at the reunion in July, and hope all of you sign up
for the luncheon show!

Bill McLaughlin, President

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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The' A't~eoiez 'iaiae-


Well, June is here and in
a very short time we will be
heading to Orlando again
for the 2003 Annual
The past three months of this year, 170 new membership
applications were received, processed and approved by the
Executive Board, bringing our total paid membership to
3,578 members as of March 31, 2003.
During the early months of this year, Carol Masino was
out of the office after having surgery, but I am happy to say
Carol is back and feeling better each day. During that time,
Shirley Boswell and Marje Foster agreed to alternate their
time and come in the office to process all the reunion paper-
work that was coming in during the time Carol was out.
Carol and I will be available at the Secretary's desk and
the Information Desk during the reunion, so please stop by
and see us with any problems, concerns or suggestions you
might have or to pay your dues for next year. We will also
have available Society license plates and decals for sale.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Reunion.

Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
(727) 391-4359



Canal Records and correspondence have been
returned from the following members. Any information
regarding new mailing addresses will be appreciated.




To help As Reunion

Volunteer now by contacting
the Society's Secretary
Or Lottery Chairperson,
Pete Foster at (727) 785-8555


The Panama Canal Society
has dedicated the June issue of
the Canal Record to all the men
and women, past and present,
military and civilian, who have
served and defended our coun-
try. Regardless of your politics, these men and women
deserve our respect and support and I am glad the society
has recognized their contributions to our great country.
I am personally excited about this year's annual reunion
as I am looking forward to meeting with our group of dedi-
cated area reporters. These reporters work really hard
throughout the year to gather information, pictures and write
up news from members that help make the Canal Record fun
to read.
Robin Harrison has begun collecting news as the area
reporter from Maryland. Welcome aboard Robin! I am still on
the lookout for an area reporter in Dothan, Ala. If you are
interested, send me an email, write a letter to the office, or
just call to let me know!
Please note that there is now a new box on the member-
ship and renewal application on pages 91 and 92 that needs to
be checked if you DO NOT want your address and email
address published in the annual April Directory.
We had one comment from someone recently that there
was never any news about Atlantic-siders in the Canal
Record. I personally don't keep track of who is from where
when an article of news is sent in, so I can't say if that com-
ment is legitimate. I do know however, that if we don't hear
from people about what's going on, then there will be no
news written in the Canal Record. Here is my challenge to all
you Atlantic-siders; call your area reporter, dig through all
those treasured photos of the good ol' days on the Atlantic
side, send news of your travels, of your kids, of the grandkids,
of that antique motorcycle, a fond memory, or a humorous
incident. The area reporters would love to hear from anyone,
young and old, Atlantic and Pacific.
Because the Annual Reunion is in late July, the next
Canal Record will be published in October instead of
September. The deadline for receiving articles and pictures
for the October Canal Record is August 1, 2003.
Thanks again to everyone who support the society, and I
want you to know that you can always contact me through an
email, phone call or letter.

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Editor, Canal Record
(386) 441-3229

L E / i mmml


The Panama Canal Society Executive Board is honored to
recommend Mr. Bruce Quinn for an Honorary Membership.
Mr. Quinn has provided outstanding professional service and
personal dedication to the Panama Canal Society and its
In 1995, Mr. Quinn organized the Annual Reunion
Luncheon show commemorating the United Fund/United
Way shows of the former Canal Zone. Mr. Quinn donated
many hours to the Panama Canal Society during the organiz-
ing and planning of the 1995 show. The 1995 show was a
phenomenal success with almost 900 people in attendance at
the Annual Luncheon.
Eight years later, Mr. Quinn agreed once again to put his
expertise to work for the Panama Canal Society's 2003
Annual Luncheon. Mr. Quinn was contacted in September
2002 for ideas for a luncheon show in 2003. Mr. Quinn
jumped on the project immediately and has spent the last 10
months organizing and planning the show. The show, "One
Hundred Years of Songs We Knew and Loved" was selected
by Mr. Quinn to coincide with our 2003 Reunion theme,
"Celebrating Panama's Centennial". Mr. Quinn's mastery at
directing big shows put this show together with long-distance
directing. The seventeen chosen performers are from differ-
ent parts of the United States, the Far East and Panama.
Today's modern means of communications has allowed this
long-distance direction possible. Mr. Quinn has donated hun-
dreds of hours and personal expense to make this production
the best ever for the members of the Panama Canal Society.
The Executive Board strongly recommends Mr. Bruce
Quinn for an Honorary Membership to the Panama Canal


The Panama Canal Society Executive Board is honored to
recommend Mrs. Shirley A. Boswell for a Panama Canal
Society Distinguished Service Award.
In 1985, when the Secretary/Treasurer's office was unex-
pectedly vacated, Mrs. Boswell assumed the duties of the
Society's Secretary/Treasurer and was duly elected to the
office from June 1985 through June 1987. She served during
a very critical period of the Society's history. This was a tran-
sition period of time in which the Executive Board was in the
process of modernizing the office administrative methods
from the membership three by five-inch card files and
portable home typewriters to data processing and computeri-
zation. Working from the Society's office, which was in her
home, Mrs. Boswell spent many hours for less than minimum
wage to coordinate the correction, merging and inputting the
membership files into the new data processing system.
Shirley Boswell was also the driving force in the develop-
ment of the basic computer program format for the Society's

membership files.
Mrs. Boswell, in addition to volunteering her services in
the Society's office, has continued to serve the Society on
many of its committees, functions and Reunions. All of her
support has been accomplished with the highest level of pro-
fessionalism, accuracy and a cheerful personality.
Mrs. Shirley A. Boswell should be recognized by the
Society for her outstanding, exceptional and meritorious
service performed for the benefit of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. from 1985 to the present date.
The Executive Board strongly recommends Mrs. Shirley
A. Boswell for a Panama Canal Society Distinguished
Service Award.


The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society is
extremely pleased and profoundly honored to recommend
Ms. Betty LeDoux for a Panama Canal Society
Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of her meritori-
ous and selfless contributions to the organization and it mem-
Over a very long and sustained period of time, Betty
LeDoux has in some capacity served the Panama Canal
Society in virtually every phase of its operation, starting in
1986 as Assistant to the Record Editor and on a continuous
basis as a fully involved member of a multitude of commit-
tees, including as chairperson of the Nominating,
Carnavalito, Reunion Dances and Reunion Lodging
Committees for several years. Her extended tenure of service
to the Society has also included serving in various officer
positions, starting as the Legislative Representative early on
and continuing as 1st Vice President in 1988, followed by
consecutive years as President in 1989 and 1990, and again in
2001 and 2002 for an unprecedented third and fourth terms as
our President.
It has been well known and widely recognized that the
organization has flourished under her steadfastly earnest and
skilled leadership, principally because it was always unques-
tionably founded in sincere honesty and fairness. Currently
she is serving in the office of Past President, imparting her
wise and time-tested counsel, and as the Reunion Coordinator
for the 2003 Reunion, to include the always difficult and
tedious task of managing and handling all reunion lodging
requirements. Taking on these arduous reunion responsibili-
ties after all of her years of service is testimony in itself to her
unusual and noteworthy dedication and willingness to serve
the Society, since they come at a time when she would nor-
mally be expected to rest on her laurels, rather than taking on
probably the most difficult task in the entire organization.
On a sustained basis over an extended period of time,
Betty LeDoux has made unselfish personal sacrifices too
numerous to count on behalf of the Society, and has always,
without failure, exhibited a dogged determination to promote
the interests of the Society and her fellow members, often-
times in the face of adversity, and repeatedly putting her per-

sonal feelings and interests aside to carry on and fulfill her
responsibilities when most other people would have chosen
to walk away. Her peers will tell you that she has always per-
formed her duties and carried out her responsibilities in a
notably exemplary manner, always going well beyond normal
expectations to ensure that the membership's interests are
protected and ably served in the fairest and best fashion pos-
Because of her visionary leadership and her ability to
marshal support for worthwhile efforts devoted to improving
organizational programs and operations as well as services to
the membership, the Society has enjoyed a period of marked
improvements, leading to both heightened efficiency and cost
effectiveness in the manner in which the Society conducts it
affairs. Her institutional knowledge and historically based
input have proven invaluable in developing Society positions
on virtually every issue that has come before the board for
resolution, which will no doubt serve as the basis for our
operations well into the future.
Ms. Betty LeDoux has definitely and without doubt dis-
tinguished herself. Accordingly, the Executive Board of the
Panama Canal Society strongly and heartily recommends Ms.
Betty LeDoux for the Panama Canal Society Distinguished
Service Award.

December 7, 2002

Present: William McLaughlin, Tom Wilder, Jim
Parthenais, Bob Russell, Daniel Norman, Jim O'Donnell,
Roy Culbreth, Kenny Morris, Betty LeDoux and Nancy Van
Siclen. Absent: Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Jacque Vowell and
Dottie Yocum.
This mini board meeting was held in conjunction with the
Annual Christmas Luncheon at the Wine Cellar. A regular
office board meeting was not held in December because of
the holidays.
President Bill McLaughlin called the meeting to order at
10:30 a.m.
Previous Minutes: Betty LeDoux made a motion to accept
the minutes from the November 23, Executive Board meet-
ing; seconded by Daniel Norman. Motion passed.
Expenditures: Kenny Morris made a motion to approve
the expenditures for the period November 23 through
December 7 in the amount of $6,718.47; seconded by Bob
Russell. Motion passed.
New Members: Kenny Morris motioned to accept the 9
new applications for membership; seconded by Jim
Parthenais. Motion passed.
President Report and Business:
Correspondence -
Bill McLaughlin reported that he wrote to Videorama to
see if they would accept 50 cents per mini placemat. As dis-
cussed at the November board meeting, we would give them
an ad in the Canal Record and in the reunion welcome pack-
et. Bill has not heard back from them as yet.
The president said that he had received a letter from

Jeanne Flynn Stough about the Canal Record. Ms. Stough
complained that most of the photos in the September Canal
Record had no captions with names. Bill called her and
explained that a professional photographer took most of the
photos used in the issue and we didn't have all the names of
those in the photos. He told Ms. Stough that we would work
on this problem and try our best to get names on photos in the
Bill McLaughlin said that he had received a copy of the
charges the Museum is using for advertising on their web
page and we will keep it for our records if we ever decide to
advertise on the Society web page.
The president said that after the November board meeting
he and Tom Wilder moved furniture around in the conference
room to see how everyone would be a little more comfortable
during the meetings. He suggested that we purchase an addi-
tional table and three more chairs. Betty LeDoux made a
motion to purchase the table and three chairs needed for the
conference room; seconded by Daniel Norman. Motion
Bill McLaughlin reported that the H/P Printer had to be
repaired this past week at a cost of $101.65.
The president said that he would email everyone with a
few changes in Board Meeting dates for next year to see if
everyone is okay with the changes. The dates to be changed
would be from January 25 to January 18 and from March 22
to March 15.
Bill McLaughlin said it is time to be thinking about
Society Awards for people who have given outstanding sup-
port to the Society. There is a Certificate of Appreciation, a
Distinguished Service Award, Honorary Membership and
Volunteer Service Awards. These awards are awarded at the
Annual Meeting. The Distinguished Service and Honorary
Membership nominees must be submitted in writing with jus-
tification as to why the nominee is worthy of such award.
Once the board approves the nominee, the name/s will be
published in the Canal Record for the membership to review.
The members attending the Annual Meeting will then vote
for final approval. Bill asked the board to provide name/s and
justification at our next meeting if they have anyone in mind.
Bill made the comment that he thought Bruce Quinn would
be a Distinguished Service or Honorary Membership candi-
date for all the work he is doing for the Annual Luncheon
show. Bill also said he would like to present a certificate of
appreciation to the Requerdos De Mi Panama folkloric
dancers who perform at Despedida and our November mem-
bership meeting.
The president reminded the board that the deadline for the
March Canal Record is January 18, 2003.
Meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

January 18, 2003

Present: Bill McLaughlin, Elaine Vestal Lewis, Tom
Wilder, Jim Parthenais, Dan Norman, Jim O'Donnell, Roy
Culbreth, Betty LeDoux, Pete Foster, Dottie Yocum, Jacque
Vowell, Kenny Morris, Lynnette Stokes and Nancy Van

Siclen. Absent: Bob Russell and Roy Culbreth.
Approved minutes from December 7, 2002, Executive
Board meeting.
Approved expenditures for period December 7, 2002
through January 15, 2003 in amount of $20,060.16.
Approved 48 new applications for membership.
Voted to approve a $500 payment to Neil Zirin, the com-
puter programmer, to upgrade the reunion database with the
automatic sequence numbering system, the hotel reserva-
tions, envelopes, etc.
Voted to approve the purchase of a wireless speaker sys-
tem and an extra microphone for use by the Executive Board
and the membership at meetings where amplification is need-
Approved the purchase of two new conference type tables
for the Society office that will accommodate the Board mem-
bers more adequately, without the overcrowding conditions
that currently exist.
Discussion held to determine who will substitute for
Carol Masino, the Office Assistant while on leave, and what
wages will be paid to the new personss.
Voted to keep the Society's CD's with Merrill Lynch and
to roll over the investments at the appropriate intervals.
Approved the full audit of the Society's accounts to
include preparation of 990's at a cost of $425 per year and
$4,000 for the complete audit.
Voted to approve the installation of a dead bolt lock on the
newly installed glass door, not to exceed a cost of $100.
Approved the purchase of the updated version of
QuickBooks software.

February 22, 2003

Present: Bill McLaughlin, Tom Wilder, Dan Norman,
Betty LeDoux, Pete Foster, Jacque Vowell, Kenny Morris,
Lynnette Stokes, Bob Russell and Nancy Van Siclen. Absent:
Roy Culbreth, Elaine Lewis, Jim O'Donnell, Dottie Yocum
and Jim Parthenais.
Approved minutes from January 18, 2003, Executive
Board meeting with two corrections.
Approved expenditures for period January 18, 2003
through February 19, 2003 in amount of $8,791.49.
Approved 56 new applications for membership.
Approved an advance of $900 toward the reunion
dance(s) decorations. Total cost of decorations for both nights
will be $1,880.62.
Approved removing COPA and other organizations on the
Canal Record complementary mailing list for the Annual
Directory. Membership addresses should not be available to
non-members. They will continue to receive the Canal
Decided not to purchase the speaker system previously
approved because the company has doubled the price and the
board could not justify spending that amount of money at this
Passed a motion to purchase QuickBooks 2003 instead of

Approved roll over of the March CD.
DECEMBER 7, 2002
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 115 members in
attendance at The Wine Cellar Restaurant, North Redington
Beach, Florida at 12:00 Noon. Chaplain Dottie Yocum gave
the invocation followed by a moment of silence for members
who have passed away. Director Roy Culbreth led the mem-
bership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the following past
presidents who were in attendance: Anna Collins, Pete Foster,
Bill Wheeler, Betty LeDoux, Marje Foster, Bob Johnson, Jim
O'Donnell, Margot Jordan, Tom Peterson and Faith
Brundage. The meeting adjourned for lunch and reconvened
at 1:30 p.m.
President Bill McLaughlin thanked the Christmas
Luncheon committee, which included Margaret McLaughlin
who decorated and made the Christmas trees table center-
pieces, Marje Foster for making the Christmas tree name
badges, Nancy Van Siclen for coordinating the event, Joy
Maale and Dot Herrington for a wonderful luncheon.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
November General Membership Meeting at the Columbia
Restaurant in Clearwater, Florida. As there were no changes
or additions to the minutes, the president approved the min-
utes as read.
Kenny Morris, Treasurer gave a synopsis of the unaudit-
ed October Financial Statement prepared by Jim Parthenais.
The financial statement stands for audit.
The president reminded the membership of the upcoming
meetings. There will be no meeting in January; February 22,
2003 will be Carnavalito at the Ocala Hilton; March 8 is the
Annual Picnic at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs; April 5
will be held at the Olive Garden in Ormond Beach and May
3 will be at The Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in
Bill McLaughlin announced if anyone is planning on
attending Carnavalito to please make his or her hotel reserva-
tions early since there would be another large event in Ocala
during the same weekend
Bill McLaughlin reported on his meeting at the Marriott
World Center Orlando with Bruce Quinn. Bruce is planning a
super extravaganza for the Annual Luncheon. The president
also stressed that we will not be selling Luncheon tickets at
the reunion and you must have a ticket to see the show.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative announced
that he had a typewritten report at the front table for members
to take.
Pete Foster, Bylaws Chairperson reminded the member-
ship that the amendment for voting on the bylaw changes was
in the December Canal Record and urged the membership to
vote whether you agree or disagree on the changes. The bal-
lot is in the middle of the Canal Record, which will be easy
to pull out. Amendment 25 is to remove the word "Florida"
from the Panama Canal Society's name. We have members

from all over the United States and throughout the world.
Amendment 26 is a proposal to see if the membership would
support a scholarship for children and grandchildren of
Society members. Amendment 29 gives the Executive Board
authority to use state of the art electronic equipment, such as
email, chat room, telephone, etc. to vote on emergency issues
without having to wait until the next board meeting. This
vote/s would be followed up at the next board meeting and
entered into the minutes. Amendment 30 covers typing errors
when the Amendment is printed in the Canal Record. This
gives the board the authority to correct the typing errors. If
corrections are needed, they will be published it in the Canal
Record for members to review. If there are objections from 25
members or more, it will be published as an Amendment and
voted on by the entire membership.
Betty LeDoux, Reunion Coordinator introduced the
reunion chairpersons to the membership that were present at
the luncheon. Beth Brandenburg with Gene Fritz will be
doing Registration and again Beth is always looking for vol-
unteers to work registration at the reunion; Information and
Secretary will be Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino;
Security is Tom Wilder along with being Co-Reunion
Coordinator; Golf is Kenny Morris; Vendors is Elaine
(Vestal) Lewis; Bingo will be Jim O'Donnell; Dances will be
Betty LeDoux, Tom Wilder, Jim Parthenais and Margaret
McLaughlin; DJ dances will be co-chaired by Jacque Vowell
and Dan Norman; the Annual Luncheon is Jan and Lou
Andino; Mini or Class Reunions is Jim Parthenais; Despedida
Lottery is Pete Foster and Despedida is Margaret
Betty LeDoux told the membership there would be sever-
al Friday afternoon seminars. This year, Roberto Roy is com-
ing up from Panama to be a speaker. Roberto Roy currently
sits on the Panama Canal Authority's board of directors.
Roberto Roy's presentation will be about what the Panama
Canal has been doing since the turnover.
Betty LeDoux announced to the membership that the
Orlando World Center has upgraded their parking facilities
and is charging $5.00 per day for self-parking and $14.00 per
day for valet parking. She informed the membership that we
are working on eliminating the charge for parking and will
keep the membership informed.
Lastly but not least, Betty LeDoux congratulated our
President, Bill McLaughlin. Bill will be receiving his
Associates of Science Degree in Information Systems
Technology on December 13th.
Jacque Vowell, Record Editor reported the December
Canal Record would be mailed the following week.
Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee encouraged the mem-
bership to call her if they know of anyone who is sick, so she
can get a get well card out to them.
Kathy Egolf, from the Panama Canal Museum said that
their monthly newsletter was on the tables outside and
announced that the Museum is having a potluck luncheon at
their office on Saturday, January 11, 2003.
Betty LeDoux apologized for leaving off two committee
chairpersons. Bob Russell and Roy Culbreth will be respon-
sible for on site dance ticket sales at the reunion. If you pur-
chase your dance tickets in advance, the cost for tickets will
be $12.00. If you wait until you arrive at the reunion the cost

for the dance tickets on site will be $15.00 each.
Bill McLaughlin thanked the members who donated all
the door prizes for the luncheon including; Marje and Pete
Foster, Shirley Boswell, Gail and John Straub, Margot and
Hubert Jordan; Lori and Frank King, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis,
Nancy Van Siclen, Betty Snow, Bill and Margaret
McLaughlin, Bill and Jean Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. Hultin,
Olga Disharoon, Panama Canal Museum, Dot and Bob
Herrington, Dottie Yocum, Bob and Cheryl Russell, Betty
LeDoux, Anna Collins, Lynley Weed and COPA Airlines for
two tickets to Panama on Copa Airlines which were won by
George Tochterman.
The president also thanked Betty LeDoux for the
Saddlebrook packets, which contained coupons, which
included a $50.00 off for golf (up to 4 people at $50.00 each),
a coupon for SPA treatment and small bottle of hand lotion.
Dick Zores motioned the meeting be adjourned at 2:00
p.m.; seconded by Tom Peterson. Motion approved by the

FEBRUARY 22, 2003

President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 202 members in
attendance for Camavalito at the Ocala Hilton, at 6:50 p.m.
and thanked them for supporting Caravalito. In the absence
of Chaplain Dottie Yocum, who was unable to attend, Cheryl
Russell gave the invocation followed by a moment of silence
for members who have recently passed away. Sgt. At Arms,
Lynnette Stokes led the membership in the Pledge of
President McLaughlin welcomed Ernie Pierce and the
Class of BHS'43 with 60 strong in attendance, along with the
many Ocala Ditchdiggers. The president also welcomed the
following past presidents: Pete Foster, Betty LeDoux and
Marje Foster.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary, read the minutes of the
December General Membership Meeting that was held at The
Wine Cellar Restaurant in North Redington Beach, Florida.
As there were no changes or additions to the minutes, the
president approved the minutes as read.
Kenny Morris, Treasurer, gave a synopsis of the unaudit-
ed January Financial Statement explaining that the revenues
are up this month with $63,333 income; $8,479 in expenses
leaving a net income of $54,800. The financial statement
stands for audit.
President McLaughlin thanked Tom Wilder, his wife
Kathy and daughters Samantha and Brittany for all their work
they did for Caravalito.
Bill informed those in attendance about the flyer at each
place setting telling them of upcoming meetings, the "A
Century of Songs" show during the Annual Luncheon and the
story about the Burial of the Fish which will be done later
Bill McLaughlin reminded the membership about the
Annual Luncheon at the reunion and stressed purchasing your

luncheon tickets in advance since no ticket will be sold at the
reunion. He also told the membership in attendance that the
March Canal Record would have an eight page special sec-
tion in the center of the book with short bios and photos of
each performer.
Pete Foster, Bylaws Chairperson, reminded the member-
ship that ballots for voting on the bylaw amendments were in
the December Canal Record and urged the membership to
vote whether you agree or disagree on the changes. He
explained what each of the amendments covered and that if
anyone hadn't voted yet; blank ballots were available tonight
for any member who wished to vote.
Betty LeDoux, Reunion Coordinator, reminded everyone
to submit his or her reservations as early as possible. She also
reported that the Friday night dance would be Friends of
Lucho, with Chipi Azcarraga, Julio Ramon, Antonio Reba,
Amelio Cortez along with Tito Mouynes and Alex de la Cruz
and on Saturday night we would have Frankie Pretto and the
Paranda Band.
Betty LeDoux, also the Nominating Chairperson, told the
membership to start thinking about nominations for the 2004
- 2006 term. Betty said that we need two members from the
membership to serve on the committee along with Roy
Culbreth and Bob Russell from the Executive Board. If any-
one was interested, please let her know.
Chuck Hummer, President of the Panama Canal Museum
reported that the museum was doing very well and that they
had some gift items for sale outside on display. He reported
that the museum would have a display this year at the reunion
covering the history of Scouting in the Canal Zone and the
museum is sponsoring a boat in the 2003 Cayuco Race in
Panama. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Ocean-to-
Ocean Cayuco Race.
Bill McLaughlin also announced that Virginia and
Patricia Booth had items from Panama for sale tonight as
Joella Deakins made a motion the meeting be adjourned
at 7:20 p.m.; seconded by Tom Wilder. Motion approved by
the membership.

MARCH 8, 2003

President Bill McLaughlin welcomed the 71 members in
attendance for the Society's Annual Picnic, at 11:30 a.m. at
Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs. In the absence of Chaplain
Dottie Yocum, who was unable to attend, Cheryl Russell gave
the invocation followed by a moment of silence for members
who have recently passed away. Sgt. At Arms, Lynnette
Stokes led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President McLaughlin welcomed past presidents: Bill
Wheeler, Betty LeDoux, Jim O'Donnell and Faith Brundage.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
February General Membership Meeting that was held at the
Ocala Hilton. As there were no changes or additions to the

minutes, the president approved the minutes as read.
The president thanked Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, 1st Vice
President and her committee for organizing the picnic and
thanked everyone for attending and bringing all the wonder-
ful food.
Bill McLaughlin reported that Carnavalito was a great
success with 202 people attending. The new location seemed
to draw more attendees. BHS Class of 1943 had 60 members
in attendance along with the Ocala Ditchdiggers group.
Bill said that the Annual Luncheon is taking shape and to
please look at the March Canal Record which gives a brief
bio of each performer. Bill stressed that if you have not sub-
mitted a reservation for the luncheon to please get them in as
soon as possible. The Society will not be selling luncheon
tickets at the reunion.
The president said that there was an information flyer on
the back table and encouraged people to pick one up. He also
reported that the March Canal Record is in the mail.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Museum
said that the last months of 2002 were good ones for the
museum. Kathy said they were getting ready for the 2003
Reunion and announced that they will have two new books to
sell along with a new decal. Dick Cunningham has been vol-
unteering collecting the exhibits for this year's reunion scout-
ing theme.
In the absence of Pete Foster, Bylaws Chairperson, Betty
LeDoux along with Lynnette Stokes, Dan Norman, Bob
Russell and Kenny Morris counted the ballots. The results are
as follows:

Amendment #25 passed with 174 yes votes
Amendment #26 failed with 152 no votes
Amendment #27 passed with 171 yes votes
Amendment #28 passed with 170 yes votes
Amendment #29 passed with 175 yes votes
Amendment #30 passed with 174 yes votes

(Please see page 8 for Bylaw Chairperson Pete Foster's bylaw

After the report Jim O'Donnell made a motion to destroy
the ballots; seconded by Pete Lang. Motion passed by the
Faith Brundage made the motion to adjourn the meeting;
seconded by Betty Snow. Motion approved by the member-


AUGUST 1, 2003



Ballots for the proposed Bylaw Amendments numbers 25
through 30 were opened and counted at the March 8, 2003
Annual Picnic Business Meeting which took place at the
Pinellas County Anderson Park. The vote counting was per-
formed by a committee consisting of Betty LeDoux, Ken
Morris, Bob Russell, Dan Norman and Lynnette Stokes.
There were 248 valid ballots submitted and Amendments
numbers 25, 27, 28, 29, and 30 were adopted with 170 or
more yes votes. Amendment number 26 (Society Scholarship
Award) was minus one vote for the two thirds votes required
for adoption, as a result, The Society Scholarship Award was
Amendment 25 deleted the "of Florida" from the
Society's name. As a result, the name of the Society will be
changed to PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC., as soon as
the necessary documents are approved by the State and
Federal Governments. This Amendment was adopted.
Amendment 26 was to permit the Executive Board to
develop a policy and procedures to establish a Society
Scholarship Award. This amendment was rejected. It should
be noted that both the name change Amendment 25 and the
Scholarship Award Amendment 26 were basically proposed
due to the many members who had inquired as why Florida
was specified in the Society's name and why the Society did
not sponsor a Scholarship for its members dependents.
Amendments 27 and 28 merely eliminated a duplication
of existing wording in the current Bylaws Article IX, Section
1, Paragraphs A4 and K. These two Amendments were adopt-
Amendment 29 permits the President to utilize modern
communications methods to hold an Emergency
Communications Session with Board members to take action
on matters which must be dealt with prior to a regular sched-
uled Board Meeting. The officer's session meeting vote is
binding and is carried over to the regular scheduled Board
meeting. This Amendment was adopted.
Amendment 30 permits corrections to errors, which were
overlooked when a proposed Amendment was published,
voted on and approved by the membership. It
shortcuts/streamlines the correction process which normally
requires resubmitting the corrected Amendment for vote by
the membership. It also provides a simplified means for the
membership to approve or reject the proposed correction.
This Amendment was adopted.
A good many of us realize that amending Bylaws should
be kept to a minimum and hope you understand that serious
consideration for its need occurs before proposing each and
every amendment. All your Executive Board asks is that if
you do not understand or dislike a proposed amendment con-
tact one of the officers and discuss it before trying to oppose
it with a group of friends.

