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


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

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VOL. 44


NO. 3

Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211 (evenings)
Mr. Tom Spence
Sst Vice President
(352) 684-7771
Mr. Mike Coffey
2nd Vice President
(813) 948-3007
Ms. Shirley Avery
(813) 831-4114
Ms. Noreen Hanson
(813) 777-2931
Mr. Chris Wilder
(352) 207-6755
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
(214) 697-0034
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Past President
(813) 633-8916
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mr. Mike Young
(813) 751-6881
Mr. Jim Parthenais
(727) 892-9994
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
Office Manager/Secretary
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 I Fai\
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 451-4779 (evenings)
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804

Mr. Chris Wilder
Web Master
(352) 207-6755

President's M essage................................. ..............................................................
Office Manager/Secretary's Message............................... .......................2
Editor's C orner........................................... ......................................................... 3
Lost and Found........................................................................... ...................... 3
November Space Coast Picnic and Membership Meeting...........................................3
Christmas Luncheon Directions...................................................4
Christmas Luncheon Registration Form.................................................................. 5
M military Pride......................................... .......................................................... 6
M ay Luncheon Pictures.............................................................. ....................... 7
Panama Canal Society Reunion Winners........................... ..............................9
Synopsis of Minutes Executive Board and General Membership Meetings.............. 10
Legislative R eport....................................................................... .................... 10
Your Reporter Says:
Alabama...................... 11 FL Pensacola....................19 North Carolina................... 33
Arizona................... ... 11 Fl South Florida...............21 Northwest..................... 34
Arkansas............................ 13 FL Space Coast.................. 23 Oklahoma.................... 37
California........................ 14 FL Tallahassee................. 26 South Carolina................... 41
Europe........................... 14 FL Tampa........................ 28 Panama...................... 38
FL Central Florida.............15 Georgia.........................29 TX Dallas..........................42
FL Emerald Coast..............17 Louisiana......................... 32
FL Ocala.......................... 8 M ississippi........................33

2010 A annual Reunion Pictures........................................................ .......................45
Traveling to Panama'?........................................... ........................... 81
C ongratulations............................................................... .................................82
W edd in gs......................................................................... ......................................89
Births.............................................. 91
W ith D eep Sorrow ............................................... ............................................. 92
Letters to the Editor.................................. .....................................................100
Panama Canal M useum........................................................................105
A nnouncem ents....................................................................... ......................... 107
A dvertisem ents.................................. ................................... ....................109
M membership Application Form ............................................... .....................115
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form...........................................116

Cover: Panama Canal Pilot launch. Photo submitted by Bill Fall.

November 6 Space Coast Picnic, Tom Statham Park, Titusville, Fla. For infor-
mation, call Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob
and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-7281. See page 3.

December 4 Annual Panazonian Picnic, Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, Fla.
For information call Scott Parker (561) 756-3915 or Dave
Hannigan (561) 758-3116. See page 107.

December 5 PCS Annual Christmas Luncheon, Wine Cellar, N. Redington
Beach, Fla. Contact Betty LeDoux-Morris at
or Margaret McLaughlin at (352) 726-8804. See page 5 for infor-
mation and reservation form.

December 5 Southern California Panama Luncheon, Laguna Woods, Calif.,
Contact Kay (Argo) Taylor at (949) 951-4801 or David Lane at
(619) 665- 2857. See page 107.

February 4-6 Carnavalito. We'll be beachside for Carnivalito 2011 at the Hilton
Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, Indialantic, Fla. Look for the infor-
mation and reservation forms in the December Canal Record.

P REg/DEf/yr'

Hello everyone -

Tom \ ilder My message this month as I begin
my second term as your President I felt
would be to share the highlights from my "state of the socie-
ty" message delivered at the Annual Meeting in July.
The Executive Board continues to address expenditures
and ways to save money. One notable cost reduction was re-
negotiating our office lease that will save the society more
than $12,516 over the next three years. While we continue to
evaluate ways to reduce expenses, I truly believe that we have
reached a point where the cost of the operation is what it is.
In our continued efforts to improve communication to our
members we launched a Facebook page! Within a few weeks
we exceeded our expectations and now utilize Facebook to
augment the Canal Record with announcements of events. It
also allows for blast e-mail. We hope Facebook continues to
grow, and encourage each of you to sign up!
Our website ( this year will be
moved to our own in-house server which will improve func-
tionality. We will continue to make improvements to forms
and features. Also, we will begin to explore the need for an
improved integrated database. Having our own server will
allow us to move forward on this important technology
improvement. I want to thank my son Chris Wilder for all

