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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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VOL. 37


NO. 4

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) 655-1617
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

FL Central...........................15
FL Ocala.............................16
FL Pensacola......................18
FL Pinellas County..............21

FL South Florida..................21
FL Space Coast..................22
FL Tallahassee....................23
FL Tampa........................... 23
Georgia................................ 25
Louisiana............................. 27
M ississippi........................28

Panam a...............................32
South Carolina...................... 33
TX Dallas...........................34
Virginia ...............................36

Congratulations........................................................................... ...........................................37
W eddings..................................................................................... ..........................................42
Births.................................................. ...................... ......................44
W ith Deep Sorrow..............................................................................................................................46
Em ail Updates........................................................................................ .......................................51
Letters to the Editor.................................................................. ...........................................................52
"Looking Back"...................................................................................................................................61
M museum News.....................................................................................................................................63
Announcements..................................................................................... ...........................................65
For Sale or W anted..................................................................................... ....................................69
M membership Application Form ........................................................................ .............................71

Front Cover: Caribe Royale Hotel located in Orlando, Florida. Site of the Panama Canal
Society Annual Reunion 2004.


(CLOSED DECEMBER 24. 2003 JANUARY 5. 2004)


January 2004

February 7 PCS General Meeting, Carmichael's Resaurant, Ocala, Fla. at
11:30 a.m. Hosted by Tom Wilder (352) 694-2211. See page 3.

March 6

April 3

May 1

No Business Meeting.

PCS General Meeting, Annual Spring Picnic, Shelter #9 in A.L.
Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Fla. Hosted by Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
(727) 442-0457. See page 3.

PCS General Meeting, Starship Luncheon Cruise, boarding at
11:00 a.m. Channelside in Tampa, Fla. Hosted by Betty LeDoux and
Dan Norman. Contact Betty LeDoux at 727-938-5088 or Dan Norman
at 813-655-1617. See page 4.

PCS General Meeting, Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota,
Fla. Hosted by Bob Russell (813) 633-8916.

President's Message..............................................................................................................................
Secretary's Message...................................................................................................................... 2
Editor's Comer............................................................. ......................................................... 2
February and March General Meeting Announcements........................................... 3
April General Meeting, Starship Luncheon Cruise............................. ................ .....................4
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes................................................... .........................5
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings....................................................... 6
Legislative Report....................................................................................................................... 7
Space Coast Picnic/General Meeting Pictures.................................................. ......................10
Insurance and Vital Information Updates.......................................................... ............................ 11

Your Reporter Says:

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays to all of you.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. I
would always have that Zonian Christmas feeling when the
dry season winds started blowing back home in the Canal
Zone. The sound of the wind blowing through the Royal Palm
Tree fronds was music to my ears. Do any of you remember
when Santa came in a helicopter to deliver presents? This was
in Los Rios, but not sure about the other towns. Then to close
out the season with that wonderful aroma of the Christmas
tree bums. What a life!
I would like to apologize to those members who had plans
to attend our September meeting at Stacey's Buffet. With
Tropical Storm Henri sitting off our coastline, the board held
an emergency on-line meeting to decide to hold or cancel our
September 6th meeting. We watched the news up until 12:00
noon on the 5th and when the weather looked worse, we
made the call to cancel at that time. The office staff called all
our regular attendees and others who live in the area to let
them know of the cancellation. I believe most of you were
We had a great time with the good folks on Florida's East
Coast at the Annual Space Coast Picnic held on October 4th.
They always get a good crowd and everyone had fun seeing
each other again.
We will not be having a January meeting, as we will be in
kick off mode for the New Year with getting membership
renewals in and the 2004 Reunion registration started.
Camavalito, which is normally held in February, will not
be held this year. The Executive Board decided to take a
break in 2004 with hopes of drumming up more interest for
future Camavalitos. In February, we will be having a lunch-
eon meeting at Carmichael's in Ocala. We held a meeting
there a couple of years ago and we had a good time.
A new and exciting event being offered in April 2004 will
be the StarShip Luncheon Cruise. The StarShip Cruise boat is

located in Tampa. The luncheon cruise will take us out for a
nice scenic cruise around Tampa Bay while we dine on great
food. We are advertising early for this event with hopes that
those interested in attending will send their registration in
early. This will help us in our planning, as space is limited.
Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend our
March Picnic in Tarpon Springs and in May come join us for
a great feast at the Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant.
Check the Dates to Remember section on the inside cover of
your Canal Record.
The 2004 Annual Reunion will be held July 28th through
August 1st at the Caribe Royale hotel in Orlando. We are all
very excited about going to a new hotel and convention cen-
ter. The best part is, we will be the only group there. The
whole hotel will be ours! The Caribe Royale is just down the
street from the Marriott and easy to find. See the Yellow
Pages in the middle of this book for more information and
registration forms.
We have a big show planned again for the 2004 Annual
Luncheon. All of us remember our one and only American
English speaking radio and television station in the Canal
Zone. Serving the Panama Canal Zone from April 1941 to
November 22, 1999 the Armed Forces Radio Service
(AFRS), Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) and the Southern
Command Network (SCN) provided us with news and enter-
tainment. Our luncheon show this year will be about the peo-
ple behind it all and the shows they produced for us. This will
indeed be a special moment for both the audience and those
who provided us this news and entertainment. There will be
old film clips, video and sound tracks that we will all remem-
ber from our days in the Canal Zone. Many of those talented
people from AFRS, CFN and SCN will be at the luncheon
show to once again entertain us and share old memories. The
show will be approximately an hour and a half long and will
follow lunch.

-- (A Not-For-Profit Organization)

0n U "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
l 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
A. The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, October, and December

Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787. Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for
March, June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $30.00 annually, $15.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any advertising not in the best interests of the
Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. will become the property of the Society and will be retained in their files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc. assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: Web Site:
Hours: 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 33765

On behalf of the entire Executive Board, may all of you
have a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New

Bill McLaughlin


Greetings from the Office

SIt seems like just the
other day I was sitting down
to this column for the
December 2002 issue. But
the year has gone by very
fast and the office is trying to keep up with several changes.
We are in the process of entering all the financial into
QuickBooks and at the same time trying to understand the
program and how it works. When we are completely profi-
cient the Society will be able to have all the financial records
at their fingertips and will also be able to write checks from
the computer.
Carol Masino was on vacation for two weeks in
September and went to Panama and had a wonderful time and
brought back many pictures. During her absence, Anita
Oberholtzer was in the office to help out and learn our pro-
cedures. Anita will be back when the crunch starts with the
reunion paperwork and membership dues being sent in.
With the mention of membership dues please remember
that your dues for 2004 are due before December 31, 2003.
We have received many dues checks from members who saw
our little notices in the October issue of the Canal Record, but
we are still missing several hundred that have not paid as of
yet. Please fill out the renewal form in the back of the book,
which will help us update our records.
We would also like to let the membership know that the
Society office will be closed again this year for the Christmas
holiday from Wednesday, December 24, 2003 and will reopen
on Monday, January 5, 2004.
Carol and I wish all the members and their families a very
peaceful and blessed holiday season.

Nancy Van Siclen

Canal Records and correspondence have been returned from
the following members. Any information regarding new mail-
ing addresses will be appreciated. Please contact the office.



Memories of Christmas
in the Canal Zone come flood-
ing back to me during this time
of year. I can still vividly pic-
ture my dad, Dick Crowell and
Captain Whitehead framing
the roof of our duplex in La
Boca with wooden icicles that
were covered in aluminum foil. Or the time I went with Dad
to pick out that "perfect" tree at the Balboa Stadium. When
we finally found that "perfect" tree, Dad shook it and all the
needles fell off! I think that was the year we went with an alu-
minum tree with a spotlight with a rotating tri-colored wheel
attached to it. The "tree bums" were a neighborhood affair.
Even with the "tree wars", those lost trees managed to make
their way back to the neighborhood just in time for the annu-
al bum. What a great way to end the holidays roasting marsh-
mallows and hot dogs over the flames.
Pictures of members and their families are coming in
droves to be published in the Canal Record. Please keep in
mind that I may not be able to use some due to poor photog-
raphy and I may hold other pictures back to be published in a
later issue. Any emailed pictures are required to be saved
using a 300 DPI and have to be saved in a JPG or TIF for-
mat. Do not send any pictures in a word document. Printed
pictures from the computer on plain paper or newspaper clip-
pings do not copy well. Do not cut the photos and do not fold
the pictures.
I am pleased to include an article on Ruth Twichell
Cochrane who recently was honored by the Library of
Congress and National Public Radio and received the annual
award for excellence in print for her poems. Ruth lived in
Panama when she was a young girl. I will be including Ruth's
poetry from time to time in the Canal Record.
I can't believe time has passed by so fast this year. I am
looking forward to the coming New Year and to all the adven-
tures it will bring. Speaking of adventures, I hope you are as
excited as I am about the reunion being held at the Caribe
Royale. I know my reservations will be sent in as soon as I
receive this issue.
As always, if you have any questions about how to send
pictures or articles to the Canal Record, please feel free to
contact me. I would like to thank Nancy Van Siclen, Carol
Masino, Donita (Crull) McConaughey and the area
reporters for the time they spend working with the Canal
Record and for their endless devotion to the Society. You are
the best!
From my family to yours: May you have a joyous holiday
season and a prosperous New Year.

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


Panama Canal Society
General Meeting

February 7, 2004

3105 NE Silver Springs Blvd.
Hosted by Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211

The luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. with business
meeting starting at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be pay as you
go from a selected menu.
For more information about Carmichael's Restaurant:

Please update your member
information when you renew
membership to the
Panama Canal Society.




Pay your membership dues by
December 31, 2003.

See page 71 for membership form.

Panama Canal Society


March 6, 2004

The Panama Canal Society will hold its Annual
Picnic at 11:30 AM, Saturday, March 8, 2003 at Shelter
#9 in A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Anderson Park is located 7/10ths of a mile north of
Klosterman Rd. or 9/10ths of a mile south of Tarpon
Springs/Keystone Rd. on the east side of Highway 19.
Shelter #9 has ample parking space and is close to

Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish to
share and your own soft drinks. The Park does not allow
alcoholic beverages on the premises. The Society will
furnish plastic plates, utensils and cups. A ready-to-cook
BBQ grill will be available for those who would like to
grill burgers or hot dogs.
Bingo, games and great door prizes are on the agen-
da. Come and join fellow members for a nice Spring
afternoon in Anderson Park. Picnic begins at 11:30 with
lunch at 12:00 noon. A short business meeting will be
held after lunch.

For more information contact Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
in the evenings at 727-442-0457.

Panama Canal Society
Starship Luncheon Cruise
April 3, 2004

Come sail away with Society friends on the Yacht Starship....a beautiful way to spend an April Spring day -
on a two-hour luncheon cruise around Tampa Bay with friends and family.
We have reserved the Palm Court on the Yacht Starship for our April meeting/gathering which promises
to be just the ticket to kick off Spring.
The Yacht Starship is located at Channelside in downtown Tampa. Boarding is at 11:30 a.m., we cruise at
noon and will return by 2:00 p.m.

Lunch will consist of: Baby greens salad and choice of one of the following entrees:
Lemon & Garlic Stuffed Chicken Breast
Pan Roasted Breast of Chicken with artichokes, mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives in a parmesan sauce.
Chicken Cordon Bleu, stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, tasso and cheese
Catch of the day
Herb crusted Pork loin
Open faced tenderloin of beef sandwich
Tenderloin of beef tips over rice
Seafood pasta
Chicken & Andouille Pasta
Pasta primavera
all served with Starship potatoes and Seasonal fresh veg-
etables, and of course dessert.

Don't miss this opportunity to spend the day "cruising" with family and friends from home. Space is limited
so we encourage everyone to register as soon as possible. For additional information please contact Betty
LeDoux at 727-938-5088 or Dan Norman at 813-655-1617. We hope to see you there.

Panama Canal Society StarShip Luncheon Cruise
Registration Form
Luncheon Cruise date is April 3, 2004

SMember Name

Member No. Tel:

i Please make Reservations for $35.00 each.
Names of Guests (Please Print):
1. 5.

2. 6._

3. 7.

14. 8.

Total enclosed $

Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to: Panama Canal
Society Inc., 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4787
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JUNE 21, 2003

All board members were present with the exception of the
Legislative Representative, Sgt. At Arms and Chaplain.

Also present was Randy Drake, Auditor and Lew Taber,
Panama Canal Society member from California.

The Executive Board took the following actions:
SApproved the minutes of the April 26th Executive Board
meeting, the expenditures of $30,012.69 for the period of
April 28, 2003 through June 20, 2003, and the applications of
102 new members.
* Approved relocating the Annual Reunion to Rosen's
Shingle Creek Resort for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. The
cost of hotel rooms will be $121 per night for all 3 years.
* Approved purchase of Panama-type hats for members at
the Annual Meeting with the logo of "HOT HOT HOT"
announcing our move to the Caribe Royale in 2004.
SApproved reserving the Palm Court deck of the Starship
Cruise Boat for the April 2004 general membership meeting.
Approved hiring Security for the 2003 reunion.
Approved renting 4 walkie-talkies for the 2003 reunion
Approved purchase of "PC" Anywhere for use by com-
puter programmer to save costs when office has problems
with the program, which will enable programmer to solve
problem from his office.
* Approved purchase of automatic backup software for
main office computer.
* November general membership meeting and luncheon
will be held at the Columbia Restaurant in Clearwater and
approval was given to contact the Panama dancers to perform
for the membership.

The following reports were made:
SOcala Hilton contacted the Society in regard to
Camavalito and will send a proposal to review at the August
Board Meeting.
* Quick Books Chart of Accounts is in the works for the
financial statement. CD matured in May and placed in money
SChecked with printer about adding email addresses to
* Decision was made to have Dottie Yocum's picture on the
cover of the October Canal Record and article and picture
inside with Dottie receiving plaque at Annual Meeting.
SStill contacting members in regard to working in the
Society office during peak times and during vacations.
SReport on bylaw that will correct the current bylaw for
counting ballots. The amendment provides for counting bal-
lots, other than election of officers, will be done within 10
days of receipt and done in the office and be opened to mem-
bers to observe the counting process.
SPacket of information for what a member needs to do in
case of death of their spouse to be published in the October
Canal Record.

The following reunion reports were made:

SOY Thomas, Photographer has been contacted about
video taping the luncheon show and have tapes available for
* A representative of the Caribe Royale will attend the
Annual Meeting.
* The Orlando World Center has advised the board that they
are in the process of renovating suites which may create a
problem for some of our members. The Lodging Chairperson
will keep a close watch on this situation.
SReported that 98 golfers have paid to play in the tourna-
* Tables will be available in the Vendor Room for corporate
SAll hotel confirmations are in the mail with the exception
of those with changes and they will be done next week.
* A total of 32 vendors have signed up and 10 have paid for
a 2nd table.


AUGUST 23, 2003

All board members were present with the exception of the
Bylaws Chairperson, Sgt. At Arms and Chaplain.

The Executive Board took the following actions:
* Approved the minutes of the June 21 Executive Board
meeting, the expenditures of $31,129.19 for the period of
July 1, 2003 through August 20, 2003, and the applications of
83 new members.
SApproved the purchase of thank you tokens for the bal-
ance of 2003 for committee chairpersons and committee
SApproved the purchase of Fed Week handbooks for use in
the office.
SApproved refunding members who were unable to attend
the reunion due to unusual circumstances.
Approved /2 page ad in the Canal Record for Condor

The following reports were made:
SReported correspondence received from Fundacion Plaza
De La Cultural regarding fundraiser in Panama. President
will write for more facts and information to provide member-
ship with complete information.
SCorrespondence received from member regarding the
validity of the amendments in the December 2002 Canal
Record. Discussion followed regarding the handling of this
issue. The board concluded that it had done everything to
clarify the issue including advising the membership at the
Annual Meeting and an Explanation of Amendment Ballot
Procedures will be published in the October Canal Record.
SPlans are finalized for meeting in September at Stacey's
SCaravalito was discussed and consensus that we pro-
ceed, but we must do everything to keep the expenses of the

event to a minimum. Ideas discussed at this meeting to cut
costs will be investigated and discussed in detail at the
September Board Meeting.
* Discussion on office pool to help during peak periods and
during vacations. A member of the office pool will be called
to see if coverage can be accommodated during a two-week
period in September.
* Reservations have been made for the May 1, 2004 lunch-
eon in Sarasota.
SDecision made for the Society President, 1st Vice
President and 2nd Vice President to meet with the Museum
President, Executive Vice President and Vice President to
discuss issues.
Chairperson of Nominating required another member
from the board to fill the position on the committee for a
member who would like to be considered for an office.
SA tickler file will be prepared for all reporting dates on
financial matters.

The following reunion reports were made:
SReport from the President about being contacted by the
owner of the CFN/SCN Armed Services Radio and
Television Network Website about doing a show at the 2004
Annual Luncheon. Approval was made to accept the lunch-
eon program.
SReport on the finances for the 2003 reunion is still being
worked on, since all numbers are not in. Letter will be sent to
the Marriott for backup information and some charges are
being disputed.
SRequests for board members to consider which activity
they would be interested in chairing at the 2004 reunion.
* Proposal for decorations for the 2004 dances was present-
ed and motion made and approved to advance $500.00.
* Golf tournament chairperson reported a loss of $113 and
report has been turned into the office.

JULY 25, 2003

President William McLaughlin welcomed the 238 mem-
bers in attendance to the 71st Annual General Membership
meeting of the Panama Canal Society and called the meeting
to order at 10:05 a.m.
In the absence of Chaplain Dottie Yocum, Cheryl Russell
gave the invocation, followed by Leni Stokes, Sgt.-At-Arms
who led the membership in the pledge of allegiance.
President McLaughlin welcomed the following past pres-
idents who were in attendance: Rob Roy, Anna Collins, Pete
Foster, Bill Wheeler, Betty LeDoux, Marje Foster, Jim
O'Donnell, Margot Jordan and Faith Brundage.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the May
general membership meeting held in Sarasota. As there were
no corrections or additions, the minutes were approved as
Kenny Morris, Treasurer read the May Financial
Statements, which stands for Audit.

President Bill McLaughlin recapped some of the accom-
plishments of this year's board. The October meeting was
held at the Space Coast Picnic in Titusville and with plans to
return again this year. November luncheon was held at the
Columbia Restaurant in Clearwater with the Panama dancers
performing. February Carnavalito was held in Ocala with
over 200 members in attendance. Caravalito for 2004 is still
in the planning stages. The Editor's computer in the office
was upgraded, and networked; on-line membership applica-
tions/renewals increased and reunion registrations this year
were almost 650; Quick books were installed for financial
reports; the forms for the reunion were revamped; Roy
Culbreth developed a form to aid members when an emer-
gency comes. In April 2004 the meeting will be held on the
Starship Dining Yacht in Tampa Bay for lunch and a cruise
around the bay. Next year the Annual Reunion will be held at
the Caribe Royale.
The president read a letter from Lew Taber, a member
from California, who thanked the board for the warm wel-
come he received and enjoyed participating in the meeting in
the June Board Meeting
President McLaughlin thanked the executive board, office
staff and all the volunteers for a wonderful year.
Kenny Morris, Treasurer, reported that the Society had a
complete outside audit done this past year by independent
auditor, Randy Drake, CPA. Mr. Drake did a 100% review
and according to his report everything has been done proper-
ly and correctly on behalf of the membership. The Audit end-
ing December 31, 2002 showed an income of $219,619 with
the major income from Membership Dues of $119,000 and
Reunion income of $77,000. Expenses were $219,846 in total
with a loss of $227. Major items of expenses were $73,000
reunion, $50,000 Canal Record, $45,000 Salary and Wages
and $14,000 for rent. Total current assets for December 31,
2002 are $255,840.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative, provided a
copy of his report to the members.
Pete Foster, Bylaws Chairperson said that the bylaws
voted on this past year were as follows:
Amendment 25 (which was approved), deletes the "of
Florida" from our organization name.
Amendment 26 (which was rejected) pertained to devel-
oping a scholarship program.
Amendments 27 and 28 (which were approved) were to
correct two paragraphs in the bylaws, which were the same.
Amendment 29 (which was approved) was to allow the
board to vote electronically (on-line with email, chat room or
telephone) during the month if an item needed immediate
attention. These electronic votes would be followed up with
a formal vote at the next board meeting and entered in the
Amendment 30 (which was approved) was for the
Bylaws Committee to be able to change typos and small mis-
takes within the bylaws without having to go through the
amendment process.
Bill McLaughlin discussed the confusion in the bylaw
ballot published in the December 2002 Canal Record. This
ballot stated one vote per household instead of two votes per
household, which was approved in 2002. When the two per
household vote amendment was passed in 2002, the two vote

bylaw text was left out of a portion of the new bylaws print-
ed in the 2002 Directory and then again in the 2003 Directory.
Bill stated to the membership that an amendment would be
published in the next Canal Record to fix the misprinted
bylaws. The board is bringing this up to the membership to
either approve or reject these ballots and results as valid. The
president asked for a motion from the membership. Betty
Snow made the motion to accept the ballots as valid. Margot
Jordan seconded the motion. Motion passed that the ballots
are approved and the results are accepted.
Betty LeDoux, Nominating Chairperson announced that
with a 2002 bylaw change, this board would be in office for
two years. The committee needs to consist of two members
from the board and two members from the general member-
ship. Diane Bateman and Lori King agreed to serve on the
nominating committee.
Beth Brandenburg announced Mutual of Omaha
Insurance has a new representative, Miguel Gordon. A vol-
unteer will be in the Society office on Wednesday afternoons
to answer phone calls from members who have insurance
Anna Collins, Sunshine Committee, asked that the mem-
bership please call the office if they hear of anyone who is ill
so a card can be sent.
Shamu from Sea World entertained the membership while
Betty LeDoux presented the membership with a slide show of
Caribe Royale Hotel, the site for the 2004 annual reunion.
Kenny Morris, Golf Chairperson reported that 110 golfers
played in the tournament this year. The 1st place in Men's
was won by Tom Carroll and 1st place in Women's was won
by Margot Jordan.
Bill McLaughlin, President recognized two members for
Distinguished Service Awards, Betty LeDoux and Shirley
Boswell for the many years of devoted and outstanding serv-
ice to the Panama Canal Society. The membership approved
the Distinguished Service Awards.
The president recognized Bruce Quinn with the Honorary
Membership Award for his outstanding support for both the
1995 reunion luncheon show and the 2003 luncheon show.
The membership approved the Honorary Membership.
Amanda (Tanner) McGee was present to give special
awards to Mr. Robert Webb, Mr. Leo Canon, Dr. Charles
Latimore, Col. John Plunkett and Governor Harold Parfitt for
their contribution with the Atlantic and Pacific side collabo-
ration in the two-mast schooner Chief Aptakisic for the
Bicentennial in 1976.
Mr. Joe Wood, Vice President of the Panama Canal
Museum presented an update on the museum. Leo Krziza
presented Joe with a check for $25,000 as a donation. Joe
Wood thanked Bill McLaughlin for the work done over the
past five years in creating and maintaining the Panama Canal
Museum's web site.
The president opened the floor to the membership for any
comments and/or suggestions.
Prizes donated by Vendors and members were presented
throughout the meeting.
The following grand prizes were awarded and won by the
following members:
Marguerite Zumbado won one of the grand prizes of two
airline tickets on COPA Airlines.

Hotel packages donated by Condor Outfitters were won
by Betty LeDoux a stay at DeCameron Resort, Dor Thomas
a stay at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort and Dick Danielsen a
stay at the County Inn and Suites Panama Canal.
Faith Brundage made a motion to close the meeting at
12:45 p.m.; seconded by Woody Woodruff. Motion passed.



Catch-up Contributions Open for TSP Thrift Savings Plan
participants age 50 and over may now make catch-up contri-
butions to the TSP in addition to regular contributions.
Federal employees or members of the uniformed services
who will be age 50 or older this calendar year and who
already are contributing the maximum regular TSP amount
are eligible.
The maximum regular amount for 2003 is 8 percent of
basic pay for members of the uniformed services, or a sum
that will reach the IRS elective deferral limit ($12,000 for
2003) by the end of the year. In 2003, eligible participants
may invest up to $2,000 in catch-up contributions. That
amount will increase to $3,000 for 2004, $4,000 for 2005,
and $5,000 for 2006. Subsequent years will be indexed to
inflation. Eligible members can submit their catch-up contri-
butions immediately.
Medicare Rate Reduction Proposed On August 15, the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the
2004 physician fee schedule, with another proposed reduc-
tion in fees. The amount of this reduction would be 4.2 per-
cent, which opponents assert would reduce the number of
doctors who take Medicare patients. (A recent study done by
the American Academy of Family Physicians indicated that
24 percent of their members already are no longer taking
Medicare patients.) Such reductions affect not only Tricare-
For-Life benefits, since TFL is secondary payer to Medicare,
but also Tricare Standard and Prime beneficiaries, because
Tricare reimbursement rates are tied to Medicare rates. In
response, the House version of the Medicare Prescription
Drug and Modernization Act would increase payments to
doctors by 1.5 percent in both 2004 and 2005, and the Senate
version calls for separate legislation to prevent the CMMS
President Bush has announced that he'll invoke emer-
gency powers to hold the federal pay raise to 2 percent in
January. But before federal workers get too gloomy, they
should realize that this is nothing new. It's the tenth year in a
row that the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has
attempted to cap the raise. Bill Clinton tried it seven times
and Bush, now, three. His decision may be final, but
Congress can still override it and approve a higher pay
increase, as it has in the past.
Feds won't know what the final percentage raise will be
until Congress acts on the 2004 treasury-postal appropria-

tions bill. The situation should clarify by the beginning of the
fiscal year October 1. But that won't stop the rumor mill
from spreading the alarm.
Bush's budget called for a 2 percent raise, but Congress
wants a 4.1 percent increase for U.S. civil service employees
the same hike military personnel are expected to receive.
Whatever the outcome, the President still has one more deci-
sion to make how to allocate the raise between an across-
the-board increase and locality raises. The percentage figure
is an average. He could either declare that there will be no
locality increases and settle on a percentage applying to every
employee, or decide to set a basic raise for all with an addi-
tional amount by geographic area.
Four hundred and one retired generals and admirals have
written President Bush asking him to change a century old
rule depriving disabled veterans of part or all of their retire-
ment benefits. There are plans to give partial restitution of
these benefits to veterans. Full adjustment, in which disabled
vets would get all their retirement pay, could cost the govern-
ment $58 billion over 10 years.
Cheaper partial plans would link retirement benefits to
seriousness of the disability or phase in changes. It was
reported that the rule under which the retirement benefits of
disabled veterans are reduced by the amount they receive in
disability pay, was put in place in 1891.
Originally, only the worker got benefits. The policy
changed in 1939 when the SSA began awarding survivors'
benefits to the spouses and children of workers who paid into
Social Security. Since citizenship has never been a require-
ment to obtain a Social Security number, anyone who came
to this country legally and had permission to work was eligi-
ble to apply for a card. Not all workers contributed to Social
Security in the past, and some don't today. Federal workers
hired before 1984 that chose to stay in the Civil Service
Retirement System, and some state and local employees
whose employers have their own pension plans, do not con-
tribute to Social Security. Several other benefits have been
added to the Social Security System.
Veterans Affairs wants former prisoners of war who are
not getting disability compensation, health care and other
benefits to contact the department. The agency reported that
an estimated 11,000 former POWs are not getting benefits to
which they are entitled.
VA said that it is hard to find many former POWs because
they served during World War II, before Social Security num-
bers were used as military service numbers. VA is asking any-
one who knows of former POWs who are not enrolled for
benefits or who did not receive a letter to call toll-free 1-800-
827-1000. More information is available at
Medicare "Part A" the portion of the program that pays
for inpatient hospital costs is financed from payroll taxes
withheld from current wage earners, converted into govern-
ment securities and held in the Hospital Insurance trust fund.
Some public policy makers are concerned that the doubling
of the elderly population in 35 years and the drop in the num-