PETE FOSTER, Bylaws Chairman


Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the current
underwriter of the former Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance
Program, has recently implemented a number of changes that
are designed to improve their ability to handle business in
English and to expedite the process of issuing new certifi-
cates to policyholders, updating beneficiary designations, and
adjudicating death benefit claims. As a result, CIS is current-
ly encouraging policyholders to do their business directly
with the Panama office, but will gladly continue to accept and
handle all business of those policyholders who choose to act
and process through the Panama Canal Society office. Beth
Brandenburg will continue to be the Society's point of con-
tact and may be reached on Wednesday afternoons at the
Society's toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for assistance or
to obtain Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death Claim
For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS office
in Panama, the point of contact is Mr. Ricauter Rodriguez;
and he can be reached as follows:
Mail: Compania Intemacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Ricauter Rodriguez
Apartado 0833-0084
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Fax: 011-507-210-1605
Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the
Panama office should advise the Society office of the partic-
ulars if they would like for the Society to monitor CIS
progress and intercede with CIS on their behalf. Likewise,
policyholders and claimants should notify the Society office
when their business has been satisfactorily concluded with
CIS so that the Society can drop the policyholder or claimant
from its list of pending cases to be pursued.


Marriage records have been forwarded to the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA), therefore
you should submit your request for your marriage records to:

Civilian Records (NWCTC)
Textual Archives Services Division
8601 Adelphi Road
National Archives
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Do not send money with your request. If any fees are
required, you will be contacted by NARA. Be sure to include
the following information with your request: The names of
both parties of the marriage; the date and place of the mar-
riage; your relationship to the parties; your address and tele-
phone number.

Make your request for marriage records as follows:

Please furnish certified copy(ies) of the following
Canal Zone District Court record Accession Number
NN# 185-98-0098.
Type of Document: (Marriage Certificate)
Name of Parties: (Male and Female)
Date of marriage:
Marriage License No.:
Location of Marriage: (Balboa or Cristobal)
Please forward the requested documents to:
Signed, name and date.

In accordance with the Panama Canal Treaty, the PCC
Records Management Branch's Vital Statistics Unit, which
has maintained and issued birth and death certificates for the
former Canal Zone from 1904 through September 30, 1979,
will close permanently on October 29, 1999. All pertinent
birth and death records will be transferred to the United
States Department of State on November 1999.
Effective December 1, 1999 these vital records will be
issued by the Department of State. Written requests may be
forwarded to the following address:

111119th Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, D.C. 20522-1705
United States of America
Telephone number: (202) 955-0307

Please include the following information in your request:
Date, purpose of request, name at birth/death; date of
birth/death, city and country of birth/death; signature of sub-
ject or guardian, address and telephone. For birth records,
also include: Father's name, date and place (city or state and
country) of birth, and any U.S. Passport information.
Kindly indicate the number of documents desired. The fee
for documents is $20.00 for the first copy, $10.00 for each
additional copy requested at the same time. Check or money
order must be signed, dated, and made payable to the
Department of State. Remittance must be payable in U.S. dol-
lars through a U.S. bank. Do not send cash.

Medical Records are no longer in Panama Canal
Commission custody and have been transferred. Outpatient
and inpatient medical records up to 1982 may be obtained
from the following address:
Federal Records Center (NARA)
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, GA 30344
To obtain medical records after 1982, write to the follow-
ing address, making your request under the Freedom of
Information Act.

National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
To obtain medical records from either place, provide
enough information to identify requester and medical charts
in question.
All vital records will be transferred before the year 2000.
Information for the final destination of these records will be
published and the United States Consulate may also be con-
tacted for reference.

Canal Zone High School transcripts can be obtained by writ-
ing to:
Educational Testing Service Dante's Program:
P.O. Box 6605
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6605
Tel: (609) 720-6740
There is no charge for Canal Zone High School transcripts.

Panama Canal College, copies of student records may be
obtained at no charge by requesting transcripts from:
Fort Benning Schools
DoDEA Records Center
201 Custer Road, Bldg. 2670 Fort Benning, Georgia
31905 Tel: (706) 545-4785


As a result of an inquiry to the Passport Services,
Washington D.C. in regards to birthplace of American citi-
zens born in the former Canal Zone, the United States
Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Foreign
Entry Requirements states as follows:
PANAMA Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship and
photo ID, tourist card or visa, and onward/return ticket
required. Visa and tourist card valid 30 days. Visa issued at
Embassy of Panama or one of the consulates. Tourist card
available from airlines serving Panama for $5. fee. Stay can
be extended up to 60 days, apply at the main office of
Immigration and Naturalization in Panama. Visa requires 1
application form and 1 photo. Allow one working day for
processing. Departure tax $20 is paid at airport. For longer
stays and additional information regarding travel other than
via a commercial airline, contact the Embassy of Panama,
2862 McGill Terrace, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008
(202/483-1407 or the nearest consulate: CA: (415/391-4268,
FL (305/371-7031 or 813/831-6685), LA (504/525-3458),
NY (212/840-2450), PA (215/574-2994) or TX (713/622-
Your renewed U.S. passport will indicate that you were
born in Panama if you were born in the Canal Zone. A legal
document from the State department states as an accommo-
dation for persons born (in the C.Z.) before October 1, 1979,
Passport Services will gladly rewrite their passport, at no
extra charge, to show Canal Zone as place of birth. This will
not effect a person shown being born in the Canal Zone from
obtaining a cedula from the Republic of Panama.

May 7, 2003

Mr. William P. McLaughlin
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, FL 33772

Dear Bill,

As you know, the Executive Board approved the hiring of an independent Certified Public Accountant
to conduct the audit of the Society's operations and activities, to include the 2002 Annual Reunion, for
the year ended December 31, 2002. The audit has been completed and the full report, which is rather
extensive and contains a number of schedules and supporting documents, is on file in the Society's
office and available for review by interested parties.

I am pleased to report that the audit consisted of a comprehensive 100% review and evaluation of all
financial transactions and activities taking place in calendar year 2002, that no material findings were
noted by the auditor, and that through collaborative efforts, the Society is in full compliance with
governmental reporting requirements. For the purpose of member notification, the following
condensed statements were compiled for publication in the Canal Record.

Kenneth L. Morris, Treasurer

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Statement of Assets, Liabilities, & Fund Balance Cash Basis
As of December 31, 2002

Current Assets
CMA Money Fund $48,174
First National Bank 46,666
CDs / Equivalents 161,000
Total Current Assets $255,840

Fixed Assets
Depreciable Assets $53,802
Accumulated Depreciation (44.244)
Total Fixed Assets 9,558

Total Assets $265,398

Fund Balance


The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Statement of Revenues, Expenses, & Fund Balance Cash Basis
For the year ended December 31, 2002

Annual Reunion
Society Functions
Sales (Tags/Decals)
Sales (Canal Records)
Administration Fees
Contributions Income
Total Revenues

Program Expenses
Annual Reunion
Canal Record
Society Functions
Total Program Expenses
Personnel Expenses
Salaries & Wages
Payroll Tax Expense
Total Personnel Expenses
Administrative Expenses
Credit Card Bank Charges
Internet Expense
Investment Mgt Fee
Office Expense
Other Taxes & Licenses
Professional Fees
Repairs & Maintenance
Total Administrative Expenses
Total Expenses

Cash Basis Net Income

Fund Balance, January 1, 2002

Fund Balance, December 31, 2002










September General
Membership Meeting

Stacey's Buffet
(formerly Homer's)

September 6, 2003
1451 Missouri Avenue
Clearwater, Florida

Please plan to join us at the September 6, 2003,
General Membership meeting at STACEY'S
BUFFET (formerly HOMER'S) in Clearwater,
Stacey's offers an extensive buffet that includes
all beverages and desserts for one reasonable price.
Discounts are available for Senior Citizens (age 55
and over). It is a serve yourself, all-you-can-eat
style buffet and pay at the door.
Our hostess will be Elaine (Vestal) Lewis. If
you have any questions, please call the Society
office at (727) 391-4359. Hope to see everyone

October General Meeting
Space Coast Group Picnic

October 4, 2003

Tom Stratham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida

The PCSOFL General Membership meeting
will be held on October 4, 2003 in conjunction with
The Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Stratham Park,
on the river side of U.S. 1, adjacent to the Space
Center Executive Center. The picnic will start at
11:00 a. m. and the meeting will start at 12:30 p. m.

Bring your own picnic lunch and something to
drink. If you need more information, give Terry
Deakins a call at (321) 631-9209.





lito Mouynes and Alex De La truz

Lniton uay, jonann nantnio, Jacque vowei ana rrancis

Randy Deakins and Lauray (Will) Griffin

Virginia Booth showing her stuff while Anne "Rusty" Margaret McLaughlin, Bob Morrissey, Chuck Hummer
LoFranco watches the fancy moves, and Kenny Morris.

Having a blast dancing to great music.

Dancing the night away.


Kenny Morris, Tito Mouynes and Alex De La Cruz

Burying of the fish ceremony with El Fundo Terry Deakins

Terry Deakins waving machete during burying fish ceremo-

Joy and Al Maale in their Montunos.

Fish being placed in casket.

Everyone had a great time!



L-R: Bob Hanna, Jim Nellis, and Mike Weade.

Facing: (L-R) Betty Snow, Betty Boyer, Tommie Lou
Horter, Nancy Van Siclen, and Marge Sherry.

L-R: Cheryl Russ(

L-R: Dan DesLondes, John and Ellen Gough, Mary and
Jim DesLondes.

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L-R: Kenny Morris, Betty LeDoux, Bob Russell, and Facing (R-L): Eleanor Buehler, Jeanne Wheeler, Aura
Lynette Stokes counting bylaw ballots. Erikson, Linda Sherry, Dot and Bob Herrington.
;In j4 '::_lff 1 M.oIf" Ia Z m0

L-R: Cecile Demers, Dick Danielson, Dick and Janet Picnic Chairperson Elaine (Vestal) Lewis calling door prize
Cunningham, Kathy Egolf, and Norman Demers. ticket number.


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L-R: John Gough, Joe and Marcia Cicero.

L-R: Linda Marshall and Faith Brundage.

Bob Russell "Go Bucs"

Picnic Shelter at Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs.

Playing Bingo

L-R: Betty

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Emily Bliss.

L-R: Pat P
Ginger and

L-R: Pat an


Yerxa, Deloras Wilsey, and Pat Barriteau. Mary and Kathy Egolf.

(Bennie) Bliss, Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald, L-R Tom Hanna, Bob and Alice Forsythe, Ela

hunchback, Jeannie and Ernie Hickman, L-R: Grace (Hensler) Barnwell, Rose (Hensl
Bill Young, Bob Munchback. Gayle (Hasemann) Tolbert.

1 Bud Risberg, Gloria and Jack Corrigan. L-R: Joella and Randy Deakins, Pat Mann

ler) Crider,

ing, Linda



two most misunderstood benefits that federal employees,
postal workers and retirees have. In years past, these employ-
ees didn't really need to know too much about these programs
because they were under a separate retirement and disability
benefits package, the Civil Service Retirement System, and
didn't stand to get benefits from Social Security. Social
Security and Medicare largely were for somebody else-not
NOT ANYMORE. All that changed several years ago
and these big changes in the benefits picture are just now hit-
ting home for many federal employees and postal workers.
With Social Security and Medicare now playing so important
a role in your financial future, you can no longer afford to
ignore them. It's vital that you understand just what types of
benefits you're accumulating, what level of benefits you
stand to receive, what provisions might reduce or even elim-
inate them, and how they interact with your other benefits-in
sum, how to best position yourselves to get the most out of
these two key programs.
Again, never before has there been such a huge need for
this information. That's why FEDweek has published The
Social Security/Medicare Handbook for Federal Employees
& Retirees. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive,
easy-to-understand handbook for federal employees and
retirees that fully explains not only those programs but also
how they dovetail (and, in some cases, conflict) with the fed-
eral government's retirement and health insurance programs.
Social Security faces benefit cuts, tax increases and a
higher retirement age or a combination of all these steps to
fund the system long term. The fund would need several tril-
lion dollars. "You've got to act now, you don't have a choice"
it was reported by the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
"The question is, when are you going to act and how are you
going to act?"
head of the House Social Security subcommittee, Rep. Clay
Shaw, R-Fla, is expected to reintroduce in the new Congress
a Social Security reform bill he first offered a year ago that
includes reform of the government pension offset provision.
The GPO reduces the Social Security spousal or survivor
benefits by $2 for each $3 the recipient gets in an annuity
from a retirement program that doesn't include Social
Security, such as CSRS retirement. Shaw's measure would
reduce the GPO offset to $1 for $3, increasing the benefits of
an estimated half of those currently affected by the GPO.
Although Shaw sponsored the bill, he did not move it out of
his subcommittee in the recently concluded Congress, where
members were reluctant to touch Social Security.
PENSION OFFSET. Other GPO approach also likely
Shaw's GPO reform approach differs somewhat from a more
long-running GPO proposal, one that would apply the offset
only to combined benefits exceeding $1,200 a month. For the
second Congress in a row, a House bill reflecting that

approach gathered a majority of members as co-sponsors,
ending with 299 (a Senate counterpart had 37 backers)
However, that bill also did not move through the legislative
process. Capitol Hill officials say the best prospect for any
movement on the GPO provision-as well as on a sister provi-
sion, the windfall elimination provision that reduces an indi-
vidual's own Social Security benefit when the person has
fewer than 30 years of "substantial" Social Security-covered
employment-is a part of a broader Social Security reform
effort. Prospects of such an effort being made are considered
better in the new Congress convening in January but chances
of enactment remain highly questionable.
Steny Hoyer, D-Md., has said he will reintroduce a bill he
offered in the previous Congress to increase the government's
share of Federal Employees Health Benefits program premi-
ums from the current 72 percent average to 80 percent. That
plan attracted nearly 100 co-sponsors but was never formally
considered. The idea likely will be examined this year in the
context of possible FEHB reforms, but the cost could be a
significant problem. Hoyer estimates the cost in the hundreds
of millions of dollars annually, but the Bush administration
has put the figure at $1.7 billion.
Federal Employees Health Benefit program carriers have
made to hold down costs of prescription drugs have yielded
savings that the carriers have passed on to enrollees in the
form of lower out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, the
General Accounting Office has found. GAO's report exam-
ined the use of "pharmacy benefit managers", which are var-
ious techniques the carriers use to obtain drug price discounts
from retail pharmacies. The average saving-compared to the
average price paid by customers not under such arrange-
ments--was about 18 percent for the brand-name drugs stud-
ied and 47 percent for the generic drugs studied, with the sav-
ings rising to 27 and 53 percent, respectively, when the drugs
are dispensed through mail-order programs. In addition, cer-
tain rebates from drug manufacturers were passed through,
said the report (GAO-03-196).
even without "pharmacy benefit manager" arrangements
FEHB carriers likely would be able to negotiate some type of
discount, making the net saving from those techniques uncer-
tain. Prescription drug costs have been a major contributor to
sharp rises in FEHB premiums in recent years-for example,
those costs are blamed for adding 3.5 percentage points to
premiums between 2002 and 2003 rates, roughly a third of
the total average 11.1 percent average increase. That trend
has produced calls from employee organizations to centralize
the way FEHB procures prescription drugs in order to better
harness the buying power of the more than 8 million partici-
pants. However, the pharmaceutical industry has resisted
such plans, for example refusing to participate in a proposed
pilot project that would have allowed one FEHB carrier to
buy drugs through the discounted rate schedule for Veterans
Affairs hospitals. FEHB carriers also have argued that they
already are getting substantial discounts from the manufac-
turers and that they probably couldn't do much better under a
new system. They likely will use the latest GAO report to
support that argument.

COLA COUNT SLIPS: Through three months of the
counting period toward the January 2004 federal retiree cost-
of-living adjustment, retirees have accumulated 0.2 percent,
following a drop of 0.2 percent in December in the inflation
measure used to set the COLA. Meanwhile, the final count
for the COLA for those receiving benefits under the Federal
Employees Compensation Act has been set at 2.4 percent,
payable in April.
Our 1.4 percent COLA increase was in our January 1st
annuity payments but the increased cost of our FEHB premi-
ums will give us a lower February 1st payment
The first three months in our next COLA calculations
period is an approximate increase of 0.5%. Of note, the cost
of goods in some categories continues to decline but the cost
of most services, particularly health care costs, continues to
increase. Retirees tend to acquire fewer material goods, but
spend more on services, like health care. The COLA is based
on the CPI for workers; it is underestimating the true cost of
retiree living expenses.
FEDERAL BUDGET: The federal budget deficit for the
fiscal year ended September 30, 2002 was 159 billion dollars.
OMB projections for fiscal year 2003 will be 200 billion dol-
lars and in 2004 the deficit will be 300 billion dollars. Our
national debt now is approximately 6 trillion dollars and the
executive branch has already asked Congress for an increase
in the federal debt ceiling. What this means, in effect, is that
it is extremely unlikely that any new legislation will be enact-
ed and we will be fortunate not to have our benefits reduced.
VETERANS: The Secretary for Veterans Affairs
announced as part of cost cutting that veterans who earn more
than $35,000 would no longer be eligible to enroll for VA
health benefits and those with health problems that are not
service related would not be eligible for VA care.
Bush would like to have federal retiree costs placed in the
budgets of the departments where they once worked. This
would mean retiree benefits would be at the discretion of the
departments and not mandatory as part of the general federal
budget. Given the present and looming federal budget deficits
this does not bode well for federal retirees
issue bills have now been placed in the House and Senate. I
have listed each of them below with a short title and the
Florida cosponsors. The bills include the Government
Pension Offset (GPO), Windfall Elimination Provision
(WEP), and an FEHBP bill.
There are two bills for GPO Reform; R. 887 and S. 363.
Florida Cosponsors for the House bill are Rep.'s Boyd (D
2nd), Foley (R 16th), Wexler (D 19th) and Deutsch (D 20th).
The Senate bill is cosponsored by Senator Bill Nelson. There
are two bills for repeal of the GPO & WEP; H.R. 594 and S.
349. Cosponsors for the House bill are Rep's Brown-Waite (R
5th) and Diaz-Balart (R 21st). The Senate bill has no Florida
There are also two bills for increasing the Governments
portion of the FEHBP from 72pct to 80pct; H.R. 577 and S.
319. Cosponsors for the House bills are; Rep's Brown (D
3rd), Deutsch (D 20th) and Hastings (D 23rd). There are no
Florida Senate cosponsors. Those who have cosponsored
these bills should be sent a thank you. Those who have not

cosponsored them should be sent a letter asking them to do
ure also would repeal a Social Security provision primarily of
interest to those retiring under the FERS retirement system:
the earnings test, a reduction in an individual's Social
Security payments or special retirement supplement (paid to
FERS retirees in certain situations) made when he or she con-
tinues to work after benefits begin and earns over an allow-
able amount ($11,520 currently). For every $2 earned over
this amount, the individual currently must give up $1 in ben-
efits if age 62-64. In the year an individual reaches "full"
Social Security retirement age (currently 65 and 2 months,
phasing up to 67 over the next two decades) individuals can
earn up to a limit ($30,720 currently) in the months before
they reach that age with no reduction in benefits but for every
$3 they earn over that limit in that time, $1 is withheld from
benefits. There is no earnings test for those above "full"
retirement age; a prior test for those aged 65-69 was repealed
in 2000.
OFFERED: Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., has
reintroduced in Congress a bill (S-363) to alter the govern-
ment pension offset by making the $2 for each $3 reduction
apply only to amounts in combined benefits above $1200 a
month. Similar legislation has been introduced for many
years and in the last two Congresses attracted a majority of
House members as cosponsors. However, the proposal never
has been formally considered beyond some attention at
House subcommittee hearings.
DISCOUNT DRUG CARDS: The Bush administration
says it plans to find a way to give older Americans prescrip-
tion drug discount cards, even if it takes an act of Congress to
do it. A federal court recently ruled for the second time that
the administration lacked the authority to create the plan.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid say the discount
cards remain a priority, even as the administration pushes its
new Medicare reform package, which includes a drug bene-
fit. The program would allow Medicare beneficiaries to sign
up for discount cards offered by private drug companies for
an estimated average savings of ten percent a year.
new state law, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has
the right to sell and distribute your personal information on
file (DOB, SS#, Address, phone number, medical disabilities,
etc). However the law also requires that DMV give individu-
als the opportunity to block this information (Driver Privacy
Protection Act) from being sold. I went to the DMV web site
and noticed my info was not blocked and available to anyone.
It took me 20 seconds to block it on their web site.
This is only if you have a Florida driver's license. Go to: and click
on "apply on line". This will allow you to check if your dri-
ver's license is valid and also block your information from
being distributed (follow the instructions). Please pass this
along to your friends and family in Florida.

Jim O'Donnell
Legislative Reporter



Sgt. Tim Dolan, Alpha Co., 3rd Battalion, 124th Infantry
Regiment, Florida National Guard, has been assigned to the
1st Marine Expeditionary Force providing protection for the
U.S. Army 2-43 ADA Patriot Missiles in Operation Iraqi
Freedom. This deployment is the first wartime assignment for
the unit since World War II, when it fought in New Guinea
and the Philippines.
Sgt. Dolan was activated shortly after 9/11 to provide
home defense for protection of the Tallahassee Armory where
he has remained on active duty status until his unit was acti-
vated in January 2003.


Eric Raffler, Airman Ist Class, U.S. Air Force. Son of John
and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler.


Sgt. Tim Dolan

Sgt. Tim Dolan in Ft. Stewart, Ga., with parents Ed and
Bonnie Dolan, DeLand, Fla.; brother Eddy Dolan of Nick Knight, Corporal, U.S. Marines. Son-in-law of John
Panama, R. of P., and sister Karen Castleton of Miami, Fla., and Madeleine Raffler.
January 2003. (Not pictured Jon Dolan, photographer).
Eddy; a Captain in the California Army National Guard has
just been notified he will be activated in April.

The Panama Canal Society dedicates this issue of the
Canal Record, to the men and women of the military
armed forces past and present who have bravely
defended our country to keep our great nation free.
This dedication also includes the civilian force of men
and women who support our armed forces behind the
I lines and back home. God Bless them and America!

A1C Jonathan Ryan Schmidt, USAF Security Forces
Army Specialist Shoshana Johnson, daughter of Claude and
Eunice Thorne

PFC James Hazelip, son of Laurie (McBride) and Dave Hazlip

Capt. Joseph Bethel, son-in-law of Laurie (McBride) and Dave
Specialist E4 Patrick Lincoln, son-in-law of Michael E. and
Sharon Smith and Margot and Hubert Jordan, husband of Nancy
Sgt Brett J. Spradlin, son of Margaret (Stevens) and Lloyd H.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Eytalis USAF, son of Joe and Sue (Waters)
Corporal Larry Scheid, Lance Marine, grandson of Don and Dee
MSI Walter D. Doane, son of Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox
Capt. John W. Kiser, Jr., Chaplain, nephew of Betty Blanchette
Second Class Jennifer Blanchette, granddaughter-in-law of
Betty Blanchette

M/M3 Didier Folger Fernandez, son of Teresa and Gary Folger
Capt. Edward V. Dolan, Jr., son of Edward Dolan and Bonnie
(Davis) Dolan
Sgt. Timothy J. Dolan, son of Edward Dolan and Bonnie (Davis)
Sgt. Wayne Hattaway, son of Earl and Elizabeth Hattaway
(Supply Division)
TSgt. Angela Graffen McCarragher, daughter of Pat
McCarragher and Penny Rose
Cmdr. Joseph Newbury, son of Charlie and Emily Riley
P02 Ralph L. Pyeatt, son of Karen (Kay) Davis Schofield
Corporal Nick Knight, husband of Kristin Knight and son-in-law
of John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler

Airman 1st Class Eric Raffler, son of John and Madeleine (Lugo)

Corpsman Michael Wasemiller, son of Bill and Teresa Keller
BJ Keller, son of Bill and Teresa Keller
Officer Candidate Gregg Wasemiller, son of Bill and Teresa

Ensign Sean E. Morrissey, Coast Guard
SSgt. Beverly Teal Garza, daughter of Wallace Teal and the late
Janet Johnson.

Capt. Scott Hoffman, son of Martin and Beverly Hoffman

Capt. Kevin Akers, son of Dr. and Mrs. Akers
Major Allen Cotton, son of Wendell and Lois (Heim) Cotton
Chief Petty Officer Tim Cotton, son of George and Sue (Trim)
PFC John Fleming, son of Carl and Tracy (Cotton) Fleming
Sgt. Alberto Thompson, son of Myra Jova Thompson

1st Lt. Stephanie Dempsey, daughter of Glenda Kochel and
David Dempsey
Bobby Villareal, son of Sandy (Haynes) Villareal
EW1 First Class Paul D. Menges, son of Paul M. and Stephanie
(Lawson) Menges
Col. Bob Rupp, USAFR
TSgt. Gibby Freund, USAFR

USCG Niles Farnsworth, son of Ron and Nancy (Williford)

2nd Lt. Olga (Wallace) Brandt

Gunnery Sergeant Stella (Wallace) Duenos

PFC Salvatore Zerbo III, great-grandson of Thomas Geddes
(Roosevelt Medal Recipient) and grandson of Albert Geddes

Robert D. Parker, grandson of Nereus Parker, a Roosevelt
Medal recipient, and son of Robert Parker
E-7 (SFC) Robert Scott Spencer (CHS'68)
Capt. Jeffrey S. Zornes, USAF, son of Dick and Ginger Zores

Major General John Urias (BHS'70)
Lt. Col. Joe Hickey (CHS'70)
Lt. Col. Tom Wesley (BHS'70)

Capt. (USN) James Stark (BHS'70)

Specialist (E-4) Christopher Herring, son of Tim and Theresa
J Laatz, Coast Guard


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Hello from Alabama! Long time reporter for the Dothan
area, Delores Cleveland, has retired as an Canal Record area
reporter. We were sorry to hear that Delores decided to put up
her pen, but we will be happy to report any news y'all in L.A
(Lower Alabama) want to see put in the Record, so send us
the news of what's happening in L.A!
Alabamians must have had the after Christmas blahs this
quarter, as news has been kind of scarce to come by. We have
only heard from Keith Moumblow, whom we enjoyed talk-
ing to.
Edie made a trip to Houston for two weeks to visit her
children Kendra and Daniel Coulson and her granddaughter
Hayley Coulson. She had a wonderful visit but as is always
the case with visits, it was too short.
Edie came home March 3rd and after a day to rest up, I
took her to Alexander City, Ala to visit her Mom, Lois
Smith, who was critically ill in the hospital. Lois passed
away while we were there. Edie got to say her final goodbyes
and comfort Lois and hold her hand while she passed. Lois
moved to the Canal Zone just after WWII and worked for a
while with the Commissary Division and then stayed home to
raise her family after Bill was born.
My daughter, Christy Cotton, participated in a historical
Civil War re-enactment, commemorating the anniversary of a
flag presentation to the Prattville Dragoons as they left to join
the Confederate Army. Christy and her boy friend have taken
an interest in the Civil War and have learned a great deal of
our nation's history through re-enacting those terrible times.
I have been very busy at work with the Alabama Army
National Guard getting units ready to go liberate Iraq in
Operation Iraqi Freedom. More than 50% of the Alabama
National Guard has been activated in support of the war, more
than any other state in the Union. I haven't been tapped to
make the trip to the sand but if the reconstruction effort goes
on for very long there is a possibility that I may wind up over
We are looking forward to this year's Annual Reunion as
this will be the CHS Class of 1968 thirty-fifth (that's 35th)
Reunion. Renee (Ballou) Krimminger has taken the lead as
usual, and has organized a bang up party for us. I know there

will be plenty of good ol' Canal Zone "eats" there and at least
2 gallons of Gatun American Legion ceviche that Ren6e has
tasked me with making. Stop in to our hospitality suite and
say hello!! See y'all at the reunion.

Allen and Edie Cotton, Reporters


Several women from the Springdale Fayetteville area
met for a Mexican style buffet luncheon at Butterfield Trail
Village in Fayetteville on February 20th. After their lunch,
they gathered at the home of Mary Condon to visit and to
make plans for future meetings.

L-R: Maxine Wrenn, Gloria Malsbury, Greta Vowell,
Petie Maedl and Mary Condon.

In January, Frank and Sharon (DeVore) Gonzalez took
an 8-day cruise on the new Carnival Legend to Belize, Costa
Rica, and Panama. While docked in Colon, they rode the train
to Corozal and back. Before returning to Colon, however,
they rode a bus around Balboa, Amador (where the Pacific
cruise terminal is being constructed), and Miraflores Locks.
Quote: "It was a terrific cruise and they would love to do
again" They are now back in Ozark, Arkansas after a couple
of months stay in Florida.