his work on our website and technology.
The Canal Record as you know is the most visible chron-
icle of our society. We believe this publication will help per-
petuate the society for many more years. We want to be sure
we don't sacrifice the quality of this publication and whenev-
er possible look at ways to improve the appearance. Because
of technology, we have been able to increase the number of
color covers without substantial additional expense. And it's
my hope in the future we are able to provide the members
with a full color book!
Memberships have declined another 149 since 2009;
while significant; I feel that strides are being made by the
board to slow the rate of decline. We felt a large drop in
members from 2008 to 2009 but less than half that number
did not renew from 2009 to 2010. We will see a slight gain
in members during the reunion as attendees traditionally join
or renew during this time. This year we have enhanced our
proactive approach to membership and our Membership
Committee recommended that we begin sponsoring member-
ship drives at events attended by Zonians. A membership kit
was assembled and member sponsors volunteered to recruit
members at these events. One event that was sponsored was
during the annual Cayuco race in Panama where more than a
dozen prospective members signed up! Everyone needs to
help remind our fellow Zonians to join and renew their soci-
ety membership annually!
The traveling General Membership meetings are success-
ful and provide members the opportunity to attend and meet
with the Executive Board throughout the year. I continually
have members say how much they appreciate the Executive
Board coming to their neighborhood. These traveling meet-
ings will continue with our next meeting in Ocala in

Panama Canal Society, Inc. .
ZNC1 (A Not-For-Profit Organization)

0o "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
I 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
March, June, October, and December
*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 $40.00 annually.
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 the Society files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.

727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: Web site:
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday

Printed by North Florida Graphics, 19566 SE Institution Dr., Blountstown, FL 32424

The $10 dues increase has helped move our income above
our expenses for the first time in several years. This increase
could not have come at a better time. As membership drops
this increase will help carry us for several years.
Our current investments have not dropped below our
established threshold of $160,000. It's important to note that
due to the diligence of our Treasurer Jim Parthenais and
having one of our own with SunTrust, D LaPorta watching
over our funds we did not lose any money during the market
The Canal Record cost has reached a cost level that I
believe is acceptable. Going forward, I don't believe we will
realize any further reduction in these costs and maintain what
we have. We know costs to print the Canal Record will fluc-
tuate slightly up and down from figure shown in the chart due
to various reasons. The only way to further reduce the cost
of publishing the Canal Record would be to reduce the num-
ber of publications, or pages in each edition. Currently we
have set the minimum number of pages at 80 and the maxi-
mum of 120. Reducing these numbers may be necessary at
some future time, but to do so now would significantly hurt
the importance of this publication.
The 2009 Annual Reunion was touch and go as far as
meeting our minimum room numbers. In the llth hour we
were able to meet our obligations to the hotel and as a result
did not lose any of our convention space. The reunion still
continues to pay for itself and funds from dues are not used
to supplant the reunion expenses. Everything affiliated with
the annual reunion is paid for by those who attend and as a
result it continues to be close to a break-even event for the
It takes many volunteers to have a successful reunion. Our
thanks goes out to the many committee chairpersons and
members who take time out to volunteer in one of the areas
such as: registration, ticket sales, information just to name a
few. We couldn't do it without you! Also, thanks to our
Reunion Co-Chairs Bill McLaughlin and Mike Coffey. Bill
can do this with his eyes closed so this year we asked Mike
to learn Bill's secrets just in case! We believe in succession
planning! I also would like to give a "shout out" to Margaret
McLaughlin and her helpers who do the decorations for the
dances. Every year we are impressed with how she trans-
forms the ballroom that takes many hours to accomplish.
This year as you know, Rosen Shingle Creek thought out-
side the box and offered "stay 4 nights get the 5th night free"
as a way to help the society entice members to attend this
year's reunion. It worked! This gesture was not a part of our
contract and didn't have to be offered. I would like to thank
all the staff, administration and Mr. Rosen for the hospitality
they have shown the Panama Canal Society members over
the past several years. Thank you also to Betty LeDoux-
Morris who oversees our hotel rooms and the many "special
requests" made by our members. She does a lot of "behind
the scenes" work that helps make our stay seamless.
Next year we will transition back to the Orlando World
Center Resort Marriott. While we have made many friends
here at Rosen Shingle Creek, we have learned that our mem-
bers like change when it comes to hotels.
In closing, we know that sustaining or increasing mem-

bership continues to be a priority. As I end my first two-year
term, and begin a second two-year term the society is finan-
cially sound and we have instilled good business practices
into our operation. This board has worked hard to be good
stewards of the member's funds and as this board concludes
our term we have built on the ideas of our predecessors and I
believe made positive improvements. As we move forward,