ber of workers paying taxes to the hospital insurance trust
fund will place financial strains on Medicare.
Medicare trustees estimated in March 2002 that the hos-
pital insurance trust fund would have sufficient funds to pay
benefits until 2030. The Bush Administration and other
reformers believe that more must be done to encourage the
program's 40 million beneficiaries to leave Medicare's tradi-
tional fee-for-service plan in favor of private coverage they
believe would contain costs and deliver services more effi-
ciently. Toward that end, they have proposed the FEHBP-
inspired "premium support" model that would provide
Medicare beneficiaries with a voucher to purchase private
health insurance. Even though private plan options have been
available to beneficiaries for several years, seniors have been
reluctant to give up the public fee-for-service option because
it allows them to select the physicians and hospitals of their
choice. NARFE and other seniors' organization have also had
concerns about the reliability of private Medicare options
since some plans have left the program or reduced benefits.
For federal annuitants enrolled in Medicare and a Federal
Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) plan,
Medicare pays for services first and the FEHBP plan pays
remaining costs and for services not covered by Medicare,
like outpatient prescription drugs. Such coverage is coordi-
nated between the two programs when federal annuitants who
participate in the traditional Medicare program select one of
FEHBP's fee-for-service plans. As a result, annuitants
enrolled in both programs receive nearly complete coverage
for all expenses, and most co-payments and annual
deductibles are waived. However, there is no coordination of
benefits between Medicare managed care plans and FEHBP
fee-for-service policies. Consequently, the value of combin-
ing Medicare and FEHBP coverage would diminish if
reforms drive beneficiaries into managed care options and
allow the traditional Medicare program to become too expen-
Medicare reformers might respond to Hospital Insurances
shortcoming by embracing a proposal in the Administration's
fiscal year 2004 budget to "work with stakeholders to better
coordinate these two programs (Medicare and FEHBP) and
look to practices of the private-sector to ensure high quality,
cost-conscious choices for retirees." NARFE is concerned
that better coordination means creating separately rated
FEHBP plans for Medicare-participating retirees and sur-
vivors with higher premiums and inferior coverage and
access than FEHBP currently provides. We also fear that
"cost-conscious choices for retirees" is code for encouraging,
or even forcing, annuitants into FEHBP HMOs or so-called
"customer-driven" options.
As a single insurance pool, the traditional Medicare fee-
for-service plan is affordable and predictable for all benefici-
aries because it spreads individual beneficiary health expens-
es across the full population. NARFE believes that the
Medicare premium support proposal could compromise this
fundamental principle of group health insurance. Moreover,
NARFE is concerned that the creation of a Medicare vouch-
er system could open the program to the cost-shifting pro-
posal that has been repeatedly suggested for FEHBP.
The 107th Congress (2001-2002) failed to act on Senators
John Breaux (D-LA) and William First's (R-TN) Medicare

reform "premium support" bill. While short on many key
details, the President's fiscal year 2004 budget proposes that
similar legislation be approved. NARFE opposes this initia-
tive because it could undermine the present Medicare fee-for-
service program and shift new costs to beneficiaries.
When Medicare began in 1966, Congress wanted every-
one eligible to sign up for Part B so that the premium income
would help pay for the program. A penalty of 10 percent per
year was mandated for late filing to encourage people to buy
Part B coverage at age 65. The monthly premium in 1966 was
$3, and the penalty for filing one year late was only 30 cents.
In 2003, the monthly Part B premium is $54, and the
penalty for delaying enrollment for one year is $5.40, nearly
17 times the original penalty. If a person files 10 years late,
the penalty is 100 percent, or $54.00 per month, for a total
monthly premium of $108.00.
For some time now, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has
sponsored legislation that would limit the delayed enrollment
penalty to 10 percent, paid only for twice the number of years
a person delayed filing for Part B. Under those terms, the cur-
rent penalty for a 5-year delay would be $5.40 per month
(10% of $54 premium), payable for ten years (twice the 5
year delay).
Legislation was enacted in 1977 to prevent government
retirees from collecting both a government annuity based on
their own work in non-social security covered employment
and social security benefits based on their spouse's work
record. The new law became effective with government
employees who were first eligible to retire in December 1982
and later. The law provides that two-thirds of the government
annuity offsets whatever social security benefits would be
payable to the retired government worker as a spouse (wife,
husband, widow, widower). For example, a spouse who
receives a civil service benefit of $900 a month based on
his/her own earnings applies for a social security widow(er)'s
benefit. The widow(er)'s benefit is $500. Two-thirds of
his/her annuity, or $600, totally offsets the social security
widow(er)'s benefit. He/She, therefore, receives no
widow(er)'s benefit from social security.
The GPO affects thousands of state and municipal work-
ers, as well as teachers and other school district employees
whose work is not covered by Social Security.
The GPO does not apply to survivor annuitants who are
not government retirees themselves. There are other excep-
tions. They are as follows: Anyone eligible for a government
annuity before December 1982, and who meets the 1977 law
requirements (a divorced woman's marriage must have lasted
20 years; a husband or widower must have been receiving
one-half support from the wife). Anyone who is a receiving
only a federal survivor annuity and not their own federal
retiree annuity. Neither the survivor annuitant's own Social
Security nor the widow's benefit from the husband's Social
Security is affected. Anyone eligible for a government annu-
ity before July 1, 1983, and who received one-half support
from the male or female spouse, also Federal Employees
Retirement System (FERS) employees and annuitants, and
former Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants
who transferred to FERS. Former CSRS employees rehired

beginning January 1, 1984, following a separation of one year
or more, are also exempt.
Effective January 1, 1995, the GPO does not apply to mil-
itary reserve pensions or anyone over the age of 65, still
working for the federal government. The GPO will not
become effective until the person retires and begins to receive
a CSRS annuity.
There have been various Social Security Government
Pension Offset (GPO) bills introduced in Congress for more
than ten years. Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) intro-
duced his GPO bill, H.R. 887, on February 25, 2003 with
bipartisan cosponsor ship of 97 Representatives. It proposes
that the two-thirds offset not be applied unless the total of
both the Social Security spousal benefit and the government
pension exceed $2,000 per month. Senator Barbara Mikulski
(D-MD) introduced her GPO bill in the Senate, S. 363, on
February 11, 2003, with original cosponsor ship from 12
Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) intro-
duced a bill that would repeal the GPO and the Windfall
Elimination Provision (WEP), H.R. 594, on February 5,
2003, with 91 Representatives as original cosponsors.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced her companion
GPO/WEP repeal bill in the Senate, S. 349, on February 11,
2003, with 8 original cosponsors. Congressman E. Clay Shaw
(R-FL), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Social
Security Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 75, on January 7,
2003 with 4 original cosponsors, as a "Social Security
Reform" bill, which includes a provision to modify the GPO.
Section 207 of that bill proposes reducing the GPO from a
two-thirds offset to a one-third offset.
According to information released by the Bureau of Labor
and Statistics (BLS) on September 16th, the Consumer Price
Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
increased 0.4 in August 2003 to 180.3. The index's dramatic
rise in August follows four months of minor fluctuations. For
purposes of calculating the next federal retirement COLA
(cost-of-living adjustment) the August index is 2.1 percent
above the 2002 third quarter base index of 176.6.
September's inflation, the final figure needed to determine
the next COLA for civil service retirement and Social
Security beneficiaries, will be released on October 16th,
Benefits awarded under the Federal Employees
Compensation Act (FECA) to individuals suffering work-
related injuries or illnesses are adjusted according to each cal-
endar year's percentage change in the CPI-W. August's index
stands 1.9 percent higher than the December 2002 base of
The consumer price index measure used to set the January
2004 federal retiree cost-of-living adjustment was unchanged
in July, meaning that through 10 months of the current 12-
month count, the accumulated COLA stands at 1.7 percent.

Jim O'Donnell
Legislative Representative

II I -- al-

L-R: Roger Dean, Bill Rogers, Ginger Young, Connie
Young, Edna Rogers, and Nancy Dean.

I i7

L-R: Jan Noethe, June Riesz, Shirley Bernat, and Sandra
Hughes Claflin.

L-R: Bob Morrissey, Cody Hollowell, Al Chase, and Lance L-R: Cheryl and Bob Russell, Samantha, Tom and Kathy
Horton. Wilder.

Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey and Curtis Bliss.

vonala tumpnrey ana turns

Enjoying good food and conversation.

L-R: Joyce Humphrey, Bob Forsythe, Gladys (Bliss)
Humphrey, and Emily Bliss.


Compania Interacional 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 certificates to policyholders, updating bene-
ficiary designations, and adjudicating death benefit
claims. As a result, CIS is currently encouraging policy-
holders 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
contact and may be reached on the last Wednesday after-
noon of the month at the Society's toll free number (1-
866-726-2262) for assistance or to obtain Change of
Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death Claim forms.

For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS
office in Panama, the point of contact is: Mr. Miguel
Gordon; and he can be reached as follows:

Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
Apartado 0833-0084
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama

Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382

E-Mail: mgordon(

Fax: 011-507-210-1605

Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the
Panama office should advise the Society office of the par-
ticulars 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 pol-
icyholder or claimant from its list of pending cases to be

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,
closed permanently on October 29, 1999. All pertinent birth
and death records were 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:

1111 19th Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, D.C. 20522-1705
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: Mother AND Father's names, dates and places
(city or state and country) of birth, and any U.S. Passport
Kindly indicate the number of documents desired. The fee
for documents is $30.00 for the first copy, $20.00 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 were 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 and Panama Canal College tran-
scripts, and copies of student records may be obtained at no
charge by requesting transcripts from:

Fort Benning Schools
DoDEA Records Center
7201 Custer Road, Bldg. 2670
Fort Benning, Georgia 31905
Tel: (706) 545-4785


AL Prattville Edie (Smith) and Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
Diane French
AR Betty Dunning
Lynn Harp
CA Joan (Ridge) de Grummand
Mid-CA Janice "Cookie" Newlon
FL Central Vicki Sizemore
Ocala Bill Muller
Pensacola Barbara Vose
Pinellas County Betty Snow
Space Coast Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey
South Florida Tom Pattison
Tallahassee Sharon Smith
Tampa Lynnette "'Leni" Stokes

(334) 361-2373
(520) 577-7284
(623) 546-8624
(479) 633-0612
(479) 271-8055
(949) 853-6447
(805) 965-8106
(863) 967-2106
(352) 854-7902
(850) 474-6341
(727) 799-4769
(321) 452-7281
(954) 894-1247
(850) 668-4121
(813) 672-2298

GA June A. Stevenson
LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison
Mid-West Carlton A. Morris
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Howie Laatz
OK Laura (Burs) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
Trina Clark
SC Trudi Clontz
TN Sheila Taylor
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
VA Evelyn Sellers

(770) 995-7537
(225) 774-7761
(410) 654-2351
1 (800) 685-2088
(225) 774-7761
(828) 696-3995
(360) 293-0923
(918) 745-1337
011 (507)686-1001
011 (507) 232-7451
(803) 649-2759
(615) 456-4830
(972) 398-3400
(830) 895-2794
(703) 361-7176


Greetings from Alabama the Beautiful. Edie and I were
able to enjoy the third annual North Alabama Canal Zone
Picnic since our last report. This year's picnic was again host-
ed by Beverly and Keith Moumblow at their Brigadoon Bed
and Breakfast and as with last year a long dry spell was bro-
ken with a downpour just as the festivities were starting up.
That's two years in a row that we lucked out by Bev and
Keith hosting the picnic at their B&B rather than having it at
the lakeside park. There was a good crowd of twenty-five
Zonians there. We had a lot of great food, great conversation
and good music. Jack Hood entertained us all with a couple
of songs from his custom made Canal Zone banjo. Jack had
the banjo made to his specifications that included two gold
100 Balboa pieces, inlaid mother of pearl sail boats and the
Great Seal of the Canal Zone carved into the back of the
sound board and for you banjo experts the sound board was
made of about 30 pounds of bell brass. Jack led us all in a 25-
kazoo band rendition of a song that neither Edie nor I can
remember its name. It was fun though.

Jack Hood and banjo.

North Alabama Picnic

Those in attendance, who signed the guest list were Roy
N. Wilson, Edie (Smith) and Alien Cotton, Dave and
Jeannine Wilder, John Dillon, Donald Keller, John G.
Boswell, Judy Rose, Jan Fowler, Bill and Ann Willoughby,
Pat and Jack Hood, Olivia Sutinen, Glynn and Leigh
Dupre and their grandchildren Jake (12) and April (10)
Davis, Susan (McCullough) Burk, Bill Martin and our
hosts Beverly and Keith Moumblow.
Edie especially enjoyed talking with Jeannine and Dave
Wilder as Dave is the cousin of Edie's really close friend
Penny Wilder. Penny, Edie assures me Dave didn't tell any
stories on you that she hadn't already heard.
Mary Gilbert Urey, from Dothan, Ala., reported that she
flew to The Dalles, Ore. to visit her daughter Suzanne (Urey)
and son-in-law Walter Kleefkens and to attend the wedding
of her granddaughter Catherine Dahl (see weddings). Mary
also attended the NWPC reunion held in Ridgefield, Wash.,
and enjoyed visiting with friends from the Atlantic side. This
was Mary's first trip after surgery in February for a complete
knee replacement and extensive rehabilitation. Next trip is to
Del Rio, Texas to spend Thanksgiving with daughter Michele
and husband Mike Perez and two grandsons.

In August, Vicki and Bob and Ray and Forest (Wise)
(BHS'57) Robberson, who also live in Lillian, Ala., got
Together several times with Nelson and Bridget Groome
while they were visiting Bridget's mother in Gulf Shores,
The last visitors to arrive were Geri and Bill Foster of
SDunnellon, Fla. It was Labor Day weekend and Roger and
Florinda (Beechner) Wells, Don DeStaffino and Beth
(Parmly) (BHS'65) Gaul, all from Florida, happened to be
House sitting in the area so were able to come over for Johnny
Mazetti and a nice long visit.
(L-R): Great granddaughter Whitney, son-in-law Walter
Kleefkens, Mary Urey, granddaughter Catherine Dahl,
daughter Suzanne Urey Kleefkens, granddaughter Jennifer
McCleary and great-granddaughter Jamie.

Bob (BHS'66) and Vicki (Hutchison) (BHS'65)
Boukalis had several Canal Zone friends visit them in Lillian,
Ala., this summer. The first to arrive were the entire Bishop
family: Ed and Bonnie (Bishop) (BHS'63) Beasley and
David (BHS'68) and Diana (Duncan) (BHS'76) Bishop
flew up from Panama, David's daughter Dee Bishop -
(BHS'98) drove up from Gainesville, Fla., and Sam and
Billie (Bishop) Greenwood drove over from Baton Rouge,
La. They enjoyed boating/jet skiing on Perdido Bay, eating
boiled shrimp and playing liar's dice. (L-R): Roger and Florinda Wells, Beth Gaul, Geri Foster,
Don DeStaffino and Bill Foster.

Allen Cotton, Reporter
(334) 361-2373


(L-R): Sam and Billie Greenwood, Ed and Bonnie Beasley, The NW Arkansas Society met on October 25 at the
Dee Bishop, Dave and Diana Bishop. Catfish Hole restaurant in Fayetteville. We had 14 members
and one guest attend. Mary Condon, Maxine Wrenn,
The following week, Jean and Doris Burns spent two
Kathleen Huffman, Alice Nail, Mary Stephens, Joe and
nights on their way from Tulsa, Okla., to the PCC Reunion.
Gretta Vowell, Carl and Petie Maedl, Mike and Henrietta
When they learned that Albertson's Liquor Store in Pensacola
sold Ron Cortez, they bought three half gallons. oroda, Bobby Summers, Cassie Summers, Polly
Davidson, Cheryl Harp, and Betty Dunning.

L-R: I

Joe and Gretta Vowell went to Arizona the Ist of October
to visit their daughter, Alison who is teaching on a Hopi
Indian Reservation in Keams Canyon. Alison just received
her Master's Degree in Secondary Education. They loved
Arizona and toured Canyon de Chinle in a jeep. They also
traveled to Tucson to see the Saguaro Cactus and Salt River
Canyon, which Joe fell in love with.
Mary Condon went on another trip (tour). They flew from
Northwest Arkansas to Boston, Mass. and then toured
through New Hampshire and Maine by bus. While the other
tour members visited the famous historical sights, I visited
two friends, Mary Collins and Anne Palisano who were
teachers at Ft. Kobbe. Seeing them again was wonderful she
reported. I rejoined the group for the New Hampshire\Maine
segment of the tour. This was all crammed into eight days,
October 1st to 8th.
Carl and Petie Maedl celebrated their 65th Wedding
Anniversary at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville, Ark.

Betty Dunning, Reporter
(479) 633-0612


Southern California

November 3, 1903, date of the signing of the treaty
between Panama and the United States, to November 3, 2003
--how swiftly these one hundred years have passed. And
we've learned through the years that "nothing ever stays the
same". I'm happy to report that the news is good. Reports that
I've received from former Canal Zonians and Panamanians
visiting 'back home" are interesting, and recommend our tak-
ing a trip down memory lane. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
It was a real treat to see so many family members and
friends at the PCSFL annual reunion in Orlando. My daugh-
ter Tina (Cartotto) Ressa (BHS'68) attended with me, and
was so happy to see her classmates and other friends. I joined
her at her class reunion and it was wonderful to see her class-
mates again, some of whom were in my Brownie and Girl
Scout Troops. I also met classmate Eduardo de Alba, an
attorney in Panama. His father, Dr. Eduardo de Alba who
retired as a cardiologist at Gorgas Hospital, took care of
Tina's dad, Greg Cartotto, for so many years. I asked him to
give his Dad our family's best regards and tell how much we
appreciate his care through the years.
The Canal Zonians' annual reunion at The Chateau in the
Poconos was a big hit with the thirty-four attending. Old
timers and newcomers alike enjoyed the new hotel. The com-
mittee members did a fine job in arranging for the hospitality
suite, which was open and manned by volunteers all during
the days and evenings, so there was plenty of time for visit-
ing. Shirley (Jennings) Erickson (CHS/BHS'40) planned to
report on this reunion in this issue. I'm certain that, when
word gets around, we'll have a bigger turnout in future years.
Vince and Dottie Ridge, Center Valley, Pa. invited me to

attend the Poconos reunion with them, and to visit our fami-
ly in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey. We had visits with
their daughter Sue in Center Valley; daughter Eileen Jones,
Reading, and daughter Valerie, a junior at Bloomsburg
College, Pa.; with son Mike and family in Hackettstown,
N.J., and with Kevin and his wife Lorraine in Allentown.
We enjoyed a get-together at lunch in Bordentown, N.J., with
the families of our late brother, Ralph, and sister, Mary
We then drove to Cleveland, Ohio, to see longtime friends
Bob and Kay Green in Avon Lake. They live about a block
from Lake Erie. Bob and Vince worked together in the
Mechanical Division, Balboa, just before WWII. We spent a
weekend in Davenport, Iowa, with our brother Joe (BHS'48)
and Sue Ridge of Burlington, Iowa, and their daughter Kate
and grandson Stone of Davenport and son Mike of Chicago.
Rachel, daughter of Pat and the late Bob Ridge, came over
with her husband Greg Feuerbach and Caitlin and Daniel
for an evening's visit. They live in Tucson, Ariz., and were
visiting Greg's parents in Walcott, Iowa.
On our way home we stopped in Columbus, Ohio, to see
Pat and Regina Ridge, and Becky (Ridge) and son Adam
Julia (Wilson) Ridge (BHS'38), Corpus Christi, Texas,
and daughter, Sister Therese Ann Ridge (Mary E. BHS'62),
Edinburg, Texas, drove in September to visit Denver, the
birthplace of Julie's father, the late John D. Wilson, former-
ly of Pedro Miguel Locks Division, and other areas in beau-
tiful Colorado. Julie was so pleased to see the old maps of the
Canal Zone from A. Jay Troup, especially Pedro Miguel
where she lived as a young girl.
Evelyn (Belanger) and Warren Wood, Lancaster, Calif.,
are the proud great-great-grandparents of Breanna Lee
Alviso, born on August 22, 2003, in Victorville, Calif.
Claudia (Wood) Raber, grandmother, was born at Gorgas
Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, and lived in the old Balboa
Flats area as a child. The family left the Canal Zone around
Ivan Jenkins, who moved in May to Las Vegas with his
daughter and son-in-law, Donna (BHS'57) and Albert
Clapp, has joined the Lions Club there, and has attended
meetings of the Masons, Shriners and Eastern Star luncheons.
The California groups, of which he is still a member, invite
Ivan to their special functions here. At age 90 he is active as
Noble A. ("Buddy") Phillips and his wife Dottie attend-
ed the reunion in Orlando and spent three weeks visiting fam-
ily and friends in the area. Noble (BHS'33), formerly of
Balboa and Margarita, and Claude E. ("Andy") Anderson
(BHS'37), formerly of Pedro Miguel, and his wife Ruby
reside at Leisure Village, Lake Forest, a lovely, active retire-
ment residence across the freeway from me. Noble and Andy
are quite active, and were appointed recently to the Freedom
Village Resident Council.
After reading the June issue of the Canal Record, Joyce
(Haldeman) Collinge asked if I might send her a copy of the
old Ancon, Balboa and Diablo maps. She was so pleased to
see them and recall how our towns were designed prior to
WWII. Joyce is now eighty-nine, and lives near her two
daughters in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kathyrn (Argo) Taylor (CHS'53), who lives around the
corner from me, and I look forward to a fine turnout for our
holiday luncheon on December 7. It will be held at the
Holiday Inn on La Paz in Laguna Hills, and David C.
Hollowell (CHS'42), of Imperial Beach, Calif., will present
his special Canal Zone Slide Show. We hope you'll join us.

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


Central Florida

Ed and I, along with Faye Weisser, traveled to Alabama
in August for the wedding of my niece Patti. Also attending
the wedding was Jeff Riley (BHS'65), Patti's godfather. In
the course of the conversation Jeff mentioned that Mick
McGroarty (BHS'67) was living in Perry, Fla. We had not
seen Mick in about thirty years so on the way home we sur-
prised him with a visit. He is retired from the U.S. Army and
teaching ROTC at Lake City High School. It was great to see

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In June, Janet Stuart traveled to Fort Payne, Ala. to visit
her granddaughter Haleigh. Janet also got to visit with Mike
and Marge Corrigan.

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In September we celebrated Faye's birthday with a "CZ
Girl" slumber party at the home of Debbie Beall in Daytona.
These have become a "quarterly" event and each seems more
fun than the last. Attending the celebration were: Janet
Stuart, Jacque Vowell, Pam Crowell, Debbie Beall, Vicki
Sizemore and Faye Weisser.

Jacque Vowell, "Princess" Faye Weisser and Debbie Beall.
Jacque Vowell, "Princess" Faye Weisser and Debbie Beall.

Patti (Sizemore) Muniz with godfather, Jeff Riley

Vicki Sizemore, Mick McGroarty, Faye Weisser, Mick's
son Mikie.

Ed Wardlow and Vic Melant at the 2003 Reunion.

Lenny Wilson rode his Harley to Daytona Beach, Fla. to
join in the festivities of Biketoberfest 2003. While he was in
Daytona, he stopped in to visit Pam Crowell. Jacque Vowell
reports that she ran into Tom Wilder and his son Chris in
front of the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach at

attendance. Despite an absence of many of the "regulars' due
to illness or other concerns, there was a great enthusiasm
shown among those present as they exchanged tales of the
"good old days" and now.
Mrs. Mary Egolf, Kathy Egolf and George Egolf made
the long trip over to represent the Panama Canal Museum
along with Marguerite and Bob Zumbado. Chuck
Hummer and Joe and Beverly Wood were last-minute
absentees due to health reasons. We always look forward to
the museum folks visits and their reports on the growth of the

Barbara (Curles) Aycock welcomes Kathy Egolf to the
OZ/PCDD luncheon meeting in Ocala.

Tom and Chris Wilder at the Iron Horse Saloon.

Dionne Holland, Lenny Wilson and Ed Wardlow at the
2003 reunion.

Vicki Sizemore, Reporter
(863) 967-2106


The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers have
been enjoying their semi-annual luncheon meetings for
almost 30 years now and this year (October 2003) was no
exception. Bill and Jean Muller hosted the 43 Zonians in

Marguerite and Bob Zumbado visit the Ocala Zonians.

Kathy told us about the recent new exhibit as the museum
celebrates its 5th anniversary. She thanked Leo Krziza (in
absentia) for his generous gift to the museum and mentioned
the response to the cruise next February. Bob Zumbado added
some details about the exhibit which depicts the history of the
Panama Canal starting with Spain and followed by the
French. The United States involvement in the construction of
the Canal is portrayed through many excellent photos from
the construction days to the present.
Bob and Kathy mentioned the "special" exhibit room
which changes from time to time as additional items are
added. Cayuco race enthusiasts will enjoy their representa-
tion as will the Canal Zone Boy Scouts (and Girl Scouts) who
are on display. Kathy covered past exhibits honoring the
Canal Zone police; the postal systems; and the Canal Zone
schools. Bob explained that future plans will be equally as
interesting. He also gave credit to those who contributed their
time and effort to set it all up.

Tewinkel Davidson reminded all to "come by on

Chuck Hummer and
at the museum.

(Note: Bill and Jean Muller drove to Seminole, Fla., to
attend the opening of the museum's latest exhibit in
Bill Muller had a "Roll call" to introduce all those present
and read an e-mail from Barbara Kelly Barton who was
unable to attend for health reasons. She reported a substitute
for nursing home care. She explained that the Holiday Inn
provided most of the same services (swimming pool, workout
room, lounge, washer, dryer, etc.) and bus service to the air-
port, church, etc. The money you save can be used for your
own personal pleasure. Don't forget your AARP and senior
Major Tom Wilder, PCSOCIETY 2nd VP, gave us an up-
to-date report on the Society's Executive Board meeting. the
Panama Canal Society General Meeting will be returning to
the Ocala area with lunch at Carmichael's Restaurant. For
more information see page 3 of this issue or contact Tom
Wilder at (352) 694-2211, or call the Panama Canal Society
office. The Society's November meeting will be in
Clearwater. The September meeting was cancelled due to
inclement weather forecast (Hurricane Henri). Tom explained
the delay in the Canal Record distribution in October so as to
include the many events of the 2003 Canal Reunion. This
issue for December will be back on schedule.
Another e-mail was read reporting on an AAADD (Age
Activated Attention Deficit Disorder) individual who had
trouble concentrating on what to do next. A bit of all of us
laughed at ourselves. Now where did I leave the remote?
Irwin Frank's report on his recent visit to the ex-Canal
Zone was of interest to all of us but brought a divided inter-
est in "one last trip" vs "I want to remember it as it was when
I lived there".
October birthdays of interest: Marie Curies "enjoyed her
day" as she celebrated 92 on October 4th. John Muller was
89 on October 18th, and Maurice Tewinkel also turned 92 on
October 31st (Halloween night). "Trick or Treat!"
Several door prizes were presented to some lucky win-
ners. Joe Maravilla donated an American Legion Post #1
Balboa license plate to the PC museum. Maurice Tewinkel
went back to Gainesville with a PC museum bronze
Centennial Memorial Medallion. Peggy "Dee Dee"

Jean Muller welcomes Maurice Tewinkel and Margaret
"Dee Dee" (Tewinkel) Davidson to the OZ/PCDD October

Grace and Leo Shadeck donated a Panama Recipes
book, "La Cocina de Panama", which now resides in Ethel
and Jim Wich's kitchen. A beautiful PC museum Christmas
Ornament should find a prominent place in the Christmas
decorations at the home of Agnes and Edward Mulroy. Ted
Norris, who was the last one to "sign-in", took home four
bottles of Ron Abuelo which he said he could put to good use.
Next luncheon meeting is set for Tuesday, April 6, 2004 at
Barbara (Curles) and Dave Aycock traveled to Las
Vegas for daughter Debra's September 6th wedding which
turned into a family reunion. A highlight of the trip was
Celine Dion's 100th performance at Caesar's Palace. In
September, Barbara flew to Seattle to visit her daughter
Kathleen and great-grandchildren. Included was a two-day
trip to Victoria, British Columbia
Please see the Canal Record (Weddings) for photo and
report of the marriage of Barbara's granddaughter Brandi
Renee Richey and Daniel Lyle Purvis.
We received a letter through Woody Foster from George
Fitzgerald, a former regular OZ/PCDD before moving to the
northwest corner of South Carolina with his wife Joan. He
writes about the Balboa to Taboga launch service. Captain
Leo Critides wrote George that he had sold the launch
Islamorada and his more luxurious charter vessel to an outfit
associated with the Carnival Cruise Lines. The Islamorada
had many owners and was originally named Santana and
built in 1912. Name was changed in 1938 by a new owner,
Leo Johnson of Islamorada, Fla. George wrote Leo about the
various Zone employees that had businesses in Panama and
the class reunion at Kings Point. Capt. Albert Wilder found
it all interesting.
Edna (Curles) and Larry Didier took a cruise in May on
the Holland America Cruise Line through the Inland Passage
to Alaska, sailing out of Seattle. They went ashore at Juneau,
Sitka, and Ketchican. Some of Larry's family joined them on
their "marvelous" trip and they were inducted into the
Mariner's Society at a reception for frequent travelers.
In August they were off to Anchorage, Alaska to visit her
son and daughter-in-law for many "local" trips to become

familiar with the area. Took a drive to Seward and vicinity
and enjoyed her birthday celebration at a great restaurant.
October found them back in Ocala after a five-day trip to
Branson, Mo., on a AAASignaTour. All arrangements were
pre-arranged (meals, accommodations, shows and bus rides).
They saw the Hughes Brothers, Lost in the 50s, the Duttons,
the Doug Gabriel Show, the Jim Stafford Show, Yakov
Smiroff and Shoji Tabuki, and were dined and entertained
on the showboat Branson Belle. "Wow! Fantastic!" All this
was topped off with a touch of fall and Autumn leaves chang-
ing colors.
Dianne and Jerry Cox are both back home again in
Ocala after their time in Japan. More on this later. Dianne
writes that her son Wally was a recipient of letters from the
3rd grade class of St. Martha Catholic School during
Operation Iraq. Mary (McKeon) Rebhan's daughter Alexa
and her classmates received in turn a photo of Wally and a hat
for each from the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) where Wally
is stationed. Mary and Wally went to school together in
Gamboa when they all lived up on the Ridge. A photo in the
school paper showed the class with Alexa holding the photo
of Wally.