(Kilbey) Seeley, Laguna Woods; her daughter Laura
(Seeley) Rydell and her husband Richard of Mission Viejo;
Dixie (Stoudnor) and Tom Jeavons of Laguna Woods, and
Charles ("Chuck") Fowler of Sheridan, Wyo.
Since moving to California from Florida in 1992, follow-
ing the passing of his wife, Nina, Ivan has been active in the
Lions Club, the Order of Eastern Star, the Shrine, and the
Masonic Lodge in Lake Forest, and the Panama Canal
Societies of Southern California and Florida. Members of the
Lions, Eastern Star and Masonic organizations were guests at
the celebration also.

I-rank and Sharon (De\ore) Gonzalez
They are on the Trans-Isthmian train: see the jungle behind

Sad news from Arkansas. Marguerite Engelke
Grammer of Siloam Springs died on January 30, 2003. She
grew up in Margarita.
Chris Skeie stopped by to see Mary Lou Engelke and
daughter Kathy Crowell. He was in Arkansas visiting Patty
Bain and Jack Devore.
Kathleen (Donahue) and Willard Huffman have a new
great granddaughter. Their granddaughter Heather Novac
Bornemeier and husband Shaun are the parents. Hannah
Ray was born on April 11, 2003.
Mary Stephens reports that she won a lottery for a two-
hour cruise of the Boston Harbor on the USS Constitution
(old iron side.) The cruise is by invitation only and is in July.
She will give details in the next issue.

Lynn Dunning Harp
(479) 271-8055

Front Row (L-R): Donna (Jenkins) Clapp, Ivan Jenkins
and Nancy (Jenkins) Wright. Back Row (L-R): David
Jenkins, Mary (Jenkins) White and James Jenkins

Betty Flenniken Dunning
(479) 633-0612



Ivan Lloyd Jenkins, Lake Forest, Calif., celebrated his
ninetieth birthday on February 15, 2003, with ninety family
members and friends. The festivities, which included a deli-
cious luncheon and a roasting of Ivan, were hosted by his
daughters and sons at Leisure World's Clubhouse Six in
Laguna Woods.
Ivan's family included Nancy J. Wright (BHS'55),
Munford, Ala.; Donna (BHS'57) and Albert Clapp, Lake
Forest, Calif.; David (BHS'61) and Cindy Jenkins,
Mariposa, Calif.; Mary (BHS'61) and Jerry White, San
Antonio, Texas, and James (BHS'64) and Betty Jenkins,
San Diego, Calif., along with their children and grandchil-
Former Canal Zonians attending the affair were Jolie

(L-R): Dixie (Stoudnor) Jeavons, Laura (Seeley) Rydell,
Ivan Jenkins (guest of honor), and Jolie (Kilbey) Seeley.

Letty Moore, El Segundo, wife of Eddie Moore
(BHS'40), took two grandkids, Kevin, 22 and Kelly Moore,
19, to Panama during their spring break from San Diego State
University in December and January. Letty has many rela-
tives in Panama and the visitors were treated royally.
"Panama is booming with the latest technology everyone
has cell phones, computers, SUV's; there are theaters with
multiple showrooms, skyscrapers, etc. The Causeway has
restaurants and stores, and is lots of fun. The former Canal
Zone has changed; the old houses are painted and remodeled,
some like mansions, and landscaped. My niece arranged a
tour of the Presidencia (Palacio de las Garzas), and we saw
the Lady President, Mireya Moscoso. We went to Gorgona,

Coronado, El Valle, where some of my relatives have vaca-
tion homes. My granddaughter, Kelly, went to Isla Grande,
off the coast of Colon, to Portobello, Zone Libre de Colon,
the new Gamboa resort, etc. There were sancochos and bar-
becues all the time. The young folks went on the Chiva
Parrandera, and that was lots of fun. One of my cousins took
us for a ride twice up the Chagres River. We had a grand two-
week visit back home."
Kathryn (Argo) Taylor (CHS'53), of Laguna Woods,
toured Panama with Davis and June (Rowley) Stevenson
and their daughter, Lori Snow in March. She was so pleased
with the entire tour to the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the
Isthmus and to the Interior towns of El Valle, El Volcan,
Boquete, etc. Kathryn will tell our members and guest all
about her trip at our society's May 4th luncheon.
My cousin, Virginia (Ridge) (BHS'38), and husband,
Hank, traveled from their home in Honolulu, to Panama in
March with the Isthmian Collectors Club (ICC), of which
Virginia has been a member for ten years. "It was the most
wonderful, glorious experience. We enjoyed nine days of
touring, seeing all of the old sights, houses, schools, etc. Just
picture our private escorted tour of the President's Palace!
After refreshments in the Presidential dining room, the first
woman President of Panama, Mireya Moscoso, stopped by,
and we were one of the first to shake her hand. She was very
gracious, pretty and petite. What a thrill for us all. That's how
it went every day we had such interesting experiences."
My grandson, Vincent Ressa, a senior at Chico State, has
been studying during this semester at the University of
London. During these months he's made trips to Italy for
spring break, Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, Scotland
Wales, France and Belfast, North Ireland. He'll return to
graduate with a history major in May. His parents, Tina
(Cartotto) and Michael Ressa, Rialta and I plan to attend
the ceremonies, along with Tina, Steve and Evan Cartotto
of Valencia. "Vinnie's" younger brother, Steve Ressa, a stu-
dent at Cal State Dominguez Hills has been selected to play
baseball for several weeks with a few others from his team in
Kalamazoo, Michigan, beginning in May. His mom, Tina,
(BHS'68), plans to attend her class reunion in Orlando in
July. I plan to attend the reunion with Tina and several other
family members.
A. Grant and Audrie Westbrook (BHS'40), La Jolla,
will miss our May 4th Canal Zonian get-together, as they'll
be cruising, and plan a transit of the Panama Canal. "We were
happy to receive the class newsletter and all of the old
Panama Canal photos and maps. A lot of work for you and
Nando. Thanks for a great job!"
Eloise (Ramey) and Chuck Cade, Memphis, Tenn.
writes "Chuck and I continue to be blessed with good health
and the ability to continue with our 'Cade Mobile Notaries'
work, which we enjoy and occupies only as much time as we
want to give to it. With the low interest rates, people contin-
ue to refinance their homes. The most traveling we do now is
to Tunica, Miss. There are casinos on the ole Miss and it's
only an hour away. My sister, Helen and her husband are in
assisted living here, and my brother, "Ody", is in Dothan,
Ala. I really enjoy my WebTV, where I have access to the
Internet and all that it offers."
The response from our BHS'40 classmates and friends of

the class on receiving our final newsletter was most gratify-
ing. The early-days' maps of Ancon, Balboa and Pedro
Miguel, a courtesy of A. Jay Troup (BHS'50), and the old,
official Panama Canal photos from my collection, were
appreciated by everyone. Truly, even during the Depression
Era, they were the good old days for us. Fernando Tapia,
M.D., Scottsdale, Ariz, and Joan (Ridge) de Grummond,
Laguna Woods, Calf., both at age 80, have decided to retire
from this labor-of-love project. "Nando" wants to continue
his story writing, and Joan plans to write about her family's
life in the Canal Zone, beginning in 1905.
Small world (1) Paulette Lifton, Valencia, Calf., daugh-
ter of the late Gerda (Halvorsen) Lewy (BHS'44), is a client
of my daughter-in-law, Tina Johann, who teaches Pilates
exercises at the Valencia salon. The girls have become good
friends and at time babysit for one another.
Small world (2) I made a few extra copies of the class
newsletter for friends. As I typed the address label for Jeanne
(Flynn) Stough (BHS'41), San Antonio, Texas, I noted that
our Marilynn (Davidson) McCain (BHS'41), has the same
residence number. I emailed Marilynn, and she responded,
"Many thanks. I met Jeanne at our reunion in Dothan in 1990.
I hadn't known her before. Will make a point to visit her
tomorrow." The girls didn't realize they were both fairly new
residents at this apartment complex. During one visit Jeanne
was able to locate information that our classmate Barbara
(Stout) Rudd, Bonita Springs, Fla., had died in 2001.
Marilynn writes, "I left Quarry Heights in 1940, and it did
change after that. We first went down there in 1927 and had
quarters on what we called "the lower level". Jeanne thought
there were only two levels. There were three in 1927. We
were close to 4th of July Avenue, as I recall. One time, when
the fleet was in, I remember sitting and watching the sailors
(pretty drunk, I think) riding the jitneys back to the docks.
Some of them had parrots, monkeys or fruit. The MP part of
Quarry Heights was also on that level. The second level had
offices, parade ground, PX and officers' quarters. The third
level had the BOQ, Warrant Officer, and civilian employees'
family quarters. And actually, there was sort of a half level
above part of that. I don't think there were any bomb shelters
when we left there. There had been two blackout practices.
I'd almost forgotten all of that."
Alice (Houghton) Rodby (BHS'40), from Tampa, Fla., is
a Red Cross Volunteer in the Physical Therapy Clinic at
MacDill Hospital and has been serving there for twenty years.
"Last year I put in 523 hours. Previously I served for five
years in Alabama and Georgia. It is fun and I like doing this.
So sorry to learn of Howard Moore's passing away. Our
family lived next door to the Moores in Ancon."
Norma (Stillwell) Martin (BHS'37), from Purcelville,
Va. writes; "I received the booklet almost a book from the
class of 1940. I loved the maps, and even spotted the drive
that went under my house in Pedro Miguel! I didn't do as well
with the Balboa Street names, other than El Prado, Carr and
Empire; Balboa, Ancon and Morgan Avenue were foreign to
me. I just knew where people lived. It was fun to see the maps
and photos. I enjoyed every word, even though most of the
group were just kids when I was at BHS. Of course, Shirley
Erickson and you have become good friends since going to
the Poconos reunions, and several others were at the reunion

in Exmore, Va, when I went with Rosemary (Millett) Gilead
and Wendel Allen to the Eastern Shore in 2000. I saw Hugh
Norris, one of my relatives, there. I hadn't seen him since
about 1939. His mother, Nye, and my brother-in-law, Bruce
Crook, were sister and brother. Bruce died in 1995, and my
sister, Jean, is living in Ukiah, Calf. Shirley Erickson says
that we are going to the Poconos reunion this year. Her hus-
band, Bob Erickson, was in my class at BHS."
Bea (Monsanto) Rhyne (BHS'39), writes; "I appreciated
your sending me your class newsletter. Really enjoyed read-
ing it and seeing the old maps and photos." Bea is the sister
of Bill Monsanto (BHS'40). In the 1920s, our families lived
next to each other on Barnebey Street.
Shirley (Jennings) Erickson (CHS-BHS'40), from Mt.
Holly Springs, Pa. says; "I'm really enjoying the lovely
'book' of pictures, hello's from friends and general informa-
tion. It's really great. I appreciate the work by you and
Nando. I haven't been to Panama since in the 1970s. We went
for Bob's BHS'37 reunion, stayed with Blanche (Adler), and
had a ball. If all goes well and plans gel, my daughter
Sandy's son, Lance, age 28, offered to go with me. I'm so
excited. I'd like to take him to El Valle and Gorgona, and he's
interested in the locks. I want to see some of the many places
I lived in Panama, the Canal Zone and my favorite, Colon.
Sandy, who died fourteen years ago, was born in the Panama
Hospital. Lance wants to know all he can about his mom. I
want to visit the Episcopal Church in Ancon, St. Luke's
Cathedral, where Bill (age 21) and I (age 18) were married 61
years ago. Wish the Tivoli Hotel were still there, and the Beer
Gardens as we knew them oh, that music and those steaks!
I lived on 4th of July Avenue across from El Rancho Beer
Garden, next to the Violettes. Memories!"
Lou Ellen (Zent) Gaines from Zephyrhills, Fla., was
married to our classmate, the late William Hayes Gaines,
and they had attended our 50th anniversary reunion in
Dothan, Alabama. "Thank you so much for all of the old
Canal Zone photos, maps and 1940 class news. Very interest-
ing. I'm waiting until my family comes over later in the
month, so they can see them!"
Marion (Price) Royston (BHS'44) of Baltimore, Md.
writes; "You are a dear for sending me the maps of Ancon!
Several years ago, Georges Bouche sent me several maps,
but the print was so small that I enlarged them. I published
some portions of his maps in the 'Voice of '44' at one time.
Thanks for everything. Hope to see you in Orlando in July
and the Poconos in September."
Ernest E. Pierce (BHS'43), from Dayton, Ohio, (Ernie
and Barbara publish "The Golden Parrot" for his classmates
and friends) write; "We are just back from Florida and our
class reunion piggyback with El Camavalito in Ocala. We
had a great time and the music was great. We spent a few
more days with Barbara's sister in Punta Gorda, and came
home to snow, ice and tons of catching up to do. You and
Fernando certainly put a lot of effort into the class book. It's
great that you still can help others remember that 'we were a
special people in a special place at a special time.' So sorry to
get the news about your cousin, Alice Ray (Ward) Wier,
who passed away in Denver, Colorado in March. She was my
classmate and a great person."
I know everyone is thrilled that the seven Prisoners of

War had been released in fairly good condition. What a bless-
ing! I know so many had been praying for all our men and
women "over there", and as the email messages crossed the
country, we learned that Shoshana Johnson, age 30, one of
the POW's, was born in the Canal Zone, the daughter of
Claude and Eunice Johnson of El Paso, Texas, formerly of
Paraiso and Santa Cruz/Gamboa.

Joan (Ridge) de Grummond, Reporter
(949) 855-6447



Betty Yerxa writes that she and Pat Barriteau took a
holiday cruise on board the Royal Caribbean's ship Monarch
of the Seas. They docked at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and spent
time at Dunn's Fall. They nearly got run over by local ven-
dors as they were leaving for Dolphin Cove. They also visit-
ed George Town, Grand Cayman where they anchored off
shore and had to take a launch to the island. Once there, they
took a tour on a glass bottom boat, visited the Rum Cake
Factory and Pedro St. James Castle on Great Pedro Bluff.

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In Tallahassee with fellow teachers Paul Myrick, Vicki
Sizemore, State Representative Baxter Troutman and
Becky McMann.

Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow spent four days in
Tallahassee in March. Vicki was there to lobby legislators for
the Polk Education Association. Ed was there as the civilian
member of the City of Auburndale's Police and Firefighters
Pension Board. The Auburndale Board presented a mock
hearing at a statewide school for new board members held at
FSU. Ed managed to fit in two rounds of golf in between the
hectic schedules.
Faye Weisser (BHS'70) has returned to Central Florida,
relocating to Lakeland. She has assumed the position of
Executive Director of Polk Juvenile Correctional Facility, the
state's largest juvenile facility.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell and Janet Stuart enjoyed the
only dry night of Bike Week 2003 in Daytona Beach in
February. What a fun night they had being part of the festiv-
ities at the Iron Horse.

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell and Janet Stuart enjoying Bike

Janet Stuart and daughter Lindsay Willingham recently
got away from it all by going on a cruise. They cruised on the
Carnival Line Fascination in February to Nassau in the
Bahamas. This was Lindsay's first cruise ever and she had a
great time. Janet is a pro as she recalls all the "college" trips
on the Cristobal and Ancon taken years ago.

Janet Stuart and Lindsay Willingham

Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
(863) 967-2106


It was no April Fool's Day when the Ocala
Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers met on April 1st at
Ryan's Family Steakhouse in Ocala for their semi-annual
luncheon meeting. With some 50+ attending, there were
many stories to be exchanged, new people to welcome and a
White Elephant gift raffle -- which brought many laughs.
Ted Norris related an incident of some years past when
he was enjoying his new motorcycle. As he "worked-out" on
a treadmill at a local health club, a young lady next to him
asked, "Does your new bike have a kickstand?" "Yes, of
course," he replied. She continued, "then, why is it laying on
its' side on the ground?" "Ted was half-way out the door
when she shouted, "April Fool's Day!!!"
Tom Wilder, PCSOFL 2nd V.P., missed our meeting.
Talking to him later in the day, he told me that he had to
attend a meeting of the Marion County Sheriff's Department
and he was promoted to "Major". "Yes," I said, "April Fool."
He assured me that it was true. Next morning's Ocala Star
Banner confirmed the promotion with Major Tom Wilder
heading up the Community Policing Bureau. Tom was quot-
ed as saying, "I appreciate the confidence the Sheriff has
shown me and I am looking forward to performing my job to
the best of my abilities!"
Chuck Hummer along with Katherine Egolf represent-
ed the Panama Canal Museum. Chuck presented a new muse-
um bumper sticker to Bill Muller for his support of the muse-
um. Celebrating their 5th anniversary with a display of anoth-
er new item "cuddly bears" and explaining that their newest
exhibit would honor the 50th anniversary of cayuco races in
the Canal.
Chuck then had a grand announcement to make. We were
all proud to hear that one of our group, Leo Krziza, had vis-
ited the museum and later wrote Chuck and the museum
offering a donation of $25,000 in memory of Leo's sister,
Esther Krziza, if the museum can match the amount. The
museum accepted the challenge. Chuck further stated that the
late Anna Ruth Werkheiser bequeathed $13,000 from her
estate to the museum.
Museum calendars for 2003 were on display. They depict
the various Canal Zone police stations. Sydney Corbett
announced that she still had some Union Church calendars
available for those who may be interested.
Larry and Edna (Curles) Didier were back in time for
our luncheon after two visits to California to visit Larry's
family. First trip took them to Elvis Presley's Graceland for
a 4-hour tour and on to California. Larry's daughter Nicole
expressed a need for his truck, which turned into a rapid
return home to Ocala and another drive to the West Coast for
a 3-day visit. After some seven weeks of commuting, they
flew back to Ocala. Edna told me her mother, Sarah Marie
Curies, is doing much better after a recent operation and
enjoyed a recent outing remarking about the spring flowers.
Barbara (Curles) Aycock recently underwent a knee
replacement operation and missed our meeting as she was on
a rehabilitating Southern Caribbean cruise to Aruba with her
husband, Dave. Prior to that, they were in Las Vegas with
Buckeye and Betty Swearingen where a former BHS class-

mate, Marvin Banton, who just happened to be the engineer
overseeing the project, took them on a special tour of Celine
Dion's Colosseum.
Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox are in Japan on a
new assignment. Her son, Walter D. Doane, is on board the
USS Emory S. Land AS-39 out of Italy. Dianne writes about
her experiences in Japan and riding the trains. Be sure to take
the Green train, which is the express. The black one stops at
all the stations. Apartments are small and expensive. DUI
will get you years of hard labor.
In April, they took a tour to Tohoku Fukushima. They
quickly learned Oriental customs and what services were
available at rest stops. They saw a statue of the Goddess of
Mercy built 20 years ago for World Peace. They also visited
shrines and temples and tried Sake. Custom dictates that
every man should build at least one plaster house. On a visit
to Abukumado Cave (the largest stalactite cave in the Orient),
it was duck your head or else. The return trip produced snow
on the ground and fog all the way back to base. She conclud-
ed with the power goes off at 11 PM and is off until 7 AM in
time for "cold" water "birdie baths". Dianne plans to return to
Aiken, S.C. by June 11th.
Jean Muller welcomed newcomers Nedra Carlson (who
lived in the Canal Zone from 1941 to 1944); her daughter
Jolee (Carlson) Hamilton (who was born in Panama City in
November 1942); and, a friend, Sandy Freeman. Mr. Harry
Carlson passed away in 2001. They now live in The Villages,
Fla. Another first-timer was Irene McCracken who came
with Leo Krziza.
We want to thank Virginia Booth and the PC Museum for
their donation of items for our raffle as well as all the others
who contributed some "white elephant" gift. Some of the
winners were: Margaret Davidson (who was accompanied
by her father, Maurice Tewinkel); Joe Maravilla and his
daughter, Nancy Flora; Lucky Summers; Rolf and Joan
(Powell) Arndt; Anne "Rusty" (Stapler) LoFranco; and
Chuck Hummer.
Joan Arndt was planning a trip to Hampton, Va. to visit
her oldest son, Jim, and his wife, Martha, along with grand-
son, Max, and their two standard poodles, Zoey and Otto.
Then she will travel on to Carmel, Indiana to visit other fam-
ily members.

Joan (Powell) Arndt and Anne (Stapler) LoFranco at
Ocala Zonians Luncheon Meeting.

Anne LoFranco celebrates her granddaughter Stella
LoFranco's 2nd birthday at Laguna Beach

Woody Foster won a prize but his wife, Ruth (Rose)
Foster was unable to attend due to ill health. She sent word
that she had visitors during the recent holidays when she had
some major surgery. Her son, Scott, came from San Diego
and another son, Bill, and his son, Bill, came up from
Panama. They all helped dad take care of Ruth who reports
that she is doing fine.
Other prizewinners were: Dick and Juanita
McConaughey; Elaine Austin; Jim and Ethel Wich; Jim
and Evelyn Cullen; Fred and Claudia Bobinson; and
Duane and Edna Rigby. Additional winners were: Richard
Lopp; Duane and Edna Rigby; Chuck Soukop; John
Muller; Linda Dahlstrom and Jean Muller. The grand
prizewinner was Mary Egolf who took home with her a large
ceramic white elephant!
Let's not forget the other attendees who helped make this
gathering fun and enjoyable. Capt. Albert Wilder; Rene and
Ruth Conlan; John F. Balschun; Leo and Grace Shadeck;
Jerry and Marcy Fox; Jerry and Carolyn Coffey; Betty
Blanchette; Virginia Booth; Virginia Pearl; and Virginia

L-R: Tess Owen, Anna Buchter, Betty Moore and Grace
Shadeck met in Gainesville. Fla. for lunch.

Grace Shadeck reports that their lunch with a good friend
of Anna's (Carol Relder) was fantastic and the food was
delicious and plentiful. They would like to plan another get
together and include other Zonians who live in Florida.
Since the June issue of the Canal Record is being dedi-
cated to our servicemen, Don and Dee Ellsworth informed
me that their grandson, Lance Corporal Larry Scheid is a
marine stationed in Camp LeJeune, N.C.
The 2003 Carnavalito came to the Hilton Ocala in B
February with a nice crowd of 200 enjoying a fancy buffet a
and dancing to the music of Tito Mouynes and his conjunto. 0om .
Some of the Ocala Zonians present were: Ron and Sydney 4 *, :
Corbett; Leo Krziza and his date; Virginia and Patsy Booth;
Bill and Jean Muller with Ray and Catharine (Muller)
Peabody (who made the trip over from Albuquerque, N.M.
for the Camavalito and a cruise on the Sterling Casino out of '
Port Canaveral). *u."- '

Tito Mouynes and Alex de la Cruz had the crowd of dancers
hopping throughout the evening.

Don't forget the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion at
the Orlando World Center Marriott July 23-27, 2003. See
you there!

William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
(352) 854-7902
Sydney and Ron Corbett arrive for the 2003 Carnavalito in


Our world traveler, Janet (Martin) Slaughter has been
gallivanting again. In February she returned from a 16-day
cruise. She boarded the MS. Nordam (Holland America) in
Mobile, one of about 360 passengers. From Mobile the ship
sailed to Tampa, Fla, where the other passengers then board-
ed. They visited nine islands (Puerto Rico, St. Thomas,
Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Isla de Margarita, Bonair,
Aruba and Grand Cayman).

Virginia and Patsy Booth model the latest Panama Indian

L-R: Catharine (Muller) Peabody, Jean and Bill Muller
(Ocala Zonians) wait for the festivities to begin. Janet (Martin) Slaughter

The weather was just beautiful their entire trip. Janet met
the ship doctor, his wife and two children, who were travel-
ing with him, making two round trips. Their children were
home-schooled. It worked out perfectly for them, since they
travel on the ship for six months every year. Some of the
other crew members had their families traveling with them
also. The ship docked in Tampa and from there Janet traveled
back on a tour bus. She said it was such a wonderful trip that
she's ready to take another. What an exciting life she leads.
Keith and I attended Carnavalito 2003 which was held at
the Ocala Hilton. What fun we had. The food was delicious
and desserts were to die for. A lot of our friends went this
year and it was great visiting with everyone. Our friends Pat
Barriteau and Betty Yerxa (who we met at Carnavalito
2001) were there this year and we sat with them at the festiv-
ities. What a blast we had. The fish burial was very interest-
ing, especially the colorful fish used for the ceremony. What
a great performance done by Terry Deakins!

L-R: Betty Yerxa, Barb (Hall) Vose and Pat Barriteau at
Caravalito 2003.

L-a%-. iT.a iJXULII (S.ilinaiit) V a4Ugiil, ijai U
Dedeaux, Janice (Steele) Davis and Jim Davis.

Janice and Jim had just been in Ft. Walton Beach where
they visited with Peg (Sylvester) Simpson and Bob
McCarrick, so they caught them up on their activities with
photos. Janice left the Canal Zone when she was about 10
(before MaryRuth was born) and MaryRuth was surprised
when Janice shared memories of singing in the Gatun Union
Church Youth Choir which her mom, Ruth (Egolf) Clement
directed and taking tumbling lessons from her dad, Caleb
Clement. What wonderful memories.
The weekend of May 10th, the whole family will be
attending my son, Kevin's, graduation from the University of
Arkansas. Keith and I will be staying with Eula and John
Witt at their home in the country. I'm really looking forward
to spending time with Eula. I haven't seen her in quite some
years. I hope to have lots of photos for the next issue.
Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux and I attended a Mary Kay Color
Certification session with our consultant, Darla (Vose)
Creek. We made up with all the new colors of the season. We
had a great time getting beautiful. After the class, the three of
us went out for a late supper.

Bev and Skip Rowley at Carnavalito 2003.

Over spring break, Barbara (Egolf) and Louie Dedeaux
had a special surprise weekend visit from their niece,
MaryRuth (Clement) Vaughn (she's a teacher). During her
visit, Barb's childhood friend, Janice (Steele) Davis and her
husband Jim surprised them with a short, but wonderful, visit
on their return home to Austin in their RV. Barb, MaryRuth
and Janice went out for lunch and had a great time reliving
old memories.

Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux and Barbara (Hall) Vose.

Barb and Louie are truly enjoying their new home, and
they are still unpacking. I know how it is because I moved
from Panama in '94 and still have some boxes to totally
unpack all in due time.
I was so sad to hear of Janet (Martin) Slaughter's mother,
Norma, passing away last year. She was such a delightful

woman. She attended all our mini-reunions (never missed
one) and seemed to really enjoy herself. Janet told me the get-
togethers were special to her and she really looked forward to
them. We will truly miss her.
We're all busy as bees with wedding plans. Keith and I
will have our church wedding on my birthday, October 25th.
So far all is going smoothly, but I'm still keeping my fingers
crossed just for luck and doing lots of praying.
Our Panazonian Gulf Coast mini-reunion will have been
held on May 25th. We hope to have a great turnout. The usual
photos, etc., will be in the next issue.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone at Reunion
2003 in July. If you have any news for the next issue, please
mail it to me or contact me by phone. Hasta luego.

Barbara (Hall) Vose, Reporter
(850) 474-6341


Billy Bowen Martin reports that Isabel Gibson moved to
Wasilla, Alaska in mid December 2002 to live with her sister-
in-law Doris (Mrs. Archie) Gibson. Wasilla is located about
100 miles from Anchorage. Isabel is happy to be living with
Doris and especially having four nieces in Wasilla. There are
four nephews living scattered along the east coast of the
"Lower Forty". Anyone who would like to contact Isabel can
contact Billie Bowen Martin (Safety Harbor) for Isabel's
It was such a nice surprise to run into Anita Oberholtzer
of Clearwater in the activities lounge in the rehab ward at
Mease Dunedin Hospital. She was there to encourage patients
to attend the noontime mass to be held in the chapel in obser-
vance of Ash Wednesday. Anita said she has been living at
the Top of the World Paradise complex since her retirement
three years ago.
Many older people have complained that they don't know
anyone any more in the Canal Record. For them, I'm report-
ing news about some of the "Oldies". Contact me and tell me
your news. I am always looking for news to report, but I can't
write about you if I am not contacted.
Carlie Taber, widow of Jack Taber, the former Fire
Chief, is over 91 years old and is up and around thanks to
excellent care and companionship of her daughter, Alice
Another nonagenarian, Mildred Hickey of Clearwater
will be 93 years old in August. She is doing well and contin-
ues to be active in two Zonian Ladies groups The Brown
Baggers and the Canal Zone Women's Club. This latter club
was formerly called the Sewing Club.
On May 25th, Grace Jones Carey will celebrate her 90th
birthday. I hear her family will honor her with a celebration
with all of her family consisting of four generations.
Only two children of the well-known Charlie Williams

family of Balboa (from construction days up to the late
1940's when Mr. Williams retired) are still alive. Mr.
Williams was very active in the Knights of Columbus, the St.
Mary's Church activities and community activities.
Anne Williams has been living at Manor Care Nursing
Home for many years. On May 26th, she will celebrate her
100th birthday. Her older sister, Marie Henriquez, will reach
the venerable age of 101 in January 2004. Marie lives in a
nursing home in Panama.