Sincerely, Tom

Tom Wilder, President


Another wonderful reunion has passed
and we hope everyone had a great time.
We were busy at the Information/Society
Nancy Van Siclen Desk this year, and as usual our volunteers
were there to help out. A very sincere
thank you to Shirley Boswell, Marje and Pete Foster, Lee
Grant and Betty LeDoux-Morris, and a special thank you to
Bill McLaughlin and Tom Wilder who also volunteered at
We had several members stop by to say hello and pay
their membership dues for 2011. Many of the members that
paid said it was just so convenient to do it now and not have
to worry about it in November and December.
For those of you who have not paid their membership
dues for 2011, it is that time of year again, where we start
reminding you "the member" that your dues must be paid
before December 31, 2010. You can send the renewal form
and your check for $40.00 through the mail or go to the
Panama Canal Society website (
to complete the membership renewal form and use either a
VISA or MasterCard to renew.
For those members who joined the Society this year to
attend your class reunion, please keep your membership cur-
rent. By being an active member, you also keep up-to-date on
your friends by receiving the Canal Record four times a year.
Remember, you must be a current member if you plan on
attending the 2011 Reunion. Thank you again for supporting
the Society.

Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary

Give the gift that keeps on

giving all year long.

Give family and friends

a gift membership to the

Panama Canal Society.


What a great reunion and boy, do we
^H have the pictures to prove it! A big thank
you to all the area reporters for squeezing
in a few moments to get together with me.
JacqueVowell Speaking of area reporters, I am sad to say
Jacque Vowell
adios to Karen (Peugnet) Brandl whose
area was Virginia. Karen will be greatly missed. But on the
bright side, we have a new reporter coming on board. Laura
Kosik has volunteered to take on the Tampa, Fla. area.
Welcome to the Canal Record family Laura!
If you missed Fran Morrissey at the Annual Luncheon,
don't worry! You will have the opportunity to enjoy her play-
ing "Lucho" music at Carnavalito. Rest up and polish those
dancing shoes! Block your schedules and reserve February 4-
6, 2011. More information will be in the December Canal
Please remember when you send pictures in an email, it
needs to be at least 300 or higher DPI. If you have any ques-
tions on how to send an article or picture for submission in
the Canal Record, I am only a phone call or email away.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
(386) 451- 4779, evenings




Please call the Society office if
you have lost any items during
the 2010 Annual Reunion.
We have eyeglasses, sweaters,
earrings, etc.

We also have a member looking
for a camera, in case anyone
found it.

Please call the Society office at
I___________PPr Pr PLAN]I

November General Membership
Meeting and Space Coast Picnic

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida

The Panama Canal Society General Membership
meeting will be held on November 6, 2010, in conjunc-
tion with the Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park
Pavilion, on the river side of US Highway 1, adjacent to
the Space Coast Executive Center. The picnic will be
held from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The General
Membership Meeting will start at 12:30 pm.

Bring your own picnic lunch and something to drink.
If you need more information, call Bob and Frances
Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob and Kathie
McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.

i\ Zonie the Parrot says,

"YOUR 2011
DECEMBER 31, 2010."

Christmas Luncheon Directions
SUNDAY, December 5, 2010

17307 Gulf Blvd.
North Redington Beach, Florida

1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 28 West
Gandy Blvd, turns into Park Blvd. Proceed on Park
until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left. The Wine
Cellar is on the left at 173rd Avenue.

2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit 28
West, and follow directions in No. 1 above.
3. From North Pinellas Take A-19 South to Park
Blvd. and follow directions as in No. 1 to the West.

4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd., which
runs into Bay Pines Blvd, bearing left towards Madeira
Beach/Redington Beach and cross Tom Stuart
Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Then right and proceed North
to 173rd Avenue. Wine Cellar is on the right.

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Mark your calendars

for Carnavalito 2011!