William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
(352) 854-7902


On their way home to Houston, Marge (Rathgeber) and
Jack Ruoff visited Barb and Louie Dedeaux for a few days.
While Jack and Louie enjoyed golfing, Marge and Barb
lunched and visited with Jerry Sullivan.

Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux, Jerry Sullivan and Marge
(Rathgeber) Ruoff.

We had a great time as usual at the 2003 Reunion in July.
Keith and I really enjoyed working at Registration and look
forward to doing it again in 2004. I enjoyed working as a
"page" again at the Annual Business Meeting and especially
working alongside my friend Shirley (Bonneau) Camby
(CHS'61). This year Shirley (Harrington) Boswell and
Barbara (Boyer) Slover worked with us and we all really
worked great together--two Shirleys and two Barbaras--what

a coincidence. I hope we can all do it together again next year.
After the meeting, I saw my good friend Pat Lindley-
Dominguez and her husband Oscar, who I hadn't seen since
I left Panama in '94. Pat was an attorney when I was a Legal
Technician in the PCC General Counsel's Office. It was quite
an emotional reunion Pat and Oscar are (what we say here
in the South) "good folk".
It was good to see my brother Butch again (we hadn't
seen him since the last Reunion) and our good friends Joe
Lorenzo, Jim Brooks and his family, Shirley (Bonneau) and
Skeeter Camby.
Had our yearly get-together with my fellow reporters on
Friday, hosted by our Editor Jacque (Crowell) Vowell. This
year we had a guest speaker, Jim Reid, who gave us very
helpful tips on how to improve our picture-taking skills.
A most pleasurable highlight was attending Mass cele-
brated by Father John Kennedy and concelebrated by Father
Frank Pretto on Saturday afternoon with all the St. Mary's
gang. Anita Oberholtzer took pictures of us again and she
did a great job. It's always such a warm feeling to see every-
one and remember the good times we all had at St. Mary's
Church in Balboa -- those were the days!
The dances on Friday and Saturday were superb as usual,
and we all had a wonderful time. We saw friends we hadn't
seen in many years.
Our friends Eileen (Cox) and Jeoff Cowell showed up
again I know they're going to be regulars from now on (no
matter how many times she says "I won't be going this
year"). We really enjoy spending time with them.
An extra special treat this year for us was to have Keith's
godmother, Olga (Infuse) Scott, and her husband Frank
attend the Reunion. Frank's daughters Tracy (Scott) Herring
and Dale (Scott) Brokaw also were there with their children.
We attended the dances with Olga and Frank and had such a
great time just being together. On Saturday evening we all
had dinner together that was really special. It was wonder-
ful seeing them all again.
My daughter Darla (Vose) Creek, her husband Jeff and
children, Shane (15) and Jonathan (4), also attended the
Reunion. I hardly saw them Darla was busy with her friends
and Shane was just having a great time mixing with everyone
and meeting new people. My son Kevin was there also; since
he was staying at another hotel, I only saw him once. But, I
know they all had a great time.
Barb Dedeaux says she thought the Reunion was great -
they saw many good friends, enjoyed breakfast with the "bar-
becue" group and celebrated her 50th class reunion.

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After the Reunion, Keith and I took a trip to Spring Hill
and had a great time with his Dad. Keith took me on a sight-
seeing tour while there and we enjoyed dining out. His Dad
always gives us the most delicious grapefruits from his tree in
the backyard. I finally got to see this beautiful tree can't wait
for the fruit to ripen, hopefully soon.
Keith and I went to Georgia in August to visit with our
good friends Georgia and Elmer Crisp. They took us out to
the VFW for a steak dinner (the largest steak I've ever had
and the most delicious). Every other Friday night a steak din-
ner is held there along with Karaoke and lots of dancing. We
had such a great time.
In September George (Barb Dedeaux's brother) and
Bobby Egolf visited Barb and Louie for a week they had a
great visit, but the time went by too quickly. They had time
this trip to come over and see me for a nice, but too short

decided to go along with them on their trip and were glad they

Rear: Louie Dedeaux and grandson J Dedeaux. Front (L-
R):Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux holding Chi Chi, Scott Pape,
Dorothy (Dedeaux) Pape, Georgia (Pape) Handy holding
daughter Annalee Handy, visit with Dedeaux family.

In October, a bridal shower was held for me at my friend
and neighbor's home given by my daughter, Darla (Vose)
Creek, Barb (Egolf) Dedeaux, Dawn Vose, Millie Heck,
Donna Khork, Norma Chmura and my caterer friend, Sue
Hawthorne. What a fabulous shower they gave me--it sur-
passed anything I had expected. So many of my friends and
neighbors were there no one wanted to leave. I was pam-
pered with Mimosas, delicious homemade delicacies and
received so many beautiful gifts.

(Rear): Doug Litton and George Egolf. Front (L-R): Jean
Litton, Bobbie (Williams) Egolf, Barbara (Egolf) and
Louie Dedeaux.
In September Deb Dedeaux and her son J had a com-
bined birthday party at their home in Pace. I went with Barb
and Louie since Keith was in Jacksonville. Family and
friends came to wish them well and enjoyed a fabulous bar-
becue and delicious dessert (chocolate cake made by Deb's
mom). After, we all sat inside and relaxed contentedly with
full stomachs. What a great time we had.

(L-R): Barb (Hall) Vose, Deb Dedeaux, Barb (Egolf)
Dedeaux and Carol Clement, Deb's birthday party.

Louie Dedeaux's sister, Dorothy (Dedeaux) Pape, her
son Scott and daughter Georgia (Pape) Handy and her
daughter Annalee Handy were on their way to Gulfport,
Miss., to visit relatives and stopped in to visit. Louie and Barb

(L-R): Darla (Vose) Creek, Barb (Hall) Vose, Dawn (Berg)
Vose and Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux, Bridal Shower Oct.

We're really looking forward to staying at the Caribe
Royale for 2004 Reunion it looks like it'll be fun.
If you have any news for my next article, please send it or
call me no matter how small. Hasta luego!

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

Pinellas County

More movers: Betty Boyer moved to a lovely three-bed-
room apartment in the Grand Reserve apartment complex on
Park Street in Clearwater. She is so pleased to have a large
dining room able to accommodate her large dining room
table. Another mover is Dorothy Yocum who has moved to
an assisted living facility in the Vineyard Inn complex on
Ridge Road in Seminole.
This reporter has recently discovered a group of Canal
Zonian women who meet on Thursdays for lunch at different
restaurants. The women are Mary Lou Lang, Sally
Nickisher, Jan Carr, Mary DesLondes, Doris Holt, Betty
Boyer, Marcia Cicero, and Gladys Mead.
Diane Hickey Irvine came to stay with her mother while
her mother, Millie Hickey, was having her leaking roof
repaired and the flooded back bedroom, sunroom and porch.
While here in Clearwater, Diane and her childhood and long-
time friend, Alice Taber of Seminole, were able to visit and
eat out while going to the mall.
On September 27th the Panama Canal Museum enter-
tained over 50 guests at their new exhibit The History of the
Panama Canal. Among the guests, seldom seen Zonians were
present. Those people were Larry and Sue Barca, St.
Petersburg; Marion and Lee Kariger, Sarasota; Helen
Ledgerwood, Seminole; Bobby and George Egolf, St.
Petersburg; Randy Rios, Pinellas Park; Tony and Anna
Mann, Tampa; and Alice and Carlie Taber. Capt. Robert
Valentine of Palm Harbor introduced his new wife Edna of
one year.
Plans for a Health Bureau Reunion to be held in Panama
in 2004 are being organized by Anna Buchter and Grace
Shadeck. At present feelers are being put out to estimate the
number interested in this reunion. When that is determined,
details re lodgings, transportation, program/activities, etc.,
will be furnished to the participants. My suggestion is to plan
the event during the dry season as that is the best time of the
year in Panama. Also, it would be great to leave the winter
weather for those living in the United States.
Traveling has gotten Eleanor Buehler on the go again.
Besides visiting her son Paul "Paco" and her two daughters,
Judy and Beverly, she will attend her college class reunion
at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. What a wonder-
ful way to spend the month of October.
The Canal Zone Ladies Club (this club has been going for
45 years starting in the Canal Zone and continuing in the
States) held its last meeting at the home of Elma (Scheibe)
Seiferlein in New Port Richey. Attending members were
Grace Carey, Aura Erikson, Betty Snow, and Beverly
Williams. Absent members were Betty Boyer, Eleanor
Buehler, Mildred Hickey, Carlie Taber, Alice Taber, and
Jeanne Wheeler.
Elma's daughter, Kathy (Scheibe) Gabriel (CHS'67),
who was visiting her mother for three weeks, had an absolute-
ly great time seeing and reminiscing with old and familiar
faces from the Zone. (Kathy and her husband, Philip "Skip"
Gabriel (CHS'65), are enjoying their new retirement home in
Idaho 25 acres nestled amongst some of the most spectacu-
lar scenery ever.)

Everyone enjoyed Elma's wonderful homecooked Italian
dinner and the Canal Zone camaraderie.
Joan MacKenzie Kozar Murphy and her husband visit-
ed Barbara Hickey Grinnell in her new home in Heritage
Springs. Joan liked the place so well she is building a home
around the corer.
Mercedes Peterson Salter also visited Barbara for a few
days. Barbara, Mercedes and her sister-in-law Lynn Salter
joined Mildred Hickey for her usual "Sunday at Mom's"

Betty Snow, Reporter
(727) 799-4769

South Florida

I can't believe the Florida Marlins are heading to the
World Series... again? When I first moved up to the states
back in '97, I couldn't care less who was going to the big
show. I was busy sorting through my hold baggage and ask-
ing myself why I decided to pack so much junk. Why else
would a bachelor need a four-bedroom house? Regardless, I
ended up going to Pro Payer Stadium to watch the Marlins
beat the Cleveland Indians in game one. So this is how you
play/pay the beisbol in the Estados Unidos. That was quite
different than listening to game 7 of the 1960 World Series on
my dad's Zenith Transoceanic, Pirates vs. Yankees, "Bottom
of the ninth, Bill Mazeroski steps up to the plate...."
Speaking of great sports rivalries, Gloria (Burgoon)
Wright and I were reminiscing about the old basketball play-
off games between the Celtics and the Lakers. There were
some pretty rowdy playoff games at her and Marvin's trailer
in Curundu during the 80s. Big BBQs and lots of fun. Go
Celtics. Gloria just moved to South Florida from Panama to
work for the clinic at Southcom.
I ran into Becky (Abell) Erhart the other day at
USSOUTHCOM where we both work and she tells me that
she and her Mother (Lillian Abell Pedro Miguel) have now
moved into their new home in Miami and are loving this trop-
ical weather and Latino food. Michael Erhart brought his
family from Japan for a visit on their way to Panama for the
summer and Debbie Erhart came from Virginia Beach in
time to visit with her brother and his family. They all had a
wonderful time visiting family and CZ friends in the area.
Michael, Dilva, and Debbie went out with Mike Schmidt
and his wife Carolina to see some of the nightlife in Miami.

L-R: Debbie Erhart, Becky Erhart, L
Dilva, Annie and Lebet Erhart.

Lastly, TY told me he wants to take a break from the
limelight. He says that at the reunion, his friends said there
was no reason to ask him what he's been up to because he's
in every South Florida report. So, I'm leaving TY out of my
article this time just like he asked. That's it. Punto final. By
the way, I heard that his visit with Bill and Geri (Blanchette)
Foster over the Columbus Day weekend was just like being
back in Gamboa. He and Gloria went on a road trip and had
a great time. Linda and I will have to pay the Fosters a visit
soon! Are we still invited?
Hasta pronto,

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

Space Coast

We welcome Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt to Merritt Island.
We are glad to have her and she will definitely be a positive
addition to our group here in Florida.
Earlier this month we had our annual Space Coast Picnic
and some of the Society Board members came over to the
"Atlantic Side" (Gold Coast) for a Board Meeting in con-
junction with our picnic. We thank Bill McLaughlin, Tom
Wilder, Bob Russell and Nancy Van Siclen for making the
trip and making our picnic a bit more fun. There were 73
members and we had quite a few door prizes--we thank
everyone who donated those. The Society graciously donated
a beautiful mola bag for a special raffle and Joyce
Humphrey was the lucky winner of that. I was very diligent
this year and made sure that I took lots of pictures of every-
one...and not one of them came out well enough to use in the
Record...the lighting under the "bohio" was terrible and my
flash apparently did not work. I will just have to try again
next year...and hope that lots of other people bring cameras
and use them.

Seated (L-R): Bob McConaughey, Lou Husted, Brian
Dishong, Evelyn Dishong, Robyn Husted, Colleen Husted,
Adrea Dempsey, Chaco Smail, Jackie Thompson.
Standing (L-R): Bo Small, Cathy Spafford, Valerie
Dempsey, Donita McConaughey, Nikki Meyer, Ron
Meyer, Fran Meyer, Buddy Dempsey, Craig Meyer.


The Watkins/Hunt clan spent Labor Day weekend in
Jamaica at the all-inclusive Runaway Bay Breezes Superclub
Resort. The group met at Orlando Airport and it was all fun
from there...everyone agreed a return to Jamaica is a must and
that "all inclusive" is the only way to go--I'm sure the resort
lost money on this group. Yeah, mon--no problem.

Front Row (L-R): Kelly Hunt, Jennifer Ender, Dawn
Bilgray, Kristen Robinson, Leanne Watkins, Lisa Hunt,
Janet Watkins, Natalie Watkins, Darleen Hunt, Paul
"Mac" McDill. Back Row (L-R): Laura McDill, Willliam
Acosta, Wayne Watkins, David Lemon, Richard Lemon,
Norman Watkins, Eric Hefley, Joe Hunt.

Since it wouldn't be an "official" Space Coast Canal
Record report without a picture of either Randy or Joella
Deakins, I thought that this would be a good one this was
taken at the 2002 Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando.

Joella and Violet Deakins

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year
and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing lots of
news and pictures for the next issue.

Kathie McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281

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and Georgia Thompson, and Johnny Marshall.

It's fall, so that means football season is here. And in
Tally, with diehard Florida State Seminole fans, that also
means it's party time. Tailgate parties are a must for those
who hold season tickets and never miss a FSU game. Last
week was no exception, even though it was raining, chilly,
and the prospects of beating Miami seemed low. None of that
deterred the Woods, Meads, Lintons, Spradlins and others
who left home at 8:30 a.m. in order to tailgate before the noon
kickoff. Lots of food and drink was brought along, but Angie
decided it was really the Bloody Marys that the folks next to
them were drinking that would hit the spot. Ever the knight in
shining armor, Rich walked over to the friendly looking
group, with a ten-dollar bill in hand, and asked if he could
please buy a couple of Bloody Marys. Tallahassee's southern
hospitality being what it is, they cheerfully gave him the two
drinks, but declined the money (see why we love this place).
Rich thanked them profusely and gallantly marched back to
his bride with coveted drinks in hand, only to hear Angie say,
"I didn't want a Bloody Mary! I just wanted the tomato juice,
so I could mix it with beer". That's about how the whole day
went: continuous rain, FSU fumbles galore, and a big time
loss to Miami.
Had some news from Skip Rowley that I want to pass
along. First, congratulations are in order, as Skip's barber-
shop chorus, the "Panhandlers", a group of sixty-three men
from Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando,
Pensacola, Ft. Walton Beach, and Panama City, took fourth
place in the state championship. In fact, an article titled
"Group of Homeless Low Life Set All-Time Barbershop
Record in Daytona," congratulates the group for setting a
national record for points scored (840) per rehearsal hour.
The group, dressed as bums and singing numbers such as
"We Ain't Got a Barrel of Money", had rehearsed together
only twice before the competition.
Skip also reports that while he and Bev were at their time-
share in Destin, Fla., they called their friends, Lane and
Georgia Thompson who live nearby, to see if they could get
together. To their delight, Lane told Skip that Tommy
McCullough and Johnny Marshall were also visiting, so the
entire group of old friends would be able to meet over dinner
at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Destin. Tommy, Lane, Johnny
and Skip were all Cub and Boy Scouts together, as well as
schoolmates in Cristobal and Margarita. When they started
telling old stories about stealing Christmas trees and other
shenanigans, they laughed so hard the waitress came over to
see if they were all okay.

The Four Musketeers: Lane Thompson, Johnny Marshall,
Skip Rowley and Tommy McCullough.

Sharon Smith, Reporter
(850) 668-4121


Hola a Todos! Hello to all I am back. I wish to apologize
for not submitting a report in the last Canal Record, but it has
been a sad and difficult couple of months in the Stokes-
Cansler household with the passing of my in-laws within two
weeks of each other and then the settling of their estate. My
10-year-old little boy, Ryan Cansler, took it especially hard
and so my husband David and I spent a lot of "family" time
with him to try to ease his sorrow. We are doing so much bet-
ter but I must admit that it helped having my "Zone" families
out there. I especially wish to thank Bill McLaughlin and the
Board Members for the wonderful card and kind words, as
well as to all of my "Amigos" out there for the emails, letters,
and phone calls. David, Amber, Ryan and I bless you all very
And now for the news, but first oye T-Bird, tu Picante
"Shoop Shoop" was excellent so one LARGE order of
empanadas and my bags of frozen aji chombos are yours,
amigo, along with a Christmas cigar and oh yes, don't worry
Lucho and TY (sorry I forgot you did not want to be in the


Record), yours are coming tambien. And to Mikey Young,
how do I send an order of empanadas to Tennessee, loco?
I received a wonderful email and photos to share from the
Carey children in Florida when they recently celebrated their
mother's 80th birthday in Brandon, Fla. The guest of honor,
the birthday girl, was Martha Ann Carey. In attendance
were four of her five children: Tom Carey, Barbara (Carey)
Darby, Maureen (Carey) Domenech, and John Carey.
Grandchildren in attendance were Jason, Robert and Renee
Domenech, and friends Yoela and Vivian Cedeflo, Lou
Domenech, Amy Samek, and Pete Mistele also attended.

CHS'79 classmate, Sharon (Dumas) Hoffman, sent me an
email and two wonderful photos of her son Travis when he
won in his district's wrestling tournaments. She writes that he
has gotten so good now that they may have a two-day tour-
nament here in Tampa very soon.

Martha Ann Carey with her birthday cake and family.

Martha Ann Carey and her extended family.

I recently received a wonderful email from one of best
friends, Tamara (Sam Samano) O'Brien (CHS'78). She
tells me that her oldest son, Andrew S. Lehmann, is cur-
rently in Army Basic Training at Fort Benning, Ga., to
become an Infantry Airborne soldier. He should be done with
training in mid-December and she hopes to have him home
for Christmas, after which he'll be sent to his duty station
which she thinks will be with the 82nd Airborne in Fort
Bragg, N.C. Also, Sam's 20-year-old daughter, Nicki
Lehmann, is planning to join the Army next year and is hop-
ing to go into the CID or Counter Intelligence field. I always
thought that the military was a great start for a woman (I can
say that now I'm a retired veteran).
I always get a great kick when I hear from our members
and friends about the accomplishments of their children. My

Travis Hoffman at the District level wrestling tournament.

Super kudos to Lisa Kelleher for doing her part to help
the American Heart Association in their fight against heart
disease and stroke at the Alachua Division American Heart
Walk. Lisa's personal goal was to raise $500 and to help sup-
port the memory of her father, John Ramsey formerly of
Gamboa, who had a history of heart disease and endured var-
ious open heart surgeries before he finally succumbed to a
heart attack. Lisa also stepped out to honor her mother-in-
law, Betty Kelleher, formerly of Gamboa, who currently
lives in St. Petersburg. What a wonderful way to honor and
remember those you love, to make a stand against these ail-
ments and especially to help in a very good cause.
My former Coco Solo neighbor, Jamie (Mowery)
Dickinson, writes that her family just recently spent a lovely
time in the Keys on their boat scuba diving and enjoying this
wonderful Florida weather. While they were there, they had

the opportunity to visit with some other Colo Soloites, Scott
and Marc Loizeaux, who were also there with their families.
She says that many an hour was spent talking about the old
times in the Canal Zone and about growing up in Coco Solo
..those definitely were the days.
Some more excellent news comes from Robert and
Jeanne Rupp on their son, Ryan Christopher Rupp's grad-
uation from Riverview High School, Riverview, Fla., this
past May.

Ryan Christopher Rupp's graduation.

Just another reminder to please contact me with your
news, updates and photos to share in the next Canal Record.
And, if you are in the Tampa Bay area, por favor, call me. Let
us get together for some great Cuban food and lots of
bochinche. I am only a phone call away.

Lynnette "Leni" Stokes, Reporter
(813) 672-2298
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I am writing this report on what has to be the most beau-
tiful day we have ever had in Georgia. Reminds me of the
Volcan weather in dry season, and I did spend most of the
morning outside working in the garden just so I could enjoy
this beautiful day.
We went to the Panama Canal Reunion in late July and
saw lots of friends and family. I put together a collage of
some of the photos taken at the Reunion, my first attempt at
doing this. Adamary Anderson, one of our wonderful teach-
ers at CHS, came to the Reunion and she looked wonderful.

She came to our room for a short visit, and I was glad the
photo that my husband took of her, John Hayes, my sister
Dorothy Rowley Gerhart and me turned out so well. Yes,
we were all from CHS. I also managed to get a group photo
of Adamary along with other CHS classmates after the terrif-
ic Society luncheon/show that was put on by Bruce Quinn,
another of my classmates, only from BHS. All I can say about
the luncheon/show was that there was hardly a dry eye in the
house, me included. It was excellent, but then I knew it would
be as Bruce is so talented and I have always enjoyed every-
thing that he has done.

Adamary Anderson with CHS students

Prior to the Panama Canal Reunion, my daughter Lori
Stevenson Snow, her husband Virgil and two of her
youngest children plus myself went to visit Universal City
Studios. We had a great day there, saw lots of shows and the
Snow family went on lots of rides, but I decided I liked my
feet firmly planted on the ground. I watched them ride these
scary roller coasters while trying to find a shady spot, as it
was hot, hot, hot.

June Stevenson, Nick, Virgil, Lori and Sara Snow visiting
Universal Studios in July 2003 during the Annual Panama
Canal Reunion.

Mary Lerchen had written me a note, along with the
photo, stating that Marie Browder and her son Bill (not pic-
tured) treated her to dinner near Falcons' Landing Center, Va.,
where Marie was living.

In September, I had a mini-reunion of my own here in
Lawrenceville. Tony and Sigi Espino, who are currently liv-
ing in Germany, Judy Baerg from Arizona and Sidney
George were here for a week, and it was so wonderful hav-
ing them all here once again. We had a good time just visit-
ing and reliving our memories of Panama and Vienna, where
Tony and Sigi had lived for several years, and where Judy,
Sidney and I went to visit them several years ago when we
traveled together to Europe. While here in Georgia, we went
for a great lunch at the Blue Willow Inn in the small town of
Social Circle about an hour's drive from my home. It is a
southern-type plantation that has delicious Southern food, all
4 served buffet style, and well worth the visit. Those who live
NMar) Lerchen and NMarie Browder at Falcons' Landing in this area all know about the Blue Willow Inn and if you
Center, Va. ever come to Georgia for a visit, you should go there for
either lunch or dinner.
Cissy Collins sent me a note saying that she and Gary
met up with Carlos and Phyllis Pinzon (Iowa) and Larry
and Monica Milam (Arkansas) at Branson Fairfield at the
Meadows in Branson, Mo., for a week's stay. While there,
they also got together with Hank and Nickie Thompson
from nearby Harrison. The Collins, Pinzons and Milams have
traveled to other places in the past and always seem to have a
great time. While in Branson they spent a day at Silver Dollar
City, toured Branson in the "Duck" boat (an amphibious vehi-
cle salvaged from WWII), saw a trout hatchery, and the
Butterfly Place, where they saw swarms of beautiful butter-
flies, reminding them of both Panama and Callaway Gardens Judy Baerg, June Rowley Stevenson, Tony and Sigi
in Georgia. While in Branson, they also had lunch with Nikki Espino, Sidney George.
and Jaye Dietz at the Table Rock Restaurant. They said the
food was delicious, the view breathtaking and Jaye and Nikki
had not changed. All in all, a wonderful time was had by all.

Standing (L-R): Monica and Larry Milam, Cissy and Gary
Collins. Sitting (L-R): Carlos and Phyllis Pinzon and Hank
and Nickie Thompson at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Mo.,
March 2003.

Bev and Skip Rowley
Annual Reunion 2003

Gary and Cissy Collins and Nikki and Jaye Dietz at Table Rolo Linares and Titina Joyce
Rock Restaurant, Branson, Mo. Annual Reunion 2003

I want to remind all my classmates from both CHS/BHS
that we are planning on our 50th class reunion from July 28-
August 1, 2004 in Orlando during the regular Panama Canal
Society Reunion. If you have not already done so, please con-
tact either Marguerite Neal Zumbado, Sheila McNamee
Taylor or me, June Rowley Stevenson, to let us know if you
will be coming. Also, please contact any of the classmates
that you still correspond with to let them know, just in case
they might not be aware that we are planning and hoping to
see each one of them once again for a great get-together.
I will be going on an 18-day cruise with my daughter, Lori
Snow, in October so plan on taking lots of photos. Lori was
invited to be the guest speaker by Holland America talking
about Panama and the Canal, and she has put together five
awesome power point presentations on Panama. Since her
husband couldn't get away for 18 days, I was invited to be her
"assistant", so my role will be to help her out a l1 Vanna
White. We will fly over to Los Angeles to board the ship and
go down the west coast of Mexico, through the Canal, to
Columbia, Costa Rica, Grand Cayman and on to Tampa,
where the cruise ship will fly us back home to Atlanta.
Hopefully, we will have weather as wonderful as the one
today in Atlanta.
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

Herb and Joyce Dugas (BHS'49) Joubert of Baton
Rouge went to Las Vegas in September and met Grace Klein
Donahoo, who Joyce hadn't seen in 55 years but kept in
touch with through Christmas cards. Grace graduated from
BHS, married Keith and they left the Canal Zone in 1948. He
was in the Air Force and retired in Vegas. Joyce and Grace
were friends and neighbors when they lived on Amador Road
and Achee. Grace lived with her parents, sister Ruthie and
brother Otto. Otto died last year. Joyce and Herb were mar-
ried at St. Mary's in Balboa and just celebrated their 48th
wedding anniversary.
Henry and Beverly Phillips (BHS'62) Gross of
Niceville, Fla., passed through Baton Rouge in October, vis-
iting relatives and spending some time with this reporter.
They spent time with granddaughters, Julia, 13 months, and
Jordan, 3, daughters of Jeff and Phyllis Gross Miller. The
Phillipses and my family shared a Diablo duplex a "few"
years ago.
Thea Thomas, Mandeville, sent this charming family
picture to us. She and Chuck are behind the couch where
Andy (BHS'90) and Karen Thomas sit with newborn,
Stephan John Thomas. Andy, Karen and Stephan live in
Santa Monica, Calif.


Sharon Creque (BHS'74), Baton Rouge, had a great time
at this year's reunion. She lived in Curundu and Fort Clayton.
She works with the Continuing Legal Education Department
at Southern University, Baton Rouge.

L-R: Joyce (Dugas) Joubert at the home of Keith and
Grace Klein Donahoo.