Betty Snow, Reporter
(727) 799-4769


Spring is in the air. Dry Season is almost over. The
Cassias are in bloom just like the Guayacan back home. My
wife Linda has given the thumbs up on the South Florida
weather after spending her first snow free winter. Swimming
in February? Spring training? Can't beat it.
We were host to Bob and Mindy (Eustace) Dollar, Jay
Sieleman and Priscilla Hernandez and good friend/bever-
age advisor Doug Salsbury before and after their "Blues
Cruise" in February. Upon their return, Bob and Mindy were
snowed in (Baltimore, that is) so they were forced to spend an
extra 3 days in sunny Florida. What rotten luck. We took a
day trip to the Keys, stopping at Tiki Bars and the occasional
nursery to look at orchids. It was a great visit. I only wish that
we lived a little closer to each other. I remember complaining
"you mean I have to drive all the way out to Gamboa from
Curundu? It's too far!" Those were the days.
It's the "Year of the Blues"!!! Headline: After years at the
Panama Canal, Blues supporter is eager and well suited to
meet challenges that lay ahead. Yes, Jay Sieleman finally got
a job. True! Jay is the new Director of Administration for the
Blues Foundation and now lives in Memphis. I understand
that his balcony overlooks the AAA Baseball field, home of
the Memphis Redbirds. Good job. You can read more about
Jay and the Blues Foundation at
Tom "TY" Young had a visit from his parents, Jim and
Mary (Sullivan) Young in March. TY just moved into a new
townhouse up in Dania and had a list of chores for Papa to
help him accomplish. First on the list, TY needed to hook-up
his icemaker. No self-respecting Zonian will subject him (or
her) self to manually filling ice cube trays when there is a
possibility that you can have a machine make ice for you
(especially while you nap in the hamaca). The problem was
compounded by the fact that TY had the wrong kind of refrig-
erator to fit the icemaker. Not to worry...I show up, we have
a committee meeting (how many Zonians does it take to
change a light bulb) and two trips to Home Depot and three
Cortez and cokes later, we have ice. As TY put it "Sweet no
France!" Later we all went out to the Black Beans Cafe, a lit-
tle hole in the wall diner that has become a mandatory
stopover for all visiting Zonies. Everyone enjoyed the yuca
frita, carimafiolas, frijoles negros and the house specialty,
chera (grouper) a la plancha. What a great taste of home! In
fact, a few weeks later, when TY's brother Jim and his wife

Mary (Andrews) came to visit, we went back for more. Jim
and Mary spent time with their son Jack and his girlfriend
Andrea while in the area. Jack has an internship with Sony
and seems to really enjoy the work. Mary also visited with
her brother Eric Andrews and his family down in Miami.
Jim and I reminisced about the good ol' days on the Amador
Golf course when we'd get up at the break of day (not easy
for me after Friday night at the Yacht Club) and chase the lit-
tle ball around. The usual foursome consisted of Jim, Celio
Cedefio, Tom Ellis and Pat Williams. I was called into
action whenever they needed a fill-in. I remember the time
Celio got a little upset with his chipping on the 17th green
behind the Amador Theater. The club slipped out of his hand
and ended up in a Mango tree. After about 6 months of bor-.
rowing clubs we finally got it back (we had to wait until
Mango season so we'd have something to throw into the
tree). I usually started out beneath the housing along the #2
fairway looking for my ball under a washer (hence my
mantra, a Maytag and a Mulligan). What a great way to wreck
your day. I miss it so much I haven't played golf since.
I'd like to welcome Johnny Hearn and his wife Stacie
and daughter Bailey to south Florida. John was promoted to
Business Sales Director for South Florida with T-Mobile
based out of Plantation, Fla. His wife Stacie is employed with
Bellsouth (Major Account Specialist Large Business) and
they are living in Boca Raton, Fla. They just received good
news, in the form of expecting their second child in
December. John says it is great to see old friends. He stayed
with T.Y. a few nights while waiting for his interim apartment
to be ready and also went to dinner with Andrew
Eftheimaidis, Lang Jacobs at John and Jodi Wagner's
house in Boca Raton.
Once again, sorry to say, no news from the next siders up
in Boca. However, they will be at the reunion in force and
you can find out what they've been up to without my usual
Remember, "if you don't call me, write me or invite me",
I have no way of knowing (even with Miss Cleo's help) what
you've been up to. See you at the reunion.

Tom "T-Bird" Pattison
(954) 894-1247


Space Coast "Zonies" and Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans
gathered at the Merritt Island, Fla. home of Dennis and
Peggy (Hale) Huff in January for a super bowl party. Dennis'
brother Lenny, who lives in Panama, was visiting so they
gathered the flock for an evening of great football, food and
Attending but not in the enclosed picture were Tom and
Connie Stoakley, Bill and Dionne Casey, Butch and Joyce
Hall, Mary Burns, and John and Kay Griffin.

1st Row (L-R): Jim Smith, Colleen Husted, Lenny Huff.
2nd Row (L-R): Tom Grimison, Robyn Husted, Nikki
Meyer, Linda O'Dell. 3rd Row (L-R): Buddy Dempsey,
Christina Volonnino, Janice Scott, Val Dempsey, Nancy
Grimison. 4th Row (L-R): Jane Huff, Kathie
McConaughey, Bob McConaughey, Peggy Huff. Top Row
(L-R): Bill Huff, Louie Husted, Dennis Huff, and Ed

Allison (Huff) MacPherson (BHS'92) along with her
husband, Cecil and sons, Gabriel and Ethan visited Panama
during Easter as one of the many South and Central American
countries they have recently visited. Maternal Grandparents,
Bill (CHS'63) and Jane (Gabriel) Huff (CHS'70) were also
in Panama for Bill's work cycle as a Panama Canal Pilot and
were able to enjoy their visit. Cecil will continue traveling
through Central America, while Allison and the boys will
return to Florida with Bill and Jane. The MacPhersons will
reunite the end of June and return to Peru, where they are cur-
rently living.
In April, Dennis and Peggy hosted a birthday party for
their daughter, Diana Grimison, and her aunt, Glen (Hale)
Cleary (Peggy's sister). The girls are very close in age; Diana
was born three days before Glen's fifth birthday. There were
about sixty guests ranging in age from nine months to 90
years too many to list all the names. The various age groups
enjoyed yard games, swimming, kiddie swings and some
rowdy competition on the Huff's new shuffleboard court.
"Coach" Louie Husted was introduced to the game for the
first time. Since this is a highly popular sport with the old-
timers, he plans to become more proficient.

Merritt Island. The "Dirt Stars" overtook the "Quimbos" in
the 8th inning to win the game 12-9. After barbequing, the
guys, who apparently temporarily forgot their ages, played
football. No one was moving too quickly the next day -- but
everyone had a great time!! Plans are already underway for
a rematch softball game to be held in the fall!!

(L R) Front Row: Dawn Bilgray, Joe Hunt, Buddy Bottin,
Darrell Canamas. 2nd Row: Jerri Farnsworth (Official
Scorekeeper and Cheerleader), Eric Hefley, Janet Watkins,
Kelly Hunt, Leanne Watkins, Jennifer Ender, Natalie
Watkins, David Lemon, Paul Churchill. Back Row:
Gustavo Marquez, Darleen Hunt, Noelle (Farnsworth)
Marquez, Trey Arias, Wayne Watkins, Norman Watkins,
Willie Acosta, Richard Lemon. Jim Farnsworth was the
"Official Photographer".

In late March, 10 friends enjoyed 5 days and 4 nights in
Mont Tremblant, Canada. There were lots of laughs as they
weathered the chilly Canadian air while they skied and snow
boarded the 90-run mountain.

Diana, Glen, Samantha and Tommy Grimison

Terry and Sue Deakins just returned from a trip to
Hawaii where they had a great visit with their son, Marc,
who is currently teaching at Horizons Academy on Maui.
Marc is a UCF graduate who taught at Molokai High School
on Molokai and transferred over to Maui for the following
year. They had a wonderful time visiting both islands and
were impressed with Marc's "tour guide" abilities. The
weather was wonderful, the scenery spectacular, they saw
plenty of whales ... and couldn't get over how much Maui
reminded them of Panama.
Stephen Dishong, youngest son of Chris and Evelyn
(Foster) Dishong ended his high school soccer career with
Cape Coast Conference honors and as a member of the All-
Space Coast Conference Soccer Team. He also played in the
North-South Brevard County All-Star Game (a fundraising
event for Big Brothers, Big Sisters) at the end of March as
defensive midfielder for the North team, which unexpectedly
beat the South 3-2...the North team knew all along they
could win, they just had to prove it to everyone else! Stephen
will be heading to Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in
Melbourne, Florida, with both soccer and academic scholar-
ships; he will pursue a degree in Forensic Psychology.
In March, the 2nd Annual Softball game was held in

At Casey's Pub in Mont Tremblant, Canada: Dawn Bilgray,
Kevin Brandenburg, Leanne Watkins, Richard Lemon,
Kristen Robinson, David Lemon, Wayne Watkins, Natalie
Watkins, Eric Hefley, and Lisa Hunt.

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Nikki (BHS'87), Ron and Fran (Stabler) Meyer attend-
ed the annual RELAY FOR LIFE, American Cancer Society
Relay this past week in Cocoa Beach. It came at such a per-
fect time, as Nikki just celebrated 20 years as a cancer sur-
vivor in March! Joining the Meyers at the relay were their
long time friends, Tom and Connie Stoakley of Melbourne,
Florida. The Meyer family is enjoying an Easter visit from
Ron's mom, Elsie McDowell of Valhalla, New York.

Natalie, Wayne, and Leanne Watkins at Mont Tremblant,
Canada. The trip was a gift to Wayne for his 26th birthday
from Leanne and Natalie.

Ensign Sean E. Morrissey has been recently activated by
the US Coast Guard for a period of one year and is assigned
to the Office of Marine Inspection for the Port of Savannah,
Ga. He will be boarding and inspecting merchant vessels.
His family is glad to have him closer to home for a while and
we all hope to see him a little more frequently.
.Tom and Connie Stoakley enjoyed a wonderful family
reunion on April 6th. They met at a park in Jupiter to cele-
brate an early birthday for their grandson Zachary, who will
be a year old in May. Zachary and his parents, Bob and
Monica (Stoakley) DuPerry live in Pembroke Pines, Fla,
where Bob and Monica are registered nurses. Tom's sister,
Mary Lynne and her husband Jack came from Valdosta, Ga.
Tom and Connie's son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and In-
kyung Stoakley, were unable to attend as they are still in
South Korea where they teach English. Tom and Connie left
the following week to begin their summer travels, which will
take them to Washington State via many scenic byways.

(Standing) L-R: Jack and Mary Lynne (Stoakley) Rowe,
Tom Stoakley. (Kneeling): Bob and Monica (Stoakley)
DuPerry and son Zachary.

Ron, Nikki, and Fran Meyer at the American Cancer
Society Relay for Life in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

I thank everyone for their help with keeping me up-to-
date with changing e-mails. Please remember to take extra
photos and notes of your travels and visits/visitors this sum-
mer and send them to me or call me with the details for the
next report.

Kathy McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281


It's springtime in Tally, and all the azaleas and dogwoods
are blooming. So, it seems odd writing about a Christmas
tree bum. But the news didn't make the last deadline, so I'm
including it now. By the time you read this, it will be scorch-
ing summer weather. However, this past January, when Tom
Robertson held his second annual tree bum at his ponderosa
in Tally, the 17-degree weather had the festive group of about
sixty neighbors and Zonians bundled up like Eskimos, hud-
dled around the roaring fire! The previous year, the rain pre-
vented the trees from burning; but, this year, the 60-foot
flames on Tom's nine acre, heavily wooded lot had the neigh-
bors (who were not accustomed to tree bums) mighty nervous
and inquisitive! But, the group managed not to bum Tom's
new house down, and everyone had a great time. Tom says
thanks to all who helped with the party, brought side dishes

and, of course, those very necessary Christmas trees!
More recent news included the annual pilgrimage of the
Meads and Mizrachis to Pinehurst, North Carolina to cele-
brate Virginia Morland's 91st birthday. Burt and Carol
(Morland) Mead and Sunny (Morland) and Henry
Mizrachi joined all of Virginia's other children. Mary
(Morland) Coffey and Robin and Peter Morland made the
trip from Panama. Sally (Morland) Williams lives a few
minutes away from Pinehurst with her husband, Tom. The
highlight of the trip was the superb dinner prepared by Henry
and Sunny Mizrachi for the birthday celebration, on March
Those ever-partying Meads got back to Tally just in time
to host a golf tournament, on March 31, at the Killeam
Country Club, for Burt's golf group called the SLUGS
(Spencer's Lighthearted Untalented Golf Society). The
Spencer being Tom Spencer, who started the golf group in
the late 1970s, when he and wife Lorraine settled in
Tallahassee. The event was nine holes of golf for SLUGS and
their wives, followed by a lunch at the Mead's house (conve-
niently situated on the golf course), which included liquids
that (I hesitate to report) contained alcohol! Among the
golfers were several former Zonians: Tom and Lorraine
Spencer, Rich and Angie Linton, Lloyd and Margaret
Spradlin, and Joe and Bev Wood.
Speaking of the Woods-it's equally hard keeping track of
their travels, but we'll take a shot. Bev and Joe drove to
Seminole, Florida for the Panama Canal Museum board
meeting (frankly, if Joe isn't traveling every time I check in,
he is either on the golf course or on the computer doing muse-
um work!). On the way to the meeting, they stopped for a
visit with Jerry Halsall (BHS'52) and his dad, Edward, who
just celebrated his 102nd birthday and is going strong!
Edward still drives and tells great stories about life in the for-
mer Canal Zone in the early days. Jerry tells his dad it's o.k.
to date, but to "stay away from older women!" Joe, Bev and
Jerry (his wife, Sharen, was working) met up later with Edna
Duane Rigby (BHS'54) for lunch and reminisced about the
old days when the guys were all classmates at the University
of Florida in the late 50s. Before their return to Tallahassee,
Bev and Joe attended Will Nickisher's 70th birthday party-
barbecue, in Safety Harbor, and had a great time with all of
Will's friends and family.
When the Woods returned to Tally, they had another birth-
day to celebrate: Bev's mom, Audrey (Benoit) Bowman,
who lives in Metairie, Louisiana, came to town to celebrate a
quiet 80th birthday, on April 5th. Audrey's grandson, Craig
Wood and his wife, Heather, along with Audrey's great-
granddaughter, Cameron, came up from Orlando for the
occasion. Grandson Scott also was on hand to celebrate his
grandmother's birthday. Not wanting anyone to "fuss" over
the occasion, Audrey said, "Maybe we can have a big party
for my 90th!" I'll bet this exuberant lovely lady will "knock
'em dead" at 90, with her perfectly coiffed hair, meticulously
matched outfits, and gorgeous gams that still draw whistles
when she dons her walking shorts!
Some congratulations are in order: George W. Gauger
called to tell me that he was honored to have a new plant
species found only in Panama, by Dr. John Duyer, of St.
Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Garden, named

after him! The taxonomist named the new species "CHEP-
HALIS GAUGER", in gratitude for George's help in explor-
ing the wilds of Panama. The dried herbarium specimen, and
its description, is now located in the Missouri Botanical
Herbarium (see photo in the "Congratulations" section of the
Canal Record).
Bill McLaughlin, President of the Panama Canal Society
is dedicating this issue to all the Zonians who are serving our
nation in this on-going war on terrorism. On a personal note,
let me share a story that unfolded last week, as I roamed the
corridors of Wal-Mart in search of "goodies" to send to our
son-in-law, Patrick Lincoln (married to Nancy Smith
Lincoln), a reservist in the 320th Military Police presently
operating in Iraq: I noticed an elderly couple, on the same
mission of mercy for their grandson, searching for the requi-
site anti-bacterial handy-wipes (water was rationed for drink-
ing only) and insect repellent (bugs a major problem!), the
grandfather said, "We'll get these fine, brave young men
fixed up." When he added, "Bless their hearts", his voice
cracked, and we all felt the tears sting our eyes, as pride and
fear pulled at our hearts. God speed to all the rest of you. Stay
safe and come home soon.

Sharon Smith, Reporter

This past March, we took the annual Dry Season tour to
Panama. Again, we had a great group consisting of:
Talmadge and Mercedes (Peterson) Salter; Kay Wilson
and her daughter Kim Andrews, Kathryn Argo Taylor,
Dan and Pat (Rudge) Nellis, Sandy and Gordon Graham
and their children; Kathryn and Scott with his wife, Kristie
and friend Greg Rollins, Conrad and Jane Phillipi and Lois
Jones with her daughter Maggie. Unfortunately, I do not
have any photos of the group as I brought the wrong camera
with me, and the photos I took were not usable. However, I
did hear back that everyone that went had a great time. I'm
hoping that someone in our group that did get some good
photos will send me some so that I will have them for my
photo album.
While in Panama, my husband, Davis, came down with a
severe urinary tract infection and had to be hospitalized for 3
nights at the Paitilla Medical Clinic. He received excellent
care, and has now completely recovered. We have excellent
tour guides that we have used for the past 10 years in Panama,
and Connie Folse, one of our guides, took over our tour
group, and did an outstanding job for us. We stayed for the
first time at the Country Inn and Suites Hotel in Amador on
this trip, and it was lovely. You can sit by the large swimming
pool and watch the ships start their transit through the
Panama Canal. The trade winds were blowing, and it was all
incredibly beautiful. Amador has really changed, with some
great restaurants, and we did take advantage of some of them.
Cissy and Gary Collins, along with their daughter,

Jillian Collins Walker, have put together a Zonian luncheon
on May 3rd in Lithia Springs, Ga. This sounds like a fun
event that I am looking forward to. I plan on taking some
photos, this time with another camera, so hopefully will have
something to submit for the next issue of the Record.
I have been trying to locate some of my 1954 CHS/BHS
classmates to let them know about our 50th class reunion in
2004 in Orlando, but have very few addresses. Please email
or call or write me if you have knowledge of any of our class-
mates address, including yours, if you have not personally
heard from me.
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
(770) 995-7537


Thea and Chuck Thomas of Mandeville were in Florida
over the Mardi Gras holiday. They saw their son, Chad
(BHS'86), in Tampa and Capt. Justin Bonanno and his wife,
Margaret (Gately), in Bradenton. They enjoyed a buffet
luncheon with the Bonannos, who entertained them royally.

Thea Thomas visiting with Capt. Justin and Margaret
(Gately) Bonanno.

Kay Hebert Myers (BHS'53) has followed "orders" by
younger sister, Jeannine (BHS'62), to send us a bit of news.
Kay is a retired educator, living in Kinder with her husband,
Herbert, a retired cattleman. They have two sons: Randall,
who is in oil equipment sales for King Tools, Houston, and
Michael, who is a self-employed embryologist. Randall's
wife, Melissa, is a professor at the University of Louisiana.
Michael's wife, Sandra, is an optometrist. Kay and Herb
have three grandchildren: Hannah, Taylor and Lance, and a
special friend, April Micheau.


L-R: Kay Hebert Myers (BHS'53), Sandra and Hannah
Myers, Brittany and April Micheau, Lance and Melissa
Myers. (Back Row) L-R: Randall, Michael, Herbert and
Taylor Myers.

Mary Ann Hallett of Shreveport attended the national
convention of NARFE in Greensboro, N.C., as president of
Chapter 1622. Her daughter, Carol Rudd, of Sherwood,
Ark., did the driving. Mary Ann made a point of meeting
Federation President Joseph McClean and his wife from
Colon. Panama is in the same Region 6 as Arkansas,
Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
Steve Balmas (BHS'69) has sold his little patch of
swamp in Avondale and bought 18 acres in central Alabama.
Steve's whole idea was to get above sea level and remain dry,
but ever since he moved; he's seen more rain in Alabama than
in Louisiana.

Patt Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Robin Harrison (BHS'55), in the Baltimore area, hosted
the first time meeting of Maryland Zonians and their congen-
ial guest, Dale Clarke of Fairfax, Va. Pat (Stilson) Van
Newkirk and Robin Harrison have been close friends since
childhood when Pat lived in a cottage across from the YMCA
and Robin lived on the Prado.
Dale, with his congenial conversation and funny stories of
Zonian high jinks, was an immediate hit. His digital camera
carefully captured old photographs of the Colon Fire and
family photographs from the Pat (Stilson) Van Newkirk (Joe
Stilson's daughter) personal collection. Joe's grandfather
came to the Canal Zone around the time of the building of the
Panama Railroad. Pat accompanied her parents after their
retirement to live in Parkville, Md. and later, in Ellicott City,
Included also were very early pictures of the Fire
Department. The purpose of this gathering was to provide
some type of permanent digital record of pictures and docu-

ments, which might never have been archived previously.
Hopefully, these will become part of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida's archives and possibly saved by other
government archives as well.
Robin's collection of molas and incidental souvenirs from
the Panama Canal ship Ancon, were also photographed. As is
in keeping with the tradition of "Ping-Dings" a generous
Johnny Mazetti and a fair number of empanadas were includ-
ed for supper.
Another former Zonian lives a short couple of blocks
away in Owings Mills. She is Pat Marek, a close friend of
Anna Calvit from Kerrville, Texas. Pat recently came back
from visiting Kerrville.
Any person with information concerning former Zonians
living in Maryland is invited to contribute this to this reporter.

Robin Elizabeth Harrison, Reporter
(410) 654-2351


Norm Scheffner (BHS'63) and Phyllis Chase Birchett
(BHS'65) both celebrated retirement from the U.S. Army
Engineer Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Miss.
The party was attended by a great many friends and co-work-
ers who finished the 202 pound whole cooked pig.
Entertainment was provided by 'The Chill', a local band that
entertains throughout central Mississippi and Louisiana.
Norm and his wife Gail Bird will remain in the Vicksburg
area while Phyllis and her husband Tommy will move to
Navarre, Florida.

Phyllis Chase Birchett (BHS'65) and Norm Scheffner
Patt Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Spring has finally come to the mountains of North
Carolina-at least I hope so. We did not have the best of win-
ters. Several people went traveling for a little "R & R".
Doug Hinek flew to Costa Rica for three weeks to visit
his mom and sister. I'm not sure how much "R & R" he got,
as he said he had more jobs there than Jeanie had for him at
home! But he had a wonderful visit. The weather was beautiful
and he enjoyed every minute of it. He and Jeanie have been
very involved in a Spanish presentation of the "Passion Play"
at our church here in Hendersonville.
Willy Nowotny left his wife at home when he went to
Germany for three weeks to visit his brother and other rela-
tives and friends. I don't remember that Wilma just sat at
home doing nothing while he was gone, but she did miss him.
Come to think of it, she and Jeanie Hinek both had a little
vacation too.
Pat Fraser flew to Panama for about 10 days, to visit
with Art and Margie Sherry. She had a great time shopping,
sightseeing, shopping oh I already said that. One highlight
of the trip was getting a manicure and pedicure from Xenia.
Pat got up to the beach at Coronado and to El Valle; saw



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the new Gamboa resort and was amazed at the changes on the
causeway. She, Art and Margie had lunch with Gladys
Saarinen at a very nice restaurant out there. Pat also toured
the International School in Clayton and saw some of her for-
mer teacher colleagues. All in all, it was a wonderful vaca-
tion. She arrived back in Hendersonville for winter's last
Jim and Diane Bradley were in Germany for three weeks
also visiting daughter Eileen and family. They left the day
after Willy Nowotny got back
My daughters Lisa Johnson and Laurie Trinca got
together for lunch with Margaret Bivens Coffin and Chris
Malcom in Burlington. Margaret was visiting her mother-in-
law in Haw River, N.C., and introducing her new daughter
Megan to everyone. Margaret's husband Mark was deployed
at the time. They had recently moved to Virginia from the
Fayetteville area. Chris and his wife, Eileen and their three
children live in High Point, N.C. The Malcolm clan was all
together for a mini-reunion in the fall. Mom and Dad, Joyce
and Ralph Malcolm and brothers Greg and Gary and fami-
lies were all together for the first time in several years.
Lisa and Laurie also had a brief reunion with all our Hunt
and Rathgeber relatives when they attended the funeral for
"Aunt Ann" Rathgeber who died in late February. Although
it was a sad occasion, it was good to be together with family.
Our condolences to Dick, Donna, Judy and families espe-
cially, on the loss of their Mother and Grandmother.
I talked with Norma Irvin and discovered that she and
Sam had moved since I saw them last. They sold their home
with the gorgeous view and moved into smaller "less work
required" quarters near the Blue Ridge Mall (very handy for
Norma). Both are doing well and will be driving out to
Nevada to visit son John and their grandchildren very soon.
Malcolm and Jean Stone were unavailable when I called
them for news, they had to leave suddenly for Delaware as
Jean's mother Catherine was very ill. Our prayers are with
them all.
That's it for news this time. We will be having a picnic
sometime in late August or early September. So if anyone is
visiting this area, please call and join us. All you folks living
in North Carolina give me a call with your news.

Pat Hunt, reporter
(828) 696-3995


Greetings to all from the almost sunny NW. Believe it or
not, we actually have had some really good sunshine so far
this spring.
When Henry Cruz went to renew their vehicle Navy
sticker at Everett Naval Station, the young petty officer at the
desk with nametag reading "Giavelli" asked where he was
born. Henry said, "It throws people but, I was born in what
used to be the Panama Canal Zone." To which the young
man, Lonnie, replied, "My dad was born there." Henry told

him, "I noticed your name tag and thought the only other
Giavelli I knew was Charlie, and a sister, Elizabeth." He
said, "Yeah that's my uncle and aunt." Henry found that the
young man's dad, Raymond (Louis) Giavelli, lives in
Marysville, Wash., so Henry got in touch and Raymond trav-
eled up to Bellingham the following Saturday, with his grand-
son for a nice long visit.

L-R: Henry Cruz, Raymond Louis Giavelli and Raymond's
grandson Nicholas.

Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young went to Panama for
three weeks a while back and had a great visit with sons Jim
and Dave and family. They were there during Carnival, and
spent one weekend at the Country Inn and Suites in Amador
right on the canal where the Yacht Club used to be. They said
it is a really nice place to view the canal and walk the cause-
way!! The causeway is more like a promenade with lights and
benches along the way. Mary's brother, Jim Sullivan and his
wife Carol were also there for ten days and they shopped,
visited Old Panama where Mary said, you get the best buys
on molas and other Panamanian articles. They also went to
the new Panama Canal Museum downtown at Cathedral
Plaza where the old post office used to be. It is a terrific
museum--a must for anyone to visit. They spent two days in
El Valle at the home of their old friend, Dr. John Arosemena.
He has a beautiful place overlooking the valley. Mary also
took a trip to the "other side" with son Dave and his wife.
They drove around Margarita and Gatun, and ended up at the
Tarpon Club for a good fish lunch.
Sonia (Bowker) and Glenn Rhyne have moved from the
beautiful Pacific Northwest to Houston, Texas. Glenn is
working at the seaport in La Porte and they are living in an
RV park near the Houston Space center. We hope the Rhynes
are enjoying the nearness of Glenn's mom, Bea Rhyne, and
his sisters Camille Eastham and Barbara Stanford in
DeeDee and Billy Hanna of Brookings, Ore, advise that
they have bought a home in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. and plan
to move there somewhere between July and September.
DeeDee is ecstatic as she is having a hard time in Oregon
adjusting to the lack of palm trees and warm tropical breezes.