February 4

- 6, 2011

We'll be beachside for
Carnivalito 2011 at the
Hilton Melbourne Beach
Oceanfront, Indialantic,
Florida. Look for the
information and
reservation forms in the
December Canal Record.







4 SUNDAY, December 5, 2010
Chairpersons: Betty LeDoux-Morris and Margaret McLaughlin

The Panama Canal Society, Inc., Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at The Wine Cellar at 17307
Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida, on Sunday, December 5, 2010. Social hour is planned from 11:00
a.m. with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The luncheon and monthly meeting will start at 12:00 noon.

The cost of the luncheon is $25.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities.

Friday. November 26. 2010. is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.
The menu will be a choice of Chicken Veronique, served with rice and fresh vegetables or New York Strip Steak with
rissole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad, rolls and butter, dessert (macadamia
nut sundae), iced tea and/or coffee.
When completing your reservation form, be sure to list with whom you would like to sit. Tables will be set for eight
people. Also, please indicate your choice of Chicken Veronique or New York Strip Steak.
This will be a very special luncheon and preparations are underway to ensure you have an enjoyable afternoon. We have
some nice door prizes and we hope you will join in the festivities. SO... mark your calendar for Sunday, December 5,
2010, and send in your reservation early. Map to the Wine Cellar is on page 4 of this issue.

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,P:& rz SUNDAY, December 5, 2010
-7 I .

I Member Name

Telephone Number:

reservations at $25.00 each

Total enclosed

Please indicate preference:

New York Strip Steak

Chicken Veronique


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

Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc.,
I 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772- 4787
S1- -

Please make



Matthew Robertson (BHS-92) is an Oral Surgeon and
was recently promoted to Major (MAJ/O-4) in the U.S.
Army, and is currently stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. He
graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania in
1996, and worked for several years with the Department of
Justice as a Criminal Investigator for the INS. Matthew
attended Nova Southeastern University College of Dental
Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a Health Profession
Scholarship through the U.S. Army, and graduated near the
top of his class in 2003. He then completed a 4-year Oral &
Maxillofacial Surgery Residency through the Army's pre-
mier program at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam
Houston, Texas, graduating in 2007.
Matthew is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral
& Maxillofacial Surgeons, and is the Officer-in-Charge of
Dental Clinic #1 and Chief of Oral Surgery for Irwin Army
Community Hospital, where he performs dentoalveolar,
pre-prosthetic, and reconstructive facial surgery. Matthew
and his wife Gabriela live in Manhattan, Kan.

Major Matthew Robertson


Luke Robertson (BHS'95) is a fighter pilot and
Lieutenant Commander (LCDR/O-4) in the U.S. Navy, and
is currently stationed at MCAS Miramar, Calif. Luke
received his commission through the United States
Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y. (1999). Since
earning his wings in 2002 Luke has had tours of duty in
Pensacola, Fla., Corpus Christi and Kingsville, Texas, and
Virginia Beach, Va. He has also served aboard carriers USS
John F Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, and George
Washington. Luke has accumulated over 2500 hours in the
T-34, T-45, F/A-18 Hornet and the world famous F-14
Luke currently serves as a flight instructor with VMFAT-
101 (Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101) in
Miramar, Calif. Luke and his fiance Dana live in
Coronado. Calif.

Lt. Cdr. Luke Robertson


On April 11, 2010, Chris Herring was commissioned a
2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army at the 2nd Battalion (OCS/WOCS)
205th Regiment in Redmond, Wash. Chris' parents, Tim
Herring (CHS'67) and Theresa Snider (CHS'78)
Herring pinned the bars on his shoulders. Other family
members present were: brothers, Tom (BHS'98) and Joe
Herring, Uncle Jim Snider (CHS'76) and grandmother
Kathy Snider, all from the Seattle area. Chris is also the
grandson of Margaret Kunkel (BHS'40) Herring of Lynn
Haven, Fla.
SSG Chris Herring arrived back in the U.S. in May 2009
after a tour of duty in Iraq. He immediately applied for
Officer's Candidate School and completed training in
March 2010. Chris previously had served a tour in
Afghanistan and is currently stationed at Fort Lewis in
Tacoma, Wash.

Theresa Snider Herring, 2nd Lt. Chris Herring, Kathy
Snider, and Jim Snider.