The September ten-day "Back to Panama" tour arranged
by Jay Troup and Davis Stevenson could not have been any
better. It began and ended at Country Inn and Suites, Amador.
We "did" Panama City and the Pacific side, taking pictures of
each other in front of our old houses. (Who else in the world
does that?) We took the new Kansas City Southern train to
Cristobal and toured the Atlantic side. Visited the Gamboa
resort, made a partial transit, then headed for the Interior.
Stopped at DeCameron Beach resort, saw El Valle, El Volcan,
a thoroughbred racehorse farm, flower farm, coffee process-
ing plant and spent one whole day shopping. The food,
accommodations and stops showcase the experience and
heart of Davis and his company, Condor Outfitters. Jay took

a gazillion pictures for publication in his Parrakeet Voyager.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Joe and Penny Catron Lotterhos, Clinton, are back from
Italy, having visited urban and rural sites including Lake
Como, Belliago, Portofino, Pisa, Florence with lots of
American tourists. The statue of David was being cleaned for
his 500th birthday. Then to Lucca, Carrara and its marble,
Parma and its thermal baths, Milan with La Scala Opera
House and Gothic cathedral having 135 spires and taking 500
years to complete. Reservations are required to see da Vinci's
"Last Supper," sealed in a vapor lock to help preserve it.
Groups of 20 are admitted for 15 minutes.
Good friends, good food and good weather made the
annual Gulf Coast picnic an early fall treat. Those attending
included Emily Baas and her dad, Peter Baas of Gulfport;
Pete Benfield of Pearl River, La.; Polly and Jim Calhoun of
Slidell, La.; Carolyn and Richard Dillon of Grove Hill,
Ala.; Thelma and George Fryer of New Orleans; Gerda
Smith McManus of Smithdale; Shirley and Rudy Paoli of
Biloxi; Ed Parker of Slidell; Patt Roberson of Baker, La.;
Donna and Don Seitz of Purvis; Danny and Ginger
Newland Teer of Gulfport; and Jean and Lee Wade of
Gautier. Everyone received D'Elidas T-shirts and samples of
D'Elidas pepper sauce. This sauce is from a Panamanian-
West Indian family recipe, handed down since 1904, and even
tastier than Tabasco. We hope to have a larger turnout next
year. Please mark your calendars now for the last Saturday in
September, that's Sept. 25, 2004. It starts at 11 a.m., no-host
potluck at Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands
National Seashore, Ocean Springs. If weather permits, we'll
have the fireplace going. Gerda and I tent the night before to
tidy up our pavilion. Overnight RVing details are available.
Come join us!

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


hosted on August 9 by Murray and Candy Falk at Abrams
Park in Ridgefield, Wash. The evening before, they hosted a
potluck dinner at their Country Charm Acres Farm. Next year
William (Bee) Bailey will do the arrangements for the picnic
to be held on August 14 at the Port Townsend Elks Club RV
Park Bohio. Be sure to mark your calendars. All CZ/Panama
Northwesterners and non-Northwestemers, and non-CZers
who have been adopted by CZers, are of course invited.

Group picture of the Northwest Panama Canal picnic hosted
by Murray and Candy Falk, in Ridgefield, Wash. in early

Wallace Teal shared the thought that there's something
about the Olympic Peninsula which drew many summer
guests for visits, and he wonders if people are escaping hot
summer areas elsewhere or renewing those wonderful life-
time friendships created in Panama. Any time he looked
down Highway #101, here came some more, including Paul,
Maryanne, and Kevin Akers from Memphis, Tenn.; Scott
and Nicole Hoffman from Aviana, Italy; Tom and Joyce
Wright from Seguim, Texas; Howard and Mary Perkins
from Albuequerque, N.M.; Jennifer (Rankin) Lewis and
family from Fayetteville, Ark.; Kindra (Rankin) Younce
and family from Little Rock, Ark.; Judy Palumbo and
Robert Gates from Fairfield, Iowa; Donna and Randy
Grubbs, Christine Bru, and Kent and Trish Grubbs from
Okinawa, Japan; Doug Finley from San Francisco, Calif.;
Mike and Shannon Rigby from Logan, Utah; Wayne and
Ruth Smith from Tacoma, Wash., and Jack and Elaine
Streeter from Banks, Ore. And yes, they all had a great time.
Wallace added that Corey Grubbs is married, lives in
Laredo, Texas, and works for the border patrol.
Wallace also shared the news that Allison (Hoffman)
Hastings won a recent tennis tourney in singles, in doubles
with her mom Bev Hoffman, and in mixed doubles with hus-
band Douglas--a first for the Olympia Peninsula. Doug and
Allison have been very instrumental in promoting tennis in
their area, organizing one annual tourney and participating in

Greetings from the Northwest. It has been an absolutely
wonderful summer. The weather has been warm and sunny
for months and continued into early October so far, and there
has been lots on. The Hastings/Hoffman tennis champs, Bev Hoffman, Doug
A wonderful PanCanal/Northwest Reunion picnic was and Allison Hastings.

Honey Fealey came out for about a month to visit son
Guy M. and Mary (Wells) Fealey, and their son and daugh-
ter Guy E. and Jamie. While she was here, Mellie (Turner)
Kennedy and Howie Laatz took her over to Sequim for a
visit with Marti Lohr, a lovely carefree, shopping, eating
weekend. Guy and Mary also had Honey help paint decora-
tions on their deck rail, and shortly after it was done the
Fealeys threw a new deck inauguration party and lovely it is.
Among those who got to enjoy the dogs and burgers feast
were Mellie and Ed Kennedy, Pat Manning, Jim Fealey
and friend Jeanne, and Gerry and Howie (Adams) Laatz,
and a few non-CZ Northwestemers who feel they belong to
Pat Manning and Gerry Laatz rode in the week-long
Vincent Motorcycle Rally Ride mostly on Vancouver Island
in August. Between a prior rally and this one, Pat's friend
Diane McCauley visited and we had a wonderful time in
Victoria, British Columbia where we were treated to an
RCAF Snowbirds air show, lots of town walking, touring the
sights and good restaurants.
Jeannine Eggleston and Sandra Hayden recently
stopped in Seattle for a bit on their way to Alaska. Gerry
Briem picked them up to take them to lunch at Carole
Lightell's in Steilacoom, and they all had a great time remi-
niscing and updating on happenings.
Clover (Shobe) Duffus advised that husband Jim was
headed to Iraq in September to work on hydro plants for three
months and should be home around December 20th. He was
traveling with several others and was excited and apprehen-
sive too. Clover asks that we please keep him in our prayers.
She and son Josh will hold down the fort and look forward to
his return.

Study Fellowship for the past seven years. In Indiana she
plans to work for Centerline Properties owned by daughter
Nellie, and Mike will be their maintenance man and baby sit-
ting the grandkids whenever possible.
Ginny (Kleefkens) Rankin's daughter Sandi
McClintock ran in the annual Sound to Narrows race early
this summer in honor of her dad Billy Rankin, who for sev-
eral years said he was going to participate but never got to do
it. She pinned his picture to the back of her number so that he
could be there with her and she did exceptionally well in her
first attempt. There were several thousand participants run-
ning and she was just seconds from being in the top 200
women crossing the finish line.
Ginny's daughter Karen Blennerhassett visited from
Panama for two weeks this summer with daughter Ryann and
son Jason and they had a great time. Karen just missed see-
ing her cousin, Kindra (Rankin) Younce, and her three boys
who were out visiting Gayle (Fettler) and Robert Rankin.
Last month Ginny took daughter Sandi and her husband
Autie to the Cirque du Soleil in Renton. Now, Ginny plans to
spend the next few months quietly at home waiting for Nancy
and family to leave England for good and move back to the
Northwest in the fall.

Ginny Rankin at the Leaning Tower in Pisa, Italy.

Clover (Shobe) and Jim Duffus at Chief Mountain during
their August trip to Canada and about the Northwest.

Mike and Inez Plucker wrote that he retired October 3 as
a power plant mechanic for the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers working on hydroelectric and flood control dams.
In late October they'll be moving to Plainfield, Ind., a small
town south and west of Indy airport, close to where their
daughter Nellie, son-in-law Darrell and grandsons live. They
are looking forward to the move, and said if any of you come
through the area, they are in the book so stop in and say HI.
Some time in the future Darrell will be relocating to the
Northwest again and Mike and Inez will be moving back,
sooner rather than later they hope. Inez has been a part-time
secretary for a couple of accountants and teaching at Bible

Virginia (Sanders) Kleefkens with 4 of her great grandkids,
L-R: Jason Blennerhassett, Seth McClanahan, Great
Grandma Kleefkens, Ryann Blennerhassett and Cassidy
McClanahan. The Blennerhassetts are kids of Karen
(Rankin) and John Blennerhassett and the McClanahans
are Sandi (Rankin) and Autie McClanahan's.

Robert and Gayle Rankin had a visit from daughter
Jennifer, her husband John Lewis and their daughter Ella
Kate (2) and son Ian (3 mos.) for two weeks in July and did
exploring and camping. Robert and John biked the Crescent
Lake trail, and they all camped at Sol Duc Hot Springs.
Daughter Kindra Younce, with her boys Justin, Rob, and
Clay visited in late July for crabbing, fishing, kayaking and
camping at Mora, and visiting Rialto Beach, where the boys
loved the tidal pools and starfish. After the visit, the Younces
moved to Benton, Ark. Robert and Gayle went on a Westwind
Tug Adventure in Bella Bella, British Columbia, in August
for a week for Robert's birthday gift. They got plenty of
salmon, ling cod and did a week's fishing off a mother-ship
tug with five skiffs towed behind. They followed the fish in
the Inside Passage so there was always action, crabbing,
clamming, sightseeing, whale watching, not to mention the
gourmet meals. Gayle said it was really a great trip, and to
add to the fun, three whales came right up next to the boat
several times. They are really enjoying this weather and have
had fun kayaking along the shores near their home in
Diamond Point and at the many lakes in the Olympics. They
are expecting a week's visit from Vince and Penny (Wilder)
Canamas in early October.

It took a school bell, cannon, mola fabric, Molas, bamboo,
bamboo clicker dancers, and music by Lord Cobra to take
first place honors at the Diamond Point, Wash., July 4th
Parade.Float participants (L-R): Wallace Teal, Donna
Grubbs, Bev Hoffman, Allison (Hoffman) Hastings and
Randy Grubbs.

There they go, again. Jim and Noralie (Roche) Shobe on
the run. They took a week in July with Dan and Pat (Rudge)
Nellis and Marti Lohr to Canada and saw the sights including
Banff and then went through Idaho and parts north with their
son Steve and his wife Debbie, and daughter Clovis and her
husband Jim Duffus, and Harry Townsend.

Steve and Debbie Shobe in front of Chief Mountain.

Harry Townsend, Clover Duffus, Jim Duffus, Jim Shobe,
Steve Shobe and Debbie Shobe at Bow Falls, Banff, in

Ceci (Briem) Mano wrote that her dad Allen Briem
recently visited, very timely, his first great-grandchild Sarah
Marie was born on the day he arrived. Allen also visited his
sister Gerry Briem while here in Washington. A great reunion.

L-R: Ceci Briem Mano's daughter Amanda Kent, next to
grandfather Allen Briem holding great-granddaughter Sarah
Marie born September 21, 2003, and Ceci Briem (BHS'80).

Gerry Briem and her brother Allen Briem, '98 Marine
Bureau retiree.

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around the back side of Mount St. Helens and visited the Ape
Caves (though they weren't dressed to enter them--brrr chilly
in there). Sean is playing football, both defense and offense
(unfortunately), his school has yet to win a game, and lan is
busy being a third grader.
Tim Streeter from the Casa del Streeter estate, in Banks,
Ore., had a visit from the Knoops and the Borhams. They
had a great couple of days' visit.

L-R: Gerry Briem, Jeannine Eggleston, Sandra Hayden
and Carole Lightell with the troll under the Aurora Bridge in

Adrienne Oliver (BHS'89) and Gerry Briem at Pike
Place Market in Seattle with an employee of the main fish
market. Adrienne lives in Kansas City, Mo., and works for
the Army Corps of Engineers. The market is where the sales-
folks throw customer-selected fish to the wrappers and back
then to customers. Quite a spectator sport! Not to mention the
market in its entirety -- very Seattley.

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Adrienne Oliver with fish market employee and Gerry

Paul and Suzette Baker send hellos to everyone from
their South Pacific adventures. They're back aboard their
sailboat Altair, after departing New Zealand for Vanuatu in
September, and enjoyed exploring that wonderful and some-
what out-of-the-way country. They visited an active volcano
on Tanna which hurled molten lava hundreds of feet in the air,
very impressive at night. Next on their list is New Caledonia
with hopes to celebrate Christmas in Australia--or at least that
was the plan when they wrote October 1st.
Wink Green is currently recovering from a September
19th knee replacement surgery (her 4th), and is doing quite
well despite the fact that the previous one had pretty much
disintegrated and the doctor had to remove bits and pieces
from muscle and tendons. Wink's daughter Barbara (Green)
Litchford and sons Sean and lan did a few short trips this
summer--the NW Picnic, then Clark County Fair where they
saw their first Demolition Derby "what a hoot that was"; and
enjoyed a really fun evening. They took the "long way home"

L-R: Elaine Streeter, Jack Streeter, Mel Borham, Kathy
Borham, Maryellen Knoop and Roy Knoop (CHS'45).

Pat Manning, Gerry Laatz, and Cody Hollowell in front of
one of the new Panama Canal Railroad engines named "City
of Gatun".

Second from left in photo is DeeDee Hanna admiring a
prize-winning sand sculpture and the artist(?) during a July
Port Townsend Fair. Would you believe her coat is bright red?

Thanks to all of you Northwesterers for your interesting
reports again this time. It would be great to hear from more
of you, too. We do have fun. May your winter be warm and
full of family, friends, and fun and Seasons Greetings to each
and every one. Hasta la proxima.

Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
(360) 293-0923


Rain, rain and more rain..not that anyone was complain-
ing, at least not too much. The trees and grass, not to mention
all the beautiful flowers are as green and colorful as can be
and on the "wet weather" side of the coin, for surfers like
Jack Whitlock, Jason Critides and Tom Fennell, it's never
been nicer for waves.
You would think with all the big events that just recently
occurred here in Panama, things would pretty much be quiet
on the home front. Au contraire, there has been constant
movement and excitement, starting with Anayse Matheney
and Walter Fernandez nuptials. Here are a few of the guests
attending: Fran and Nicky Meyer, Wayne Watkins, Kelly
Hunt, Matt Grimison, Eric and Rachel (Bottin) Grimison,
Joey Lopez, Joey Zornes, Joe Wood and Bev Wood, Eric
and Sari Holland, Aileen Jenkins, Nida Nieves, Kate
Wilder, Brian Swenty, and HB Twohy III. The reception
was held at the Marriott hotel, with a live band that made you
kick your shoes off, because the MURGA had arrived.
Everyone was on the dance floor, throwing confetti and play-
ing instruments that were passed out by the wait staff. What
an incredible party! Needless to say, the sun coming up the
next day was the only thing that ruined the festivities.
August and September were the months for visitors. Of
course the opportunity to have any kind of reunion or get-
together is a must for those of us still here in Panama. Having
a BHS mini-alumni reunion, even better.

The mini-reunion group consisted of all BHS Alumni
classes '83 through '95, with the exception of one CHS
Alumni; but we let it slide this time. The laughter and good
times of stories and bochinche transcend Atlantic and Pacific
side school rivalries.
Coming home for their annual visit was Mike and Karen
(Kirby) Laverty, and this time Karen brought her folks Capt.
Robert and Helen Kirby back, after a seven-year hiatus.
They have been nestled away in Niceville, Fla., which is
located a few miles from Ft. Walton Beach and Eglin AFB.
They were absolutely blown away with all the changes that
have taken place. Bob didn't mind too much though, he got
to golf at HOROKO, Coronado and Summit. Basically, it was
a heaven on earth situation for Bob. Helen was able to do her
shopping, while Mike and Karen enjoyed the beaches during
the day, old friends at night and they ate corvina alajillo as
much as humanly possible.
We also had the arrival of a new Grill and Restaurant in
La Boca. The old Marco Polo restaurant (located in the Elks
Lodge Bldg.) is now Shamrock's Grill and Restaurant. The
owners are Sam Castleton and Doug Webster. The joint
venture has already proven to be a hit in the area, with excel-
lent food and an ambiance of friendliness with the "Cheers"
attitude, "Where everybody knows your name". It reminds
you of the good old Canal Zone days. The outstanding, deli-
cious menu is for afternoon and dinner dining, but the Burger
is a huge favorite and tastes just like the burgers from the old
Amador Golf Course--a definite taste of the past.

Inside Shamrock's Grill and Restaurant

Doug and Sam with wait staff.

Front: Trina Clark. Row 1 (L-R): Mike Stump, Prax
Penalver, Mike Fennell, HB Twohy, Mike Laverty. Back
row (L-R): Rene Acuma, Kim Holmes, Karen (Kirby)
Laverty, Sam Castleton, David McArthur.

A birthday and get-together was held at the lake house of
Jeff and Adrienne Caston in Las Cumbres. Prime rib,
Yorkshire pudding and baby potatoes were on the menu along
with a delicious Flan. In attendance were Kathy "Birthday
Girl" Bottin and boyfriend Mike Fennell, John Lucy
(Lincoln) Haines, HB Twohy III, Pedro Penalver, Alex
"Tropo" Reyes and wife Vanessa and Trina Clark. The
evening started off with a few freezing-cold Panama beers
and some delicious, smoked swordfish and amberjack and
plenty of conversation. Jeff decided to pull out the trusty old
six string and having "Slim" (from Shorty and Slim) there;
the group convinced him to play a few tunes. He did a great
rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven".
In August, Scott Newland with wife Patricia and two

children were the guests of cousin Marc Quinn at his apart-
ment in Panama City and house in El Valle. While in Panama,
the family explored various regions of the "Interior", includ-
ing Bocas del Toro and the Azuero Peninsula. Scott is the son
of Ross and Elaine (Lombard) Newland, who now reside in
Bluffton, S.C.
On August 14, in observance of the 89th anniversary of
the Opening of the Panama Canal, Marc, who is president of
Roosevelt Medal Descendants, and brother Bruce Quinn
attended a formal ceremony at Panama's Interoceanic Canal
Museum honoring Gilberto Guardia, first Panamanian
Administrator of the Canal.

The Wilders

friends for about ten days. Stan also practiced in a cayuco
with John Husum and others. Alex Bloise and his two kids,
Natasha and Nickolas, from California visited family and
friends for about ten days. Ted and Mel (Little) Henter were
here for a week to check out their house at Majagual; David
"Chili" McArthur from St. Pete, Fla. was here for about two
weeks to see friends and do some surfing and fishing up at
Pedasi. Also down for a week accompanying Chili was Tom
Young "TY" from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale with fishing up at
Pedasi and surfing along with visiting friends and family. Jim
Slice and Tom Balenger; Michael Young is back in Panama
pursuing a business venture; Mark Malavasic from Florida,
along with Steve Gilbert from Texas, brought a small group
from Florida for a week-long tour showing them Santa Clara,
DeCameron, Rio Mar, the city, points of interest and fishing
from the boat Cheers. Janice "Cookie" (Newlon) along with
hubby Bill Hurney from California came for a week's worth
of fun snorkeling in Bocas del Toro and visiting with the
Homas at the beach where they met up with "Cookie's" com-
rade-in-arms Diane (Duncan) Bishop

Anna Opel
011 (507) 686-1001

Alberta, Joanne, and Penny, the Wilder sisters celebrating
Joanne's recent birthday.

Karen Coffey hosted a very nice luncheon in her lovely
home in Gorgona for Joanne, but we didn't make Joanne
blow out any candles for fear of a fire.


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(L-R): Gae Speed, ex-Chief Nurse of Coco Solo, Dorothy
Sosa, ex-Gorgas Hospital Supv., Anna Opel, Karen Coffey,
host and ex-nurse, Carole Lightell, ex-Chief Nurse Gorgas
Hospital, Pat Allen, Nursing Education, Gorgas and Coco
Solo, Lone Soreson, ER Nurse and Nancy Cuthbert, Nurse
As promised here is the photo from the last issue of the
BBQ at Karen and Bill Coffey's beach paradise in Gorgona.
Billy promised he'd stick to BBQ'ing only and leave the pic-
ture taking to someone else.
Familiar faces seen in Panama: Stanley Wright from
Texas checking on the beaches and interior and visiting

Trina Clark
011 (507) 232-7451


In June we held our potluck luncheon with 17 members
and guests attending. Peggy Hutchison's daughter, Dianne
Cox, had just returned from Japan after a three-month's stay
with her husband Jerry, who is still working there for MIL-
COM. The following members who have lived in the Canal
Zone attended: Trudi Clontz, Charles Green, Becky
Webster, Blanche Browne, Peggy Hutchison, Mitzi
Schwindt and son Mark, Virginia Russon and Angela
Kieth. Others who attended are friends and enjoy our com-
In May, Trudi Clontz and Peggy Hutchison spent a love-
ly week at Hilton Head where they enjoyed shopping, walk-
ing the beach and eating lots of fish and shrimp.

Wally Doane, Dianne Cox and Jerry Cox

In July, Dianne Cox returned to her home in Ocala, and
Peggy went along to spend the month with her and grandson
Wally Doane, who was on vacation from the Navy. He is sta-
tioned in Italy and will be retiring in January after 21-plus
years of service. We all attended the Reunion in Orlando.
Buddy Phillips and wife Dottie from Laguna Hills, Calif.,
plus Richie and Olga Phillips and Sue and Jon Fisher, their
children and new grandbaby, and Doug Phillips' children had
a nice reunion -- about 20 in all. Wally saw many friends from
Gamboa, and Dianne attended her 45th class reunion. Peggy
saw just a few of her peers and many friends of her children.

the Mt. Pocono PanCanal Reunion for the weekend. About 36
members attended, and all had a good time. They flew on to
Avon, N.Y., for a visit with Blanche's in-laws (Carl
Browne's family) and then back to Columbia. Before Doris
returned home, they drove up to Pinehurst, N.C., to visit
Maggie and Gordon Dalton (everyone remembers Dalton
Travel Agency in the Canal Zone). They are doing fine.
Jack Woodzell's three daughters attended school in the
Canal Zone during 1973-1975. Daughter Leslie now lives in
Fredericksburg, Va., and came thru "Isabelle" okay.
Charles Green had an accident at home and broke one rib
and injured his arm quite badly, but was doing okay and we
were glad to see him and his daughter at our meeting.
Sis and Bill York were not able to attend the meeting in
June due to an operation on her head, but she recovered nice-
ly and is looking forward to our Christmas meeting in
December -- December 6th, 12:30 p.m., Houndslake Country
Club. If you wish to attend, call Peggy Hutchison, (803) 648-
We were happy to find that the granddaughter of
Elizabeth (Brown) Quintero lives and works here in Aiken.
Her mother is Beth Brown and she plans to move here soon.

Submitted by Peggy Hutchison for Trudi Clontz, Reporter
(803) 649-2759

Jon and Sue (Phillips) Foster, Buddy and Dottie Phillips.

Olga Phillips, Richie Phillips and Dianne Cox.

In September, our group met again at Red Lobster--20 in
all. Charles Green brought his daughter Virginia Machok,
who lives in North Augusta, S.C. and grew up in Gatun grad-
uating from CHS. Other Zonians attending were Peggy
Hutchison, Blanche Browne, Beverly Lard, Olga Holmes,
Bea and Joe Marriott, Caroline Westendorff, Jack and
Joan Woodzell, and Doris Leeser from Dothan, Ala.
Olga Holmes' daughter Carolyn lives in Augusta, Ga.,
and Bebe lives in Florida. Bebe's daughter has done well in
cheerleading, is a member of the Cheerleaders Assoc. of
America, and coached at schools and colleges during the
Blanche Browne went to Tampa in May to attend a bridal
shower for her granddaughter Anyse Matheney and Blanche
later attended her wedding in Panama and stayed for three
weeks. Upon her return, she visited Phyllis and Chris
Gundersen in Tampa. Phyllis was ill and has since passed on.
She was a school teacher at Curundu and Chris is a retired
PanCanal pilot. On September 5th, Doris Leeser of Dothan,
Ala., met Blanche Browne in Allentown, Pa. They attended



Sunny skies and soft breezes prevail in North Texas Fall
is finally here hooray!
Colin (BHS'77) and Karen Creel hosted another great
Panazonian party the first week in September in the Bohio in
their tropically landscaped yard. Special guest was mom,
Mary Creel, visiting from Mobile, Ala. When "Zonians"
gather there is always an abundance of sustenance in the form
of "typical dishes", "spirits" and lots of blah, blah, blah. This
reunion had it all. New faces to the group: Charlie (BHS'77)
and Liz Reiss. Charlie has been a Texas resident for twenty-
one years and has lived the last eight years in Frisco. He owns
his own company "NT Squared Consulting", a computer con-
sulting business.

Colin Creel and mom, Mary Creel.
Colin Creel and mom, Mary Creel.

Front Kneeling (L-R): Christina Seeley, Bob Medinger,
Colin Creel, Bernie Iverson and Debbie Sousa. Back (L-R):
Glenn Seeley, John Sousa, Carlton Morris, John
Connerton, Maria and Paul Conover, Bliss Connerton,
Frank Berry, Mary Creel, Mark Cicero, Charlie and Liz
Reiss, Nick Seeley and Edy Lehman.

Colin Creel, Bruce Sanders, and Lee Morton.

Glenn and Cristina (Efthimiades) Seeley and family
have recently located to the Dallas area. Glenn, an alumnus of
SMU Law School, is back in his "ole stomping grounds"
cheering on the "Mustangs football team".
Bob (BHS'75) and Nicki Medinger came with son
Trevor (2). Bob recently returned from Panama, where he is
working on a new venture with Colin Creel. Keith Cotton
and Bernie Iverson were "baching". Keith lives in nearby
Coppel and has three children. Everyone had a good time and
there is talk of another party during Christmas holidays.
Bob and Linda Morris celebrated their forty-fourth
anniversary on a transatlantic cruise from England. While in
London, they toured "Cambridge", colleges, churches and
town with former British cruisemates. They toured
Greenwich, reached by a cruise down the Thames; and vari-
ous museums. A special day was spent with Elizabeth and
John (Linda's first cousin) touring the countryside around
Windsor Castle, antiquing and enjoying "Pub Grub" at the
famous Queen's Head Pub in Little Marlowe.
After five exhilarating days it was off to Harwich to board
the RC Grandeur of the Seas. Now talk about "a small world"
- shortly after boarding, they encountered Bob (BHS'52) and
Flois Carlin and John "Bucky" and Jackie (Carlin)
Gilbert. Zonians from way back. Bob is retired from

A chance meeting in Frisco, Texas.

L-R: Mike Klipper, Murray McArthur, Lisa (McArthur)
Ward and Bliss (Morris) Connerton.

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400

Rodman where he worked as a Navy civilian and former
Canal Zone Police and Captain Bucky and Jackie Gilbert live
in San Antonio. With a lapse of over thirty years, the guys
were a little grayer (we know how that goes, don't we ladies)
but everyone looked wonderful. Traveling with "the All
Aboard Land N Sea Tour", the Carlins and Gilberts spent two
weeks sightseeing in England, Scotland and Wales before
boarding the ship. Carlin update: Son Robert Carlin
(BHS'78) is married, has two beautiful girls and lives in San
Antonio. Little Bobby Carlin grew to 6'5" tall imagine.
Linda (Carlin) Alvarez (BHS'79) is married, lives in
Florida and also has a beautiful daughter.
Three of the Gilberts live in San Antonio, John, Steve
and Katie. The Carlins and Gilberts we discovered are
cruiseaholics like us, traveling in all directions and whenever
possible. We probably will meet up with them again.
Captain Bob and Angie Bloemer will be spending two
weeks in New Jersey visiting son Robert and family the end
of October. Angie has planned an elegant catered party to cel-
ebrate their 50th anniversary (again) for the family that
missed "the big one". Afterwards, its off to Atlantic City for
a bit of Chance.
Lou Seldon spent a week in September visiting Panama.
He is amazed at its continued growth.
Our heartfelt condolences to Debbie Sholk-Sousa and
her family and brothers Richard and David Sholk and fami-
lies on the recent death of their mother Jean C. Sholk in
Frisco, Texas.
Congratulations to Darren (BHS'86) and Alicia Knapp
on the birth of their first baby a girl named Corrine.
Grandmom K. Rogers from North Carolina will be in Plano
to meet baby Knapp the end of October.
Ms. Jimmie Wickham has reminded the Dallas CZers
that the annual Christmas party in Kerrville is a grand start to
the Christmas holidays. Always happy to receive news, pho-
tos of your activities in North Texas. Call or e-mail me.