Murray and Candy Falk who will be heading up the NW
picnic this year want the NW group to know that those who
have not been attending over the years may not receive the
picnic letter. He hopes that there will be a lot of you attend-
ing this year on August 9th at Abrams Park, Ridgefield, Wash.
See the NW Picnic announcement with the Class Reunion
announcements in the back of this issue for more information.
Jim Shobe recently motor biked on his BMW 1100 RT
from Bellingham, Wash. to southern California to see his
brothers and their families. Jim spent 4 days with brother
David who has two children, in Laguna Beach. Then he head-
ed north to Santa Barbara to see brother Dick and wife Linda
and their kids. On Jim's way home, he had a flat tire on the
"Grapevine", a stretch of mountainous road in California, but
was rescued by a good Samaritan who rode him into town to
have the flat fixed. While walking back to his motorbike, tire
in hand, a policeman stopped him and drove Jim back up to
the bike.
Jim and Noralie's (Roche) grandson Dillion Shobe, son
of Steve and Debbie (Rowley), is still at Hill AFB, just out-
side Salt Lake City, and is expecting a call to the mid east.
Steve's daughter, April and husband Scott Lewis work as vet
technicians in Maryland, and son Scott and wife Mary are
the parents of Shobes' great grandson, Shawn. Scott works
for the Halle Koa Hotel in Hawaii. Shobes' daughter Clover
Duffis and husband Jim have two kids; Tina, who is study-
ing at Western Washington University in Bellingham, and
Josh, who is working for a computer graphics company near
the Hood River.
Our son J Reiley Laatz and his lovely wife Sunshine
(Ray) recently visited us from St. Pete, Fla. where J is in the
Coast Guard. We did a trip up Mt. Baker accompanied by
Wesley Kennedy, son of Ed and Mellie (Turner) Kennedy
where they sledded and did the snowball thing and got their
share of snowfall. We also drove through the tulip fields in
Skagit Valley where there are acres of fields blooming in bril-
liant color. And those who came over to see him were Guy
M. and Mary (Wells) Fealey and their son Guy E. (daughter
Jamie was in California for a Rainbow Girls event), and Ed
and Mellie Kennedy and their three; Robert, Wesley, and

Sunshine (Ray) and J Laatz in the tulip fields in Skagit
Valley, Wash.
Sometime ago, Ed Kennedy sold his big boat, the

Corinthian, but recently purchased a J30 sailboat in Seattle.
He, son Wesley, Joe Wallace, and Gerry Laatz brought it up
to Anacortes, a full day's trip, under power (no wind) after
which we all including Mellie (Turner) Kennedy, Robert,
Wes and Joyce Kennedy, and Olga (Turner) Wallace got
together for dinner.
Gerry and I were honored by a short but good visit from
Howie's aunt and Uncle, Katy (Schafer) and Roger Adams
in April. They were in the area for the lovely Skagit Valley
Tulip Festival, an annual event in our area, which draws
many visitors from around the world. The Adams' son Roger
is in Laramie, Wyo., and he and wife Mary have two darling
kids, Nina and Adan, and two horses. Young Roger is still in
the radio field.
The Skagit Valley Brewery & Restaurant in Mt. Vernon,
Wash., managed to put up with a group of us NWers in April.
The gang, comprised of Pat and Henry Cruz, Howie and
Gerry Laatz, Pat and Dan Nellis, Jack and Ann Rocker,
Noralie and Jim Shobe, Mary and Jim Young, and Marti
Lohr, got together for lunch and banter. Of course, we all
said we have to do this more often.

L-R in Back: Marti Lohr, Mary Young and Pat Cruz. Front
Row: Howie Laatz, Pat Nellis, Noralie Shobe and Ann

L-K: Gerry Laatz, Jack Rocker, Jim Shobe, Marti Lohr,
Pat Cruz, Pat Nellis, Jim Young and Dan Nellis.

Wallace Teal sent a fascinating description of his and Bev
Jones' Alaska trip last summer and here are some excerpts:
"Can you imagine getting off the ferry in Haines and driving
for 800 miles before seeing a fast food chain? There was no
litter on the roadside and such beautiful flowers. At the state
fair, we watched the giant cabbage weigh in, and the largest
one was 89 pounds. The large produce was unbelievable. Can
you imagine Wrangle Saint Elias National Park being 13 mil-
lion acres, six times as large as Yellowstone? The fishing, oh
the fishing. There were so many fishermen from all over the

States and many from other countries, and everyone was
catching fish. We filled a small freezer, shipped 95 lbs. by
FedEx to friends, canned 17 cases, smoked and froze enough
to fill a 7-cubic foot freezer. There was about 21 hours of day
light a day and you could fish at 1:00 a.m."

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Mary (Sullivan) Young by her lovely quilt at the standwood
Quilt Show in April.

Back Row: Gerry Laatz and Cody Hollowell. Front Row:
Tinker (Hollowell) Cooper and Edna "Skippy" Hollowell.

John Carey and Janet Rigby are busy preparing for their
annual influx of visitors in July as I am sure many more of us
We all send our deepest sympathy to Bev Baker and chil-

dren on the sudden passing of Floyd Baker in February. And
those of us who knew Beverly Shirley of Safety Harbor, Fla.,
send our condolences to her family and friends, on her recent
Hasta la vista for now. Sure wish we could get more of
you to send in your news. The Society members really love to
hear how you all are doing.

Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter


John Raffler writes that daughter Kristin Knight has
been staying with John and Madeleine (Lugo) since husband
Nick, a U.S. Marine, is in Iraq. Kristin is expecting a baby in
late September 2003, and her baby will be the first great
grandchild for Mrs. Lydia Lugo. Nick is expected to return
from Iraq in late April, and he and Kristin will return to
Miramar Airbase in San Diego, from where Nick's squadron
In April, John and Madeleine's son Eric completed an
eight-month technical school at Keesler AFB in Biloxi,
Miss. Eric's field is in Computer, Network, Switch and
Cryptographic Systems, and he graduated with the highest
grades in his class. John drove to Mississippi to pick Eric up,
and Eric is now in Norman, Okla., where he is assisting the
Air Force Recruiters. Eric already has his assignment so he
will be reporting to Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota. All
three Lugo sisters: Madeleine Raffler, Toy Barnard and
Aymee Diaz will be attending the upcoming Orlando
Reunion. Aymee's husband Tomas will also be attending and
possibly Madeleine's husband John.
Bonnie (Ward) Rogers (CHS'64) writes about her first
grandchild's birth, which is in the births' section. She is a
proud new Grandma and husband Phil, a proud Grandpa. On
May 9, 2003, Bonnie will be graduating from the Oklahoma
City Community College with an Associate Degree in
Applied Science Computer Science, and as a member of the
Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. She is proud of this
accomplishment, and rightly so. Bonnie is also working full-
time. In October 2002, Bonnie broke her left leg, 4 inches
above the ankle. She is still recuperating and is proud to say
that she did not miss one class, thanks to the help of her fam-
Steve Helin writes about a recent trip to Florida to visit
his daughters. Steve first drove to Tallahassee to visit his old-
est daughter Tracey (Helin) Winkler, husband Ed and son,
Connor. The purpose of Steve's trip was to attend the 4th
birthday party of grandson Connor. Then Steve drove on to
Tampa to visit younger daughter Stephanie (Helin) Bacot
and husband Jason. Stephanie and Jason recently purchased
a new home, and they are expecting their first baby in June
2003. A highlight of Steve's trip to Tampa was attending a
Happy Hour hosted by Bob and Julia Nieves in their new

home. Also, while in the Tampa area, Steve enjoyed Ned
Rose and Thelma Diada's gracious hospitality at their Peace
River front home in Punta Gorda.
Teresa Keller sadly writes that her father lost his battle
with cancer on March 3, 2003. He was honored with a mili-
tary funeral, and all of Bill and Teresa's Navy boys were
decked out in their uniforms. Son Michael Wasemiller is
currently in Iraq as a Corpsman with the 1st Marine
Expeditionary Force. He received his orders right after he
returned home from the funeral. Daughter Kimberly's
semester at school is over May 8, so she will be home for the
summer to work again.

(Navy Boys): BJ Keller, Gregg Wasemiller (Officer
Candidate) and Michael Wasemiller (Corpsman). Sons of
Bill and Teresa Keller.

On March 7, 2003, Doris Burns, son Scott Burns and
daughter Laura (Burns) Redemann with husband Mike
hosted a 75th birthday party for Mr. Jean Burns (Santa). The
party was held at a Tulsa Inn's ballroom, and everyone in
attendance had a blast. Besides relatives coming from
California, also in attendance were John and Madeleine
Raffler, Norman, Okla.; Tomas and Aymee Diaz, Norman,
Okla.; Charlie Brown and Erma Coiner, Joplin, Mo.; Bob
and Vicki Boukalis, Lillian, Ala.; and Paulino and Julia
Allande, Tulsa, Okla. Jean and company appreciated and
enjoyed all of the out-of-town guests who came to help Jean
celebrate this momentous occasion.

Laura (Burns) Redemann, Reporter


Well, as the late dry season slowly tries to wind to an end
in April, so do most of the activities that go on for this time
of the year. We have had a lot of changes going on recently in
Panama. The Miss Universe pageant is drawing near and
Amador Causeway is gearing up to put on one spectacular
show. For more information you can visit their web site at:
Of course, we will start with the 50th Anniversary 2003
Cayuco Race.

Sign painted by Johnny Bates for the 2003 Cayuco Race.

There were hundreds of people logged onto the ACP web-
site to visit the live Web Cam shots of the cayucos inside the
Locks...not to mention the masses of people in attendance on
the last day. A "happy hour" was hosted that started at HIGH
NOON at Bill DeLaMater's Shed or as we christened
it.....BILLY D'S SALOON, and amongst the guests were,
Billy D., Sonia Valley, Carl Tuttle, Ted Henter, Al
Shonert, John Haines III, Trina Clark, Bud Kelleher,
Chris Skeie, Art Mokray, Frank Fontaine, Louis Seldon,
and Pablo Finochetti, just to name the first shift! The ABOU
SAAD SHRINE was in full effect as well, under the term of
Illustrious Potentate Gerry Dowden, were David and Diana
Bishop, Bruce and Chris Homa, Dean and Kim Homa, Ed
and Bonnie Beasley, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Wharry, all of who
were on hand to generate funds for all the charitable works
the Shrine does in Panama with the sale of hotdogs and
"hamburger, hamburger.... cheeseburger, cheeseburger" and
of course, the hottest ticket...... the appropriately re-named,
We had an International "flavor" this year with crews
from San Francisco, the Carolinas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Great
Britain and the Embera Indian, Wounaan, represented in this
year's race.
Teddy Arias was in town for a couple of weeks helping
out with escorting cayucos and helping crews do repair work.
Of course, during the course of the race he was OFFICIAL-
LY a NON-OFFICIAL race official.
The three most talked about boats were the Ultimate
Most, (affectionately nicknamed "STARS & STRIPES"),
with Ed Dolan (BHS'84), John Magee (BHS'84), Mike
Hatlen (U.S. Embassy, Marine), Jose Hoya (U.S. Embassy,
Marine). They decided to show their true red, white and blue
blooded American pride, spirit and U.S. military troops) sup-

port, by painting their boat like the flag of the United States
of America. Ed Dolan is a Captain in the Army Reserves,
who will go active duty next month for the ongoing situation
in Iraq and his brother Tim Dolan is a Sgt. in the National
Guard based out of Florida, and has been in Iraq, since before
the war started.

(Ultimate Most)
L-R: Ed Dolan, John Magee, Mike Hatlen, and Jose Hoya.

The second being, the Sudden Impact with Jay Gibson,
Lori Gibson (BHS), Wendell Sasso (BHS'87) and Rene
Vargas. They set a new record for 2003. A big CONGRAT-

(Sudden Impact)
L-R: Rene Vargas, Lori Gibson, Jay Gibson, and Wendell

The last, but by no means least was the Kingfisher with
Alan Blaney (BHS'92), Sam Castleton (BHS'89), Cathy
Bottin (BHS'97) and Lucy (Lincoln) Haines (BHS'96),
who found out in the last few weeks of cayuco practice that
she was expecting. Lucy's doctor informed her that paddling
was good exercise for the both of them. What a story to tell
your child!



L-R: Alan Blaney, Lucy Haines, Cathy Bottin, and Sam

For all race results and information in the Trophy
Category (male, female, and co-ed) and the Patch or Open
Class, plus additional pictures from the 3 day event, log on to
the Club de Remos website: .
The Panama Canal BPO ELKS #1414 recently donated a
piece of Canal Zone History to the Panama Canal Museum,
via Museum representative and fellow ELK, Chris Skeie. The
donation was a flag from the old Canal Zone Council of the
Boy Scouts of America.
The Elks recently hosted an old fashioned Spaghetti
Stroll. It takes you back to the "good ol' days", when the
Masons and Shriners used to do their Chicken dinners and
Pancake breakfasts. There were about 40 people in atten-
dance, even some from the Gold Coast like, Colin and
Alberta Corrigan, Capt. Jodi Chamberlain, Don
Williamson, just to name a few...along with some other
Pacificsiders, Doug Allen, Bill and Jane Huff, Phil Bonk,
John Morales and Jeff Naum.
To end dry season in Panama also means the close of
Cruise Ship season to Panama until October of 2003. We
have seen a lot of former Canal Zone residents return to
Panama on the different cruise ships, for the full scope of
tours that are offered, such as, former Canal Zone and tra-
versing the isthmus on the NEW Panama Canal Railroad. We
hope to continue seeing a lot more familiar faces in Panama
via the Cruise Ship Industry.

Pier 6 Panama
same time

Faces recently seen in Panama for the Dry Season, (i.e.:
Carnival, Cayuco Race), were Pat Bonk (BHS); David
"Chili-Mac" MacArthur (BHS'84) and his sister Dawn
(MacArthur) Weatherbee (BHS'90), Joey Zornes and
Chris Corrigan (BHS'95), paddling in the Cayuco, Baru.
Karen (Dolan) Castleton, wife of Eddie Castleton
(BHS'87), who was here recently on business and pleasure
trip from SOUTHCOM in Miami, to visit with family and
friends; Russell Leeser was here on two one-week visits as an
engineer on a research vessel working south of the Equator;
Paul Dolan flew in on his time off to spend it up at the Volcan
(Tizingal Springs), as does Tom Carey; Ted Henter was back
to paddle in the Causeway Regatta and was back for the 50th
Annual Cayuco Race but couldn't paddle in that one because
of a broken collar bone he suffered up in Lake Tahoe a month
before the race. Jeff Blatz; Bo and Chaco (Will) Smail were
here for a month after Bo retired from his job in Florida,
Ronny Evers, Bruce and Diane Bateman were here in
February for two weeks; Anthony Garcia and also Letty
Garcia, along with her husband spent a couple of weeks to
visit friends and family. Michael Young and Phillip Nehring
were down for fishing and surfing; Helen Aanstoos was in
for a week from California with her friend Mike to hit the
beaches and El Valle, Stanley Wright, Bill Morrison, Steve
Thompson, Dave Kimberling also visited for the cayuco
race; John Reilly from Dothan, Ala., for his annual five week
visit to Panama; and Wayne Smale.

Trina Clark Anna Opel
011(507)-232-7451 011(507) 686-1001


On March 15th a number of our "regulars" enjoyed a
luncheon get-together at the Ming Yat restaurant in North
Augusta. Attending were Blanche Browne, Mitzi Schwindt,
Peggy Hutchison, Kathleen and Shirley Bnrkett, Arlene
Hopkins, Gene Emore, Trudi Clontz, Virginia (Green)
Machak, Charles Green, Joseph and Beatrice Marriott,
Josey Tilley, Olga Holmes....and a new guest Becky
Becky's daughter noticed Peggy's Panama Canal Society
plate while parked at the Post Office. Becky's son lives in
Gamboa and works for the Smithsonian Tropical Research
Lab in Panama. Sometime later, the same plate caught the eye
of Mary Kosinski (formerly Mary Wiesen) who, in the '50s
taught Junior High School English on the Atlantic side.
In January Peggy Hutchison and Trudi Clontz traveled to
Charleston with a church group and boarded the Celebrity
liner Galaxy for a twelve-day cruise in the eastern Caribbean
- Tortola, St. John's, Charlotte Amalie, Philipsburg, San Juan
and Nassau. While enjoying sunshine, good food and com-
panionship, they got reports of cold weather and snow in the
Carolinas. The day before our return to Charleston, the winds

picked up...the outside decks were deserted...and we disem-
barked at "sunny" Charleston in a freezing blustery gale.
One day in March Peggy Hutchison got up before the
crack of dawn to chauffeur Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison)
Cox to the Augusta airport for their twelve-hour flight to
Japan. They expect to be there about four months where Jerry
is working for MILCOM.
Blanche Browne was on the go again. She traveled to
Panama at Christmas time to be with family and reports that
although the economy supposedly was "bad" many new
roads were under construction. Two weeks after returning to
the States, Blanche flew to Auckland, New Zealand with her
sister-in-law and niece for a three-week cruise around the
North and South Islands of New Zealand. The ship was small
(carrying only 120 passengers) so they were able to stop in
small islands go ashore and hike. They also visited the large
cities, and the trip ended at Sydney, Australia, where they
spent three days.
The June meeting will be a potluck on the 14th at the
Seniors' Clubhouse in Crossland Park. Later there will be a
September get-together (the place and time to be determined)
and a Christmas luncheon at the Houndslake Country Club on
December 6th.

Trudi Clontz, Reporter
(803) 649-2759


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, Dona Geyer
Bowman was also in Reading visiting with her mother,
Theresa Geyer.

(rront): Katnryn McNamee and iheresa teyer. (Back):
Sheila (McNamee) Taylor and Donna (Geyer) Bowman.

Sheila McNamee Taylor, Reporter
(615) 456-4830



Colin Creel spent eight days in Panama in February. It
was "dream vacation" for him camping out under the stars
near Chepo, with Jim and Kirk Wiese, Rick Doubek and
their sons. He spent four days on the Wiese's boat at Pinas
Bay and Colin caught his first black marlin weighing more
than 50 pounds. Colin also spent time driving through the old
zone neighborhoods and reminiscing about his old "haunts".
Sandra Fulton has moved to the Dallas area from Miami,
Florida. A brand new custom built home and soon a new job.
Jean Sholk has relocated to the Plantation Resorts, Frisco
from Newport News, Virginia. She is now closer to daughter,
Debbie (Sholk) Sousa and grandkids, Katia and Evan. The
3rd Annual North Texas Zonian Golf Tournament and
Potluck at the Sousas will be cancelled this year while grand-
mom Jean is recovering from hip surgery. The popular gath-
ering is open for planning by someone new. Any volunteers?
Michael Horoda and his bride Lisa are house -hunting in
Grapevine, Texas. Michael is an Emergency Medicine
Physician at the Grapevine Hospital. He is also bravely con-
sidering taking Lisa to her 1st Canal Zone Reunion.
Pam (Horada) Roger (BHS'75) has completed her stud-
ies in court reporting and will soon start on a new career. Her
son, Blaine (age 9) is growing like a weed.
Bob and Linda Morris took a 31-day "adventure cruise"
sailing from Buenos Aires to Nassau. They toured the
Falkland Islands, rounded the southern tip of Cape Horn,
sailed through the Straits of Magellen, and saw penguin rook-
eries in Patagonia. They visited various ports in Chile, Peru,
Ecuador, transited the Panama Canal and had port calls in
Costa Rica, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Yes, there was wav-
ing and mugging for the web camera on the Miraflores Locks
- son Carlton was watching!
In his 1298 book "Travels", Marco Polo promised mar-
vels of the earth and the Morrises' saw them on the Orient
Line's Marco Polo. It was an unforgettable trip. On the
Buenos Aires to Valpariaso part of the cruise, they met
Valerie Smith (BHS'63) yup another Zonian!!
Honeymooners, Ralph and Valerie McAlister, of Walnut
Creek, Calif., enjoyed a cruise before continuing their mar-
ried life traveling in their new 36-foot Airstream motor home.
Valerie is the daughter of former Chief Safety Engineer,
Warren Smith.
The 50th annual ocean-to-ocean cayuco race held April
11-13 hosted more than 50+ teams from Panama and other
countries. Frisco, Texas' contribution was Lee (BHS'80)
and wife, Annette Morton. They manned the cayuco with
Bill Morrison (BHS'78) and Rob Weldon. Race placement
still not in, but the race must have been awesome.
Continue sending your news. Photos are especially wel-

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972 -398-3400i


Welcome to Patrice (Valle) Maravilla, (BHS'72) and
Mark Maravilla (BHS'72) now residing in Alexandria,
They are "newlyweds" after tying the knot in Patrice's town-
home on October 26, 2002. So congratulations are also in
order. Below is a picture of Patrice, Mark and Patrice's son,
Ian Mabley. I am looking forward to meeting them, just
chatting with Patrice through her emails I can tell she is quite
a character and a real Zonian.

L-R: Patrice (Valle) Maravilla (BHS'72); Patrice's son, Ian
Mabley and Mark Maravilla (BHS'72).

Dale C. Clarke (BHS'61) is posting 3500 plus construc-
tion era photographs on his website at: http://GoZonian org.
Also posted there is a chronological listing of the postings
since November 2002. Notable is the posting of five complete
BHS yearbooks, 1959-1963, and so far half of the CHS 1959
yearbook. While on the subject of yearbooks, Dale has
requested the loan of a 1963 CHS yearbook to scan. He has
volunteered to provide photo name tags for the 1963 joint
BHS/CHS 40th reunion that is being held along with this
year's CZ Reunion being held in Orlando in July. Contact
Dale at: delta( if you have a yearbook you can
spare for a few weeks.
If you have Canal Zone photos or documents from differ-
ent eras, please contact Dale. He wants to encourage sharing
Zone photos with other Zonians and with the world. He will
happily copy, post them and return them to your collection.
On another note, Wendel Allen asked that I announce the
Poconos Reunion scheduled for 5 7 Sept 2003. More details
to follow from the Coordinator of that event.
On a sadder note I just heard from Patrice (Valle)
Maravilla (BHS'72) that Mark's mother, Francis Maravilla
passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2003 in her Ocala home.
If you have any news for the next Canal Record, please
contact me.

Ev (Menges) Sellers, Reporter
(703) 361-7176



Al Schonert wins 1st place at Daytona Antique Motorcycle
Show, with his 1966 BSA Spitfire MK II.


Tom and Lucille Behre celebrated their 50th Wedding
Anniversary with a reception given by their children and fam-
ilies. The reception was held at Eagle Bluff Golf and Country
Club in Harrison, Tennessee on January 11, 2003.
Tom and Lucille were married at Fort Amador Chapel on
December 29, 1952. After a brief service in the Army, Tom
worked for the Canal Zone police force in Cristobal until his
retirement in December 1977. Lucille worked in the Cristobal
Port Captain's Office and then at Coco Solo Hospital until she
retired under disability. Tom and Lucille celebrated with their
children, Mike Behre and his wife, Darlene and Teresa
(Behre) Matherly and husband Bo and Teresa's son, Daniel.

Tom and Lucille Behre

Tom and Lucille retired to Harrison, Tennessee on
December 24, 1977 and have remained there since their
move. They enjoy their grandson, Daniel, and visiting with
friends and family.


Donald Parker recently was honored and presented with
a pin by the Inverness Elks (#2522) for being an active mem-
ber of the Elks for the past 55 years. Fifty-three of those years
were spent active with the Cristobal Elks (#1542) and two
years active with the Inverness Elks (#2522).

Donald (Pos) and Gloria Parker


Megan Colleen Lenard, daughter of Charles and
Patricia (Newbury) Lenard of Double Oak, Texas and
granddaughter of Charles and Emily (Riley) Newbury of
Dothan, Alabama and Wilma Lenard of Hemet, California,
has been selected for membership in The National Society of
High School Scholars.

Megan Colleen Lenard

The Society inducts only the most outstanding high
school students and honors them for superior academic
achievement. Claes Nobel, honorary chairman of the Society,
states, "The hard work and success of today's youth provides
the foundation for a future dedicated to community--and
world--betterment." Claes' family established the Nobel
Prizes in 1901 in order to note outstanding contributions in
the fields of Peace, Literature, Medicine, Chemistry, and
Physics. The mission of the National Society of High School
Scholars is to recognize and encourage academic excellence
among the most exceptional high school seniors. The Society
selects students nationally and awards this distinction on a
very limited basis. Membership is by invitation only, extend-
ed by Chair Claes Nobel.
Megan is also a member of Elite Students of America
which is a national organization dedicated to the recognition
of scholastic achievements and leadership qualities. Less than
5% of all high school students are inducted each year. She is
also a member of the National Honor Roll and Who's Who
Among American high school students. Megan was also
awarded a certificate for academic excellence from Senator
Jane Nelson of Texas. Megan also plays Varsity basketball
and is the Captain of her high school team.

Submitted by Emily and Charles Newbury
Dothan, AL


Fred and Claudia Robinson were surprised and happy to
learn that their daughter Trace had been promoted to the rank
of Corporal with the Winston Salem Police Department. She
is a seven-year veteran. Trace is married to Christopher
Fish, also a corporal with the department and they have three
children, Danny, Cierra, and Krystal.

Trace is presently assigned to the Recruiting Unit. She
also serves on the Recruiting and Retention Subcommittee
and the Changing Demographics Subcommittee. In addition,
Trace is one of the department's Spanish Translators. She also
teaches Spanish to the recruit classes and during ongoing in-
service training. Trace is actively involved within the
Hispanic community and regularly conducts public service
announcements on local radio and television for Hispanics.
Fred Robinson is especially proud of his daughter choos-
ing to follow in his footsteps. He served for fifteen years with
the Canal Zone Police reaching the rank of lieutenant. With
the advent of the treaty between the United States and
Panama, he transferred to the U.S. Customs Service. Fred
retired as port director of the Winston Salem Customs office.


In April 2003, TESORO Corporation was awarded the
"Top Revenue Growth Company" of the "Fantastic Fifty" for
the Commonwealth of Virginia. Of all companies in the
Commonwealth of Virginia, Tesoro is the fastest growing
company over a four-year period. An article in Virginia
Business magazine describes how the company was able to
grow so fast. The award was presented to Tesoro by the
President of the Virginia Chambers of Commerce. Dennis
Gilbert, President of Tesoro, attributes Tesoro growth to the
incredible people in the company. Dennis is a BHS'69 grad-
uate. The Tesoro web site is at where
the articles in the Virginia Business magazine can be viewed.

Dennis Gilbert

Trace Robinson Fish and Christopher Fish





In the 1970s, Dr. John Dwyer, a plant taxonomist from
St. Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Gardens
(MBG) collected plants in the Canal Zone and Panama.
During some of his trips, I took him along to the jungle while
I collected orchid plants.
During one of the trips he mentioned to me that if he
found a new plant species he would name it after me.
Some months ago I wrote the MBG and asked if he ever
fulfilled his promise. They answered that indeed he did name
a new species in my honor. The name of the plant is
MBG sent a photostatic copy of the herbarium specimen
and a description of the plant. A photograph is enclosed as
well as the supporting documentation.


Tom (BHS'66) and Vicki Sue Sizemore, formerly of
Gatun, Canal Zone announce the engagement of their daugh-
ter Patricia to Ross Muniz of Kinston, Alabama.
Patricia is the granddaughter of the late LTC. (ret) LaMar
and Mary R. Sizemore, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Patricia is also the niece of Vicki Ann Sizemore (BHS'70)
and Ed Wardlow.
Patricia graduated from Troy State University. The wed-
ding will take place in August in Kinston, Alabama.

George W. Gauger
Tallahassee, Fla.

Ross Muniz and Patricia Sizemore


Congratulations to Dylan Forsythe on his graduation
from Palm Bay High School, Melbourne, Florida. Dylan is
the son of Cynthia (Moore) Blom (CHS'78) and Edward J.
Forsythe (CHS'70). Dylan's maternal grandparents are
Wilma E. Moore, of Melbourne, Florida, and the late Dr.
Ronald E. Moore, formerly of Coco Solo, Canal Zone. Dr.
Moore was Chief of OPD and ER at Coco Solo Hospital.
Dylan's paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert G.
Forsythe, formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone. Dylan will be
attending the University of North Florida, Jacksonville,
Florida in the fall.

George W. Gauger with a print of his namesake, Cephalis

Dylan Forsythe

The 2003 Reunion is fast approaching and in our effort to make your Reunion an
enjoyable and memorable experience, we provide you with some updates and
changes that have occurred since the last issue of the Canal Record.