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Steve Helin and Donna Mann

Tom and Cecilia Spence and Olga Disharoon
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Barbara Peterson and Diane Pearson Barbara Slover and Shirley Boswell


Annual Business Meeting Grand Prizes

All Donated by Condor Outfitters & COPA Airlines

Shirley Camby
Breezes Resort (four nights) plus COPA Airline Tickets

John Schmidt
El Panama & Bambito Hotel (two nights each)

Robert Forsythe
Los Mandarinos (two nights)

Nancy Van Siclen
Hotel Riu (four nights)

Dawn Gressang
Gamboa Rainforest & Playa Bonita Resort (two nights
each) plus COPA Airline Tickets

Early Registration for the 2010 Reunion Winner

Barbara and Louis Dedeaux
Two free nights at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort

Despedida Lottery Winners

1st Prize Herb Lewis
2nd Prize Kay Hamilton
3rd Prize Patricia Hunt

Cultural Seminars

Donated by Condor Outfitters
Estela (Aguirre) Hammond
Finisterre Suites & Hotel Spa two nights

Omer Chicoine
Country Inn & Suites two nights

APRIL 17, 2010

Actions taken:
Approved the February Executive Board minutes.
Approved expenditures for the period February 1,
2010 through April 16, 2010 in the amount of
Approved 12 new members.

FEBRUARY 6, 2010

Significant Actions taken:
Approved the December Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the December financial statement for audit.

MARCH 20, 2010

Significant Actions taken:
Approved the February Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the January financial statement for audit.

MAY 1, 2010

Significant Actions taken:
Approved the March Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the March financial statement for audit.

Please review the full versions of the minutes of these meet-
ings by visiting the Panama Canal Society website at


1 GVR PROGRAM is something our mem-
bers might want to look into this site. There
Jim O'Donnell is no charge booking or hidden fees, and also
offers Military Rates where available. The site is free; mem-
bers simply create an account to access the program. Take a
moment to check out GVR and see if it is good for you. The
program is only available to active duty and retired mili-
tary/Veterans and Retired FEDERAL employees. Check out
this program to see if it good for you. or call 866-

Three-fourths of the way through the counting period
toward the January 2011 federal retiree COLA, the count
remains negative at -0.8 percent, slipping from the previous


count due to the drop of 0.1 percentage points in June in the
inflation index used to set the COLA. That further increases
the chances that no COLA will be paid, following the lack of
a COLA in January 2010 because the inflation count toward
that adjustment similarly finished negative. Benefits are not
reduced when inflation is negative, however.

Retirees first received social security checks in 1939.
During the 50's the Cost Of Living (COLA) was added to the
system. At that time there were 16 employees working that
supported one retiree. In 1954 Congress expands Social
Security to include benefits for disable workers and disable
adult dependents. In 1960 disability was expanded to cover
disable workers of all ages. In 1961 all workers are permitted
to receive reduced early retirement benefits at age 62. In July
of 1965 Medicare was added to the benefits.
In 1972 Supplement Security Income (SSI) program pro-
vides additional benefits to poor seniors. As a social security
benefits expenditures mounted due to the added, coverage,
Congress raises payroll taxes. In 1983 Congress authorizes
taxation of social security benefits and it brings federal
employees into the system and calls for an increase in the nor-
mal retirement age from 65 to 67 beginning in the 21st cen-
tury. Privation was being discussed and was gaining momen-
tum along with personal investment account.
The bad news in 2010 was, Social Security started paying
out more then what it takes in. This means that if payroll taxes
are not increased and at what age you can receive your social
Security benefits, then the projected date of 2037 the social
security system will become insolvent.
Both programs face substantial financing problems that
jeopardize whether they will be able to continue delivering
the benefits that they have promised. These are real concerns
for federal employees and retirees."
Social Security and Medicare are easily the two most mis-
understood benefits that federal employees, postal workers
and retirees have. Federal employees and retirees have a large
stake in the outcome, even though they have separate retire-
ment and health insurance programs. Those programs are
intertwined with both Social Security and Medicare. Social
Security functions in a very different way than does the civil
service retirement program, with many traps lying in wait for
the unwary. Also, the introduction of the Medicare prescrip-
tion drug benefit also raises new questions for federal
employees and retirees regarding whether they should keep
coverage under both programs in retirement--as most have
traditionally done--or whether they should instead place all
their eggs in the Medicare basket, saving on the cost of main-
taining FEHB coverage.
In years past, these employees didn't really need to know
too much about these programs because they were under a
separate retirement and disability benefits package, the Civil
Service Retirement System, and didn't stand to get benefits
from Social Security. Social Security and Medicare largely
were for somebody else--not them.NOT ANYMORE. All that
changed several years ago and these big changes in the bene-
fits picture are just now hitting home for many federal
employees and postal workers--greatly because the "baby-
boomers" are approaching retirement now.