Thanks to Bob Harvey, Coordinator, and Pat Whitam,
Associate Coordinator, the Annual Mid-Atlantic Poconos
Reunion was a grand success. It was held at the Chateau
Resort and Conference Center, Tannersville, Pa., located at
the base of Camelback Ski Area/Camelback Water Park.
Thirty-three Zonians and Wannabees attended. In 2004, same
hotel, the Chateau, date is tentative, September 10-11, 2004.
Rosemary Millett Gilead and her daughter Kathleen
Gilead were joined by two friends, Barbara Evans and her
daughter Lorraine Smith, on a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla., to Key West and then on to Cozumel, Mexico. They
were part of a group of 100 Stamp Artists and had five class-
es while cruising.

On October 6, 2003, Rosemary and Mary Hendricks
were among the many who were on the South lawn of the
White House to welcome the President of the Republic of
Kenya and Mrs. Kibaki. President and Mrs. Bush and the
many military troops and band, and President Bush's remarks
made this a very special welcome.

Mary Hendricks and Rosemary Gilead.

L-R: Kathleen Gilead, Rosemary Gilead, Lorraine Smith
and Barbara Evans.

Joe McDougall, grandson of Rosemary Millett Gilead,
organized an Outrigger Racing Club in the Boston, Mass.,
area when he and family moved to Tewksbury, Mass. The
enclosed picture is part of Rosemary's family taken at Kent
Island, Md. The race attracted twelve boats and Joe and wife,
Robyn's boat came in 6th place. The race was held on
August 31, 2003.

Front L-R: Kelly McDougall (great granddaughter) and
Ryan McDougall (great grandson). Middle L-R: Keith
Gilead (grandson), Robyn McDougall (granddaughter),
Elizabeth Gilead (granddaughter), and Rosemary Gilead.
Back L-R: Joe McDougall (Robyn's husband), Robert (son)
and Terry Gilead.

Rosemary Millett Gilead was the guest of Mal Johnson,
Medialink International, President and Conference Volunteer,
at the Embassy of Finland Forum, on October 1, 2003. The
panel addressed "Women, War and the Media". Addressing
the consequences of conflict and considering the realities of
reconstruction. An exhibition on War by Women
Photographers was very well done. The Embassy of Finland
offered a wonderful buffet dinner after the reception and
dessert after the program concluded.

Mal Johnson and Rosemary Gilead.

Rosemary Gilead for Ev (Menges) Sellers, Reporter
(703) 614-9810




The Caribe Royale is a fully-suited property featuring King Suites or Double Queen suites at the rate of $109.00. The
Double Queen Suite measures 466 sq. ft. and has two queen-size beds in the bedroom and one full-size sofa bed in the living
room. Each suite is also equipped with two color televisions with pay-per-view movies and video games, two telephones with
data ports, a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room safe (fee), iron and ironing board. The King
Suite measures 500 sq. ft. and has one king-size bed in the bedroom and one ful-size sofa bed in the living room. Each King
Suite is also equipped with two color televisions with pay-per-view movies and video games, two telephones with data ports,
a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room safe (fee), iron and ironing board. The refrigerators in
the suites double as a mini bar; however, upon guest request, the contents of the mini bar will be removed at no charge.
Guests who wish to have the contents of the mini bars removed should contact the Guest Services desk immediately upon
check-in and request removal.

There are also a limited number of Villas available at the rate of $224.00. Each villa measures 1,260 sq. ft and has one
king-size bed in the master bedroom, two queen-size beds in the second bedroom and one full-size sofa bed located in the liv-
ing room. Each Villa is equipped with three color televisions with pay-per-view movies and video games, two bathrooms, two
telephone lines with data ports, a screened-in balcony, a whirlpool bath, a full kitchen with dishwasher, washer/dryer, CD/cas-
sette player, video cassette player, hair dryer, in-room safe (fee), full size iron and ironing board and ceiling fans throughout.
A diagram of the layouts of each of the room type is provided in order to assist in the selection of room type. See page J.

Questions concerning the hotel reservation process or questions in general regarding the Caribe Royale should be direct-
ed to the Reunion Coordinator, Betty LeDoux, at (813) 679-8416 or via email at Zonianbk(

The Caribe will provide a location in which daycare/babysitting service is offered, but the cost of the service itself will be
the responsibility of those utilizing the service. For planning purposes, please indicate on the registration form in the space
provided if you will be requesting babysitting service.

In order to expedite the room check-in process, we have also asked that you provide us with an estimated time of your
arrival and whether you are driving or flying to Orlando. Everyone's cooperation in this regard would be appreciated.

Free continental breakfast service will be provided to all those registered to attend the reunion. Breakfast tickets for all
REGISTERED MEMBERS will be included in the registration packet which may be picked up during Registration hours
along with any tickets you may have purchased to the PanaZonian Dance, Annual Ball, Annual Luncheon or Disco Dances.
The continental breakfast will be provided at designated locations and will include a hot breakfast sandwich. You must have
your breakfast ticket to participate in the breakfast program; those without tickets will not be served the complimentary break-
fast. For those attendees wishing to have full breakfast, it will be available al a carte or buffet in the restaurants.

We are hoping to offer some interactive seminars this year at the Reunion. More information regarding these seminars will
be forthcoming.

Transportation from the airport has once again been arranged through Mears Transportation. Mears will provide non-stop
service from Orlando International Airport to Caribe Royale for a discounted fee. A Mears discount coupon will be included
in the hotel confirmation provided by Caribe Royale.

Special drink prices will be offered to our members throughout the resort as follows:

Sodas $1.50
Beer (bottle) Domestic $2.75
Wine $3.00
Mixed Drinks $3.75
Beer (12 oz. Draft) $2.00

2004 Reunion

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Vendor Setup: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom III, IV, and V (NO SALES)
Registration: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 6:00 9:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament: Shingle Creek Golf Club
CHECK IN: 7:00 a.m., TEE OFF: 7:30 a.m.
Golf Luncheon: Immediately after tournament play Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse
Registration: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom III, IV, and V

Friday, July 30, 2004

Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (Members only) Caribbean Ballroom VI and VII
Vendors: 1:00 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V
Registration: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Boca I, H and II
Information/Secretary: 1:30 4:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean Ballroom I
PanaZonian Dance: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom F-I

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Registration: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 4:30 p.m. Boca I, II and III
Information/Secretary: 9:00 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 4:30 p.m. Caribbean Registration Desk
Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V
Annual Luncheon: DOORS OPEN 11:30 a.m. LUNCH 12:00 noon Grand Sierra Ballroom A-D
Bingo: 2:00 5:00 p.m. NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE! Caribbean Ballroom I
Religious Services: 3:30 6:00 p.m. Caribbean Ballroom VI
Annual Ball: 8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E
Disco Dance: 11:00 p.m. 4:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom F I

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Vendors: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V
Despedida: All Society Members and Guests are invited Farewell to Friends Doors open at 9:30 a.m.,
Performance at 10:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E

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


Complete both pages, and submit intact.

Please use black ink when completing form.

Receipt Sequence Number:









Payment by check or money order: Make payable to "The Panama Canal Society. Inc." Checks must be drawn on
U.S. Banks, and Money Orders must be payable at U.S. Institutions.

Payment by credit card (ONLY Visa or MasterCard):

Credit Card Number:

Exp. Date

Member/Card Holder Signature:

Visa / MasterCard (Circle one)


Continue below for additional information required to complete Reunion Registration, Annual Luncheon, Golf
Tournament, and to 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 older. List each name (including member's) as you want it printed on the name badges and supply age of
each attendee.

* New Members or Reinstatements MUST attach a completed membership application. *


ANNUAL BALL X ,$15.00= $


List names of attendees and indicate their choice of Chicken (C) or Ropa Vieja (RV) or Johnny Mazetti (J); by circling

C or RV or J 6.
C or RV or J 7.
C or RV or J 8.
C or RV or J 9.
C or RV or J 10.

C or RV or J
C or RV or J
C or RV or J
C or RV or J
C or RV or J

Special seating requests:

Registering as (Circle one): Individual player or 2-person scramble

Scramble Partner's name (if known):

Indicate for each player in desired foursome:
Name Age on

Names of golfers paid for with this form
Names of paid luncheon guests

Hdcp or Avg
18-hole score

Atl or Pac. Amateur
Sider or Pro


Estimated Time of Arrival:
Are you Flying OR Driving



No Preference Non-Smoking room
Standard King Smoking room
Queen Double Accessible Room
Two bedroom Villa ($224.00 per night, plus tax)

Will you require babysitting services? Yes_ No

Names of other room occupants:


HOTEL RESERVATION GUARANTEE/One Night's Deposit ($109.00 or $224.00)

Check enclosed $_

Credit Card Number:

(Payable to Caribe Royale)

Exp. Date

Circle: AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Other


Member/Card Holder Signature:


i Refer to the map provided in these Yellow Pages for directions to the Caribe

S Once you arrive at the hotel, proceed to the hotel registration in order to check
into your room.

Review the hours of operation for the Reunion Registration and other events in
these Yellow pages. A Schedule of Events will be provided to you at
Registration. Registration and other event 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 or hotel lobby.

Proceed as soon as possible after arrival to the Reunion Registration and obtain
your name badge, information packet and all event tickets previously 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 con-
tents 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 tickets from Registration. Be certain that all of your guests are reg-
istered for the Reunion.

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 Marje Foster and Joy Maale
Hotel Reservations Betty LeDoux
Information/Secretary Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino
Security Tom Wilder
Golf Tournament Kenny Morris
Vendors Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Transportation Betty LeDoux and Tom Wilder
Bingo Jim O'Donnell
Dances Betty LeDoux, Tom Wilder, Jim Parthenais and
Margaret McLaughlin
DJ Dances Jacque Vowell and Dan Norman
Annual Luncheon Lou and Jan Andino
Class and Mini Reunions Jim Parthenais
Despedida Lottery Jim O'Donnell and Leni Stokes
Despedida Margaret McLaughlin


The 2004 Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society will be held at the Caribe Royale from July 28 through August 1,
2004; and all members and their registered guests are eligible to attend.
Due to the magnitude of incomplete or erroneously completed applications being received for Reunion activities, it has
been necessary for the Executive Board to adopt a policy that provides for these applications to be placed in a pending file
and not processed until correct or complete data, as well as the proper amount of fees, are supplied by the applicant. When
put aside, the application will lose its priority status and a new priority date will be assigned 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, 2004, in order for the applicant to be approved for membership in sufficient time to attend the reunion. The annual mem-
bership fee of $30.00 and the administrative fee of $10.00 for new members must be remitted with the membership applica-
tion form. The Reservation, Order and Payment Form will be accepted from only those members who have paid their 2004
Annual dues. New or reinstated members must complete and submit the membership application form found in the back pages
of the Canal Record and must pay the $10.00 administrative fee. To obtain an application or assistance, the Society may be
contacted at our toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for those outside the local calling area and at (727) 391-4359 for those
within the local calling area. The Society's web-site at 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, 2004. The deadline for
receipt of hotel room reservations is June 1, 2004, or until such time as the room block is full and rooms are no longer
available. Members are cautioned to get their reservation and ticket requests in early since available hotel rooms and event
tickets have been known to sell out well in advance of established deadlines.

Tickets purchased for the various reunion activities will not be mailed in advance, but instead will be held at the
Society's reunion registration area for pickup 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, 2004, unless there are compelling extenuating
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 Caribe Royale's smoking policy is in accordance with State Law smoking will not be permitted indoors except in
those sleeping rooms designated as smoking rooms. There are a limited number of smoking rooms, which will be assigned in
the order received.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on hotel property is limited to beverages purchased at the hotel bars, and the con-
sumption 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 30, 2004. 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 partici-
pate 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 (Grand Sierra Ballroom A-D) Deadline to purchase tickets is July 1, 2004
We have a big show planned again for the 2004 Annual Luncheon. All of us remember our one and only American English
speaking radio and television station in the Canal Zone. Serving the Panama Canal Zone from April 1941 to November 22,
1999 the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) and Caribbean Forces Network (CFN) and the Southern Command Network
(SCN) provided us with news and entertainment. Our luncheon show this year will be about the people behind it all and the
shows they produced for us. This will probably be the last opportunity to recapture the sights and sounds of those 58 years.
This will indeed be a special moment for both the audience and those who provided us this news and entertainment. There
will be old film clips, video and sound tracks that we will all remember from our days in the Canal Zone. Many of those tal-
ented people from AFRS, CFN and SCN will be at the luncheon show to once again entertain us and share old memories. The
show will be approximately an hour and a half long following lunch.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is July 1, 2004, and a limit of 10 tickets per member will be imposed due to limited
seating availability. The ballroom will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. Seating will be at tables of
10 persons and will be assigned in the order that ticket requests are received. Seating assignment preferences, as well as spe-
cial 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 Marinated Chicken or Ropa Vieja, which will be served with
Sierra Salad, Fresh Mixed Greens, Roma Tomato, Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Alfalfa Sprouts, Ranch Dressing, Pineapple
Papaya Salsa, Coconut Rice and Red Beans, Sweet Plantains, Fresh Rolls and Butter, Flan and Coffee or Tea; or Johnny
Mazetti, which will be served with Sierra Salad, Fresh Mixed Greens, Roma Tomato, Cucumber, Red Cabbage, Alfalfa
Sprouts, Ranch Dressing, Fresh Rolls and Butter, Flan and Coffee or Tea.
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 2:00 a.m. The Friday night "PanaZonian Dance" will once again fea-
ture Lucho's Friends". Dress is informal.
The Saturday night dance again features the incomparable "Frankie Pretto and the Parranda Band"; and dress is semi-for-
mal, 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 TOURNAMENT and LUNCHEON (Shingle Creek Golf Club)
The 24th Annual Chagres Invitational Amateur Golf Tournament will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course, a
David Harman designed, par 72 (7,250 yard) championship golf course featuring undulating fairways and interconnecting
waterways. The Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 29, 2004, 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 Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse, and will start immediately after
play ends. The entry deadline is July 1, 2004. The player entry fee includes transportation, greens fees, golf cart, lunch-
eon, awards, and door prizes.

Players are to select, at time of registration, whether they choose to play as an individual and compete for individual
prizes, or to play in a two-person scramble format for team prizes. Players choosing the two-person team format who do
not designate a partner at the time of registration will be assigned a compatible partner, to the extent known or possible. It is
permissible (and requests will be honored) for a foursome to consist of a two-person scramble team and two individ-
ual players.

Round trip transportation between the Caribe Royale and Shingle Creek Golf Club will be provided and is includ-
ed in the Golf Tournament Fee. Transportation will leave Caribe Royale at 6:30 a.m. and will return immediately following
the golf luncheon.

Male players electing to play in the individual format will be flighted by age, while individual female golfers will be
grouped in one flight. Two-person scramble teams will be flighted by team handicaps to be determined by the golf commit-
tee, based on the partners' handicaps. Flighting and tee assignments will be posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the tour-
nament in the Society's Information Area at the Caribbean Registration Desk.

Players are encouraged to invite no more than two guests to the Awards Luncheon. The golf luncheon fee is $30.00.
Regrettably transportation to and from the host course cannot be provided for luncheon guests.

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 (Caribbean Ballroom I)
"Bingo Jim" O'Donnell will again host his popular, free-of-charge bingo games on Friday and Saturday from 2:00 5:00
p.m., with lots of fun to be had and a new structure of prizes to be won.

DESPEDIDA (Grand Sierra Ballroom A E)
Say farewell to your friends at the Despedida, which will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2004. The doors will open at 9:30
a.m., and The Panama Canal Society will furnish free coffee. Sweet Rolls will be on sale to members by the hotel. Come
early and get a good seat.
The Folkloric Dancers will perform for your entertainment and pleasure at 10:00 a.m. The dance group will be available
afterwards for photographs.
What a great way to say your good-byes to your friends. Come to the Despedida and experience a little bit of Panama!

Despedida 2004 will also feature the drawing of the 3rd 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 distributed to the 3 lucky

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 minireunions@pan- THE HOTEL WILL NOT ACCEPT REQUESTS, NOR WILL HOTEL PERSONNEL DISCUSS
requiring hotel suites or special lodging arrangements will be referred to the Society's Lodging Chairperson.
Coordinators for class and mini reunions are responsible for assuring that their participants are advised of the policies and
procedures regarding the payment of membership dues and registration fees required in order to attend Society reunion activ-
ities. 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 pol-
icy, not to be posted anywhere else in the hotel.

REUNION VENDORS (Caribbean Ballroom III, IV and V)
To reserve a table in the Society vending area, vendors must have paid (1) their 2004 membership dues, (2) their $5.00
reunion registration fee and (3) the $100.00 vendor fee. They must have their table application approved by the Society.
Assignments of vendor space are made in the same order that requests are received and are subject to space availability. The
Society reserves the right to make judgments on items proffered for sale and may 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 (Caribbean Registration Desk)
The Information and Secretary desk is staffed during posted operating hours to disseminate information and provide assis-
tance to reunion attendees in a number of ways. It is the focal point for information and directions for all reunion activities,
including mini reunions, hotel services, area restaurants and attractions, and serves as a message center through maintenance
of a bulletin board for use by reunion attendees. It is also the center for lost and found articles, for the sale of Society license
plates, decals and Canal Records, as well as tickets to reunion dances, if still available. Members wishing to conduct Society
business or having membership related matters to discuss are also welcome to visit the Secretary during posted operating

MOTORIZED SCOOTERS Make reservations by July 1, 2004
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 scooters at a
special reunion daily rental rate. Call Walker Medical at 1-888-726-6837. Free Delivery and Pick up. Scooters are $30.00
per day. Members need to contact the supplier directly and make reservations by July 1. 2004.


Reservations will be accepted from ONLY Society members who have paid their 2004 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/$224.00 plus tax is available to registered members beginning July 23 through August 5, 2004.
Except in special circumstances, only one suite/villa 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 suites are assigned.
Reservation forms that are placed in a pending status due to non-payment of fees or lack of information will lose their pri-
ority; 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, 2004 at the Society Office.

To reserve a suite or villa, the Society's Reservation, Order and Payment Form on pages C and D must be com-
pleted in its entirety, either printed or typed, and accompanied by one night's deposit (payable to Caribe Royale), to
be submitted to Reunion Coordinator, and received in the Society Office at 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole,
Florida 33772-4787 no later than June 1, 2004.
There are a limited number of "Accessible" suites available for assignment to persons having "special needs", which will
be assigned in the same order that reservation requests are received and approved. Requests should be noted in the space pro-
vided in the hotel reservation section 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.


Double Queen Suite

King Suite

Villa Layout

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

8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E

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

8:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. Grand Sierra Ballroom A E

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Paul (BHS'58) and Delia Hurst of Panama City, Panama
proudly announce the engagement of their son Paul William
Hurst to Jamie Backes. Paul Hurst, M.D. (BHS'91) of Los
Rios, Panama and Jamie Backes of Bonnots Mill, Mo., were
engaged on May 17, 2003 at the Lake of the Ozarks in
Missouri. Paul just completed a residency program in OB-
GYN from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Jamie
graduated from nursing school at Lincoln University in
Paul and Jamie just moved to Granbury, Texas where Paul
has joined an OB-GYN private practice group. Paul and
Jamie are planning to celebrate their marriage in Panama at
St. Mary's Church on January 2, 2004.

Jamie Backes and Paul William Hurst


The Small Business Administration Richmond District
Office has selected Dennis Gilbert (BHS'69) as the 2003
Minority Small Business Person of the Year for the
Commonwealth of Virginia.
This award recognizes and celebrates his outstanding
leadership and management of Tesoro Corporation. Tesoro
Corporation has not only experienced amazing growth, but
exhibits a commitment to quality, customer service and
employee well-being well beyond other businesses of its age
or industry. You can read the article by visiting the Tesoro
web site:

BY DECEMBER 31, 2003.


Paul W. Hurst, M.D. (BHS'91), son of Paul (BHS'58)
and Delia Hurst of Panama City, Panama, graduated from
the University of Missouri Kansas City OB-GYN residency
program. The entire Hurst family attended the graduation fes-
tivities. Paul has moved to Granbury, Texas and is working in
private practice.

(L-R): Paul W. Hurst, M.D., Harris Hurst (BHS'85), Paul
Hurst (BHS'58), Delia Hurst, Helen Hurst Loera
(BHS'81) and Paul G. Hurst (BHS'80).


On August 23, 2003, Ariel Grey, daughter of Lisa
(Bonk) Grey of Wesley Chapel, Fla., was a cheerleader dur-
ing half time at the Buccaneers game, as a "Buccaneer Jr.
Ariel is pictured here with her cousin, Vanessa Castillo,
who is a Buccaneer Cheerleader this year.

Ariel Grey and Vanessa Castillo


The Rev. Mainert and Mrs. Virginia Peterson celebrat-
ed the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage, and his sixtieth
anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday,
September 14, 2003, at St. Mark's Church at the ten o'clock
Service of Holy Communion. A reception was held in
Langley Hall following the service.

A Tribute to the Rev. Mainert Jordan Peterson
and Virginia Mary Woods Peterson
September 14, 2003

It was sixty years ago, September 11th and 12th, when the
Rev. Mainert and Virginia Peterson had two important occa-
sions in their lives that set the pattern for a productive min-
istry and marriage. Mainert was ordained Priest at Trinity
Cathedral in Trenton, N.J., on the 11th, and this was followed
the next day by their marriage at the Cathedral. These events
were celebrated at St. Mark's Church on September 14, 2003.
Fr. Peterson began his ministry with four years as the
Dean's Assistant at the Cathedral. This was followed by two
years as Rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Ventnor, N.J.
From there, he and his wife Virginia were called to be mis-
sionaries in Panama, where he became Rector of Christ
Church By-the-Sea, Colon. This was a congregation of
Panamanians of West Indian origin who taxed his abilities as
a teacher and preacher for seven years. The Bishop appoint-
ed him Archdeacon of Colon in 1954. He was then called to
be Dean of the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon, Canal Zone
on the Pacific side of the Isthmus. This was a demanding con-
gregation of families of workers on the Canal Zone, military
personnel and international residents in Panama. As
Chairman of the Department of Christian Education, he con-
ducted teaching missions in Western Panama, Costa Rica,
Nicaragua, Mexico and the island of Jamaica.
In 1969, after twenty years' service in Panama, he was
called to be Rector of St. Mark's Church where he served
until his retirement in 1982. His emphasis on Christian
Education and preaching the Gospel characterized his min-
istry. He is affectionately known as the "Father" of the United
Crescent Hill Ministries that had its beginning at St. Mark's
after the tornado of 1974.
Virginia, his wife and mother of four wonderful children,
complimented his ministry as leader of the Episcopal Church
Women in Panama, Church School Teacher and developer of
Women's Work in Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico.
After retirement, Fr. Peterson was Interim Pastor at St.
Paul's Church, Louisville and supply preacher in many
parishes. He was active in Scouting in Panama, where he was
granted the International Good Turn Award. His Masonic
activities include both Scottish and York Rites, and service as
Sovereign of the Red Cross of Constantine. Activities in the
Cursillo Movement include service as Spiritual Director for
several years. He has been a member of the International
Order of St. Luke since 1974, and served six years as Warden
of Region IV. For several years, he served at parishes in
England to assist the clergy to continue their studies. He

served on the Committee that planned and built the Episcopal
Church Home. He and his family enjoyed many camping
trips throughout the United States, Canada and Western
The Peterson family presented the first Carillon of Bells
in memory of their parents and close friends. Many books
from the Peterson Library formulated the start of St. Mark's
Library. With the assistance of June and the late Dick
Richards the Church School Program was developed. And
recently, they presented to St. Mark's a priceless hand carved
Crucifix carved by the Oberammergau wood carvers, along
with a Prie Dieu that belonged to the Stockton Family of
Princeton, and used by Richard Stockton, one of the signers
of the Declaration of Independence. Along with Paul and
Adele Vinsel, they presented Bibles to be used by the con-
Fr. Peterson and his wife now reside most of the year in
Brooksville, Fla., where they found a comfortable spiritual
home at St. John's Church. Virginia is now recovering from a
hip replacement operation and heart attack. We wish them
both God's richest blessings of health and happiness as they
progress in the "golden age" of retirement.

(L-R): Mrs. Dolores Peterson Gilbert of Garner, N.C.; Mrs.
Muriel Peterson Fickbohm of Leesburg, Fla.; Virginia
Woods Peterson and the Rev. Mainert Jordan Peterson.


Michael Perez (BHS'65) was recently promoted to U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Port Director for Del Rio,
The CPB is a new agency within the Department of
Homeland Security that unifies U.S. Customs, Immigration
and Agriculture Inspectors and the Border Patrol. Mike was a
Canal Zone Police Officer on the Pacific side and transferred
to Customs in Del Rio in 1979.
Mike is the son-in-law of Mary Urey and the son of Col.
(Ret) and Mrs. Ernest Perez of San Jose, Calif., and resides
in Del Rio with his wife Michele (Urey) and sons Ryan and


Brenda Furlong celebrated her big 60 birthday on
September 24th at Chuck E Cheese's with husband Ralph,
daughter Alice and her husband Anthony, son Ralph and the
five grandkids, Matthew, Jacob and Jordan Furlong and
Isabella and Angelica Riviezzo.
We all had a great time, specially grandma and her grand-


Shawn Michael Rupp, son of Robert and Jeanne Rupp,
graduated this past May Cum Laude from Florida State
University. Shawn graduated with four majors: Real Estate,
Entrepreneurship, Finance and Marketing.

Celebrating the occasion were Dad, brother Ryan, sister
Breanne and Mom. Shawn is currently working for
Prudential Tropical Realty in Tampa specializing in commer-
cial real estate sales and leases.


Proudly displaying Sweet Adelines, International, First
Place medals, Pat Coleman (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Ann
Beers (Port Charlotte, Fla.) eagerly await their trip next fall
to Indianapolis where they will compete at the International

level as part of the Spirit of the Gulf Chorus, which won the
2003 Florida State Championship. The chorus competed last
year in Nashville as a "wildcard".
Pat and Ann joined this Sweet Adelines Chapter in Fort
Myers when they left the Canal Zone. They share many
happy times singing and touring with this group. Wish them
good luck in 2004.

Pat Coleman and Ann Beers.

Pat Coleman
Fort Myers, Fla.


Frederick Sr. and Ana (Castrell6n) Szymanski cele-
brated their 60th wedding anniversary in Tampa at a Holiday
Inn Ballroom along with approximately 30 friends and fami-
In attendance were son Fred Jr. and Teresa Maurelli
from Panama, daughters Vivian (Szymanski) Schzure and
Gloria (Szymanski) and Morton Frederiksen from Tampa;
grandchildren Patricia (Szymanski) and Doyle Phillips,
Rick Szymanski from San Antonio, and Jenilee Szymanski
with beau Bruno Santos from Miami; Mark and Kim
Schzure from Tampa; niece Felicia (Arosemena)
Rushworth with her son Kevin from Largo and close friends
Suzy and Fernando DeFina. After dinner everyone gathered
at the Szymanski residence for drinks and talk about the good
old days in Panama.

Frederick Sr. and Ana (Castrell6n) Szymanski.


In July, to help her celebrate her 75th birthday, all of Ellie Foley Husum's ten children (Gregory deceased) took her on
a 10-day tour of Ireland. Other relatives joined them in the celebration--altogether, 21 family members and friends toured
together. Everyone had a wonderful time while enjoying the Irish food and especially the beer. Lots of laughing, singing, and
dancing took place and everyone enjoyed the great sense of humor of the Irish people and Ireland's beautiful countryside.
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing Thomas Foley's (Ellie's dad) birthplace in Waterford. The family farm has
been there for over 500 years. Thomas Foley immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s and eventually to the Canal
Zone, where from approximately 1912-1945 he was a policeman and former lieutenant at the Balboa Police Station. He was
the father of four other children Mary (Cronan), Genevieve (Field) deceased, Tom and John Foley (also deceased).
Those joining Ellie to celebrate her birthday were daughters, Janet Herrington, Karen Clary, Maureen Husum,
Lorraine Allen and Mary Totson; sons, Edward and wife Ruth, John, Raymond, George and Michael; grandchildren,
Rebekah (John's daughter), Caitlan (Lorrie's daughter), Keith Herrington (Janet's son), and John (Ed's son). Also attend-
ing were nephew Mel Field and nieces Anne Barca, Marianne (Field) Hockin and husband Russ, and family friend Craig
Although Ellie was kept up many nights to the wee hours of the "mor" partying, she loved every minute of the trip and
would love to go again. She said that Ireland truly is "a little bit of heaven that fell from the sky one day".

The Foley gang pictured above at the Berkely Court Hotel in Dublin, Ireland: Front Row (L-R): Caitlan Allen, Ellie Foley
Husum, John and Ruth Husum, Rebekah Husum, Craig Johnson, Declan Ryan (tour guide). Back Row (L-R): Lorrie
Allen, John Husum, Janet Herrington, Anne Barca, Mel Field, Karen Clary, Michael, Maureen, Raymond Husum,
Keith Herrington, Mary Toston, George Husum, Marianne Hockin, Edward Husum, and Russ Hockin.