Most importantly, the Orlando Marriott World Center has sold the parking rights of their parking lot
and parking garage to an outside company. As a result, a $5.00 per day parking fee has been imposed.
Despite our many efforts to have this fee waived (since it was not part of our original agreement), we
were unsuccessful in our efforts. Please note that this is a per-day fee and not a per entry/exit fee. You
will only be assessed the $5.00 for each day no matter how many times you may exit and re-enter the
parking lot/garage. The charge will be applied to your hotel bill each day. A shuttle is available to take
guests from the Parking garage to the Hotel Lobby. Valet parking will still be available at a daily fee and
Handicap parking is available at no charge with a valid Handicap parking placard or sticker.
Another major change this year is that the Orlando Marriott World Center is not mailing confirma-
tions to hotel guests. Therefore, the Society has taken on this task so as not to leave our members in the
dark on this important issue. Most of you should have received a confirmation by now, but if you have
not, please contact Betty LeDoux at (813) 679-8416 by phone or by email at
For our members who are arriving in Orlando by plane, we have negotiated a discounted transporta-
tion fare with Mears Transportation. The fare provided to our group is $24.00 roundtrip and is non-stop
from Orlando International Airport to the Marriott World Center. The discount coupon has been includ-
ed in the envelope with the hotel confirmations. You must have this coupon with you in order to receive
the discount. So, when you are packing your bags, be sure to include the coupon with your airline tick-
et and hotel confirmation form.
The Society Information Seminars which take place on Friday afternoon from 3:00 6:00 will include
two very interesting presentations. Mr. Don DePra will make a presentation regarding bottles that were
collected in Panama with emphasis on the time period of 1850-1914. Mr. DePra will also provide
appraisals at that time. If you are a bottle collector, this is an excellent opportunity to have your bottle
appraised. Mr. DePra will make his presentation from 3:00 3:45.
The featured presentation will be made by Mr. Roberto Roy, a member of the Panama Canal Authority
Board of Directors concerning Panama Canal Update and Future. Mr. Roy has been preparing for this
seminar for several months and is very anxious to bring us all up to date on the land we called Home for
so many years. Mr. Roy's presentation will take place from 4:00 5:30 with a question and answer peri-
od from 5:30 6:00. More information on Mr. Roberto Roy can be read on page M.
As a reminder, the Society has negotiated special drink prices for our members. The special prices are
available at all portable bars in the Conference Center (downstairs area). The prices offered our mem-
bers are:
Mixed Drinks $3.75
(Maker's Mark Bourbon, Beefeater Gin, Smirnoff Vodka, Dewars Scotch, Canadian Club Whiskey and Bacardi Rum)
Imported Beer $3.25
Domestic Beer $2.75 per bottle and $2.00 per draft
Glass of Wine $3.00
Mineral Waters $2.50
Soft Drinks $1.50
Mixed Drinks $4.25 (Deluxe cash bar)
If this is your first reunion, we direct your attention to the page E entitled "If This Is Your First
Reunion". You will find some helpful information that will make your first experience at our
tremendous event a hassle-free and more pleasurable one.

Orlando World Center Marriott
2003 Reunion

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Vendor Setup: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K Q
Information/Secretary: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk

Thursday, July 24, 2003
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Hawk's Landing Golf Course
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m.. TEE OFF: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Sago Ballroom
Registration: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K Q
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. -
Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk
Vendors: 10:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom

Friday, July 25, 2003
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Sago Ballroom
Vendors: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom
Registration: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K Q
Information/Secretary: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! New York Ballroom
PCS Seminars: 3:00 6:00 p.m. Sago Ballroom
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Sabal / Royal Ballrooms
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Sago Ballroom

Saturday, July 26, 2003
Registration: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 4:30 p.m. Crystal Ballroom K Q
Information/Secretary: 9:00 11:00 a.m.: 3:00 4:30 p.m. -
Crystal Ballroom Registration Desk
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Canary Ballroom
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon -
Sabal / Royal Ballrooms
Religious Services: 3:30 6:00 p.m. New York Ballroom
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Sabal / Royal Ballrooms
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Sago Ballroom

Sunday, July 27, 2003
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Canary Ballroom
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are inv ited Farewell to Friends Doors open
9:30 a.m., Performance at 10:00 a.m. Sabal / Royal Ballroom

Despedida Lottery drawing to be held at Despedida. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

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on U.S. Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.
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secure your Hotel Reservations. Complete those parts pertaining to your request.


List names of each family member or guest being registered by the member and include $5.00 for each person 18 years of age or
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If you have comments or questions, contact the Society Office toll free at 1-866-726-2262 for those
members calling from outside the local calling area and at 727-391-4359 for those members within the
calling area. On-line reunion registration, new membership application and membership renewals are
also available by going to the Panama Canal Society web site, and click
the "On-Line Services" link.


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1. If you are flying into Orlando, shuttle service is provided for a fee from the airport
to the Orlando Marriott World Center. A discount coupon for Mears Transportation
will be included with your confirmation.

2. If you are driving, please refer to the map in these Green Pages. The Orlando
Marriott World Center is clearly visible from Interstate 4, but the exit can be a bit
tricky. Please review the directions prior to leaving home.

3. Once you arrive at the hotel, proceed to check into your room.

4. Review the hours of operation for the Reunion Registration and other events in
these green pages. A Schedule of Events will be provided to you at Registration.
Registration (and other events) hours will be posted on the in-house monitor,
which may be viewed from the comfort of your hotel room or from a monitor in the
conference center.

5. Proceed to Registration and obtain your name badge, information packet and
event tickets. It is at Registration that you will receive all tickets that were ordered.
The Registration Volunteer will review with you what is in your envelope and you
will be required to sign the envelope indicating that you received the contents and
that your order is correct. Reunion event tickets are not pre-mailed. Further,
only the person registering for the reunion may pick up the name badges and tick-
ets from Registration.

6. If you are attending a Class Reunion, information regarding your class reunion
event will be at the Information/Secretary desk PROVIDED that your class
reunion chairperson has provided us with the same. In the event they have not,
we will do all that we can to assist you to locate your class reunion activities.

The Reunion Experience is one that is to be enjoyed and treasured from year to year.
We hope that these instructions will help in this endeavor and that you will join us again
next year as a "veteran" reunion attendee.


Tom Wilder

Reunion Registration
Hotel Reservations
Golf Tournament

DJ Dances
Annual Luncheon
Class and Mini Reunions
Despedida Lottery
On-site Ticket Sales

Beth Brandenburg and Gene Fritz
Betty LeDoux
Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Tom Wilder
Kenny Morris
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Betty LeDoux and Tom Wilder
Jim O'Donnell
Betty LeDoux, Tom Wilder, Jim Parthenais
and Margaret McLaughlin
Jacque Vowell and Dan Norman
Lou and Jan Andino
Jim Parthenais
Pete Foster
Margaret McLaughlin
Bob Russell and Roy Culbreth


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 Executi\e 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 b. the applicant. When
put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new% priority date will be assigned when the application is finally
completed properly and the correct monies received. PLEASE ensure that all necessary data is supplied and is correctly
stated and that the correct money amount is remitted in order to avoid 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 rime to attend the reunion. The annual
membership fee of S30.00 and the administrative fee of $10 00 for new members must be remitted with the membership appli-
cation 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 (72') 391-4359 for those
within the local calling area The Society's web-site at may also be visited for an applica-
tion 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 avail-
able. Members are cautioned to get their reser ation and ticket requests in early since available hotel rooms and event tick-
ets 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 extenu-
ating circumstances that support doing so: Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance in
order not to lose the first night guarantee deposit.
The Marriott Hotel's smoking policy provides that smoking will not be permitted in any reunion event room, and
that smoking in hotel rooms is limited to those that are designated as smoking rooms.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property is limited to beverages purchased at the hotel bars, and
the consumption of guest-supplied alcoholic beverages is permitted only within the confines of the guest's room, in
accordance with State law.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages by under-aged individuals will not be permitted nor tolerated, and will be dealt
with in the harshest sense possible. Beverages are not permitted on the dance floors at any time.

All members and their family members or guests are required to register with the Society in order to attend the
Reunion; and a non-refundable $5.00 registration fee per member and registered guest 18 years of age or older
must be paid. For those choosing to do so, reunion registration can also be accomplished online at the Society's web
site at the "On-Line Services" link.

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) Deadline to purchase tickets is July 1, 2003
SThe 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 conjunction 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 tal-
ent is phenomenal including Sarah Knapp, Steve Alper, JoAnne Mitchell, George Childers, Melanie Bales, Faith
Varrone, Kenn Lantry, Linda Weir, Bob Teta, Rudy Crespo, Kaye Richey all from the US and then Dino Nugent, Erika
Ender, Luis Arteaga, Cristina De La Fuente, Juan Carlos Adames, 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.
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 pref-
erences, 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 consisting of
mixed greens with fresh orange and grapefruit, toasted pistachio nuts and citrus vinaigrette, yellow rice, steamed veg-
etables 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.

Dance ticket requests will be filled in the order of receipt, until the allowed maximum capacity for the ballroom
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.


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 dances.

GOLF TOURNAMlENT 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 storage
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 possi-
ble. 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 m one flight. Two-person scramble teams will be flighted by team handicaps to be determined by the golf
committee, based on the partners' handicaps. Flightng and tee assignments will be posted on Wednesday afternoon
prior to the tournament in the Society's Information Area at the Grand Ballroom Foyer.
Players are encouraged to invite no more than tro 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 (New York 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 avail-
able afterwards for photographs.
Despedida 2003 will also feature the drawing of the 2nd Annual Despedida Lottery to liven up the always colorful
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 distrib-
uted 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

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 THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PER-
Class and mini reunions requiring hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging
Coordinators for class and mini reumons are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of the poli-
cies 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 (I) 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

Performing Artists
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Performing Artists
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To purchase your tickets,
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Selections of Panamanian and American songs
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Selections of Panamanian and American Songs That We Loved, Sang and Danced To
During the American Era in the Canal Zone and Panama.

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 distance 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 green 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....

Bill McLaughlin

No Picture available at the time of printing.
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.

Bruce Quinn
Artistic Director

John Mayles
Co-Master of

Toni Fisher Millard
Co-Master of

Kaye Richey

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.

John Mayles lived on the Isthmus for nearly 50 years; 4 of them as a student at BHS from which he
graduated in 1944. After three years in the British Army, he returned to Panama City and spent the next
45 years in business there. He is a Past President of the Panama Rotary Club and of the Ancon
Theatre Guild. He served many years as Trustee of the Panama Canal College and of the C.Z. United
Fund. In 1987 he was awarded the Gold Panama Canal Honorary Public Service Award for his contri-
butions to Isthmian community life. He appeared in more than 25 stage productions before audiences
at the Circle Theatre, Theatre Guild (of which he is a Life Member), Teatro en Circulo and in five musi-
cals for the United Way. He will be remembered for his roles as Captain Von Trapp, Henry Higgins,
Fagin and Antonio Salieri.........all directed by Bruce Quinn. John and his wife Ann (BHS '48) have lived
in Homosassa, Florida since 1993. They were blessed with six children (all of whom graduated from
BHS) and now have seven grandsons.

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 could

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.

The Performers
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
(Dangerous Corner). In 1990, he won the Best Actor Award in Panama for his role of "Enzo" in the
Argentine work CHUMBALE. He produced LA RATONERA (The Mouse Trap) by Agatha Christie,
EL 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
A n Z e VIOLINSITA SOBRE EL TEJADO (Fiddler on the Roof).
Aaron Zebede

; 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
TASTIKS as "Matt". In 2002, he reprised his role as "Motel" in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF originally
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
Carlos is the owner of JUST MAGIC producing commercial jingles in Panama. He was recently mar-
ried to Analia Nufez, Miss Panama of 2001.
Juan Carlos

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 commemorating the
Centennial of the Republic of Panama. He is currently the director of the Municipal Symphonic Band
Dino Nugent 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, Azicar 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 Pavarotti, 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.

The Performers

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
S 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 85thAnniversary 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.

Melanie 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.
Rudy Crespo

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.

The Performers

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,
ulia Wili we enjoy the view of Mt. Rainier from our newly completed cabin in Washington State.
Weulcia Wilkins
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".

Bob Teta

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
SRainmaker" 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-
f a 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."

Linda Woodruff

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
'ITff 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
G 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 mu\
people in different ways. Directors could shot' dlhir
creativity, budding actors got a chance to perform ,und
perfect their craft, and the Canal Zone public mll >\ cd
an entertaining night out. Many of us worked Iba k
stage, some of us got a chance to show our talents,
and great stories, plays, and musicals were played live
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 ol
their program covers.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
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availability. The Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may prohibit the sale of any
items that are deemed objectionable or inappropriate. Vendors will be required to sign a hold harmless 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 Printable Vendor
Applications are also available on the Society's website,

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 wish-
ing to conduct Society business or having membership related matters to discuss are also welcome to visit the Secretary
during posted operating hours.

MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by July 1, 2003
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 motorized scoot-
ers 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.


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 arrangements.


Reservations must be received by June 1, 2003 at the Society Office.

To reserve a room, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages C and D 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 into 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.

8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Sabal/Royal Ballrooms

Friday Night- Join us for the PanaZonian
Dance with "Lucho's Friends"
Featuring: Chipi Azcarraga, Tito Mouynes,
Julio Ramon Valdes, Jose Antonio Riba,
Ornelio Cortez and Alex de la Cruz

Saturday Night Ball -
"Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"

8:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. Sabal/Royal Ballrooms

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Questions? Email the Reunion Coordinator


or call 1-866-726-2262

Coming in from the Orlando Airport:

Take 417 (Greenbelt toll road)
to Exit 6, then 536 West.
Toll costs will be $2.00
Hotel will be on the right.

Coming in from Interstate 4:

Take Exit 67, then 536 East

Hotel will be on the left.

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All members of Panama Canal Society are eligible for a
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Copa Airlines is pleased to offer you a special discount for making us the preferred carrier of the
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Eligible members will receive 10% discount off published fares. Valid for roundtrip travel from Miami*,
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The Panama Canal Society of Florida is honored to have a Panama Canal
Authority member of the Board of Directors, as a speaker at the Society

Mr. Roberto Roy, a graduate of Georgia Tech, holds degrees in both civil and mechanical engineering as well as
a Master's Degree in Industrial Management. Mr. Roy was chairman of the Blue-Ribbon Engineering Committee
(BREC) that generated the current Canal modernization recommendations along with the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. He is the founder of several corporations in Panama, including Ingenieria R-M, one of the largest con-
struction companies, and served as president of various organizations, such as the Panamanian Construction Chamber
(CAPAC). Roberto Roy has additionally served on the boards of several entities including the widely circulated daily
La Prensa, the Caja de Ahorros, or National Savings Bank, the privately held Bancolat and the Smithsonian
Foundation of Panama. He is also a founding partner of Banistmo, the largest bank in Panama and Central America.

Mr. Roy's appointment to the ACP board runs until the end of 2007.
His presentation is entitled "Panama Canal: Update and Future Plans"

2nd Annual Despedida Lottery
Despedida Lottery Tickets will be on sale at the Despedida Lottery table located
near the Registration/Information area. Take a chance like the old days in Panama.
Get your Lottery Tickets and make sure you have a chance to win. ALL of the
monies collected will be distributed to the 3 lucky prizewinners. Just like in
Panama, there will be a First, Second and Third place prize. The best part is the
more tickets sold, the bigger the prizes.


Please note there will be NO REFUNDS.

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Tinker (Hollowell) Cooper, Executive Director of
Families Against Drugs, received the President's Community
Volunteer Award from President George W. Bush on
December 13, 2002 at a ceremony in the White House. Ms.
Cooper actually won this award at the end of 2001 and was to
be presented with it in April of 2002 but the ceremony was
postponed due to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
She was one of only 20 United States citizens to have won
this very prestigious award.
After losing her only son to a heroin overdose in 1996,
Tinker Cooper founded Families Against Drugs (FAD) to
provide support to families that have lost a child to a drug
She has since evolved the entity into an action group that
is dedicated to drug education and prevention. The group
includes those who have lost a loved one to drug overdose,
have one in a coma, jail, rehab or still using, as well as recov-
ering addicts and members of law enforcement. Cooper
retired from her career as a teacher to dedicate her life to drug
education and deterrence spending her days, nights and week-
ends fighting drugs. In conjunction with the Orange County
Sheriffs Office, she produced an emotionally charged video,
"Overdose: end of the party", which includes actual crime
scene photos of young people as they were found in death
from a drug overdose. Tinker's son is one of the young peo-
ple in the video. She uses the video and literature when she
teaches public, private and alternative schools, rehab centers,
drug education centers, churches, jails, juvenile facilities and
juvenile boot camps. She continues to work with law enforce-
ment agencies and government officials to enact stricter
mandatory sentencing for drug dealers, drug treatment in
jails, after-care for released prisoners, as well as more beds
and funds for treatment facilities.
Cooper has testified before the U.S. Congress to encour-
age stronger anti-drug ads on TV, as well as several field con-
gressional hearings on the Ecstasy epidemic. She has
addressed the Florida Corrections Committee, the Violent
Crime Counsel and the Florida State Drug Summit at the
Florida State Legislature. She also provides local, state,
national and international television and radio talk shows
with drug information and families who contribute testimoni-
als. Cooper co-hosts an hour-long radio talk show called "The
Couch" which deals with addiction and related topics. "The
Couch" is also televised and can be seen every night from
midnight until 1:00 a.m. on government access TV in Central
Florida. She has addressed "round-table" discussions for
writers and producers of TV, film, radio and print in Los
Angeles and New York about the club-drug Ecstasy so that
they will have the correct facts to incorporate into their story
Cooper's unwavering dedication to this cause has helped
countless people, not just in Florida, but all over the United
States. She donated her son's brain to research and that self-
less act resulted in important findings related to the damage
done by the club-drug Ecstasy. Even though her son is classi-
fied as a heroin death, the analysis of his hair showed that

heroin was only in the root-ball meaning that he was not a
heroin user.
However, MDMA was in every hair, from one end to the
other. This is why his brain was chosen for the first human
brain study done on MDMA. The findings showed that
MDMA depletes the serotonin in the brain and this research
was published in the July 25, 2000 issue of "Neurology".
Cooper was one of 41 people in the U.S. to receive the
prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service in 2000
and she was one of 100 women in the United States to receive
the Eckerd 100 Salute to Women Award in 2000. She also
received the President's Daily Points of Light Award for 12-
15-00 under President Bill Clinton and the Sheriff of Orange
County awarded her with the highest citation that he could
give a civilian in 1999. Ms. Cooper also received the
Governor's Daily Points of Light Award for June 12, 2001
from Governor Jeb Bush.

President George W. Bush and Tinker (Hollowell) Cooper


Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Howington of Camden, N.C.,
announce the engagement of their daughter Cynthia
Elizabeth Howington of Camden to Philip Anthony
DeTore of Chesapeake, Va.
Miss Howington is a graduate of Elizabeth City State
University and is employed at Northside Elementary School.
Mr. DeTore is a graduate of Great Bridge High School and is
employed at Resort Quest International in the Outer Banks,
N.C. The wedding is planned for June 28, 2003 at the
Whalehead Club in Corolla, N.C.

Philip Anthony DeTore and Cynthia Elizabeth Howington



Maria Michelle Sanders and Mark Stonebarger were
united in marriage on November 23, 2002 in a candlelight
ceremony held at the beautiful San Luis Resort Hotel in
Galveston, Texas. Marla is the daughter of Phil Sanders
(CHS'62) and Debra (Boswell) Sanders (CHS'72). Marla is
pursuing a degree in Interior Design and Mark teaches
Theater at a high school in Houston, Texas, where the two
will reside. Marla is the granddaughter of the late Irl Sanders
and Doris (Hale) Sanders, and the late Jerry Boswell and
Shirley (Harrington) Boswell. Marla's sisters Caitlin and
Shelley served as two of the bridesmaids. Her cousins Jacqui
Trim, Jennifer Boswell and Brian Boswell served as hosts.
Many former Canal Zone friends and family attended, and a
good time was had by all.

prior to the buffet dinner. Many out-of-town relatives and
Canal Zone friends attended.
The newlyweds traveled to Cancun, Mexico for their hon-
eymoon. The couple reside in Altamonte Springs, Fla., where
they have careers in law enforcement.

Melissa Jean Winford and Anthony Edward Fannin

L-R: Jennifer Boswell, Caitlin Sanders, Phil Sanders,
Debra (Boswell) Sanders, Marla, Mark, Shelley Sanders,
Brian Boswell, Shirley (Harrington) Boswell.


Melissa Jean Winford (BHS'91) married Anthony
Edward Fannin on February 22, 2003 at the Tampa Bay
Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Fla.
Melissa is the daughter of Marcia (Dubbs) (BHS'64) and
Billy Winford (BHS'56) of Wesley Chapel, Fla. The
Winfords were long-time residents of Corozal before moving
to Florida.
Leann McConaughey (BHS'90) was the maid of honor;
Katlyn Fannin, the groom's daughter, was the flower girl;
Bill Winford (BHS'86), the bride's brother, and Jay Laney
were ushers.
A dinner wedding reception followed at Pebble Creek
Golf Club. Amelia (Garcia) Fisher (CHS'65) said a blessing


Dean W. Greer (CHS'67) and Linda S. Alpers were
married on September 21, 2002 at the Trinity Baptist Church
in San Antonio, Texas. Dean is the son of Lou Farley
Bargnesi, formerly of Coco Solo, CZ and the late Barry D.
Greer, Jr. and Linda is the daughter of Mildred Alpers of
San Antonio and the late Melvin A. Alpers. Best Man was
Barry D. Greer, III, brother of the groom and Cynthia
Mills, sister of the bride was Matron of Honor.
Dean and Linda reside in San Antonio where Dean is an
Attorney and Linda is a Flight Attendant with American
Airlines. Marcia and Bob Jones, formerly of Margarita, CZ,
now of Granbury, Texas attended the wedding.

Linda S. Alpers and Dean W. Greer


Dr. Michael J. Horoda III (BHS'77), son of Michael
Horoda, Jr. and Henrietta Horoda formerly of Diablo
Heights, wed Lisa J. Thorn of Dallas at the Old Church in
historic Farmers Branch of Dallas, Texas on October 5, 2002.
The wedding party included ring-bearer Blaine Rogers, son
of Pam (Horoda) Rogers (BHS'75) and usher Bruce Chan
(BHS'77). Carmen and Gus Wanner (BHS'77 and '76) and
Connie Wanner formerly of Diablo Heights were also in
attendance, along with the Horoda family and friends. The
bride and groom are living in Grapevine of the greater
Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolis. Lisa is a product development
specialist in the cosmetics and personal care industry and
Michael a practicing physician in emergency medicine.


Joe Massengill of St. Petersburg, Fla. and JoAnn Bonk
of Tampa, Fla., (formerly of Diablo) were married on
Saturday, April 5, 2003 during an outside ceremony at Ocean
Sands Condo, at Madeira Beach, Fla. Family and friends
attended from near and far.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother Jerry
Belinske, of Green Bay, Wis. Maid of Honor was Lisa Grey,
daughter of the bride, of Wesley Chapel, Fla. Bridesmaid,
daughter of the groom, was Courtney Mitchell of Wynne,
Ark. Junior Bridesmaids were Nicole and Ariel Grey, of
Wesley Chapel, Fla., granddaughters of the bride. Madison
Mitchell, granddaughter of the groom, Wynne, Ark. served
as the flower girl.
The groom was attended by his Best Man, his brother-in-
law, Doug Pearce, of Durham, N.C. Brother-in-law, Henry
Duran, of Tampa, Fla., served as Groomsman. Junior
Groomsman was Nicholas Bonk, grandson of the bride,
Tampa, Fla. and Ring Bearer was Mason Mitchell, grandson
of the groom from Wynne, Ark. Assisting as ushers were:
Ralph Williams, brother of the groom, from Lake Charles,
La. and Leon Bonk, son of the bride, of Tampa, Fla.

Lisa J. Thorn and Dr. Michael J. Horoda III

JoAnn Bonk and Joe Massengill

* Effective since the March issue, 1993, baby pictures will not be accepted unless they are shown with their parents.


Both of the daughters of Beth (Parmly) (BHS'65) Gaul
and the late David (BHS'64) Gaul became new mothers in

LeeChristine (Gaul) and David Young greeted the
arrival of Zachary David on July 13, 2002. Lee is a law stu-
dent at Louisiana State University, where her husband is a
professor of Physics.

Megan (Gaul) and Bart Tragemann welcomed the birth
of Grace Elizabeth on December 28, 2002. Megan lives at
Fort Polk, Louisiana, where her husband is a captain in the
US Army, attached to the Joint Readiness Training Center.

The proud great-grandmothers of the new arrivals are
Marie Parmly (widow of Col. Eleazar Parmly IV,
SOUTHCOM 1964 1966) of St. Augustine, Fla., and Jane
Gaul (widow of Gene Gaul, Railroad Division 1962 1982)
of Clermont, Fla.

LeeChristine with Zachary, Beth Gaul and Megan with


Karsyn Elena Scruggs was born November 19, 2002, in
Oklahoma City, Okla., to Jeremy and Amanda Scruggs.
Amanda is the daughter of Marge (Ward) Broadway
(CHS'69). Marge's older sister Bonnie (Ward) Rogers
became a new grandma eight days earlier so both sisters are
enjoying "Grandma-hood" with their beautiful babies. All
families live within a few miles of each other and enjoy being
able to visit frequently.

Amanda and Karsyn Scruggs.


William Dean Young II (BHS'80) and Gael Young of
Seattle, Washington proudly announce the birth of their first
child, a daughter, Ashley Marie born on August 24, 2002.
Proud grandparents are Bill and Ginger Young of Ormond
Beach. Fla.

L-R: William Young, Ashley Marie Young and Gael


Shaley Anne Rogers was born November 11, 2002, in
Oklahoma City, Okla., to Scott and Cherish Rogers. Scott
is the son of Philip (formerly of Balboa) and Bonnie (Ward)
Rogers (CHS'64). Shaley was born healthy, five weeks early
and weighed in at 5 lbs 2 oz. She is the first grandchild for
Phil and Bonnie and is presently growing fat and sassy.




Looking through an old file folder, I came across this
small poster. What memories it has brought back. When my
brother, Bobby "El Americano" Lopez was a teenager, he
was fascinated by the bullfight. He went regularly to La
Macarena, "La Plaza de Toros", in Panama City. There
Bobby met retired Spanish bullfighter, Salomon Vargas,
who taught him "el arte taurino". Bobby was tall, lean, ath-
letic, and cut a fine figure with both "el capote y la muleta".
His mother, needless to say, was not thrilled with his "afan"
for the bullring.

Cherish, Scott and Shaley Rogers.


Robert "Coco" and Kellie Nieves are proud to announce
the birth of their second child Robert Harmon Nieves
Baby Robert was born February 23, 2003 71bs 14oz and
looks like his Daddy!

Robert "Coco" Nieves and Robert Harmon Nieves

When Dominguin (one of the greats of Spanish bullfight-
ing) came to Panama to fight at La Macarena, our mother
would not give her consent for Bobby to be Dominguin's
"sobresaliente". "Sobresaliente" means outstanding and
that's what Bobby was in Salomon's local bullfighting
school. Bobby was so disappointed. However, he would not
be deterred. I remember one trip to the Interior with Bobby
and Salomon to the ranch of one of Salomon's friends. Bobby
got out into the pasture with a huge bull and made several
passes. He even talked me into getting in that pasture while

he took my picture holding up a "muleta", while the bull
looked on and I kept a wary eye on him as well. When Bobby
returned to Panama from the Air Force, his "afan" for the
bullfight was undiminished. He made several forays into the
Interior to bullfight and this "feria" in Ocu was one of them.
Bobby, do you remember you were gored in Ocu at that feria?
Although Bobby's career was not as a "matador", while
employed in Canal Zone Customs, he spent his vacations
bullfighting in Spain and Mexico. John Fulton, the
American bullfighter/artist who lived in Spain, loaned him
his "traje corto" when he fought in feriass" in the provinces.
Bobby's old teacher, Salomon Vargas, had moved back to
Spain and continued to coach him. A fun event occurred
when my family and I took a business/pleasure trip to Mexico
City which coincided with one of Bobby's many bullfighting
trips there. Bobby arranged several corridass". We attended
one in Tequisquiapan, a beautiful town north of Mexico City.
Bobby was decked out in his "traje de luces". He was quite
magnificent. A few days earlier, Bobby had arranged for us to
see the testing of a few "fighting" heifers. He gave my 13-
year-old son, Will, a few pointers in how and where to stand
and hold the cape; Will was game. He made several success-
ful passes. But in one pass, she caught Will and flung him
high in the air. That same heifer gave Bobby a high fling also.
Good lesson--beware of fighting females.

submitted by: Esperanza (Lopez) Holford
(BHS'53, CZJC'55)


Jim Riley, Jr. (BHS'64) and wife Maritza Riley of Lake
Mary, Fla., announce the engagement of their son James
Stephan Riley (BHS'90) to Angela Marie Burns (BHS'91),
daughter of Retired USAF Colonel Edward Burns and wife
Polly Louise Burns of Charleston. S.C.
An October 2003 wedding is being planned to take place
in Charleston, S.C.