AL Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
Diane French
AR Betty Dunning
Lynn Harp
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
CO Lars Morales
Europe Mary Lou Pascavage
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Emerald Coast Edwin Armbruster
Ocala Grace Shadeck
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
South Florida Tom Pattison
Space Coast Janice Scott
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
Tampa Laura Kosik

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GA June A. Stevenson
LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Barbara (Greene) Litchford
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel (
SC George Garcia
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
San Antonio Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
Va Kathleen Sheridan
Younger Generation Britton & Ruth Coffman

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I'm back! I missed the last Canal
Record deadline due to my hospitaliza-
tion at Johns Hopkins Hospital in
Baltimore, Md. I wound up in Maryland
due to my diagnosis of pancreatic can-
Allen Cotton cer. The diagnosis was a shock since I
had gone to the doctor for a cold. The doctor did a chest x-ray
to see if I had pneumonia and then a CT scan due to an abnor-
mality in the x-ray. The CT scan revealed an enlarged pan-
creas and a tumor on my left kidney as well.
Three weeks later I was in the hospital. The surgeon was
able to get all of the cancer and took my left kidney which
turned out to be benign. I don't have to endure any
chemotherapy or radiation treatments. I want to thank every-
one who offered prayers on my behalf. God certainly heard
them! Thank you!!!

Allen Cotton, Reporter
(334) 361-2373


Hello from the sunny state of
Arizona. We did have a cold winter this
year, and plenty of rain for our state. The
Diane French Panama Canal society of Arizona had a
mini-reunion in May at Miriam
Hirschl's home in Sun City West. We were happy to see a lot
of familiar faces, and some new ones who came for the first
Our entertainment was having a Panamanian luncheon
with everyone bringing a dish that they enjoyed eating in
Panama. What a wonderful selection of food we had for
lunch. There were a couple of Johnny Mazzetti casseroles,
and a Panamanian chicken dish which was very good. We had

empanadas, fried yucca, seviche, and an olive roll appetizer.
For dessert we had Flan which everyone enjoyed.


Mary Grace Oakes frying yucca for lunch

It was a delight to eat lunch out on Miriam's enclosed
porch talking with friends from Panama hearing a lot of dif-
ferent stories about the place. Miriam showed everyone the
wonderful gifts she had collected in Panama of which some
were given to Miriam and her husband who was a doctor at
Gorgas Hospital by the Kuna Indians. It feels like you are
back in Panama in Miriam's house with so many beautiful
decorations from Panama. Miriam gets thanks for having our
Panamanian luncheon in her home. We enjoyed being able to
socialize with friends from Panama.


Miriam Hirschl and a mola wall hanging

If you live in Arizona and have never come to one of our
Panama Canal mini-reunions you are missing out on a lot of
fun. We look forward to each meeting as they are special, and
everyone enjoys them.
The people who attended our luncheon were Carl Berg,
Anita Seifert, Madeleine Leckey, Richard and Ginger
Zornes, Anne Parks, Craig and Lisa Boatwright, Chester
and Mary Grace Oakes, Miriam Hirschl, Jay and Diane
Our Arizona group of Zonians sent Allan Hawkins a
donation at our meeting last year for Christmas. He sent me
an email to thank the group and included a picture of how our
donation was used. It makes me feel good we could help
someone in Panama. When I got the request from him last
year and took it to our meeting, I was so surprised when our
president Chester Oakes decided we would send him $100.
We know this money goes a long way in Panama.