On a very rainy day in
family dairy farm.

ley Husum (2nd from left) and family visiting with relatives at the Foley

I wwuvh


Carl and Petie Maedl celebrated their 65th Wedding
Anniversary at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville,
Arkansas. Nine members of their family joined them for a
few days to make this a joyous occasion. Among those who
came were their two daughters, Pat Kroregh and husband,
Jim from Minnesota and Pam Gutowski and husband,
Vincent from Illinois.

Carl and Petie Maedl

Back (L-R): Pat Kroregh and Pam Gutowski. Seated: Petie
and Carl Maedl.


Jack Ruoff, Bette (Farrell) Swearingen, Bill Young,
Marge (Rathgeber) Ruoff, Richard Swearingen and
Ginger (Coffy) Young recently celebrated their 50th wed-
ding anniversaries at the Fairfield Resort in Flagstaff,

Congratulations to Jim Ramsey for landing a 508 pound
sailfish at Kona, Hawaii during his stay with his sister Diane
"Dee" (Ramsey) Ahlstrom.

Panama Canal Society
Membership dues for 2004
need to be paid
by December 2003.
See page 71.




Walter and Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens announce the
marriage of their daughter Catherine to Craig R. Dahl, son
of Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. Raymond Dahl of Silverton, Ore.
The wedding and reception for 200 guests took place on
August 2, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. at the Silvery Falls State Park.
The bride was given in marriage by her father, Walter.
Catherine's attendants were her sister Jennifer and daughter
Jamie. She is the granddaughter of Mary Gilbert Urey and
the late John Urey, Virginia Sanders Kleefkens and the late
Louis Kleefkens, and Floyd and Leta Robinson (both
deceased). The couple are both employed in Salem where
they make their home.


Megan Jane Spilling and Sean Patrick Haggerty were
united in marriage on June 7, 2003 at St. Patricks Church in
New Orleans, La. A reception was held at the Plimsoll Club
atop the World Trade Center in New Orleans.
Megan is the daughter of Robert and Cinda
(Helmerichs) Spilling (CHS'70) and the granddaughter of
Dona Helmerichs and the late Robert Helmerichs and
Barbara Spilling and the late Capt. Henning Spilling.
Megan's sister Amanda was the maid of honor, bridesmaids
were family and friends including her cousins Kristen
Spilling and Erika Spilling.
Many former Canal Zone friends and family attended
including John and Marilyn Spilling, Henning and
Leighlove Spilling, Fred Fox, Col. Ray and Susie
(Helmerichs) Duncan, Gary and Ruth Robertson, Boode
and Julie Swain, Kathy Keenan, Camille Eastham,
Beatrice Rhyne, Ed and Barbara Stanford and Betty
Evans. We all had a great time and a nice visit.
Megan will receive her Master's degree from the
University of Tennessee in Broadcast Journalism in
December 2003. Sean is in the Management training program
for 84 Lumber. They currently make their home in Knoxville,

Catherine (Kleefkens) and Craig R. Dahl.

Megan Jane (Spilling) and Sean Patrick Haggerty.


Tom (BHS'66) and Vicki Sue Sizemore, formerly of
Gatun, Canal Zone, announce the marriage of their daughter
Patricia to Ross Muniz on August 16, 2003 in Kinston, Ala.
Patti is the granddaughter of the late Lamar and Mary
Sizemore, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone. Out-of-town
Zonians attending the ceremony were her aunt and uncle,
Vicki Ann Sizemore (BHS'70) and Ed Wardlow, Faye
Weisser (BHS'70), her godfather Jeff Riley (BHS'65) and
her sister Ginger Sizemore Milling.

Patti (Sizemore) and Ross Muniz.


Brandi Renee Richey and Daniel Lyle Purvis were mar-
ried June 7, 2003 at the First Baptist Church in Cross Plains,
Texas. Brandi is the granddaughter of Barbara and Dave
She is a senior human sciences major on a track scholar-
ship to T.S.U. after being the Texas State Champion in the
300 hurdles all four years of high school. Daniel is majoring
in exercise and sports studies. Following a Caribbean cruise,
the couple now reside in Stephenville, Texas.

Brandi Renee Richey.

N$ Today is a day you will always remember- the greatest in anyone's life.
SYou'll start off the day just two people in love and end it as husband and wife.
It's a brand new beginning, the start of a journey, with moments to cherish and treasure.
And although there'll be times when you both disagree, these will surely be outweighed by pleasure.
You'll have heard many words of advice in the past, when the secrets of marriage were spoken, but
- now you know that the answers lie hidden inside, where the bond of true love lies unbroken.
So live happy forever as lovers and friends, it's the dawn of a new life for you, as you stand there
together with love in your eyes from the moment you whisper, "I do".
And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real, may success find its way to your hearts.
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys, but today is the day it all starts.

written by Melanie Gibson


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


Grant J. Wagner was born July 17, 2003, in Melbourne,
Fla., to Jim W. (BHS'87) and Rhonda Wagner. Jim is the
son of Jackie (Ashton) Wagner (BHS'61) of Zephyrhills,
Fla., and the late John Y. Wagner (BHS'54). Rhonda is the
daughter of Ron and Cathy Baker of West Palm Beach, Fla.



Grandparents Norman and Doris (Gleim) Dugas are
proud to announce the birth of granddaughter Alexandria
Rose Sherman to Richard and Kathryn (Dugas) Sherman
on September 20, 2003 at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. hospital.
Paternal grandparents are Duane and Louise Sherman of
Renford, N.Y. Norman and Doris spent two weeks in
Saratoga Springs enjoying their new granddaughter.

Jim, Rhonda and Grant Wagner.

Norman and Doris Dugas with Alexandria Rose.


Cheryl Ann (Otto) and Leon Bonk (BHS'82) of
Tampa, Fla., are proud to announce the birth of their first
child, Emily Elizabeth, on June 25, 2003. Emily was born at
St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, Tampa, Fla. She weighed 6
lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 inches long at birth.
The proud grandparents are Michael Otto, New
Milford, Conn. and Diane Maher, Plant City, Fla.; and
Phillip Bonk, Republic of Panama and JoAnn Massengill,
St. Petersburg, Fla. Great-grandmother is Elizabeth Maher
of Tampa, Fla.


Jason (BHS'88) and Monika (Higginbotham) Gragg
announce the birth of their second son, Evan Daniel Gragg,
on October 11, 2003. Evan arrived one month early weighing
6 lbs. 15 oz. and 19 inches long. Evan joins older brother
Jacob who turned five in September.
Attending the birth was Jason's mother Sharron Gragg,
who flew to Alabama from Metaline, Wash. Sharron plans on
staying in Alabama and visiting friends in the South until
after New Years. Jason's father Larry plans on spending
Christmas in Tuscaloosa as well.
Maternal grandparents are Norman and Trudy
Higginbotham of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Leon Bonk, Emily Elizabeth Bonk, Cheryl Ann Bonk.

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Karen and Andy (BHS'90) Thomas of Santa Monica,
Calif., announce the birth of Stephan John Thomas born
July 28, 2003.
Andy is the son of Thea and Charles Thomas of
Mandeville, La., and Stephan is their first grandchild.

Andy, Karen and Stephan John Thomas.



Elaine Streeter, Wynne (Streeter) Steinbacher (CHS'86),
holding new baby Wolf Steinbacher, and Jack Streeter.


Arianna Elizabeth Willson was born on July 10,
2003, in Chicago, Ill. to Tony and Janice (Reinhardt)
Tony is finishing up his doctoral studies in medicine
and Janice, the daughter of Erich and Jeannette Reinhardt,
formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone, is a medical ultrasound

Allen (CHS'87) and Monica Smith with son Alexander
Morgan Smith, born May 14, 2003, of Brisbane, Calif.
Allen is the son of Gerry Briem, University Place, Wash.,
and Gary Smith, Payson, Ariz., and was raised in Gatun.

Janice (Reinhardt) Willson, Arianna

Elizabeth and Tony

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Josefa (Chefa) Maria Barrows of Portland, Ore., died
on April 26, 2003 with her two daughters and her grand-
daughter, Kristina Benson, at her side. She was born May 18,
1916 in Chiriqui, Panama. She was the widow of Lester H.
Barrows who worked for the Locks Division at Gatun until
his death in 1967 at Coco Solo Hospital. She met Lester on
the Barrows Panama Coffee Lands, his parents' coffee plan-
tation in Barrilles, Chiriqui. They married and moved shortly
after to the Canal Zone in 1940 where she lived until 1968,
moving to Portland at that time with her daughters. Chefa
served over 2000 hours at Portland Adventist Medical Center
as a volunteer.
Chefa was predeceased by her husband and a grandson
Michael Anthony Barrows, two brothers and a sister. She is
survived by sons William of Portland, Ore., Charles (CHS) of
Forest Grove, Ore., daughters Gladys Benson (CHS'68) of
Portland, Ore., and Lena Templeton (CHS) of Petersburg, Ill.,
11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren of Oregon and
Wisconsin, two brothers and two sisters of Panama and sev-
eral nieces and nephews.

Winifred Brome, 85, a resident of the Canal Zone for
thirty years, went to be with the Lord on October 4, 2003.
She was born in Middletown, N.Y., on March 5, 1918 and
worked for the Postal Division in the Canal Zone. She retired
in 1970 and lived in Miami, Fla. for the past 33 years.
She is survived by a son, Dennis, and her husband,

Anita Morales Buelhmann, 84, (BHS'38) of Boca
Raton, Fla. passed away August 2, 2003. She was born
September 17, 1918 at Gorgas Hospital in Ancon, Canal
Zone. She married Kenneth Buelhmann in 1946.
She was predeceased by her son William Buelhmann and
her husband Kenneth. She was involved in several volunteer
activities including Panama Canal Society Reunions.
She is survived by one brother, John A. Morales, and one
sister, Nesta Morales LaMontagne of California, Mo., four
grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Teresa Llaurado de Caldwell, 88, passed away August
31, 2003, at San Fernando Hospital, Panama City, Panama.
Teresa was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, on May 11,
1915, and moved to Panama later where she resided until her
death. Teresa was married to Louis C. Caldwell, who retired
from the PCC Accounting Division. She was active in the
International Women's Club in Panama City for over 20
Teresa is survived by her husband, Louis C. Caldwell of
Panama City, R.P; a sister, Marta Llaurado of Panama City,

R.P.; a daughter, Vera (Caldwell) Hanna of San Antonio,
Texas; a son-in-law, John Hanna of San Antonio, Texas; and
six nieces and nephews.

Angela M. Damiani, 87, of Alpharetta, Ga., passed away
on September 11, 2003 of natural causes. She was born in
Jersey City, N.J., and traveled to the Canal Zone in 1943 to
join her husband Louis. She was a long-time resident of
Margarita and Gatun. Ann and Louis retired from the Caaal
Zone in 1973 after 30 years of service.
She is survived by her two sons, Jules Damiani, his wife
Margaret (Gangle) of Marietta, Ga., and Guy Damiani, his
wife Becky of Alpharetta, Ga., and four grandchildren.

Col. (Ret) Barry Lord Davison, 63, of San Antonio,
Texas, died on September 24, 2003 from a lingering illness.
He was buried with military honors in an impressive ceremo-
ny at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Born November 7, 1939 in Longmont, Colo., he was a
1957 graduate of Cristobal High School, where he was active
in football, band, and ROTC. He graduated from Wake Forest
University and Florida State University. Barry was active in
Boy Scouts and employed at Brooke Army Medical Center.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Edward
Davison and wife Monique of Austin, Texas; Michael
Davison and wife Nancy of Chicago, Ill.; Jennifer Parker and
husband Chris of Selma, Texas; Matthew Davison, San
Antonio, Texas, and two granddaughters. In addition, he is
survived by his parents, Norman and Vera Davison, Lehigh
Acres, Fla., and sister Marvel Townsend, Gainesville, Fla.

Eugene Day, 79, of Largo, Fla. died October 10, 2003 at
He was born in Bethlehem, Pa., and came to Florida in
1980 from Panama, where he retired after 35 years as a pho-
togrammetrist with the Department of Defense. He was a
Navy Seabee veteran of World War II and Christian.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Day, Largo; three
sons, Mark, Dunedin, Steven, Clearwater, and Douglas, Plant
City; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Capt. John Welch Farmer, Jr., beloved husband of Anne
P. Farmer, passed away on October 19, 2003 after a hard-
fought battle against acute leukemia. John was born June 6,
1927 in Zebina, Jefferson County, Ga.
He was a graduate of Kings Point Merchant Marine
Academy and became a ship's captain in the Merchant
Marine. After twelve years at sea, he went to Panama to be a
ship pilot on the Panama Canal. While there he served as


President of the Panama Canal Pilot's Association. After liv-
ing in Panama for 22 years, he retired to Augusta in 1984.
Most recently he spent his days diligently and lovingly caring
for his beloved wife Anne.
In addition to his wife, John is survived by his dear sister
Ruth and brother George; devoted sons John, Carey, and
Mark; grandson Elliot and granddaughter Alicia; and numer-
ous relatives and friends.

Alden Farrell, 45, of Gainesville, Fla., passed away on
September 27, 2003 due to a brain aneurysm. Born in South
Weymouth, Mass., Alden, then known as Lynn, came to the
Canal Zone in 1960 when her father became a Panama Canal
She grew up in Diablo and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1975 and from Canal Zone College in 1977. She
spent much of her childhood and teenage years playing on
softball, volleyball and tennis teams. She was also a motor-
cycle and boating enthusiast.
Alden attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and gradu-
ated from the University of Florida. Most recently she
worked as a technical editor for the engineering firm of
Alden has left behind her father William, her mother
Carol Alden and her twin sister Lauren, all of St. Augustine,
Fla.; her brother Wayne of Aiken, S.C.; and her longtime
companion Jerry James Donaldson of Gainesville, Fla.

Robert Millard Fretland of Compass Lake, Fla., died
September 8, 2003, at his home. He had been a resident of the
area since 1975, coming here from Land O'Lakes, Wis. Born
July 9, 1925, in Duluth, Minn., he was the only child of Oscar
Millard and Emily Fretland.
He caddied as a boy and began to compete as an amateur
golfer with great success. He declared his pro status on his
18th birthday. Bob played the pro tour in the 1950s, owned
and operated golf and resort facilities in Wisconsin and was
pro at Brazos Brook Country Club in the Panama Canal Zone.
He became a Class A member of the Professional Golfers
Association in 1954. Bob married Ada Lee Sullivan in Gatun,
Panama, and is survived by his wife; his two sons, Millard
Lane and Erik B. Fretland and their wives, Debbie and Vivi;
and four grandchildren.
Bob loved his family, fishing, and cars. He owned Bob's
Auto Sales in Panama City in the 1970s. He also loved the
north woods of Minnesota.

Ferdinand Garcia passed away September 24, 2003 at
the age of 84 in Panama City, Panama and was buried at the
Corozal Cemetery on September 30th. Born in Valdecarros,
Spain on January 3, 1919, he immigrated to New York at the
age of 11. In high school he majored in aviation and upon
graduation joined the Army Air Corps.
He was assigned to France Field in Panama in the early
40s and also served in England during WWII. He returned to
Panama and married Leticia Torrazza from Santiago de
Veraguas. Ferdinand retired from U.S. Civil Service with

more than 35 years of service with various defense depart-
ment agencies in the Canal Zone. He retired from the U.S.
Army Tropic Test Center in Corozal with prior service at
Material Management in Corozal and the PAD area in
Curundu. He made his retirement home in Santa Clara until
declining health required him to relocate to Albrook.
Survivors include his spouse, Leticia, of 57 years; five
children Mary, Fred, Danny, Anthony, Letty, their spouses
and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Capt. Daniel M.R. Haff, 83, passed away September 4,
2003 at his home, "Fiddler's Green", Hartford, N.Y.
He was with the Marine Division as a Panama Canal Pilot
from 1959-1975.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, June (Waller) Haff;
four children, Danelle Dougherty Winship of Wilmette, Ill.,
Denise Booye of Victorville, Calif., Capt. Daniel E.
Vonderhaff of Fitchburg, Mass., Capt. Dana (Ted) E. Haff of
Hartford, N.Y.; twelve grandchildren, a sister and several
nieces and nephews.

Berniece S. Hayes, 77, of St. Petersburg, died August 11,
2003 at home under hospice care surrounded by her children.
Born in Daggett, Mich., she graduated as a registered nurse
from the U.S. Cadet Corps program in 1946. She served as a
Red Cross emergency nurse in North Carolina and Texas, and
then worked for the Washington, D.C. Civil Service
Department in the Panama Canal Zone, receiving the U.S.
Government's Superior Performance award numerous times.
During this 28-year period she married, raised three chil-
dren, was an accomplished artist, and a member of the
National Society of American Penwomen. Upon the retire-
ment of her husband, the family moved to St. Petersburg in
1976, and she took a position as R.N. team leader at Bay
Pines Veteran's Memorial Hospital and then became Nursing
Supervisor of the St. Petersburg Medical Clinic. After retiring
from nursing, she began her affiliation with numerous local
and national organizations, especially the Fine Arts Museum,
St. Petersburg Women's Club, St. Anthony's Hospital
Auxiliary, All Children's Hospital Guild, Stuart Society,
Women's Service League, Cross of Loraine, Infinity and
Questers. In June of this year she was inducted into the Senior
Hall of Fame, received a special commendation for her dis-
tinguished efforts benefiting the entire community, and was
presented the key to the city by Mayor Rick Baker. She was
a member of St. Jude's Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years,
Sidney Hayes. She is survived by a son, Barkley Hayes,
daughter-in-law, Stephanie (Nellis) Hayes, and their children,
Summer and Donovan Hayes of Cardenas, Panama; a daugh-
ter, Mary (Hayes) DeRiemer and son-in-law Phil DeRiemer
of Lotus, Calif.; a daughter, Catherine (Hayes) Swift and son-
in-law Harvey Swift, and their children Nicolette and
Bryanne Bell of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Neil B. Heitman, 77, passed away on July 12, 2003, at
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska following a lengthy

He was born in Los Angeles, Calif. on September 6, 1925.
He graduated from Balboa High School with the class of
1943, and after one semester at Canal Zone Junior College,
he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Albrook Air Base in the
Canal Zone. Following WWII, he continued his education at
Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Upon gradu-
ation, he traveled via the Alcan Highway to Alaska where he
continued to reside throughout his life.
Upon establishing his own sales organization, he opened
offices in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska, and Seattle,
Wash., traveling widely throughout Alaska and the United
States including the Panama Canal Zone to visit his family.
Also, Neil was known to many throughout Alaska as the
"Pioneer Merchant", having owned Diehl's Shopping Center
in Delta Junction, Alaska, for over 42 years.
His parents, Cornelius B. and Nell Heitman and a daugh-
ter, Lori Ann Heitman, preceded Neil in death. He is survived
by his wife Joanne, and son Rex of Delta Junction, Alaska;
one granddaughter; a sister, Patricia H. Whitam of Medina,
Ohio; and a nephew, Walter N. Lenneville, of Dallas, Texas.

Evelyn R. Koperski, 87, of Holiday, Fla. passed away
August 7, 2003 at home with her family and Hernando-Pasco
Hospice, Inc., at her side. Born February 27, 1916 in
Northfield, N.J., she graduated from Atlantic City Hospital
School of Nursing.
She was a Public Health school nurse and retired on June
5, 1976 from the Public Health Division in the Canal Zone
after 27 years of service. She was a past President of the
Canal Zone Nurses Association, one of the founders of the
Canal Zone Nurses Union, and a member of the Panama
Canal Society and St. Vincent de Paul Church, Holiday, Fla.
She is survived by her daughter, Priscilla and son-in-law
Edward Scott; granddaughter Caroline and Jim Bowser and
great-granddaughter Krystal Bowser; grandson Edward and
Marisa Scott and great-granddaughter Amber; and grandson
Russell Scott, all of Holiday, Fla.; her sister Dorothy
Rounsaville, Lanark Village, Fla., and several cousins, nieces
and nephews.

Charles Daniel "Chuck" Lavallee, 87, of Pensacola,
Fla., passed away in Pensacola on August 24, 2003, after sev-
eral weeks of medical complications attendant to suffering
several minor strokes. Mr. Lavallee was born February 24,
1916, in North Scituate, R.I., to Joseph and Annie Lavallee.
Educated in the public schools, Chuck went to trade school to
enable him to assist his widowed mother and his brothers and
sisters. Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1936, and
served until his discharge at Corozal, Panama Canal Zone, on
March 17, 1941.
Embarking on a career in the Canal Zone, he worked a
time for the Panama Canal Company in construction. Chuck
transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he
completed his professional career as a Heavy Equipment
Specialist in the Army's Military Assistance Program
throughout Central and South America. He retired from
Federal Government Service in July 1975.

Chuck married Dorothy Ivey Lavallee of Atlanta, Ga., in
Balboa, Canal Zone, on June 5, 1943. They had two sons,
Charles Ronald "Ron" and Robert William "Bobby". Chuck
is survived by Dottie, his wife of 60+ years, and his son Ron
of Houston, Texas. His son, Bobby, preceded him in death
from cancer in August of 1978. He is also survived by his sis-
ter, Thelma of Rhode Island, three grandchildren, and three
Chuck and Dottie retired to Pensacola in 1977 and were
active in the Masonic Community. Chuck was a member of
Ancon Lodge A.F.&A.M., Ancon, Canal Zone, for over 60
years, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason of the Panama
Canal Scottish Rite Bodies, a Past Potentate (1958) of Abou
Saad Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. He was an Associate Member of
the Pensacola Scottish Rite Bodies, Hadji Shrine Temple of
Pensacola, and Abba Shrine Temple of Mobile. Chuck was
known for his dedication to Masonry and the Shriners, espe-
cially the programs of Shriners Hospitals for Children. He
was also a member of Lt. Frank P. Albrook, Post 3822,
Veterans of Foreign Wars in Ancon, Republic of Panama, and
the Royal Order of Scotland.

William Henry McCumber, Ph.D., P.E., of Rockwood,
Tenn., 68, passed away peacefully at Vanderbilt University
Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., on July 20, 2003 after a
short illness.
He is survived by his wife Walthena and six children: son
Keith and wife Rosemarie of Albuquerque; son Matt and wife
Stacey; son Mark; daughter Kelly and husband Wayne;
daughter Victoria; daughter Deirdre and husband Larry; and
by nine grandchildren (all of Alabama); and by partner and
close friend Crystal Sloan of Rockwood.
Professor McCumber, a professor at the Graduate School
of Management and Technology of the University of
Maryland University College of Adelphi, Md., had taught
systems engineering for decades. He also served as president
of EagleRidge Technologies, Inc., of Rockwood, and was a
partner in TEAMS of Houston, a consulting firm.
Professor McCumber was one of the world's leading sys-
tems engineers and educators, working in space, military,
medical, solar, industrial, and agricultural applications on
five continents; he contributed to every Apollo mission
through the moon landing, to the Space Lab, and to the Space
Shuttle. From 1960 to 1969 he worked for Douglas Aircraft,
as a flight control circuit designer for the Skybolt air-
launched ballistic missile, as a flight test engineer at Eglin Air
Force Base, as Apollo telemetry and systems integration
engineer at Cape Canaveral Space Center, and as an Apollo
remote site real-time flight controller.
Later at IBM Federal Systems, he earned two outstanding
achievement awards, as Program Manager of Systems
Integration Engineering for IBM World Trade Asia, in 1988
and 1989, and was awarded the Systems Engineering Chair
on IBM Federal Systems Division Technical Staff from 1986
through 1988; he was retired from IBM Federal Systems and
Loral/Lockheed Martin.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma in Electrical
Engineering, he received his graduate degrees in Industrial
(Systems) Engineering from the University of Alabama at

Huntsville and the University of Houston, and had been a
licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and
A member of the International Council on Systems
Engineering (INCOSE), he was elected to the prestigious
rank of Fellow in July 2000, "for contributions as a quintes-
sential industrial leader, especially in the education and train-
ing of practicing systems engineers." He was the former
Chairman of the INCOSE Principles Working Group, former
Associate Editor and reviewer for Systems Engineering, the
Journal oflNCOSE, and the author of many technical papers
and other works; his paper, Educating Systems Engineers:
Encouraging Divergent Thinking, was named Best Paper in
the Education and Research category by INCOSE for 2002.
Professor McCumber served as a radio engineer in the Air
Force during the Korean War, and later was engineer for the
University of Oklahoma radio station. An athlete as well as
scholar, he played football in high school in both Balboa High
School in Panama and in Midland, Texas, and briefly at the
University of Oklahoma. A former Panama resident, he was
a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He was
also past President of the Huntsville Folk Music Society, and
a gifted guitarist and folksinger.

Bess B. McGloin passed away June 25, 2003 in Midland,
Texas. Bess was born October 23, 1920 in Pelham, Ga., to
Jesse H. Ball and Florence E. Bunch Ball. She married James
F. McGloin in 1939, and he went to the Canal Zone in 1941
to play baseball for the winter months. While there, he was
offered a job, and Bess joined him shortly thereafter. They
lived on the Atlantic side for 25 years.
Bess retired from HUD in Fort Worth in 1983 and moved
to Midland in 1986. Her husband preceded her in death in
She is survived by her two children, James F. McGloin, Jr.
of Madison, Wisc., and Joan E. Brooks of Midland, Texas,
and their spouses and families four grandchildren and one

Helen Leach Meisinger, 86, who was a long-time resi-
dent of the Canal Zone, passed away August 6, 2003. Helen
was born in Boston, Mass., March 11, 1917 where her moth-
er Alvina Sudmeyer Leach ran a boarding house.
Helen joined her father John V. Leach in Panama along
with her mother and brother, John H. Leach. Helen was a
graduate of Cristobal High school. She was employed by the
Panama Canal Government Accounting Division. Helen mar-
ried Fred J. Meisinger, from Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1939. They
resided in the Canal Zone until her retirement in 1969 when
they moved to Miami, Fla.
Helen leaves behind a son, Michael J. Meisinger
(Chicago, Ill.); two grandchildren, Lauren M. Hines and
Michael Meisinger (Atlanta, Ga.); four great-grandchildren,
and two nieces, Patricia Leach Bjoreby (Bonita Springs,
Fla.) and Marion Leach Papson (Leesburg, Fla.)
Helen was a member of the Eastern Star Royal Palm
Chapter #2 and a very active shell collector. She and her
mother spent many hours collecting shells off the reefs of

Fort San Lorenzo and on the Pacific Side. Helen was very
active in her church in Miami and her condo.

Ed Nance passed away suddenly on August 3, 2003 from
an apparent massive heart attack.
Ed was from Indiana and was a truly respected gentleman
in the Canal Zone. He lived for many years in the 2300 area
of Curundu (Contractor's Area) in the house next to the play-
ground on the "see-saw" side of the playground until his
retirement in the late 70s.
He designed the old Amador Golf Course, and was one of
the top landscape engineers working with the Army Corps of
Engineers in many of the places taken for granted in the old
Canal Zone, both civilian and military sides. Building unique
houses and habitats was a true gift of his, having built over 50
top quality and unique homes for many of the upper classes,
as well as himself in Panama, and having designed many of
the most popular places which have come to be known as
tourist places he definitely had a unique art about him and
yet, none of that came close to the kind-hearted human being
he was to all of his friends.
He is survived by his wife Olga, who lives in El Valle,
Republic of Panama.

Dorothy Houser Neville, 93, of Palm Harbor, died July
30, 2003 at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor. She
was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, and came here in 1972 from
the Panama Canal Zone.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and
taught middle school for 41 years. She attended Blessed
Sacrament Catholic Church, Seminole.
Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Davidson, and
two grandsons, John and Joshua Davidson, all of Palm

Raymond Newell Shaw died peacefully on September
19, 2003 in a nursing home in Greenwood Village, Colo. He
had been suffering from a long and undiagnosed neurological
Born Raymond Boyd Ward Jr. in Houston, he grew up on
both sides of the Isthmus. He earned a BSCE at the
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) and an MSCE at
Kansas State University (Manhattan). During his lifetime he
worked as a surveyor for the Interamerican Geophysical
Survey in Panama, Costa Rica and Haiti; a highway engineer
for the State of Kansas; an instructor at both the Arkansas and
Kansas engineering colleges; and for the Dredging, Surveys
and Construction organizations in the Panama Canal
Company. His position at retirement was Chief of
Construction Division. After leaving the Canal Zone in 1980,
he was the City Engineer for Denver, Colo. until his final
retirement in 1990.
He enjoyed fly-fishing, travel (typically to Costa Rica)
and intellectual pursuits in the areas of politics and history.
He is survived by two sons, Mark and Alan, as well as two
ex-wives, both named Barbara, and hundreds of close friends
in both Panama and the United States.