James Stephan Riley and Angela Marie Burns


Janet Fields and Bonnie Crowell at Church camp Taboga
Island probably in Jr High 1958 1959. We don't know who
the middle gal is. Maybe someone will know.


During July of 2001, at a ul5 International Soccer
Tournament in England which his team Proyecto 2000
(Panama) won, Peter Johnson was watched by the Chief of
the Manchester United Football Academy and subsequently
invited for a two week "trial" in July 2002 at their facilities
near Manchester. Staying with a 'host' family during his visit,
Peter trained with the Manchester United ul9 group and
mixed with all the first team players as they prepared for the
start of the season.
Following his "trial" Pete joined his Panama team on tour
and played matches against professional u17 teams;
Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday,
Athletico Bilbao, Alaves and Racing Santander. The team
was undefeated! Peter has been a part of the Panama nation-
al ul7 squad and, at 16, is now playing in the ANAPROF pro-
fessional soccer league in Panama while still in high school.
Peter is the son of Eleonor Lewis Johnson and Peter B.
Johnson of Panama City, Panama.

L-R: Juan Sebastian Veron, the Argentinean World Cup
player and Peter Johnson.


In September Sue (Roscoe) Lubera (CHS'65) and Gail
(Roscoe) Tilley (BHS'75) took a trip to Paris. We flew into
Brussels and then took the train to Paris. After a rocky start
(Sue was "hit" by a gypsy and lost all her cash apparently
the gypsies are a real problem over there), we had a great
time. The first day we went to the Eiffel Tower and then a bus
tour of the whole city. Some other places of interest we saw
were the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Louvre, Invalides
(tomb of Napoleon), Concierge (where Marie Antoinette was
held), Versailles, Montmarte (Moulin Rouge). We visited
Saint Chapelle, which is a church with beautiful stained glass
and then took a boat tour down the Seine.





Robbie Pittman, grandson of Vaudie (Robinson)
Dunning, was recently a hometown hero in Enka, North
Carolina. Seventeen-year-old Robbie is credited with saving
a child's life. Pittman while working a register at Eckerd
Drug Store noticed a child who apparently had something
stuck in his throat and was unable to breath. Robbie, certified
to perform CPR, immediately went to the aid of the small
child. Robbie performed the Heimlich maneuver on the child,
who promptly coughed up the candy lodged in his throat.
Robbie's quick thinking and action is credited with saving
this young child.
Afterwards, Robbie was quoted as saying, "I just kind of
remembered how to do it, I balled up my fist and pressed it
onto his sternum... and he coughed (the candy) up..." Robbie
added, "It was one of those things that helps you feel good
about yourself, and maybe I even saved someone's life."
Robbie is a student at Enka High School and works part
time at Eckerds as a cashier. While attending eighth grade at
Enka Middle School, he was required to learn CPR in his
health class. The Red Cross gave the CPR training. In addi-
tion to working part time and going to school, Robbie is an
active member and former leader of his church's youth group.
Robbie enjoys working with his hands, especially doing auto-
motive work, and he is planning to pursue that work with a
stint in the Marine Corps following graduation.
Robbie's pastor said he wasn't surprised that Robbie
jumped right in when needed. "He is a good worker and
doesn't hesitate to get involved and get things done. He's just
a vivacious, filled-with-the-kind of guy. He is a delight to be
around and he's got a terrific life in front of him."
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Robbie Pittman's
heroic act in the January 27th newspaper. The accompanying
picture of Robbie was taken by John Fletcher/Staff
Photographer of Citizen-Times. Vaudie (Robinson) Dunning,
graduate of class of '64 Cristobal High School, is proud
grandmother of Robbie.

Robbie Pittman

Emillee, daughter of Bill and Laura McGann, formerly PANAMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
of Curundu, Canal Zone, now living in Hanau, Germany, is
pictured with her dog, Vadar wishing that all she wanted "for
this Christmas was her two front teeth."

Don Nolan, Jackie and John Carlson, and Vicente Pascual
at the El Valle Museum. This photo was taken during the
March 2003 Isthmian Collectors Club and Panama Historical
Society's eight-day joint tour of Panama.

Emlee McUann and her dog Vadar.


Day 2 of the "50th Anniversary Cayuco Race" at Gamboa.
The official starter is Pablo Prieto.

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for a photo opportunity in front of the Administration
Building in Balboa during late March tour in Panama.

L- R (Front Row): James Watt, Takahiro Ohta, Dave
King, Vicente Pascual, John Anderson, Jon Green, Judy
Katz, David Leeds. (Second Row): Eleanor Watt, Bob
Karrer, Martha and Harry Metzler, Jan Beall, Art
Mokray. (Third Row): Jim Cross, Henry and Virginia
Dolim, Harold Nicklas, Sara Karrer, John Beall, Bill
McLaughlin. (Fourth Row): Samuel James, Bob Cassibry,
Susanna Knapp and Doug Knapp.


Enclosed is a picture of Bob Linquest and I (the short
one) at Old Panama in 1941. I served in the Navy and was
stationed at Rodman Naval Base between December 1940
and October 1942. I met some wonderful people during my
stay in Panama and I would like to get back in touch with
them. I would be grateful for any information. Thank you.

Elsie Lawyer
Bob Linquest
Bill Harness
Janet Nesbit

Dick Smith
Jimmy Gunning
Ruthie Horter
Bud Horter


In September, Charles and Nina (Chappell) DeTore
spent a week at a timeshare located in the Cannon Lake area
about a twenty-mile drive from San Antonio. The River Walk
area is really beautiful and the Alamo left us breathless.
While in the area, we visited with Nellie Patton and her
husband Alan Johnson. It was so nice to see them again and
catch up on her family. We also took a day trip down to
Laredo, Mexico and the shopping was great.

Submitted by John T. Williss, USN (ret.)
7885 Bahia Vista Ct.
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Bob Linquest and John Williss at Old Panama, 1941.


Canal Zone Harley Motorcyclists joined forces and
enjoyed exploring the Texas Hill country in February 2003.
This weekend expedition was lead by Dr. Pat Fallon,
along with cold weather, and enthusiastic riders shown in the
Steve Gilbert
San Antonio, Texas

Alan and Nellie (Patton) Johnson and Nina (Chappell) and
Charles DeTore.


Henry invited the Dolan family to his casita in Santa
Clara during the holidays but unfortunately he was inexcus-
ably delayed in the United States.

Front Row (L-R): Mackenzie, Madison and Morgan Dolan.
Back Row (L-R:): Roger Schofield, Eddy and Carson
Dolan, Allene Faircloth, Bonnie and Ed Dolan.

(L-R): Jim Fish, Marc Malavasic, Will McConaughey,
Billy Bell, Pat Fallon and Steve Gilbert. Photo taken by
Gamboa Girl Jean Whitlock.


They were last seen visiting each other in Elmhurst, Ill.,
while celebrating Hugh's 80th birthday last October. Hugh
Norris still lives in Dothan, Ala., and takes frequent trips to
Puerto Rico to visit his son James and family and stepchil-
dren in New Orleans and Texas.
Lillian Norris Schwarz and husband Harry can be
found traveling on weekends to and from their farm in upstate
Illinois, or living like Snow Birds while snowmobiling in
Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, and South Carolina (Hilton
Head just to keep warm).
Charlie Norris spends most of his time overseeing his
family-run real estate holdings, managed by his daughter
Carole in Fairfield, Calif., while trying to keep warm in the
If you are ever passing through, say "Hello" and they will
enjoy your call.

Charles N. Norris
Fairfield, Calif.

Hugh Norris, Lillian Norris Schwarz and Charlie Norris


The Chateau Resort and Conference Center, at the base of
Camelback Mountain in Tannersville, Pa., has been selected
as the site for the 2003 reunion to be held Friday through
noon Sunday, September 5, 6, and 7, 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
1-80 (old exit 45) onto Route 715 North to the first traffic
light and turn left onto Sullivan Trail. Follow Sullivan Trail
approximately 1 mile to 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. Hotel rates are variable based on num-
ber of occupants in each room, i.e., single occupancy through
quadruple occupancy.

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, golf, visiting
the Outlet Mall (only 5 minutes away), antiquing, hiking, bik-
ing, swimming (indoor and outdoor pools), sauna, whirlpool,
and fitness center, plus sightseeing or picnicking at the beau-
tiful Delaware Water Gap and Swanee areas, are all available.
Bushkill Falls is only a bit further.
For more details on the rate schedule and other informa-
tion, please contact Pat Whitam, (330) 725-5087.

Pat Whitam
Medina, Ohio


On a recent visit to Panama Tula Brown, Jean Allan
Quinn and Bev Dockery Vaughn spent the weekend in our
home in El Valle. They later had dinner in Panama City with
Sam Katz, Joanne Tang, Stanley Leon, and Mariela
Alcoriza all from CHS'62.

(L-R) Tula Brown (CHS'63), Jean Allan Quinn (CHS'62),
Charlie Garcia (CHS'62), Elsie Garcia and Bev Dockery
Vaughn (CHS'63).

Submitted by: Charlie Garcia


Lydia and I left our home in Goldsboro, N.C., on January
4th for our First Annual Snowbird Trip to Arizona pulling a
pop-up tent trailer. We went first to Mauldin, S.C., to visit
with my brother David and his wife Gail, then to Huntsville,
Ala., to see an old friend from high school days, Larry
Garrison and his wife Clara. Larry and Clara had not been
able to attend the 50th anniversary of our high school class in

2002, so I tried to share the memories of that with them. From
Huntsville, we went to Little Rock Air Force Base and spent
the night before continuing on to Wichita Falls, Texas, to see
Walker and Katie Allen. Walker was one of my mentors
when I began flying back in 1958 in Charleston, S.C. A cou-
ple of great days with them and then on to Amarillo, Texas,
to see my buddy and brother-in-law Chuck. My sister Pat
had passed away a couple of years ago but we still stay in
touch with Chuck. He is one of the last of the good guys.
There aren't many of us left.
From Amarillo, we went to Santa Fe, N.M., to see anoth-
er classmate that I had graduated with from high school,
Tommy Hynes and his lovely wife Noreen. This was espe-
cially nice for a couple of reasons. We had never visited with
Tommy and Noreen, and it was our first time to visit Santa
Fe. Tommy and Noreen could not have treated us with more
warmth and consideration. It was wonderful to see all the
many neat things in Santa Fe, but it was even more wonder-
ful to spend time with two people who genuinely enjoy hav-
ing friends stop by. If any of you have never been to Santa Fe,
it is well worth the effort to see it.
From Santa Fe we went to Tucson, Ariz. (which was to be
our most Western destination for this trip) the following day.
We stayed with Barbara Lintz, whose husband John had
passed away the morning we left on our trip.
We checked into the Family Camping Facility ("Fam-
Camp") at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson after a
couple of days. We visited with Cleve and Carolyn Hull
whom we have known since our days in Bermuda in 1954.
We went hiking in Sabino Canyon in the Catalina mountains
outside of Tucson and spent an evening at the "Triple C"
Ranch and Dinner Theater being entertained by the "Sons of
the Pioneers". It truly was a memorable evening since it was
one of the last season's performances for the "Sons" in
After two weeks in the Fam-Camp at Davis-Monthan, we
went down to Sierra Vista, Ariz., where we used to live. We
again checked into the Fam-Camp at Fort Huachuca. While
there, we visited old friends, attended our former church, I
attended Masonic Lodge in Sierra Vista and Tombstone, went
to breakfast with old friends, and attended Eastern Star.
We were invited out to see our old home by the current
owners and spent a very warm and enjoyable morning over
coffee and cookies. They also gave us pieces of each of the
cacti plants that I had planted while living there. We took a
five-mile hike up to the top of Montezuma Pass, which is the
Coronado Peak in Coronado National Monument south of
Sierra Vista. We visited the Veterans Administration
Cemetery, which is really a beautiful site in the foothills of
the Huachuca Mountains. We only spent a week there but we
were so busy that it passed way too fast.
Back to the Fam-Camp in Tucson for another week. We
departed for the East Coast, first stopping in Texas on
February 15th. We stopped and shopped in El Paso, Texas, for
one night. From El Paso, we went to San Antonio to see
friends from our "Canal" days, John and Denia Nolan. We
then went to Houston to spend an evening with Zonian
"Bubba" Lavallee and his new bride Amparo. From there,
we traveled to Dothan, Ala., to see more friends from
Panama, Ed "The Mouth of the Chagres" Rindfusz and his

lovely lady Rose. We also had the opportunity to see Rose's
sister Irene, and one of our "Surrogate Daughters" from the
Canal, Lesa (Davis) Willard and her family; Thorn, her hus-
band, and George and Nicholas, her sons. Needless to say we
hashed over old memories of our times together in Panama.
From Dothan, we traveled to DeLand, Fla., to visit
Lydia's two widowed elderly aunts for a few days. We final-
ly headed back to Goldsboro on February 27th via our oldest
daughter Winona's (Noni) home in Wilmington, N.C., and
spent the night before heading on our final leg to Goldsboro.

Fred and Lydia Boalt
(AKA Mr. Wonderful and Mama Bear)
Goldsboro, N.C.


I recently learned that my father, Thurman W. Carteret,
retired Occupational Safety and Health Specialist for PCC,
had 3 aneurysms in his brain that needed to be taken care of
as soon as possible. After consulting with my husband, Terry
Potts and daughters, Kayla and Kristen, I decided I needed
to be where I was needed most --- by my Dad's side.
On March 11, 2003, Dad underwent a GDC procedure
(Brain Aneurysm Embolization) by Dr. Anastasio
Ameijeiras, neurosurgeon at San Fernando Hospital who suc-
cessfully took care of one of the aneurysms. However, as Dr.
Ameijeiras later discussed with the family in much detail, he
was not able to do the procedure on the "twins" due to the
size and shape of the neck of the aneurysms. Dr. Ameijeiras
recommended that Dad follow-up with a team of specialists
at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
I am happy to report he walked out of the hospital only a
few days later with no discomfort and in good spirits. I truly
believe his quick recovery was due to the wonderful care and
attention he received from the staff at San Fernando. As well
as the loving support and attention from my beloved mother,
Candida Bernal Carteret, retired PCC secretary, my sister
Gysell Carteret (BHS'83) brother Charles Carteret,
(BHS'77) and the many prayers from friends and family both
in Panama and throughout the U.S.

L-R: Liz (Carteret) Potts (BHS'76), Cindy Carteret,
Charles Carteret (BHS'77), Thurman and Gysell

Once Dad was at home and resting comfortably I was able
to sigh with relief and enjoy being "home" once again. I met
up with best friend, Diana (Duncan) Bishop (BHS'76) and
husband Dave Bishop for some delicious arroz con polio and
tamale. We took a quick trip down to Amador to the "new"
BYC (Balboa Yacht Club) one night and ran into some famil-
iar faces, Carmen (Carrasquillo) Lampas, Connie
(Carrasquillo) Folse, Lisa Marie Reynolds, Art Moya and
the ever-so-loyal BYC bartender Carlos.

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Allison (Huff) MacPherson (BHS'92) along with her hus-
band, Cecil and sons, Gabriel and Ethan visited Panama
during Easter.


Dave and Diana (Duncan) Bishop

L-R: Carmen (Carrasquillo) Lampas, Diana (Duncan)
Bishop, Lisa Marie Reynolds, Liz (Carteret) Potts and
Gysell Carteret.

The following evening the Carterets joined birthday cele-
bration at "Pencas" for Mary Snavely and again saw more
Zonians, the birthday girl's husband, Frank Snavely, Bonnie
and Ed Beasely, Estella Palm, daughter and son-in-law, and
Kim Homa. The evening was topped off by us running the
pool tables at "Pavo Real" until the very wee hours of the
I was glad to be able to be there for my Dad and to hear
him say that seeing all of us right outside the OR doors was
the best sight he could have hoped for, made the trip all

Liz (Carteret) Potts

(L-R) Jeanette, Rory and Brittany Egger

Photo of the Egger family, which was taken in January
2003 in North Carolina while visiting Nana (Shiela) Egger
and Marjorie Egger.


On December 27, 2003, at the Elite Resorts in the Ocala
Wildlife Management area there was a gathering of Atlantic
side Zonians for dirt-biking, BBQ'ing and New Year's Eve
celebration. Those who attended included Scott Parker, his
nephew, Derek DeRap, Mark Parker, Jim, Kelly and Ben
Parthenais; D, Terry and Samantha LaPorta; Winship,
Allen and Daniel Dowell; Richie and Charlie Dowell; Tom,
Kathy, Brittany, Samantha and Chris Wilder; Tom, Barb
and Philip Gabriel; Jon, Deb and J Dedeaux; Louie (coach)
and Barbara Dedeaux; Roger, Sakana and Roger Jr. Beal;
Ed, Carter and Rochel Blount and their friend Jimmy; and
Russel, Leslie, Aislyn and Ashlee Gillespie.

Jon and J. Dedeaux, Rachelle Blount, Winship Dowell and
Roger Beal.


Ove and Billie Hultin of Sarasota, Fla., son Ronn Crump
and wife Donna and Mary Ann Land of Myrtle Beach, SC,
daughter Erika (Crump) Ray and husband Corey Ray of
Houston, Texas traveled to Panama for a family reunion in
February 2003. They visited son Charles Crump and family
who are living in Cardenas. They spent two weeks visiting
Contadora Island, Decameron Resort, El Valle, other points
of interest in the Interior, Gamboa and Panama City. They
stayed at the new Country Inn Hotel overlooking the Canal at
Fort Amador. This was the first family reunion in over 10



L-R: Tom Wilder, Jon Dedeaux, Ed Blount and Mark '
Ronn Crump (BHS'66), Donna (Rathgeber) Crump
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY (BHS'68), Ove Hultin, Billie Hultin, Charles Crump
(BHS'69), Barbara (Thompson) Crump (BHS'70), Mary
Ann Land. (Seated): Aaron Crump (BHS'97), Corey Ray,
Erika Ray and Christina Crump.



Gary and Ellen Anderson, Jack and Fran Hern

(Back Row) L-R: Jack Hern, Gary Anderson, Fred Post,
Ellen (Wilson) Anderson. (Front Row) L-R: Fran (Yost)
Hern, Beverly (Gregory) Post, Nancy (Askew) Goodwin
and Jack Goodwin.

Stacy (Parker) DeRaps, Brian DeRaps and Kenny Morris. Harold Sorrell and Kenny Morris in front of Qualcomm



Ellen Anderson, Frank Hern, Kelly Ring (Fox 13 News),
Charlie Belcher (Fox 13 News), Jack Hern and Gary

Kenny Miorris, Vave Hlliard, Jane Hillard, and Harold

Stacy (Parker) DeRaps, Brian DeRaps, Harold Sorrell
and Kenny Morris.

Bob Rupp, Ryan Rupp, Keyshawn Johnson (During Keyshawn Johnson radio show).


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Doris Acheson passed away on February 18, 2003. Doris
was a nurse in the U.S. Army. Orders came through for her to
proceed to the Panama Canal Zone in 1942. Boarding the ves-
sel she met a man (William S. Acheson) who later became her
husband June 7, 1944. Mostly she resided in Margarita. Her
first residence was as an Army Nurse in Ft. Gulick.
Later, she resided in Margarita's Ghost Hill section before
living on Third Street, Sixth Street and finally Casurina Place
locally known as "Snob Hill". Doris retired from the Health
Bureau (Coco Solo Hospital) in 1971 and left the Canal Zone
for Big Pine Key, Florida when her husband retired in 1972.
They resided in the Florida Keys until 1976 and then decided
to relocate to Boca Raton, Florida. She lost her husband in
January, 1997 and underwent open heart surgery in October
She is survived by her son, Bill Acheson and her sister,
Johnie Eppensteiner, Reno, Nevada.

Marion Catherine Mauberret Amos, 87, died of natural
causes on February 10, 2003 at her home, with family at her
side. She was born in New Orleans, La., on August 19, 1915
to Richard Warren Mauberret and Elena Louise Sandmann
and predeceased at an early age by both parents and in 1999,
by her sister, Sr. Noel Mauberret, SSND. She is also prede-
ceased by her adoptive family, Mr. and Mrs. Walter D.
Arroyo, Sr.
Educated in Louisiana, Missouri and Texas, she was a
teacher for most of her life. She enjoyed working with any
age student, developed remedial reading programs for adults,
and instructed English as a second language class. Marion
Amos was a faithful, feisty, strong-willed woman whose
interests included archeology, bird watching, political debate,
Liverpool rummy, writing articles on aging, collecting gems
and minerals and driving anywhere, anytime, with anyone.
Throughout her 87 years, she resided in Los Angeles,
Missouri, the Washington, D.C. area, California, the Republic
of Panama, the Canal Zone, Texas, Mississippi, and finally,
Washington State.
Residing in the Canal Zone and Panama for 9 years
(1953-1962), the family lived in Colon, Curundu and
Curundu Heights. Mrs. Amos taught school at St. Mary
Catholic School in Balboa, and at the Alberto Einstein
Institute in Panama City. She was very active in many organ-
izations and had numerous friends in the Canal Zone.
Surviving family members include daughters, Claire
(Vern) Enns of Lynnwood, Wash., and Cathy (Bill) Luciano
of St. Louis, Mo. She was Gogi (grandmother) to six grand-
children and a proud great-grandmother of one.

Frank A. Anderson Jr. died January 25, 2003, at his
home in Gainesville, Fla.
Mr. Anderson was born April 20, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

His family moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1918. Mr.
Anderson graduated from Cristobal High School in 1936. He
completed an apprenticeship in the Canal Zone. During
World War II, he served as a Navy pilot and with the Seabees
in California, Guam, and Japan. After the war, he returned to
the Canal Zone. He retired from the Panama Canal Civil
Service in 1974 and moved to Dothan.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary K. Anderson; a son,
Frank A. Anderson III; his daughter-in-law Shirley Fears
Anderson; and three grandchildren, Tyler, Owen, and Carly
Anderson of Gainesville, Fla.

Ethel Kozak Askew, 89, of Largo, Florida died April 30,
2003. Ethel was born at Ancon Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone
to Rose and Otto Kozak, a Roosevelt Medal holder, on
August 4, 1913. She left the Zone at age five to live in
Chicago, Illinois and returned at age 18 following high school
She lived in the Canal Zone with her cousins, Anna and
Billy Bartlett, also a Roosevelt Medal holder. Subsequently
she went to work for the Panama Canal. She met and married
Eugene I. Askew in 1939. She retired to Pinellas County,
Florida from the Canal Zone in 1970 after a long career in
accounting. She was a past Worthy Matron of the Orchid
Chapter of Eastern Star.
After retirement she was active in the Garden Club of St.
Petersburg and was a longtime member of the Panama Canal
Society. She and Eugene, a past president of the Society, trav-
eled extensively during their retirement years. She enjoyed
bridge, sewing, reading, cooking, arts and crafts, her children,
grandchildren and friends.
Her husband, Gene, of 58 years and her daughter, Linda
Martin, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daugh-
ter Nancy (Askew) Goodwin of Knoxville, Tenn.; her sons
Robert T. Askew of New York City and Stephen J. Askew of
Clearwater, Florida; six grandchildren and four great-grand-

Floyd W. Baker of Federal Way, Wash., passed away in
Tacoma, Wash. on February 27, 2003 after a short illness.
Floyd was a native of Tacoma and moved to the Canal
Zone in late 1960 following a venture in the Galapagos
Islands. He went to work for the Industrial Division on the
Atlantic side and remained there until his retirement in 1981.
He was a member of Elks Lodge 1542, a lifetime member of
the Gatun Yacht Club and a member of Margarita Union
Church. In February 1971 he was awarded the Honorary
Public Service Award for exceptional public service.
Children of the Atlantic side will remember him through his
work with the Santa Claus Parade and the Coco Solo
Christmas tree burn.
In 1981 Floyd retired and returned to the Pacific

Northwest where he pursued his hobbies of gardening, cook-
ing, and grocery shopping. Camping and traveling in his RV
took him and Bev to many of this country's most scenic
places and provided memories for a lifetime.
Floyd is survived by his wife Beverly of fifty-four years;
his children, Glen of Katy, Texas, Carol Goodwin of
Hemdon, Va., Paul of the sailing yacht Altair currently in
New Zealand and Beth of Federal Way, Wash. He is also sur-
vived by three granddaughters and one grandson.

Bevilie Edith Gardiner Brigman, 85, of Orlando,
Florida, formerly of Tampa, Florida 1972-1999 and long-time
resident of the Panama Canal Zone passed away on March
30, 2003, at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She was born
in San Francisco, California on March 13, 1918.
Arriving in the Canal Zone in 1951, the family lived first
in Gamboa and then in Los Rios. "Bev" was the beloved wife
of James A. Brigman, Sr., retired as Chief of Civil Defense
for the Panama Canal Zone in 1971 and deceased on March
31, 1991. She was employed by the Department of the Army
as Secretary for USA Logistical Support in the Office of the
Commander at Corozal, Canal Zone from 1952 until she
retired in 1972.
"Bev" was truly the inspiration of love, care, friendship
and motherhood to all who had the fortune of knowing her.
She enjoyed her many friends, loved playing bridge, reading,
watching sports, and over the years had saved a wonderful
collection of family photos and history.
She was the dearly beloved mother of son James A.
Brigman, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia and daughter Suzanne B.
Bender of Orlando, Florida. She is also survived by six
grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Mary Dignam Brzezinski, 83, passed away March 12,
2003 in Houston, Texas. Mary was born May 27, 1919 in
Pittsburgh, Pa., to Richard and Edmona Dignam.
Mary retired from Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio in
1989 after many years of service. She was preceded in death
by her parents and husband Mike.
She is survived by her five children, Michael Brzezinski,
Jr. of Houston, Texas; Patricia Packer of Pocatello, Idaho;
Mary Michael Winn of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Richard
Brzezinski of Alvin, Texas; James Brzezinski of San
Antonio, Texas, and their spouses and families; 23 grandchil-
dren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Ann P. Crecelius died suddenly on September 30, 2002,
in Flushing, N.Y. where she had lived for many years.
She retired from Q.B.A. and the business world in 1988.
Ann moved to the Canal Zone in 1941 as a teenager, grad-
uated from BHS and went to work in Gorgas Hospital. She
moved back to New York in her early 20's where she stayed.
She was the oldest daughter of Agnes and Paul Crecelius.
Ann is survived by a sister, Flo (Crecelius) Killoran, one
niece, two great-nieces and one great-nephew.

Raymond Dabek, 75, passed away January 26, 2003, in
Houston, Texas from complications related to diabetes.
A 20-year veteran of professional baseball, he began his
career as a catcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers Organization.
In 1948 he was assigned to play winter ball for the Cristobal
Mattas in the Canal Zone League. He played for Cristobal the
following three seasons where he met his wife, Joan Reed. In
1951 they were the first couple to be married in the Holy
Family Catholic Church in Margarita. Ray continued to play
ball in the Canal Zone and Panama Leagues through 1955.
He is survived by his wife; son Stephen Dabek and wife
Sophia; grandchildren Gloria and Joshua; sister Dorothy
Blas; and numerous nieces and nephews

Elvira Maria Dejernette de Gonzalez died November
27, 2002, at the Cherokee County Nursing Home in Centre,
Ala., at the age of 89.
She was born in Panama City, Panama to Leonidas and
Marcelina M. Gonzalez on July 2, 1913. After graduating as
a registered nurse from the Santo Tomas School of Nursing in
Panama in 1939, she was assigned to work the emergency
room at Colon Hospital (on the Atlantic side).
Her life changed when she met Woodrow "Wimpy" W.
Dejernette, who was serving in the Army Air Corps at France
Field. Three months later, in 1940, they were married. A lot
of changes occurred within the next eighteen months--a baby
daughter, completion of his tour in the military, a move across
the isthmus, civilian life, working at PAD in Curundu as an
aeronautic electronic. After three children, Elvy decided to
return to work at Gorgas Hospital in Ancon, Canal Zone. She
was especially proud of being one of the head nurses in the
women's ward and of the surgical ward, where she would
sing her patients back to health. She received a 25-year serv-
ice pin in 1969 from the administrators of the hospital, yet
continued to work until her retirement in 1972.
She was very active in her church Curundu Protestant
Church and singing in the choir. She truly had a voice like an
angel. Upon her husband's retirement from civil service after
36 years, they moved to Leesburg, Ala. Building a home,
raising cattle, learning the techniques of canning vegetables
and fruits, involved in their church at Cedar Hill, and volun-
teering her nursing skills with the local doctors in the county
with many health fairs, retirement life in Alabama was great.
As if she didn't have enough "on her plate", in 1985 she
decided to return to college to "perfect" her English. Now she
was fluent in three languages Spanish, English, and
"Southern". She was a great example of the value of contin-
ued learning throughout life.
Elvy is survived by her daughter, Millie Rowley of
Leesburg, Ala.; sons Woody Dejernette of Chattanooga,
Tenn., Reuben Dejernette of Carancro, La.; sisters Amelia
Williams, Inez Stanley, Betty Heisel, and Fulvia Elena Merel
of Panama; brother Temistocles Gonzalez of Panama; grand-
sons Derek and Brian Rowley; granddaughters Dominique
and Adrienne Dejernette; and nine nieces and nephews. Her
husband, Woodrow, preceded her in death in 1980, and her
beloved daughter, Mary Mattie, also preceded her in death in

Barbara Bishop Edginton, 89, of St. Petersburg, died
April 3, 2003 at her daughter's home under the care of
Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
Bor in Collingsworth, N.J., she came here in 1966. She
lived 25 years in the Panama Canal Zone. She was an emer-
gency room technician at Bayfront Medical Center for 17
years. She was a member of Starkey Road Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Prieskorn, St.
Petersburg; her sister, Jane Bishop, Largo; three grandchil-
dren, David Albright, Jr., St. Petersburg; Barbara Pandoff,
New York, and Michael Park, Ohio; 11 great-grandchildren;
and a nephew.