Wheelchair purchased with Arizona's $100 donation

Dennis Corrigan took his MBA students to Panama from
the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale,
Ariz., to attend his Ocean-to-Ocean Global Business
Opportunities forum in May 2010. Seventeen students from
the USA, Latvia, Belgium, South Korea, Japan, India, the
Netherlands, Poland and Belarus participated in T-Bird's two-
week Summerim Program in Panama.
He teamed up with cousin Llori (Kent) Gibson and fel-
low colonenses/CHS/T-Bird grads James Smith, Carlos
Motta, Surse Pierpoint, other T-Birds Thad Chamberlin,
Michael Pierce, Paul Smith, Len Brockman, David Blank,
Robert Richter, Fernando Ruiz, Enrique Cheung, David
Richardson Pachelo-Amador, as well as other local busi-
ness executives to present "For Latin American Business:
Panama Best."
They experienced eco, agro and ethno tourism as well as
a "Doing Business in Panama" focus, visiting the Free Trade
Zone in Colon, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
on Barro Colorado Island, Bocas del Toro, Kuna Yala, Punta
Galeta Marine Laboratory, Bocas (Chiquita) Land Company
in Changuinola, Dell Call Center, Panama Pacifico,
Portobelo, Reprosa workshop/factory, and of course Cristobal
High School before heading to the Mamoni Valley Preserve
where they spent three days at Earth Train's Centro Madrofio
campus for education and research.

The Preserve is located at the narrowest span of land in
the western hemisphere, where a mere 35 miles of terrain
keeps the Pacific Ocean from meeting the Atlantic. It was
here that the Centro's staff taught them all to "walk mindful-
ly and embrace Mother Earth." Students also had the oppor-
tunity to hike throughout the Preserve and explore not only
the intricacies of the rain forest but the environmental and
cultural elements in socially positive investment and business
strategies, using the Mamoni Valley Preserve as a case study.
This Thunderbird Panama program was not without its
stories to tell: a jaguar was spotted roaming through the
Centro, a fer-de-lance on the trail, a five-hour wait for the
raging Rio Mamoni to subside before crossing to return to
Panama City and going from place to place on Saturday
evening until finally finding a census center for extranjeros--
to get all counted in Panama's census so that they could get
the EMPADRONADO card, allowing them to leave the coun-
try the following day.
Dennis and his wife Wendy (Cotton) Corrigan live part
of the year in Arizona and part in Albrook Park in Panama.
The Panama Canal society of Arizona will be meeting
again sometime in the Fall, and hope to see a lot of people
from Arizona who used to live in Panama at the meeting.
Right now we aren't sure where the meeting will be held, but
you can call Diane French at (623) 546-8624 or anyone else
on our list to find out the details. See you all at the next meet-
ing, and have a great summer.

Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
(623) 546-8624
email: DLFrenchO05(

Darrell and Nancy (Kariger) Eide took a 14-day
cruise from California to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They made
stops in Acapulco, Huatulco and Cabo, Mexico; Punta
Arenas, Costa Rica; Panama; Aruba; and Cartagena,
Colombia. Naturally, going through the Canal brought back
many memories, but it was also very sad to see that Gatun is
basically gone.

Nancy and Darrell Eide, Gatun Locks

Nancy L. Eide, Reporter
(520) 577-7284
email: cativarose(


Well we don't live in sunny
Florida, Texas or California where
Betty Lynn the majority of our Canal Zone fam-
Dunning Harp ilies set down their roots. We live in
Northwest Arkansas where it is hard
to get a peep out of the few of us who settled here. I would
hope that if you live in Arkansas and have any news, you
would email me so there would be more to read about then
the Dunning/Harp/Stohrer clans!
Last summer I was able to report on our trip to Panama,
but alas, it will be a few more years before we are able to do
that again. This summer our report is on the reunion! This
was my 30th, so there were a lot of people we hadn't seen in
a long time. It was so fun to see my neighbor and lifeguard
co-worker Louis Sullivan after so many years! Also there
was Lynn (Vlanich) Seitz whom I haven't seen since band
class in high school. I can't name all of the classmates there,
but please check out our picture of the class of 1980! Others
traveling from Arkansas to the reunion were Doug and
Camille Gibbs. There were so many Corozal/Los Rios fam-
ilies there. Gibbs, Jordans, Sullivan, Givens, Dunnings,
Vose, Hern, Wolf, Lovelady, Coffey, Quackenbush,
Schoenleber, Young, Munn, Nellis, Pascavage, Crull,

LUUINS nUIivan ann iiarini I VacPI rppt

Standing: Doug Gibbs and Warren Gibbs. Seated: Camille
Gibbs, Tiffany Gibbs holding Brynner Gibbs.