Mrs. Jean Centner Sholk, devoted wife of the late Dr.
Alvin Sholk, died October 7, 2003. She was the daughter of
Regina Macklin Centner and Colonel (USAF) William
Frederick Centner, both deceased of Columbus, Ohio. Mrs.
Sholk's identical twin sister, Jane Mueller of Lima, Ohio,
died in 1992 and their stepmother, Anna K. Hunneshagen
Centner of Rochester, Ind., died in 1987.
Mrs. Sholk is survived by her three children and five
grandchildren. Deborah Sholk-Sousa and her husband, John,
and their children, Katya and Evan, live in Frisco, Texas.
Richard Stabler-Sholk lives in Ypsilanti, Mich., David Sholk,
his wife Donna and their children, Jenna, Alexandra, and
Anna live in Lockport, N.Y.
Jean graduated from Our Lady of Cincinnati College in
1949. She spent five years in the Air Force as a Lieutenant in
the Medical Service Corps, and had been stationed in Alaska
and San Antonio. After her marriage to the late Alvin Sholk,
MD, Colonel, U.S. Army Medical Corps, they lived in Japan,
Germany, and Panama. Jean continued her education, receiv-
ing a Master's degree in Education from the University of
Oklahoma and then completed post-graduate courses in
counseling at the College of William and Mary in
Williamsburg, Va.
She did volunteer work, counseling at shelters for abused
families and at military chaplains' offices. Jean published
many poems and short stories relating to her field in several
professional journals.
Mrs. Sholk had been a member of Rodef Sholom Temple
and an associate member of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in
Newport News, Va.

Thomas J. Street, Sr. "Jack", 80, of St. Petersburg, died
September 4, 2003 at the Health and Rehabilitation Centre at
Dolphins' View. Bor in Lakeland, he came here in 1988
from Crystal River.
He was an engineer. He was a Marine Corps veteran of
WWII and retired from the Army as a colonel after 22 years
of service. He was a Vietnam War veteran. He received a
geology degree at Emory University in 1950 and a degree in
civil engineering from the Missouri School of Mines and
Metallurgy in Rolla, Mo. His career included building a
defense early warning system site in Greenland and four
intercontinental ballistic missile sites in Arkansas.
He was chief of construction for the Panama Canal Co.
and post engineer at Fort Ord, Calif. He was an avid golfer,
fisherman and reader. He was a member of Seven Rivers Golf
and Country Club in Crystal River and the Lions Club in
Crystal River.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Regina C; two
sons, Arthur J., St. Petersburg, and Thomas J. Jr.,
Brookeville, Md.; a daughter, Regina A. Falco, Manassas,
Va.; a brother, James Nash, and a sister, Nada McDowell,
both of Covington, Ga.; four grandchildren; and a great-

William Ashton Sullivan, 74, of Dothan, Ala., died
September 16, 2003, at Flowers Hospital.
Mr. Sullivan was bor January 28, 1929, in the Panama

Canal Zone and graduated with the class of BHS'47. He lived
in the Canal Zone until moving to Dothan in 1981. He was a
veteran of the Korean War having served as a paratrooper in
the U.S. Army. He was employed with Civil Service for more
than 30 years and at the time of his retirement was serving as
president of the Panama Canal Zone Insurance Board. Mr.
Sullivan was a member of the Lion's Club in the Panama
Canal Zone and St. Columba Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Helen K. Sullivan of Dothan;
six children, Ed Sullivan of Dothan, Louis Sullivan of
Gainesville, Fla., Bill Sullivan Jr. of Dothan, Tom Sullivan
and his wife, Kelly, of Shaw Air Force Base, Lynn Mann and
her husband, Jon, of Suwanee, Ga., Carol Watkins and her
husband, Mitchell, of Dothan; 11 grandchildren; several
nieces and nephews.

Ruth E. Thompson, 85, of Bradenton, Fla., died August
18, 2003 at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. She grad-
uated from St. Joseph's Hospital London Ontario, Canada as
an RN.
She served in North Africa and France during WWII as a
1st. Lt. in the Army Nurses Corp. Ms. Thompson went to the
Panama Canal Zone and worked as an RN at Gorgas Hospital
until retiring in 1980.
She was a volunteer for over 10 years with the State of
Florida's Drivers License Division. She and her husband
were avid ham operators in the Canal Zone and Bradenton
Survivors include Joan Tibbits, daughter, of Bradenton;
Kenneth A. Thompson, stepson and wife Joan of Brevard,
N.C.; Richard Wise, brother-in-law, of Canton, Ohio, and
nieces and nephews.

Bobbye Lou Herrington Wellington, 58, (BHS'63),
died from pancreatic cancer on September 3, 2003 at Shands
Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.
She is survived by her husband, Donald F. Wellington
(BHS'63); daughters, Cheryl Wellington Roberts of
Asheboro, N.C., and Kerry Wellington Pardy of
Summerfield, N.C.; son, Brad Wellington of Asheboro, N.C.;
brother, Russell Herrington (BHS'67) of Herndon, Va.; par-
ents, Robert and Dorothy Herrington of Clearwater, Fla., as
well as seven grandchildren.
Bobbye Lou had resided in Asheboro, N.C., for the last 28
years and was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmoth-

Mary M. Wheeler, 77, of Pinellas Park, died October 7,
2003 at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.
Born in Boston, she came to Florida in 1974 from the
Panama Canal Zone. She was a homemaker and a member of
Sacred Heart Catholic Church and American Legion
Auxiliary Post 104 in Pinellas Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Thomasine Leverock,
Pinellas Park, and Janet Jordan, Flagler Beach; a sister, Ruth
Thibeault, Pinellas Park; and two granddaughters.

Joseph E. Wright, 84, of Tallahassee, Fla., the former
owner/operator of Wright Brothers Plumbing in Colon and
Panama, died October 6, 2003. He is survived by his wife,
Carol Russon Wright.
Joe Wright was a Navy veteran of World War II and a life
member of the Elks Lodge #1414 of Balboa. He was a resi-
dent of the Republic of Panama for more than 40 years.
Other survivors include a daughter, Coleen Causey (and
husband Robert) of Pinellas Park, Fla.; two sons, Joseph A.
Wright (and wife Lisa) of Minnesota; Michael D. Wright (and
wife Kathleen) of Tallahassee, Fla.; a sister, Mary Hartsfield
of Dayton, Ohio; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charlie Wright.

James A. Yates of Largo, Fla., passed away on August
30, 2003. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. No further information is available.


Andino, Louis and
Breunle, Phillip and
DeMartini, Mary (Nehls)
DeTore, Charles and
Duffus, Jim and Clover (Shobe)
Durrant, Mary
Falk, Joan (Sharp)
Flynn, Marilyn.....................................
Geisel, Elizabeth (Halloran)
Hayes, John.....................
Hiner, Mary
Kleefkens, Walter and
LeBrun, Jr., William
Lewis, Jr.,
McClean, R.A.,
Mullins, Jim and
Rankin, Virginia
Riggs, Jr.,
Rowley, Skip..............................
Ryhne, Sonia......................................
Sellers, Ev (Menges)
Sizemore, Jr., Tom and
Szymanski, Frederick and
Taylor, Virginia (Aanstoos)
Tough, Sherry (Bissell)
Villani, Dianne.....................
Windle, Margarite (Williams)




BY DECEMBER 31, 2003.




Louise and Eugene Bauman took their granddaughter
Courtney back to Oregon, after she spent the summer with
them in Port Huron, Mich.
While they were in Oregon, they were able to visit with
Ray Miller (BHS'65) and Sue Simpson-Pitts (BHS'62).

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The five Bremer siblings, along with some of their fami-
lies, gathered in Panama to help oldest sister Didi celebrate a
special birthday last July 2003 (can't say her age, but let's just
say she graduated from Balboa High School in 1961). The
United States entourage to visit Panama consisted of Didi and
husband Bob Rogers; Joe Bremer (BHS'64); Malena
Bremer-Merriam (BHS'67) and husband Jock; Fred
Bremer (BHS'71) and wife Loly (Castrellon) and their two
kids, Christina and JP Bremer; and youngest brother Mike
Bremer (SMS'74). The fact that Didi's three daughters,
Jennifer Rogers, Natalie Owens, and Tina Miller and their
families were also able to attend made the reunion that much
more special. Even cousin Clem Bremer, who had only
heard of Panama from his "Panamaniac" cousins over the
years, and wife Jane sprung a surprise visit from New Jersey.

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Louise Scigliane Bauman, Ray Miller and Sue Simpson-
Pitts in Sherwood, Ore.


The 50th Anniversary of the Ocean to Ocean Cayuco
Race is history but will long be remembered by Lee and
Annette Morton. They, along with Rob Weldon and Bill
Morrison, completed the three-day race to earn a patch.
This was Annette's first trip to Panama and she paddled
right along with the men in the Bambito, which was arranged
by John Husum. Lee had not been to Panama since 1983.
Following the race, Lee and Annette enjoyed their stay at
the Country Inn and Suites at Amador, the famous Napoli
Pizza, and other Zonian favorites in Panama before returning
to Fresno, Texas. They plan to enter the race again next year.

(L-R): Rob Weldon, Bill Morrison, Lee Morton, John
Husum and Annette Morton.

Back row, standing, L-R: Ron Miller, Tina Rogers-Miller,
Didi Bremer-Rogers, Mike Bremer, Joe Bremer, Malena
Bremer-Merriam, Jock Merriam, Loly Castrellon-
Bremer, and Fred Bremer. Front Row, sitting, L-R: Kip
Owens, Gregg Owens, Natalie Rogers-Owens, Hayden
Owens, JP Bremer, Christina Bremer, Elena Owens,
Jennifer Rogers, and Bob Rogers.

The reunion got started with a gathering of over 60
descendants from their maternal grandparents, the late
Francis and Elena Escoffery, at the beach home of cousin
Pancho Guardia in Sea Cliff. The next day was spent in El
Valle doing the usual market routine and visiting more rela-
tives, followed by three quiet days at the "Las Sirenas"
cabanas in Santa Clara. If you haven't yet, you've got to try
the superb food, service, and ambiance at the outdoor restau-
rant, Los Camisones, at KM 104. The cows weren't out that
evening, but the moon was.
While in the city, the group stayed at the Country Inn and
Suites in Amador near where the Balboa Yacht Club once
stood. Another half day was spent fishing aboard MV Cheers,
owned and operated by a few former Zonians. The fish
weren't biting, but the beautiful weather and a stop at Taboga

for some reminiscing made it worthwhile.
Another evening was spent partying on board "La Chiva
Parrandera" which took the clan on a whirlwind, three-hour
"tour" of both old and new sections of the city, while offering
an open bar and "apperitivos criollos" along the way. After
nine days, it was "hasta luego" to all and time to get back to

Fred Bremer
Longwood, Fla.


Rebekah Husum graduated from Florida State
University in Tallahassee on April 27, 2003 with a Bachelor
of Science in International Relations.

(L-R): Catherine, Rebekah, John, Valerie and Lorena

As a graduation present, John took Rebekah on a whirl-
wind three-week tour of Europe, beginning on July 2nd. First
stop was Rome, where we saw all the famous sites: the
Coliseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, but of course the
Vatican was the best. We attended an Italian mass there on
Sunday morning, and it does sound a lot like Spanish. From
Rome we headed to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower and
Florence, where we saw the Uffuzi museum, Medici castle,
and had a wonderful dinner among these fantastic pieces of
art and history.
After Florence, we went to Nice, the French Riviera and
Monaco. Next we went to Christopher Columbus's home-
town, Genoa, which was quite interesting and fun. From Italy
we flew to northern Germany, visiting the town of Husum,
where our family originated. It is a very nice resort town.
After returning to Hamburg, we took an overnight train to
Paris, and did the bus tour throughout the city, saw the church
of Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel tower to name a
few. London was next, where our hotel was just a few blocks
from the House of Commons and Westminster Abbey. Of
course, we saw the changing of the guards at Buckingham
Palace, Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, rode a double-

decker and took the tube everywhere. From England we
joined 19 other Foley family members on a ten-day bus tour
of southern Ireland that included Dublin, Galway, Kerry,
Waterford as well as a few dozen other towns along the way.
One of our highlights was visiting the Foley family farm in
Waterford, where my grandfather Thomas Foley, a
Roosevelt medal holder, was born and raised. I could see the
joy in my mother's eyes as she completed the full circle of
returning to where her family came from.

Rebekah and John at the Church of Notre Dame in Paris.

Brothers George, Ray, Mike and John Husum outside of
the Foley Pub in Dublin

A couple comments about Europe. No, it is not true that
all Europeans speak English, but the farther north you go,

more chance they do. Though Italian sounds a lot like
Spanish, they don't understand a thing you say when you
speak Spanish to them. However, we were able to read and
understand about 75% of what we read in the newspaper.
Finally, we felt no anti-American sentiment considering that
the Iraq issue was still a hot one. As a matter of fact, some of
the French even tried to speak English to us. One trick is to
ask them: Par le vou Anglais u Espafiol? Invariably, they
don't speak Spanish, but at least by asking they won't think
of you as an ignorant monolingual. We both returned with
fantastic memories and the desire to go back again.

John T. Husum


I would like the enclosed picture included in the next pos-
sible Canal Record. Thank you very much.
I would like to add that you all do a wonderful job on the
Canal Record and at the annual reunion. We do appreciate
the staff and volunteers that make it happen.


Le Chateau, ski resort hotel in the Poconos of
Tannersville, Pa., welcomed a contingent of possibly 35 ex-
Zonians the weekend of September 4th. They came from
Florida, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, and South Carolina. Plus, Joan de Grummond
came from California.
This was our first stay at La Chateau after many years at
the Best Western, also in Tannersville. Most felt we had out-
grown the Best Western and hoped to find a place we might
like as well, or hopefully even more. The Whitams accepted
the challenge driving in from Ohio.

(L-R): Cathy, Robin (Pat and Bob's daughter), Bob and Pat

We were sad to note the absence of good friend Bill
March following his fatal auto accident, but we were happy
to meet Bill and Thelma's daughter Susie and Polish joke
telling husband "Stash" (he has a right). He entertained us
after dinner.

(L-R): Barbara and Bud Pierce, and Dottie March.

Vince Ridge did his usual very funny repertoire of Bajun
jokes. Usually Billy Michaelsen would respond with his
great act, but he and Mary were unable to make it from
Florida. We missed them.

(L-R): Phyllis DeBoer, Tita (Clarke) Dunlap, John
Bowerman and Lani Carey at the 2003 Annual Reunion.

Patricia A. (Clarke) Dunlap
Glencoe. N.M.

(L-R): Dottie Ridge, Gwen Layden, Bill Layden and Vince

The hotel provided a hospitality room where we could POCONOS REUNION PICTURES
gather any time between 8 a.m. and midnight. The "bodega"
was well stocked with everything needed for the bebida
orders-thanks to Rick and Eddie, who also acted as "bar-

-Guest speaker Ernest "Bud" Pierce of Golden Parrot

Our volunteer bartender Rick.

The setting of Le Chateau was (is) high in the mountains
which offered a magnificent view from our veranda. Not only
did we see deer across the lake, there were even friendlier
ones which came right up to the building to eat discarded cig-
arettes (I knew there must be a use for them).
Le Chateau was also located just a few miles from "The L-R: Doris Leeser, Bob Harvey, Rosemary Gilead, and
Crossings", a gigantic accumulation of well-known store out- Joan DeGrummond.
lets. Name it, it was there. Norma Martin and this writer
found Ann Taylor and succumbed to some irresistible.
Rosemary and Jean explored other delectables at the
Gourmet Chef, returning with bags of goodies.
Everyone donned their finery for Saturday night's dinner.
Earlier we gathered in the hospitality room for drinks over
banterings of happy memories and remembrances and a little
picture taking. We've found that sharing pictures with those
unable to come to all the reunions is good for a laugh and a
We particularly loved going over all the outfits for the
theme parties. The Ridges win the prize in my book for their L-R: Blanche (Adler) Browne, Bob Harvey, Thelma
great old-fashioned bathing suits, Chicago gangsters (aka Al (Vahey) March, Doris Leeser, and Eddie Doran.
Capone), 50s getups, and country/western to name a few. I
hope we pick up the theme idea.
Time to say "hasta luego" came all too soon. Lots of abra-
zos and besitos and "see you next year". Off we went, I in the
car with the Virginia group (Rosemary, Norma and Cinco),
who would drop me off in Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., and they'd
go on to three points in Virginia. Somehow we missed shift-
ing to 81 from 80 adding miles to the journey but we made it.
Time to say goodbye again.

Shirley J. Erickson
Mt. Holly Springs, Pa. L-R: Doris Leeser, Blanche Browne and Bob Whitam.

Pictures submitted by Rosemary Gilead


Good friends got together in Dunnellon at the home of
Gerry and Jim Gagnon. We all had such a great time at the
Reunion and the 45th class reunion for Laura Dew Mohr,
Jackie Fearon and Gerry.
Laura spent a few days with us after the Reunion before
returning home to Tucson. Jackie and Bobby took a day off
from visiting their son and family in Tampa. What a fun day
we had. Looking forward to our 50th.


(L-R): Jim Gagnon, Gerry Simon Gagnon, Jackie Dunn
Fearon, Bobby Fearon and Laura Dew Mohr.

Geri Simon Gagnon
Dunnellon, Fla.


Old friends Ann Kelleher and Ruth Sutherland enjoyed
fun and sun at LaBad6e, Haiti during a recent Caribbean


The infamous Jax Brothers ride again at the 2003 Panama
Canal Society Reunion.

Chris Lasher, Joe Smith, Jerry Coffin and George Frye.

Jerry Coffin
Brooklyn, N.Y.


I am enclosing a picture taken at the 2003 Panama Canal
Society Reunion in July at the Orlando World Center Marriott
of myself and two of my high school friends.
The second photograph was taken on a visit to Colorado
and at the home and ranch in Steamboat Springs of Sam and
Coila (Goodin) Maphis. The photograph was taken at the
welcome center (designed and built by Sam and his sons Sam
and Jeff). We had a wonderful visit with our dear friends in
their beautiful home and state.

Marge (Rathgeber) Ruoff, Joanie (Sprague) Kilgallo
and Floann (Pierce) Gray at the July 2003 PCS Reunion.

Ruth Sutherland
Satellite Beach, Fla.

Sam Maphis, Coila (Goodin) Maphis, Joanie (Sprague)
Kilgallon, and Joe Kilgallon.

Joanie (Sprague) Kilgallon
Osprey, Fla.


All good things must come to an end. On a balmy night in
San Diego on September 27th, the West Coast Reunion
Committee met for one final time officially and closed the
books on our association. We had not had a reunion since
2000 and due to death, age, illness, and whatever, we could
not get enough people together to pay our way. Our highest
years were between 1988 and 1992. We had some rollicking
good times with people coming from all over and staying for
the three days in the hotel. You'll notice that the majority of
the committee was from Cristobal High School.
Tito Mouynes and Alex de la Cruz played some won-
derful music. The decorations were inspired by our days in
the Zone and appreciated by all. So to all of you out there, if
you attended, thank you, and if you did not, you missed a
good time.
Hugs to you all.

West Coast Reunion final date Back (L-R): David
Hollowell, Kay Argo Taylor, Ted Sundquist, Beth
Sundquist, Ann Lane, David Lane. Front (L-R): Norma
Horine, Bill Roberts and Nafia O'Brien Roberts.

Kay Argo Taylor CHS'53
Laguna Woods, Calif.


The folks in Tennessee had a wonderful Reunion picnic at
the Fall Creek Falls State Park held September 20th, thanks
to Lester Oliver (Hendersonville, Tenn.) the organizer.
Nancy Goodwin and Gail Abbott (both Knoxville, Tenn.)
assisted him in his planning.
The picnic was a great success and over 50-some people
attended from all around. Some people drove up for the day,
others arrived on Friday and stayed in the Inn, and others
camped at the campgrounds. It was great fun finding out who
lives where and getting to know our Tennessee neighbors,
including a few coming from North Carolina, South Carolina,

Missouri and Alabama. The food was great and many of the
attendees were great helpers in the cooking department.
There was some GREAT empanadas and ceviche TOO, spe-
cial thanks to Jim Bradley and Mike Corrigan. Also, special
kudos to Gary Abbott for bringing the gigantic Panama flag.

Those who attended were: Lester, Debbie, Gayle, Linda
and Chris Oliver; Gail and Gary Abbott; Nancy and Jack
Goodwin; Pat and Cheryl Williams (Ala.); Jeannine and
Dave Wilder (Ala.); Jim and Diane Bradley (N.C.); Delores
Underwood (Tenn.); Adrianne Oliver (Mo.); Jeannette
Keepers (S.C.); Ty and Nikki Erickson (N.C.); Ron and Pat
Nessler (N.C.); Mike Young (Tenn.); Jay Sieleman (Tenn.);
Bob and Dottie White (Tenn.); Helen, Robert, Charles,
Sharon and Sheila Cook (Tenn.); Jennie Cowell (Tenn.);
Gordon and Sandy Graham (Tenn.); Jim and Ann Hicks
(Tenn.); Roark, Karen, Robert and Frances Summerford
(Tenn.); Bob and Jean Thomas (Tenn.); Eric, Kim and
Kaleigh Acosta (Tenn.); Bob and Maureen Copeskey
(Tenn.); Mike and Marge Corrigan (Tenn.); Joe Byrne
(Tenn.); Woody Dejernette (Tenn.); Millie Rowley (Ala.);
and Sheila and Phil Taylor (Tenn.).
Next year, the picnic will be held at Townsend, Tenn.
(near the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area). Those folks
wanting to attend this picnic or wanting more information
should contact Nancy Goodwin (; Gail
Abbott (gabbott(; or Lester Oliver (bal-

Gail Abbott
Knoxville, Tenn.


The 7th Annual Martinez-Payne Memorial Surf Session
was held at the Typhoon Lagoon wave pool, Disney World,
Florida on Thursday, July 24, 2003, during the Panama Canal
Society reunion weekend. This event is held each year in
memory of Greg Martinez (BHS'78) and David Payne
(BHS'83). Greg and David were inspirational in the way they
lived their lives and fought the cancer that took them from us
at young ages.

Surfers participating this year were Angel Baltar, Jimmy
Brown, Andy Efthimiadis, Ralph Furlong, Brandon, Eric,
Pat and Richard Grimison, Dave Hartner, Carlos
Hattabaugh, John Magee, Teresa Martinez, David
McArthur, and Craig Orndorff.
Members of the Payne family attending the event were
David's parents, the Reverend Clarence and Mrs. Rosita
Payne; David's sister, Anita Miller and her children Morris
and Rosie; David's aunt, Carmen Menendez, her son
Alfredo, his wife Kelly and their daughters Erica and
Alyssa. Also attending were Payne family friends Dr.
Charles and Mrs. Alice Latimer, former Canal Zone
Superintendent of Schools and former BHS Guidance
Counselor, respectively.

- I--. ,.. ---
Attendees at Seventh Annual Surf Session, Disney World,
Fla., July 24, 2003.

wagon got rusted out, the skies suddenly cleared and the surf
session was on! (Thanks, David!)
For information regarding the next surf session, email
Richard Grimison at

T. Richard Grimison
Merritt Island, Fla.


Bill Lang (BHS'50), his wife Mary Jo Cole (BHS'51),
their four children with spouses and seven grandchildren
embarked on a family cruise to Bermuda on July 12, 2003 on
the Celebrity's Horizon. The seven-day trip overnighted at St.
George and then docked at downtown Hamilton for three
The 16 members of the Lang family spent mornings sight-
seeing and afternoons at the gorgeous beaches snorkeling and
swimming. Among the sights visited were the Crystal caves,
aquarium and zoo, craft market, National Art Gallery and
Holy Trinity Cathedral. During the stay the city held a street
fair alongside the ship on Front Street. The fair was high-
lighted by the Bermuda Regimental Tattoo patterned after
Scotland's famous Edinburg tattoo with pipers and highland
dancers. It was a marvelous performance.
After the cruise the families spent a week in New York
with their cousin Helen Lang and her family and sightseeing.
The family enjoyed several days visiting with their cousin
and the rest seeing the Empire State Building, Statue of
Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wax museum and
Yankee baseball. The family also visited the family grave in
Englewood, N.J., where Bill's parents and grandparents are
buried. The cruise and vacation in New York were memo-

Brandon Grimison

The Martinez family was represented by Greg's sisters
Mimi Azcarraga and Teresa. Reverend Payne led an open-
ing memorial prayer liturgy which this year was held under a
pavilion due to the threat of inclement weather that almost
caused the event to be cancelled. Greg's widow, Janette
(Sousa), contributed some memorial words that were read by
Greg's sister Teresa.
While waiting for the weather to clear following the litur-
gy, Rev. Payne suggested that those in attendance recount
some of the old surf stories from Panama. When Rev. Payne
asked for details as to how the floor boards of David's station

Front Row (L-R): Nathan Lang ( 8), Natalie Alexander
(13), Kathy Lang, Mary Jo Lang, Cathy Alexander, Anne
Lang, Hannah Lang (4), Simon Lang (12). Back Row (L-
R): Chelsea Alexander (13), Andrew Lang (16), Thomas
Lang, Chris Lang, William Lang, Thomas Alexander,
Walter Lang and Emma Alexander (15).

William A. Lang
Portland, Ore.


When I attended the Vietnam Helicopter Reunion in
Orlando/Hornets this July, while I was talking to a friend of
mine Frank Anton who was a POW for 5 years, who told me
that someone was looking for me on the DOD Internet site.
I responded that evening and presumed that it was someone
wanting to know about their son that had died or some person
wanting to know about their father etc., which has happen to
me in the past.
I responded to the inquiry and discovered this person had
bought a lighter on ebay two years ago. The lighter had my
name on it with a set of wings and he was curious to learn
more about it. We communicated via email and come to find
out he lives in Gatwick, England and is employed at the
Gatwick Airport as a Security Chief. Ironically, we were less
than three weeks from leaving to England arriving at Gatwick
airport for our vacation.
He asked how I lost the lighter and I explained to him it
was more than likely when I was shot up on the 21st of April
1970, flying C-Model Gun Ships. I was shot in the stomach-
fortunately saved by the bullet proof vest (chicken plate) and
my personal belongings where left behind in the hospital dur-
ing my short stay.
On our return trip my wife and I met my new friend Irvine
with his two daughters. He returned my lost lighter of 33
years and presented me with a official Police Hat (Bobby


Tony and Sigi Espino from Platting, Germany, visited the
Tampa Bay area and stayed with Joan and Ed Ohman in
September. As always, we had a great time visiting and lots
of laughter. Looking forward to our next get-together, hope-
fully in Platting.

(L-R): Tony Espino, Joan (McCullough) Ohman, Hap
Brandenburg, Sigi Espino and Ed Ohman.


Roosevelt medal holder George Heim's granddaughters
had their first Heim Female First Cousins Reunion.
Ten of the eighteen girls and Aunt Frances (Heim)
Hennessey met in Glendale, Ariz., over the Columbus Day
weekend at the home of Wendy Cotton Corrigan. A won-
derful bodacious time was had by all. We are hoping this will
be the first of many to come.
Next time we just might include our ten male first
cousins, but only after they have their get-together in Thief
River Falls, Minn., in January 2004. We sure did miss our
other eight female cousins, Kris (Kalander) Bump, Susan
(McCullough) Burk, Sharlee (Heim) Giere, Norma
(Kalander) Haviland, Carol (Heim) Malan, Denis (Heim)
Parker, Kim (Kalander) Sannela and Karen Saum and
hope they will make it for the next one.

Al Schonert (Stinger 92)
Delray, Fla.

Pay 2004 Membership Dues

by December 31, 2003

See page 71 for

membership application.

S(L-R): Tracy (Cotton) Fleming, Joan (McCullough)
Ohman, Carolyn (Hennessey) Johnson, Mary
S(Hennessey) Charles, Lois (Kalander) Casson, Wendy
S(Cotton) Corrigan, Judi McCullough, Ann (Bishop) Lyle,
SBarbara (Hatchett) Clark, Pat (Hatchett) Clark and our
Very own Aunt Frances (Heim) Hennessey.

Joan Ohman
Riverview, Fla.