John Joseph Ford, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on
April 5, 2003 at his home in Viera, Fla.
Bom in Framingham, Mass., he was a graduate of Boston
College, Class of 1963, and he worked for the Department of
the Army for many years, both in Washington, D.C. and the
Panama Canal Zone. He was predeceased by his wife
Deborah (Brown) and his parents, J. Joseph and Alice Ford.
He is survived by his sisters, Mary Doherty of West
Falmouth, Mass., Martha Collier of Beverly, Mass., and his
brothers, Fr. Michael Ford, S.J., of the College of the Holy
Cross, Worcester, Mass., and Thomas Ford of Boston, Mass.

Marguerite (Rita Engelke) Grammer, 61, of Siloam
Springs, Ark., died January 30, 2003. She was born June 1,
1941 in Panama City, Panama to Herbert and Alice (Wood)
Rita was an extraordinary student, graduating in 1959 in
the last class from Cristobal, Canal Zone. She participated in
many clubs and activities, including the National Honor
Society, and earned many awards and scholarships for excel-
lence in academics and community service. Her senior year
she was voted homecoming princess, friendliest and most
likely to succeed. These nominations were just a prelude to
forthcoming achievements.
She attended college at the University of Arkansas and
the University of Tulsa in the school of nursing. While living
in Arizona, she was appointed to conduct the census for the
third largest county in the United States. She was a profes-
sional seamstress and an indispensable member of the Girl
Scout Council. In addition, she was a founding member of
two Episcopal churches.
While residing in Bentonville, Ark., she began her career
with Wal Mart in store planning and retired from personnel in
1989. In her spare time, she was an American Field Service
Club president and host. She enjoyed her bridge club, sewing
and craft hobbies, and supported and encouraged her three
daughters with their many school projects, clubs and activi-
She loved to travel the world and began her twelve-year
career as a travel agent for Tyson Foods International in 1990.
She proudly volunteered on Tyson's internal committee for
In 1997, Rita began her tenacious and courageous fight
against a rare form of melanoma. Never losing her passion for
customer service, she continued working for the Tyson travel

department by home computer while undergoing chemother-
apy treatments. In all she did, she pursued her Christian faith.
Rita was an adoring and loving wife, mother and grandmoth-
Her grandchildren liked to say, "Grandma just keeps
going and going."
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Harold D.
Grammer of Siloam Springs; three daughters, Tracee
Williams and her husband, Darrell, of Fayetteville, Ark.,
Leslie and her husband, Mike Beckham, of Colorado, and
Jennifer Pierse and her husband, Daren, and their daughters
Carson and Cameron of Arizona. She is also survived by her
brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Judy Engelke and their
children; Margo and Brandon White, Hof and Meryl of
Rogers, Ark.; her sister, Mary Alice (Molly) Williford, and
her two sons, Robert and David of Florida; and numerous
other family members. She is also survived by her exchange
student, Jose Pablo "Yonto" Hernandez of Mexico City,

Murray M. Harper, 68, Duncansville, Pa,, passed away
December 22, 2002 at home following a lengthy illness. Mr.
Harper retired from the U.S. Army in 1979. He was stationed
at Fort Gulick, Canal Zone for ten years. He was a member of
the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife Kyran and five children;
Stephen and Michael of Margate, Fla., Cindy Loughry of
Sharon, Pa., E. Jean Paris of Duncansville, Pa., and Michelle
Harper of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; nine grandchildren; four great-
grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Barbara Joan Hatch passed away on March 4, 2003, at
the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. She died from complica-
tions following a heart attack.
Barbara was born July 6, 1929, in Ogden, Utah, and was
the only daughter of Brig. General Clare T. and Phyllis
(Petersen) Budge.
Barbara and her parents lived in many different places as
a result of her father's military career. She graduated from
Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone in 1948 and
from Brigham Young University in 1952. She married Myron
Wall Hatch in a military wedding at Fitzsimmons Army
Hospital in Denver, Colo., on July 13, 1952. The marriage
was later solemnized in the Oakland Temple on August 24,
With her husband and family she lived in Wyoming,
California, Hawaii, Western Samoa, Montana, and finally St.
George, Utah. She was active in The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints serving many times as a teacher and in
leadership positions. She always loved helping people and
doing volunteer work. She served for many years in various
departments in the Dixie Regional Center in St. George. She
served on the DRMC Volunteer Board, on the RSVP Board,
and as a guide at the Dinosaur Tracks.
She is survived by her husband, Myron W. Hatch; son
David C. and wife, Georgia Hatch of Gaithersburg, Md.;
daughters, Susan Hatch of Santa Rosa, Calif., Marilee and
husband Mark L. Cahoon of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Marilou

and husband Christopher J. Eagan of Regina, Saskatchewan,
Canada; 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Her
parents and a granddaughter, Allison Hatch, preceded her in

Helen Kat, 89, died November 22, 2002 in her home in
Coral Oaks, Fla. She was born Helen Toner in New York City
on April 19, 1913. Helen graduated from Manhattan's
Washington Irving High School and worked for the Edison
Company before marrying Jimmy Bradley of the Panama
Canal Zone.
After Jimmy passed away in 1951, Helen continued work-
ing for the Panama Canal Company in Panama where she
married Captain Bert Kat in 1957. Bert and Helen retired to
Dunedin, Fla., in 1970. Bert passed away in 1986. Helen and
Bert loved living in the Canal Zone where they raised five
Helen is survived by her brother Bernard Toner of
Southbury, Conn. Her children are: James Bradley of Arden,
N.Y.; Marion Linkh of Warwick, N.Y.; Roger Kat of San
Francisco, Calif.; Kevin Bradley of Panama City, Panama;
and Don Kat of Los Rios, Panama. In addition, Helen had
eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Frances Maravilla passed away March 22, 2003 in the
arms of her husband, Joe, at her home in Ocala, Fla.
She was surrounded by her family, Danny and Bonnie of
Pensacola, Fla.; Tim and Linda of Woodburn, Ore.; Kathy
and Don Wilczynski of Bradenton, Fla.; Mark and Patrice
(Valle) Maravilla of Alexandria, Va.; and Nancy and Gary
Flora of Ocala. She had 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grand-

Linda (Askew) Martin, 56, of Mobile, Ala., passed away
on March 3, 2003, shortly after being diagnosed with heart
Linda was born at Gorgas Hospital in Ancon, Canal Zone
on February 22, 1947 and grew up on the Pacific side. She
graduated from Balboa High School in 1965 where she was a
member of the National Honor Society. She left that same
year to live in Mobile. She worked in accounting for Gulf
Coast Truck and Equipment of Mobile for the last twenty
three years.
She is survived by her husband, Phillip Martin; son,
David Gomez, and beloved granddaughter, Annabeth Gomez,
all of Mobile; mother, Ethel Askew of Largo, Fla.; sister,
Nancy (Askew) Goodwin of Knoxville, Tenn.; brothers,
Robert Askew of New York, N.Y., and Stephen Askew of
Clearwater, Fla.; and five nieces.

Norma Marie Martin, 91, of Gulf Breeze, Fla, died on
November 23, 2002. Mrs. Martin was a native of Nicaragua
and had resided in Gulf Breeze since 1969. Prior to that time,
she lived in Ecuador and Old Cristobal, Canal Zone. Mrs.
Martin was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years,
Emile G. Martin.

Survivors include her daughters, Janet (Martin) Slaughter
of Pensacola, Germaine G. York of Gulf Breeze and Yvonne
A. Stegman of Covington, Wash; a sister, Winnifield Siu of
Managua, Nicaragua; seven grandchildren and one great

Maurice L. McCullough, 85, of Sarasota, Fla., died
January 1, 2003 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Mac (Feathers) was born August 8, 1917 in Princeton,
Ind. He grew up in Newark, Ohio and married his high school
sweetheart, "Snookie" (Hazel) Heim in 1938. They were
together until Snookie died in 1991.
They moved to the Panama Canal Zone in August 1939,
having been invited by Snookie's parents, George and Carrie
Heim of the Canal Zone. Mac worked for the Motor
Transportation Division and retired as Superintendent in
Mac was a Navy veteran of WWII, where he served at
Rodman Naval Base. At the end of the war, he went back to
work with the Motor Transportation Division.
Mac and Snookie had a busy and active life in the Canal
Zone, raising their five children, Judi, Tom, Don, Joan, and
Susan. In the early years, Mac was an avid boat racing enthu-
siast. He won the Governor's cup three times, which entitled
him to keep it permanently, somewhere between 1950 and
1952. He also played baseball in the Twilight League.
Basketball was another sport that he enjoyed. In the later
years, Mac was most active in the golfing community, serv-
ing as president of Brazos Brooks Club for several years. In
addition to his sporting activities, Mac was a member of the
Sojourners (Blue Lodge) Cristobal, Canal Zone and the Abou
Saad Shrine Temple and Scottish Rite. He was also a member
of the B.P.O.E. Lodge 1542, Cristobal, Canal Zone.
He is survived by three daughters, Judi McCullough of
Sarasota, Joan Ohman and husband Ed of Riverview, Fla.,
and Susan Burk and husband Jim of Trion, Ga.; son Tom
McCullough of Sarasota and Don McCullough and his wife
Karen (Hammond) of Pawley's Island, S.C. He is also sur-
vived by seven granddaughters, two grandsons, seven great-
grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Howard Albert Moore, 81, a resident of Torrance, Calif.,
died of heart failure on January 3, 2003. He was born in
Panama on September 28, 1921. He was the son of Sidney
Forbes Moore, a Teddy Roosevelt Medal Holder, and Teresa
He was a graduate of Balboa High School, class of 1940.
He was employed by the Mechanical Division, Balboa, C.Z.,
and later by the Industrial Bureau, Cristobal, C.Z. He moved
to California in 1947 where he worked for Standard Oil of
California and later for AiResearch Mfg. Company, the
Garrett Corporation until his retirement in 1984.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline Miner Moore,
Torrance, Calif.; three children, Howard Moore of San Diego,
Calif., Royce Kidd of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Peter Moore of
Nuremburg, Germany; and a stepson, Loren Miner of
Orange, Calif. He is also survived by six grandchildren and
eleven great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Sidney Moore,

BHS'40, of El Segundo, Calif.; three sisters, Muriel McGriff,
BHS'36, of Dothan, Ala., Margaret Hem, BHS'38, of
Zephyrhills, Fla. and Alice Jackson, BHS'43, of Bartlesville,
Okla., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth A. Moulton, 80, of St. Petersburg, died
January 24, 2003 at Palm Shores Retirement Center.
Born in Webster, Mass., she moved to St. Petersburg in
1948 from Southbridge, Mass. She was Episcopal. She was a
member of the Polish American Society and the National
Association of Federal Employees. She lived in the Panama
Canal Zone for 15 years.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ralph; two
brothers, Edward Voloka, Holland, Mass., and Edmond
Voloka, Lady Lake; a sister, Frances Cieri, Southbridge; and
a niece.

Captain Raymond "Ray" Novak died at his winter home
in Wickenburg, Ariz., on March 16, 2003.
Captain Novak held two licenses: U.S. Coast Guard
Unlimited Master License and a Panama Canal Unlimited
Pilot License. He began his career with the Coastal Geodetic
Survey ship Explorer out of Seattle to Alaska. This was fol-
lowed by service with M.S.T.S. and American Mail Line,
ending with his retirement in 1992 after 22 years on the
Panama Canal. He also taught at the Radar School at Fort
Mason, San Francisco. Ray was a member of the
International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, The
Counsel of American Master Mariners, The American Mail
Alumni Club and was a life member of the Elks, Panama
Canal R.P.PN Lodge 1414.
Ray enjoyed retirement and divided his time between his
home at Ft. Ludlow, Wash., and, earlier, Sun City, Ariz., then
moving to Wickenburg in 1998. His Arizona life was taken
up with working out at the gym, visits to Sun City Merrill
Lynch, swimming in his pool, meeting with his friends, foot-
ball betting and travel. In Washington he was a well-known
jogger on South Point Road. He looked forward to the Ft.
Townsend 12-Kilometer Rhody Run each Spring. Ray
enjoyed spending time with his family and old friends when-
ever he was in Washington.
He is survived by his wife Mary (Heckenkamp), four sons
and three daughters-in-law: Daniel and Anita, Gary and
Mary, Robert and Joyce, and Mark; six grandchildren; and a
great granddaughter. He also leaves behind sister-in-law
Jeannette (Heckenkamp) Curie and two brothers-in-law
Vincent (Marita) Heckenkamp and James (Monica)
Heckenkamp, four nephews and four nieces and several great
nieces and nephews.

Fred Ryan, 76, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died February 25,
2003 at Abbey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Born in Detroit, he came to Pinellas Park in 2002 from
Dothan, Ala. He was a Navy veteran. He was a harbormaster
for the Panama Canal Co. for 29 years. He was a member of
the VFW and the Elks.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Vera; a daughter,

Mama Roman, St. Petersburg; three sons, Michael, Sebring,
Fred, Clinton, Mont., and Robert, St. Petersburg; a sister,
Virginia Hunter, Dothan, Ala., seven grandchildren; and five

Hamilton I. Slimon, 76, of Sarasota, Fla., died January
18, 2003.
He was born October 30, 1926, in Hartford, Conn., and
raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to Sarasota in 1984
from the Panama Canal Zone. He was a sea captain and
served in the British Navy, the American Merchant Marines
and the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1963, he
became a Panama Canal pilot and worked there for 20 years.
He was a member of Sojourners Lodge of Cristobal in the
Canal Zone, and was a Mason. He graduated from Leith
Nautical School in Scotland and received a master's license
of steam and motor vessels of unlimited horsepower and ton-
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Yolanda; a daugh-
ter, Heather Ktenidis of The Woodlands, Texas; a son, Scot of
Old Saybrook, Conn.; and three grandchildren.

Lois Avery Smith, 83, passed away on March 5, 2003
after a lengthy illness.
Lois went to live in the Canal Zone after World War II
when her husband Jack returned to his job with the Police
Department. Lois was a long-time resident of Gatun and a
member of the Gatun Union Church. She worked for a short
time for the Commissary Division before she decided to stay
home to raise her family. Lois and Jack Smith were married
for 61 years. Lois left the Canal Zone in 1970 to retire in
Alexander City, Ala.
Lois is survived by her husband Jack of Alexander City;
son Bill of Portland, Ore.; her daughter and son-in-law, Edie
and Allen Cotton of Prattville, Ala.; a grandson, Daniel
Coulson and granddaughter, Kendra Coulson and great-
granddaughter Hayley Coulson, all of Houston, Texas.

James Edgar Stearns of West Palm Beach died May 4,
2003, in Boynton Beach, Florida, at the Plaza. He was a
retired Language teacher in High School and Jr. College with
the Panama Canal School System. He was 85 years old.
He was bor in West Palm Beach on January 1, 1918 and
attended the University of Florida with the class of 1939, but
was interrupted during WW II when he entered the US Army.
Although he was trained as an artillery officer he did his duty
in Europe as a military governor under the Army Civil Affairs
Division. He remained in the Army reserves for 28 years and
attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and retired.
He returned to the University of Florida after the war to
complete his Bachelor's degree and continued to obtain a
Master of Arts in foreign languages in 1946. He moved to the
Canal Zone where he resided for 27 years. In 1973, he retired
to his hometown of West Palm Beach, where he lived on
Sunset Street until 1999 when he moved to Boynton Beach.
He is survived by his wife Ana Carmen Steams, a son
James Alex Steams and wife Linda Steams of Safety Harbor,

Florida, a grandson Dr. Bradley A. Steams of Wilmington,
Delaware, and a cousin Harold Ferguson and his wife Doris
Ferguson of Mountain View, Arkansas.

Jessie Jean Bennett Veit, 101, of St. Petersburg, died
April 8, 2003 at Westminster Shores Health and
Rehabilitation Center.
Bor in Rutherford, N.J., she came here in 1955 from the
Panama Canal Zone. She was a school teacher at St.
Johnsbury in Vermont. She was a member of St. Mathew's
Episcopal Church. She was a graduate of Middlebury College
in Vermont. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta, PEO and
the Panhellenic Society. Survivors include two nieces and a

Wilson H. Waldron, 90, of Albany, Ga., died January
31, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Ochlocknee, Ga., Mr. Waldron worked with
the United States Government in the Panama Canal Zone as
a supervisor of the Automotive Paint and Body Division. He
moved to Albany in 1972 after retiring with 32 years of serv-
Survivors include a wife, Nell Waldron of Albany; a
daughter, Helen Ogbur and her husband John of Albany; a
brother, Roland Waldron and his wife Clarine of Cairo, Ga.;
two sisters, Arlene Musselwhite of Jacksonville, Fla. and
Jewel "Elva" Hobby of Daytona Beach, Fla., and several
nieces and nephews.

Dorothy B. Webb, 94, died March 1, 2003, of natural
causes at the Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan. She was
bor September 25, 1908, in Dakota, Ill., to Sarah Edna Beam
and George T. N. Beam, a Protestant minister. Dorothy grad-
uated from high school in Bellevue, Ohio, in 1926, from
Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, in 1930, and from
Western Reserve University Nurses Training School in
Cleveland, Ohio, January 1933, as a Registered Nurse.
Winton A. Webb, 94, died March 29, 2003, of natural
causes at the Olathe Good Samaritan Center, Olathe, Kan. He
was born May 20, 1908 in Perry, Ohio to Anna Webb and
Harland A. Webb. Winton graduated from Perry High School
in 1926, and from Western Reserve University School of
Pharmacy in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932.
Winton and Dorothy married in 1937 and left for the
Panama Canal Zone that same year. They lived in both Ancon
and Balboa while Winton served as a pharmacist at Gorgas
Hospital and at outpatient clinics in Pedro Miguel and
Balboa. They had two sons, Theodore Adelbert in 1940 and
Robert Winton in 1948. They were members of the Balboa
Union Church and both became amateur radio operators. Life
in the Canal Zone, with excursions into the interior of
Panama and frequent vacation trips back to the U.S. on the
PanCanal ships, was an important part of their lives.
The family left the Canal Zone in the fall of 1956 for St.
Joseph, Mich., where Winton was chief pharmacist at
Memorial Hospital. Dorothy then went back to work in nurs-
ing at Mercy Hospital in Benton Harbor, Mich. Dorothy and

Winton developed an interest in boating on Lake Michigan
and were members of the Power Squadron. They were mem-
bers of the Congregational Church in St. Joseph.
They left St. Joseph in 1974 to take up retirement resi-
dence in Winton's family home in Perry, Ohio. They were
members of the Perry United Methodist Church, worked on
their amateur radio and music interests, especially the organ,
and took regular trips to Clearwater, Fla. during the winters.
They also took two cruises to the Caribbean (one returning to
the Canal Zone) and trips to Canada and Europe.
After a brief hospitalization for Dorothy in Ohio, they
moved to Overland Park, Kan., in July 2000 to be with fami-
ly. In July 2002, they moved into Cedar Lake Village, a
Lutheran-sponsored assisted living facility in Olathe, Kan.
Winton had strong interests in amateur radio, music and
photography. Dorothy had a life-long interest in music, liter-
ature and the scriptures. She would jokingly say that some of
her ministers referred to her as a theologian.
Dorothy is survived by her brother James in Tiffin, Ohio.
Both Dorothy and Winston are survived by their sons
Theodore in Overland Park, Kan., and Robert in South Bend,
Ind., a grandson Derek Robert Webb, South Bend, Ind., two
granddaughters, Katherine Paige Boxberger, Olathe, Kan.,
and Leslie Michele Flachsbarth, Lawrence, Kan., and three
great grandchildren.

Alice Ray Wier, 78, wife of Major General (retired)
James A. Wier, passed away March 6, 2003, after a long
struggle with pulmonary fibrosis and congestive heart failure.
She was born to Raymond and Alice Ward in Houston,
Texas on June 7, 1924. The family soon moved to the Panama
Canal Zone where her father worked on the Panama Canal.
She attended elementary school and graduated from Balboa
High School in 1943. She also attended Canal Zone Junior
College and later Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.
She married LTC James A. Wier on November 27, 1943
at the Union Church at Pedro Miguel in the Panama Canal
Zone. They lived at many locations but were stationed at
Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo., fre-
quently from 1953-1976. She actively volunteered for proj-
ects in support of the military and medical charities. They
retired from Fitzsimmons in 1976 and moved into the home
she designed near Taberash, Colo. She was involved in
many community activities in Grand County always delight-
ing in and treasuring the many dear friends she made
throughout her life.
She leaves her husband of 59 years, James A. Wier,
Tabernash; her daughter, Linda Wier Marchesani, Charles
Town, W.Va.; her grandson, Joseph J. Szabo, San Francisco,
Calif.; her brother, Raymond B. Shaw, Greenwood Village,
Colo., and cherished family and many friends.

Noreen E. Will, 89, died in Petaluma, Calf., on January
9, 2003. Born January 16, 1913 in Hungary, Noreen went to
the Canal Zone as a young girl with her parents Victor and
Helen Rakovsky. Her father Victor worked for the Panama
Canal Commissaries.
Noreen was a graduate of Cristobal High School and mar-

ried Charles F. Will, brother of Ray and Howard Will. Charlie
worked for the United Fruit Company in the Canal Zone.
After leaving Panama, Noreen became a long-time resi-
dent of Redwood City, Calif. She worked for the Ampex
Corporation and later for San Mateo County. For the past two
and a half years she resided at Sunrise of Petaluma.

George Michael Wodrazka, 56, of Albany, Ga., died
suddenly January 4, 2003 from a heart attack.
He was born in Panama September 6, 1946. He grew up
in the town of Cocoli, Canal Zone, attended grade school in
Cocoli and graduated from Balboa High School in 1965.
George worked for the Department of Defense, both with
the Navy and most recently the Marine Corps. He worked at
several military bases besides the Canal Zone, including
Cuba, Alaska, Key West, Fla., Bermuda, and most recently
Albany, Ga. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed staying in
touch with old friends around the world.
He is survived by his wife Cielo, of Panama City; seven
children, Sharon Trinko of South Pines, N.C., Bobby and
Michael Wodrazka of Escanaba, Mich., Francis and Matthew
Wodrazka of Bremerton, Wash., Michael Wodrazka of
Chorrera, Panama, and George Jr. of Albany, Ga.; his mother
Josephine Wodrazka of Vista Alegre, Panama, and his broth-
er Frank Wodrazka of Jacksonville, Fla.


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"Remembering the Early Days"

In 1946, Mr. Walter G. Ross, President of the Panama Canal Society of Washington requested mes-
sages from persons of position to be written to the members of The Panama Canal Society's of the
United States. These messages were to be printed in the 1947 Yearbook of the Panama Canal Society's
of the United States. Here are a few of the letters sent to Mr. Ross and published in the Yearbook. I
found these letters to be very interesting as they showed how very important our canal, those who built
it and operated it was in those times.

Some letters were slightly modified for our use here in the Canal Record. Bill McLaughlin

Dear Mr. Ross:

The construction of the Panama Canal, as the first of the 20th Century engineering miracles, has
been of value to mankind far beyond its direct return as an artery of commerce and a link in the hemi-
sphere defense system.
Under the guiding genius of Colonel George Washington Goethals and his staff, it was a proving
ground for many engineering techniques that since have contributed to great construction projects
throughout the world; projects that have served to improve the standards of living of millions of peo-
Hundreds of thousands of peoples living in the tropical and semi-tropical climates are alive today
because of the lessons learned by Dr. William Crawford Gorgas and his aides in eradicating yellow
fever in the Canal Zone, reducing the annual mortality from this disease from 8,000 to 19 in five years.
The completion of the Canal, its successful operation and projected enlargement are a fine tribute to
American ingenuity; to the sort of planning and determination to carry out plans, that have made our
nation great.

Thomas J. Watson, President, International, Chamber of Commerce

Dear Mr. Ross,

The construction of the Panama Canal is one of the world's great engineering accomplishments. It
has expedited and expanded the commerce of the world. It has been a major factor in the victories of
our country and our allies in the two great wars. The rapid transit of our naval and merchant ships
from one ocean to the other by means of the canal was an essential requisite to success.
The men who built the canal deserve the lasting gratitude of all Americans.

Robert P. Patterson, Secretary of War

Dear Mr. Ross,

It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to address cordial greetings and sincere acknowledgments on
behalf of the Navy Department to the members and friends of The Panama Canal Society. The Navy is
proud to have been represented and present with you during the pioneering days of that great and haz-
ardous undertaking which has since proven to be so indispensable to the well being of our nation. Our
debt to you is one, which can never be repaid, for the benefits, which follow, as the fruit of your efforts
are never-ending. Commerce has been quickened, the national economy vastly improved, and above
all our National Security strengthened immeasurably by the great work in which you had so large a
For your fortitude in the face of innumerable dangers and exacting hardships you are deserving of
commendation, and I extend to you the gratitude and congratulation of the Navy.

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy

Dear Mr. Ross,

The foresight of the men who planned and built the Panama Canal has been more than justified time
and time again and certainly its benefit to our American Merchant Marine during World War II was
directly shown in the saving of time, money, ships and men.
During the war we were able, by using the "big ditch" to reduce the burden of our over-taxed rail
system and port facilities, and to load our merchant ships on either coast and dispatch them to fighting
fronts half-way round the world in time to meet invasion deadlines.
In war and in peace, the Panama Canal serves as a monument to men of vision, who thought of
world trade and shorter sea-lanes, and the part they play in a lasting world peace.

W. W. Smith, Chairman, United States, Maritime Commission

Dear Mr. Ross,

The administration of President Theodore Roosevelt provided for the completion of one of the
world's most stupendous engineering projects. His foresight in building the Panama Canal has served
us well in war as in peace.
During two wars it made possible the rapid passage of naval ships from one ocean to the other and
during the intervening years, the merchant vessels of all nations carried via it the products of their
labors. It is, therefore, of prime importance to our national defense and economic security that this
great waterway be ever kept in the highest state of efficiency and be modernized, as required to serve
the countries of the world.
At present, there is some agitation for a Sea Level Type of canal to replace the proven success of the
Lock Type. Whichever kind is chosen for future construction will undoubtedly be the finest our engi-
neering brains can conceive. We salute the thousands of our citizens who have toiled in the past in
building and in maintaining the Panama Canal.

Arthur M. Tode, Honorary President, The Propeller Club of the United States

Concrete Officer's Quarters and Band Stand, Fort Amador, Canal Zone.
Published by I. L. Maduro's Souvenir Store, ca. 1930

Company Barracks, Fort Grant (later renamed Fort Amador), Canal Zone.
Published by I. L. Maduro's Souvenir Store, ca. 1930

avy Transport Henderson in the Middle West Chamber, Gatun Locks.
Published by I. L. Maduro's Souvenir Store, ca. 1930


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U. S. S. Pennsylvania in Miratlores Locks.
Published by I. L. Maduro's Souvenir Store, ca. 1930

U. S. "C" Class Submarines in Gatun Locks.
Published by I. L. Maduro's Souvenir Store, ca. 1930

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Published by I. L. Maduro's Souvenir Store, ca. 1930

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