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Lifetime Are Inspiration
for Celebrated Poems
By Alexis Tonti
Vineyard Gazette, Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
May 24, 2002

Ruth Twichell Cochrane says she's not much good at
public speaking. She still gets butterflies, even after 25 years
at the front of a high school classroom, even just months ago
as she talked metaphors with a roomful of Edgartown ele-
mentary students.
Most recently the butterflies came when she was asked to
read her poetry to an audience of
several hundred in New Jersey.
The April ceremony honored
her and other poets whose \\ ork
was selected for the 25th
anniversary issue of Journal of
New Jersey poets, the same
poems also received the Librar
of Congress and National Public
Radio annual award for excel-
lence in print. It was the celc-
brated poet's first reading out-
side the relaxed setting of her .
writing workshop, and 'she
almost took a pass. .
"I told my son, I'm going to
call in sick." And he said. "Do -
you really want somebody\ else
to read your poems, Mother?'
And I said 'Never.' That kind ot
spurred me on."
In an interview from the
Tisbury home, Ms. Cochrane
talked about the award i"'a
heady experience, I never imag-
ined they would be so well
received") and the two comple- Un
mentary yet sometimes compet-
ing forces in her life: her poetry We were dr
and teaching. Clothes ordered 1
The Panama Poems, the Wearing our white froc
group of 17 poems honored in "Baby Ruth:" a
the journal, are an early history with my ba
of her family, their time in
Panama and the canal. "I started I stood apart fr
this for myself," she said, an reaching for my
unusual beginning because she in an early p
often writes poetry and prose as
gifts. (It's all about sharing your writing with other people,"
she told Edgartown School student.)
Writing the poems brought Ms. Cochrane back to her
youth, which she recalled as "not always a bed of roses, but
we really had a rather romantic life." Her father was an Army
Corps engineer, which precipitated moves every two to three
years. In addition to Panama, they lived throughout the


United States, the longest stint in Pennsylvania, where she
went to high school and college.
At home her parents fostered an atmosphere of creativity
among Ms. Cochrane, her sisters and brother. "My father
loved poetry," she said. "He loved alliteration and we used to
play a game. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
The person who could say that the fastest got a treat. We were
always encouraged to have plays -we would have them in the
living room and to write, and we listened to a lot of music."
"They had high standards for us. I can remember my
father saying to me, 'I don't care what kind of grades you get.
I just want you to learn how to think.'"
But though she was always writing (at age 10 at camp in
Missouri, she penned a play for her fellow Campfire Girls),
the commitment to poetry came later. She spent time writing
for newspapers and magazines
and served as editor for the
Chatham Press and the
Independent Press. By then a sin-
gle parent. she found she wanted
to spend more time with her chil-
dren. "So I decided to try teach-
CI ing and I found I loved it." She
ilent back to school for her
accreditation and masters in
filmmaking. which led to 25
\ears of teaching. Most of her
tenure %%as with the English
depart ment at Plainfield High
S School in New Jersey, where
among other accomplishments
she began a writing program for
teen mothers.
"I remember taking a
test, "\\ h do you want to be a
teacher'." I put down because I
%%anted to learn. And I thought,
Soips, that's the wrong thing to
say. But it \%as the right thing to
say. I think I am a much better
writer because I taught writing
rms for 23 years. I like the exchange
with the kids, even the little kids.
essed alike I find that exhilarating."
trom Best & Co. But most exhilarating of
ks with blue smocking all remains the writing. Although
little to the left, in her retirement she couldn't
;gy socks. stay away from the classroom -

om my sisters she tutors in the Edgartown
mother's hand School through the American
photograph. Reach program she's limited
her volunteer hours to maintain
her focus on poetry. In 34 years she's been through 55 jour-
nals. All her poems begin on their pages. She writes in her
journal every day, keeps one in her car and carries it during
long walks on State Beach and around her home by Lake
Tashmoo. She finds nature inspiring, and the Island's beauty
is one reason she first came here in 1969.






I recently found this picture of the Margarita baseball
team that my dad coached back in 1951 and thought it might
be one you could print in the Canal Record.
The names of the players and coaches are shown below
the picture.

Back Row (L-R): Coaches Cy Field, ? Max Sanders.
Middle Row (L-R): Larry Didier, ? Ross Tobin,
Ray Croft, Billy Gibson, Roy Perkins, and George Wetzel.
Front Row (L-R): Chuck Crawford, Eddy Cunningham,
Rusty Field, Tommy Cunningham, and Joe Hannigan.
Terry Williford is standing in the background on the left.


Back Row: Jimmy Reece, Lee Cotton, Larry Cotton,
Eddie Napoleon and Lee Rigby. Front Row: Kenny Lee,
Billy McKeown, and Jimmy McKeown.

Submitted by Bill McKeown

Carolyn Sanders Falasca
Wilmington, Del.


Front Row: L-R: Lynn Cook, John Rosetti, Larry Jones, Jimmy Young, ? Larry Strawberry, Jimmy Phillips, Rudy
Jimenez, Bill Hunter, Jesse Byrd. Second Row: Bill Diez, Bobby Johnston, ? Paul Fedde, Alfonso Regis, Ralph Ridge,
"T.C." Orr, Charlie Lester, ? Clinton Arkinson, Isidro Fong. Third Row: Jack Bain, Ernie Pierce, Bill Garlow, Mr.
Bob Dwelle, ? Owen Smith, Gordon Davis, Marshall Hughes. Fourth Row: Felix Typaldos, Bob Erbe, Harry Chan,
Rafael Bringas, Jerry Carrington, Harold Byerly, ?.

i n a N1 I [ 14 &1 Ed! I C&1 E WAONai
Memories are one of the greatest gifts to share. I would like to share some "looking back" photos of when I lived in Gatun
and Margarita with my family, friends and families who have a child, father or friend that is in the pictures as well.
Merry Christmas Sheri (Alexaitis) Kimball



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Panama Canal Museum
7985 113th Street, Suite 100, Seminole, FL 33772-4785
Phone: (727) 394-9338 Fax: (727) 394-2737


About 60 Panama Canal Museum members in the Tampa Bay area and honored guests, Bill McLaughlin, President of the
Panama Canal Society, and Bill and Jean Muller, leaders of the Ocala Panama Canal Ditchdiggers group, gathered at the
museum for the formal opening of the museum's new exhibit featuring an historical presentation of the Panama Canal from
the days the Spanish first discovered the area that became Panama through more modern times. Serving as a centerpiece of
the new exhibit are copies of "Red" Hallen's official photographs of the American Panama Canal construction days. Among
the artifacts on display and their donors are: a Spanish cannonball--Colin Campbell; a map of the isthmus published in
Amsterdam about 1650--Brian Albright; a French era surveyor's instrument--Dorn Thomas; French lottery bonds--Chris
Skeie; a French era railroad switch--John Morales; a blasting tube from Culebra Cut--Doug Allen; concrete test borings from
Miraflores Locks--Mike Drennan; items from the Hotel Tivoli--Edward Doolan, Katherine Egolf, Monroe Phillips, Sara
Collinge Ulrich, and Olive Unruh; a 1914 commemorative medal and a coffee mug from the 1916 annual banquet of the
Society of the Chagres--Sara Collinge Ulrich; a Masonic doll from the construction town of Empire--Tom Peterson; a 1915
"Protest" ashtray and ICC identification tag --Charles W. Hummer, Jr.; a "mule" control handle--Alfred J. Graham; a sig-
nal bell from a Panama Canal towing locomotive--Connie Young; tools made by hand by Brian Albright as an apprentice;
ICC Hotel and Commissary coupon books, a Panama Railroad Company ticket book, and a copy of a 19th century train sched-
ule--Ted and Patsy Norris; Commissary books from about 1940-Fred Bitter and Shirley Million Muse; a 1942 train sched-
ule--Robert and Marcia Jones; a second class Panama Railroad bench-Dick and Sandy Roscoe; Mindi Dairy cartons-Ed
and Gloria Malin; and Panama Canal matches-Ellen Freund. Bob Zumbado, the museum's Exhibit Committee Chairperson
who is responsible for making several of the museum's exhibit cases and stands, commented at the opening, "There wouldn't
have been an exhibit if it hadn't been for all the work Paul Glassburn and Paul "Buddy" Morgan had done on preparing
and labeling the photographs. Paul and Buddy also wrote the text for some of the panels as did Kathy Egolf, Chuck Hummer,
Tom Peterson, and Joe Wood.
The new exhibit will serve as a permanent exhibit that can be used in educating students and the general public about the
history of the Panama Canal. In a smaller special exhibit room can currently be seen part of the Scouting/Cayuco Race exhib-
it that was on display at the Panama Canal Society Reunion this year. The framed scouting and Cayuco Race patches that Rick
Williams lent the museum comprise a major part of that exhibit.


Paul "Buddy" Morgan, who records the museum's han-
dling of research-type inquiries, reports that 26 inquiries were
received between July 18 and September 28. In all, 96
inquiries had been received from the beginning of the year
until September 28. A number of the inquiries have been
from descendants of Roosevelt Medal Holders checking on
information the museum might have concerning their ances-
tors. They are finding the museum's Roosevelt Medal cer-
tificate program, headed up by Dorn Thomas, to be very
appealing. Other inquiries have been made concerning the
Canal's use of explosives; the beginning of 24-hour opera-
tions on the Canal; the transits of the SSAncon on August 15,
1914, and the Bremen in 1939; and insect control measures.
Many of the inquiries provide learning opportunities for the
museum board members who answer them!


Over 200 members and friends of the Panama Canal
Museum from 21 states are looking forward to sailing from
Tampa on February 20 on a Caribbean cruise that will include

a stop in Panama and four other ports. By early September the
museum's block of 100 staterooms had all been reserved at
the special price the travel agency had offered. Later arrange-
ments for others to join the group were being made, but for
more than the original price. June Barlow Riesz organized
the cruise for the museum, and Gayle Hasemann Tolbert
served as the liaison with the museum's Board of Trustees.
Because of the popularity of this cruise, the museum's
Board has already started looking at a cruise for 2005.
Learning from the popularity of the first cruise and the speed
with which it sold out, we are hoping all interested cruisers
will not delay in making their reservations for the 2005


The Panama Canal Museum's Board of Trustees met in
the museum at Seminole on October 4 and 5. A major part of
the meeting centered on discussion of a strategic plan for the
museum's future that Pat Steiner Kearns, who was elected
to the board in July, had drafted for the museum from previ-
ous documents prepared by various members of the board
since the museum's founding. With further input from those
at the October meeting, the strategic plan will provide a road
map for the next ten years that will help the museum achieve


its mission by focusing on improving historical appreciation,
financial stability, and access.
Other business at the board meeting included electing
John Carlson of Panama as a member of the board, voting
for Davis Stevenson to proceed in preparing a wills and
bequests brochure, and voting to hire a part-time clerical


On October 5 and 6, Mr. Scott Loehr, Director of the
Augusta Museum of History, visited the Panama Canal
Museum to perform an on-site evaluation and institutional
assessment of museum operations. Mr. Loehr's visit was the
culmination of a year-long self-study and analysis required
under the terms of the Federal Government's Museum
Assessment Program, which is a Federal Grant designed to
assist museums evaluate their operations and improve their
During his visit, Mr. Loehr toured the museum's activities
and exhibits, reviewed its financial and operating practices
and procedures, its administrative, collections and other poli-
cies and its strategic long range plans. He also met with offi-
cers and members of the Museum's Board of Trustees and
committee chairs in a series of scheduled, individual sessions.
Interviewing, too, Elaine Vestal Lewis, 1st Vice President of
the Panama Canal Society, Mr. Loehr obtained the external
perspective of an officer of an organization with a similar
constituency to the museum's. Based on documents and
information provided to him in advance of his visit he
observed that, "The Museum appears to be well managed,
with considerable thought given to planning and operations
and a strong commitment to professionalism. In some areas,
you are equal to or ahead of other organizations that have
been in operation for a much longer period, but you are also
unique and are confronted with real challenges." He indicat-
ed that he would attempt to identify those challenges and the
areas in which improvement should be sought.
Mr. Loehr will submit his findings and recommendations
to the American Association of Museums within a month
after his visit and that organization, in turn, will forward his
report to the museum for further action and implementation
of their recommendations. The Board of Trustees was pleased
with Mr. Loehr's professionalism, knowledge and experience
and believes his observations and recommendations will
serve to improve museum operations and keep it on the
steady path to continued growth that it has experienced for
the past five years.


For the last couple of years, the members of the Panama
Canal Museum board have attended the Space Coast Picnic to
give a museum update and have store items available for sale.
The reception from the Space Coasters has been great, and so
it was a concern this year when we knew no board member
would be able to attend: The October board meeting was
scheduled at the MAP peer surveyor's convenience, which

happened to be the same weekend as the picnic. However,
thanks to the help of Marguerite Zumbado and Sue
Deakins, Bob Morrissey was contacted and agreed to handle
the store items at the picnic. Marguerite and her husband,
Trustee Bob Zumbado, transported the goods between the
museum and Bob and back again, and the Space Coasters
once again were very generous in their support of the muse-
um's store.


Bob and Marguerite Zumbado also made sure the muse-
um was represented at the Ocala Panama Canal Ditch
Diggers Luncheon on October 7. Joined by Executive Vice
President Kathy Egolf, the Zumbados and Kathy reported on
museum activities and programs and sold store items. They
received the usual warm welcome from Bill and Jean
Muller, leaders of the group, and other friends and members
of the museum. Not only did those in attendance help support
the museum with their store purchases, but Capt. Albert
Wilder joined the museum, and Jerry and Dianne Cox
donated to the Panama Canal photographs C.E. Hutchison
had taken years ago.


Among the many attractive items available from the
museum's store for holiday giving is the museum's 2003 col-
lectible ornament featuring the Panama Canal Company Seal.
As Joe Wood prepared the text for the insert to accompany
the ornament, he learned that John L. Buechele was the
architect who designed the Panama Canal Company Seal in
the early 1950's. Because Mr. Buechele was Phyllis "Fi"
Everson's father, the museum board decided to present her
with a 2003 ornament, which features the Panama Canal
Company Seal. This summer Chuck Hummer, Tom and
Barbara Peterson, and Mary and Kathy Egolf went to
lunch with Fi near where she lives in Sarasota. The group was
interested to learn from Fi that her father, working for the
Canal in 1917-1921 and again in the late 30's, designed many
of the buildings we knew so well--Balboa High School (later
Balboa Elementary School), Cristobal High School on the
water, the Credit Union Building on Balboa Road, and the
columbarium at St. Luke's Episcopal Church--and also sev-
eral air mail stamps. Fi is the widow of B. I. "Emo"
Everson, who at the time of his retirement was Director of
the Canal Zone Government's Civil Affairs Bureau.


The museum is seeking to hire a part-time clerical assis-
tant to perform a variety of clerical tasks and administrative
activities in support of the efficient operation of the museum.
Further information can be obtained from the museum by
phone, mail, or e-mail.


BHS/CHS Class of 1954
50th Anniversary
Reunion for 2004
Announcing the beginning of planning for our Golden
Anniversary Reunion, July 2004 at the Caribe Royale
Resort in Orlando, Florida during the annual PCS
Reunion (July 28-Aug 1).
Early planning will assure a memorable reunion so
please send in your name, address and email address to
one of the committee members listed below right away.
Also start your own search now for your long lost class-
mates who haven't attended any of our past reunions and
help us build a huge class list for the big blast.

June Rowley Stevenson She
1907 DeWinton Place
Lawrenceville, GA

ila McNamee Taylor
1240 Hayes Road
Crossville, TN

Marguerite Neal Zumbado
11416 Carabelee Circle
Orlando, FL 32825-7194


The 1964 Tigers will hold their 40th Class Reunion
during the 2004 Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando, Fla., July 28-August 1, 2004.
A reunion committee has been hard at work locating
classmates and planning an exciting reunion experience.
The CHS64 Reunion Committee: Janet Hoverson, Barb
O'Neal Braun, Nancy Hopkins Booth, Christine Bath
Nunez, Bonnie Ward Rogers, Naomi Kuntz Schmigel,

and Ewald Wiberg. Help is

Victoria Clark
Robert Corrigan
Toni Jo Fournier
Jeannie Hardwick
Laurie Jones
Peggy MacConnell
Debbie Meeker
Steve Morrison

still needed to locate 16

Veronica Nye
Aida Perez
Donald Perry
Wanda Rachal
Michael Ryan
John Sowards
Mary Stout
Bill White

Barb O'Neal Braun
(973) 857-0626



We're planning a ping ding at the Caribe Royale hotel
in Orlando, Fla. in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society's Annual Reunion July 28 August 1, 2004. Note
new date and location! Get your CZ memberships in,
send me your ideas and email addresses, and let's make
this happen! Registration forms coming soon (preferably
by email).

Betsy (Morrison) Vosburgh:

Current committee members include: Mel (Little)
Henter, Chaco (Will) Smail and Sue (Waters) Eytalis -
-want to add your name to the list?



Thirty Years is coming soon! Keep the 2004 Reunion
Dates (July 28 Aug 1) open to join your class in Orlando
for 30 years of REMEMBERING and 5 days of FUN!!
Don't forget to join PCC Society so you can get all the
Make sure one of your classmates below has your
Name, Address and/or Email!

Vikki Borell Edwards

Ingrid Errhalt Bryan

Llori Kent Gibson

Ric Figueroa

Kathy Malin McInturff




kathy malin(

For those without access to a computer, call or write us

Kathy Mclnturff
300 Granada Dr. #11
Mtn. View, CA 94043

Ingrid Bryan
5301 Summer Ct.
Ft Worth, TX 76123

Panaaiunna ondotravl c



It's time to get started planning our 30th! At the
recent Panama Canal Society Reunion, myself, Sandy
(May) Robinson, Sue (McCullough) Burk and Cindy
(Runnion) Gibson got together and decided we would
work together to put things in motion.
I will be the "secretary" and as such I need your
help. Please send me any emails, addresses, phone num-
bers, etc., about any of our classmates. Send same infor-
mation for anyone who would have graduated with us
but left the Zone before 1974.
My info is:

Susan Burk
P.O. Box 3744
Dalton, GA 30719-3744
(706) 638-9678 (Home phone)
Email: sburk74(

The little info pulled together so far: Our class
reunion will take place during the 2004 Panama Canal
Society Reunion. The dates are July 28, 2004 through
August 1, 2004. It will be in Orlando, Fla.
In order to reserve a room at the hotel (Caribe
Royale) or order tickets to any of the Panama Canal
Society functions (dances, luncheon, golf tournament),
you need to be a member of the Panama Canal Society.
The cost is $40.00 for the first year and $30.00 for sub-
sequent years. You can join online by visiting the fol-
lowing website:

For those of you without internet access, I will send
you an application form if you need one.
Let me hear from you ASAP so I can get the word
out to everyone as quickly as possible!


Plans are in the works for our 25th class reunion to be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's
Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida held July 28 -
August 1, 2004.
Please contact the person listed below in order to
receive additional information and to report any class-
mate information you may have.

Carlton A. Morris
(email is preferred method of communication)
(972) 334-9051



Announcing the beginning of planning for the 25th
Class Reunion for one of the two last classes of the former
Canal Zone -- Cristobal Jr. Sr. High School Class of 1979.
This is going to be held in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida from
July 28 August 1, 2004.
Please contact me so we can start planning our

Lynnette "Leni" Stokes


You can't ignore the BHS class of '84 or the fact that
it's been 20 years since we left the halls of Balboa High
School! Celebrate our 20th Class Reunion during July
28-August 1, 2004 in Orlando, Florida at the Caribe
Royale. It will be held in conjunction with the Annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion. Make sure you get all the
details by sending or e-mailing your name, address and e-
mail address to someone below. Look forward to seeing
you there!

Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher
4 West Point Drive
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

John Bowerman

Kelly Stromberg-Cotner
9600 Aspen Hill Circle
LoneTree, CO 80124

John Hern

John Magee

Angie Vinton

Geoffrey Pletcher


The BHS class of 1989 is planning to hold its 15 year
class reunion in conjunction with the annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion at the Caribe Royale Hotel July 28
to August 1, 2004. Tentative plans are calling for a pool-
side get-together during the day and Friday night Happy
Hour on July 30. On Saturday July 31st we will hold our
Please contact one of the following people for updat-
ed information and visit our website at
Let's make this one even better than our 10th!

Rob Thrift
842 Lullwater Drive
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 366-4372
Diana (Huff) Grimison


'62 -'69

Joint Class Reunion October 2004

A California joint reunion is being planned for Oct.
2004 at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, Calif. As VERY
advanced commitment/$60 per head reservations are
required to secure this site, we need your payment/com-
mitment for lodging early. At this point response has been
good and the Fiesta is moving forward. We have a notice
posted on as well. If you think you
tentatively will come, please let us know!
The current cost for lodging $95 per person (per
night) in a double room and $75 when there are three or
more in a room includes three meals a day.
For more information on the site, check out the
Asilomar website at:
Contacts for the event are:
Marge Cohen Brigadier
Connie Zemer Bumgarner
PO Box 1659
Aptos, CA 95001-1659

Personnel Bureau/Office of

Personnel Administration
Proposed 2004 Reunion
Do you remember all the good times had at the
Personnel parties of the past? Well, you don't have to
remember them any longer as a reunion of the Personnel
Bureau/Office of Personnel Administration is being
planned for Friday, July 30, 2004 at the Caribe Royale
Hotel in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's
2004 Annual Reunion in Orlando, Florida. The Reunion
Chairpersons/Committee for the event are: Bob Russell,
Tommy Peterson and Carolina Sellhorn.
All former employees of the Personnel Bureau/Office
of Personnel Administration are invited to attend. In order
that the committee may adequately plan for the 2004
reunion, it would appreciate your response/input to the
proposed reunion. Please send your reply to one of the
following e-mail addresses:
Bob Russell Floridabob(
Tom Peterson tommypete(
Carolina Sellhor
If you don't have a computer, please send your comments to the
following address: 2327 Lyndhurst Drive, Sun City Center,
Florida 33573.





A Reunion of employees and dependents of FAA and
MARU in the Canal Zone is being considered to be held
at the Caribe Royale Hotel during the 2004 PCS Reunion
(July 28 August 1) in Orlando, Fla. To gauge the feasi-
bility of such an event, your interest and input are
desired as early as possible. Any planning assistance
would be greatly appreciated.
Spread the word. Let's get a buzz going about this event!

Larry Barkema
405 '2 Locklie St Apt B
Dunedin Fla 34698-7621
(727) 734-1882 (I work shift work, so, leave a message)



Let's celebrate our 3rd Health Bureau Reunion in the
Republic of Panama! Dates are March 18 to 27, 2004.
Need to know if you are planning to attend as a package
deal will be put together according to the number of peo-
ple who respond. Information on the cost and what is
included in the 10-day stay will be sent to you. Please
reply no later than January 16, 2004 to:

Ann Buchter
2440 Winding Creek Blvd #319
Clearwater, FL 33761

Grace Shadeck
3196 SW 177th Lane Road
Ocala, FL 34473

Karen Coffey



During 2003, a total of 189 pairs of eyeglasses were
collected, including pairs of lenses without frames. All
of them came from only nine contributors. BRAVO to
them, but where is everyone else? We started this proj-
ect in 1992 and have collected 1,886 pairs of glasses,
which translates to 1,886 less fortunate individuals in a
distant land who we will never meet being eternally
grateful for our generosity.
I'm grateful to have been bor in such a bountiful
society and I know you are too. Please take a moment to
unearth your old eyeglasses, lenses, frames and cases,
and join our crusade. Please send them to:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253

As with the 1,000 mark, the person who breaks the
2,000 mark will be rewarded with a one-year PCS mem-
bership renewal and a mention in the Canal Record.
How about that?


Just a reminder that we are still collecting used T-
shirts, clean, no holes. Small and medium sizes are pre-
ferred, but all are welcome. They are distributed to foreign
seamen off ships in our harbors through church-affiliated
facilities designed for their use. Seamen can phone home,
shoot pool, watch TV, visit. They receive free ditty bags of
toiletries like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, combs,
writing paper. Another feature of these centers is the dis-
tribution of free T-shirts.

Please don't discard yours. Instead send them to:

Patt Roberson
2801 Allen Court
Baker, LA 70714-2253

for delivery to the Gonzales Seamen's Center, Seafarers
Ministry. And, if any event in your area has dated T-shirts
not handed out during the event, we'll take them. I got a
stack from the symphony volunteer office that way.

Advertising rates approved at the September 28, 2002 Executive Board Meeting are listed below. The
increase in advertising rates was necessary due to an increase in the U.S. Postal mailing rates, which
encompasses a charge for each ad shown in the Canal Record. Commercial Rates are for those who
are either non-members of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, or those who are members but are
placing an ad for an established business firm, who wish to advertise in the Canal Record. All ads
are subject to Executive Board approval. All ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal
Record will not compose, design or size any commercial ads submitted.

Full Page:
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Send all ads and make all checks or money orders payable to:
Panama Canal Society, Inc., 7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772- 4787


Started as a non-profit organization in 1952, the
Canal Zone Study Group has 750 members world-
wide. We mail a quarterly publication for a low
annual membership fee of only $8. To join send a
check or cash to: CZSG. 408 Redwood,
Schaumburg, IL 60193.
Check out, or contact David

2004 Membership Dues

for the
Panama Canal Society

due by December 31, 2003.

See page 71.

Panamanian Real Estate Partnership
William (Sandy) Hinkle and Bienes Raices Caries, S.A. have
recently formed an alliance designed to address the increased
demand by investors interested in the Republic of Panama as a
retirement or second home destination. Sandy Hinkle retired
from the Panama Canal Commission in 1997 with 36 years of
service, eleven as Marketing Director for the Agency and three
years as Ombudsman.
Bienes Raices Caries, headed by Felix A. Carries, is a local
Panamanian company with extensive experience in the real estate
business including membership in the following organizations:
Panama Real Estate Association (ACOBIR)
American Chamber of Commerce
United States-Panama Business Council
o 167 Authorized Contractor for the Promotion and Sale of Reverted
Property for the Interoceanic Regional Authority (ARI)
With a unique combination of marketing and real estate expertise,
the Alliance focuses on providing its clients with the highest qual-
ity of service at reasonable prices. During the past year, we have
perceived a noticeable increase in interest by retired Panama
Canal employees, as well as U.S. military, in second homes in
Panama. We invite you to contact us regarding the excellent real
estate opportunities presently available.

William S. Hinkle
Box 628
Republic of Panama
Telephone:(507) 314-0374

Felix A. Carries
Bienes Raices Caries, S.A.
Aptdo. 2728
Zona 3, Republic of Panama
Telephone:(507) 226-1120


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i.P mlUI t-- 14. Issue Date for Circulation Data Below

15 Extent and Nature of Circrulatio Average No. Coples Each suue No. Copies of Single Issue
During Pnaceding 12 Month. Publlshd Nearest to FIling Date
a. TotalNumber of Copies (Netpress rn) 3788 3800
( PudRequested Ouladde-Cotnty Mail Subtscripon Stated on
SFormn 3541. (Incud advertiers proof and eshange copes) 3680 3784
S( Paid In-County Subscription Stated on Form 3541 0 0
b. Paid andor includee advertisesrpmofandexchange copes)
Circulation Sales Through Dealers end Carner. Street Vendors.
( Counter Sales, and Oher Non-USPS Paid Distributon 0 0
(4) Other Classes Mailed Through the USPS 0 0
c. Total Paid and/or Requested Circulation
(Sum of 15b. (1), (2).(3),and (4)] 3680 3784
'Free (1) Outlside-County as Stated on Form 3541
Distribution 6 6
by Mall
(Samples, (2) In-County as Stated on Form 3541 0 0
a y and
other e (3) Other Clasees Mailed Through the USPS 0 0
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Total Distribution (Sum of 15 and 150 3683 3787
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Total (Sum of 15g and h.) 3788 3800
I Percent Paid and/or Requested Circulation
(1I5 dMvded by 15g. rimes 100) 99.9 99.9

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United States Postal Service
Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation
1. Publication Title 2. Publication Number 3. Filing Date
CANAL RECORD 0 0 1 6 3 3 8 October 1, 2003
4. Issue Frequency 5. Number of Issues Published Annually 6. Annual Subscription Price
Quarterly- March, June, Sept, Dec Four (4) $12.00

7. Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication (Not printer) (Street, ity county state. and ZIP4) Contact Person
Panama Canal Society of Florida (Pinellas County) Jacque Vowell
7985 113 St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712 Telephone (727) 391-43:
8. Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher (Not pInter)
Panama Canal Society of Florida (Pinellas County)
7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712
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Publisher (Name and complete making address)
Panama Canal Society of Florida (Pinellas County)
7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712

Editor (Name and complete mailing address)

Jacquelynn A. Vowell, 7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712

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Jacquelynn A. Vowell, 7985 113th St., Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4712

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Panama Canal Society of Florida 7985 113th St., Suite 334

Seminole, FL 33772-4712



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