Family members that traveled there along with my fami-
ly Jess Harp and children Samantha, Jess N. and Cheryl
were my sister Cheryl (Dunning) Lowery, mom Betty
(Flenniken) Dunning, Aunt Vicki (Dunning) Howe, Aunt
Pat (Dunning) Hunt, cousins Lisa (Hunt) Johnson, Jon
Hunt with wife Julie and son River, Aunt Carol (Flenniken)
Schwenke and daughter Tracy (Wolf) Dickey with her
daughter Margaret, and Jess's sister Rebecca Harp, and
daughter Morgan.

Back (L-R): Tracy (Wolf) Dickey, Jess D. Harp, Pat
(Dunning) Hunt. Middle (L-R): Samantha Harp, Julie,
Jon and River Hunt, Vicki (Dunning) Howe, Lisa (Hunt)
Johnson, Cheryl (Dunning) Lowery, Betty (Flenniken)
Dunning. Front (L-R): Margaret Dickey, Cheryl Harp,
Lynn (Dunning) Harp, and Jess N. Harp.

The annual meeting was very motivational. Tom Wilder
and all the other officers and speakers did an exceptional job.
Thank you! Cheryl (Dunning) Lowery won the title of trav-
eled the farthest coming from Tokyo, Japan. Sorry Kenny and
Mary Lou who came in second coming from Germany. We
didn't win the trip to Panama, but my husband Jess won a T-
shirt and hot sauce. Cuidado, es muy picante! Arriving a day
early (Tuesday) we were able to stay at the resort till
Monday! We worked off some calories taking hikes on the
nature trail and swimming laps in the lap pool. We ran into
Diana (Duncan) Bishop one morning, who joined us on one
of our hikes.
After leaving Orlando, we spent a week in Tampa. We
spent a day at St. Pete Beach, a day at Busch Gardens and a
day at Islands of Adventure. The last time I went to Islands of
Adventure, John Hern and a few others I can't recall were
lifeguards there. We had dinner at Sue (Kelleher) White's
house. She made us Arroz con Pollo, which was delicious and
we enjoyed visiting with her family for an evening!
Signing off from beautiful Bentonville, Ariz., and looking
forward to hearing from others living in this state with their

Lynn (Dunning) Harp, Reporter
(479) 271-8055
email: lrharp(


So many of us are mourning the
Passing of Rusty Smith. A kind
and gentle friend of so many, he
was an icon among the Zonian
community in Florida and Panama.
Isaac and Helen Hay I feel a huge vacuum knowing he
will no longer be at our future Orlando reunions or just show-
ing up at the BYC or the Elks Club. Rusty was a good friend
to so many of us and a proud and passionate father to children
Owen and Jessica. I know I speak for many when I say his
death feels incomprehensible and senseless.
And carry on we will. Please mark your calendars for
Saturday, October 16 for the Santa Rosa area Panama Canal
Picnic at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Festivities start at
11 a.m. Bring your favorite potluck dish to share. Contact
Jane Cochrane at (707) 537-1924 or Isaac and me at (707)
887-1015 for any questions.
We apologize for our recent lack of internet access. Your
news can still be shared by sending us your info via snail mail
or phone for now. I know the internet is so convenient, but
licking a stamp and envelope is okay too...which is what
Annie Benero Montoya (CHS'69) did from her home in
Hercules, Calif. In April Annie flew to visit her lifelong
friend Yolanda Tschumy Bordanea in Panama. Annie and
Yolanda had a great time catching up and trading stories
about their children' exploits. They spent time in Boquete
and Yolanda sends her regards to all her former classmates. I
hear they had a fantastic 45th class reunion in Orlando this
past July.

AN F- I I -I -I y
Yolanda Tschumy Bordanea and Annie Benero Montoya,

Local ex-Curundu buoy John Millar called to tell me my
email wasn't working (yeah, I know) and over the phone told
me what a great time he had in Orlando at the reunion. He
said he went there with no expectations and ended up having
a blast. He is planning a trip to New York in the Fall to meet
up with more Zonians.
Sombreros off to all the wonderful reunion planners and
volunteers for another outstanding reunion. They are amaz-

Helen Aanstoos and Isaac Hay, Reporters
(707) 887-1015


SWe wish Bon Voyage to Familia
Azcarraga, Manuel, Mimi and Andre
are relocating to Fort Lee, Va. They have
Mary Lou been great amigos and leave with many
Pascavage fond memories of Europe. You can run
but cannot hide...I met Bernice
Roseberry Parkhill at the Reunion and found out she has
been living in Heidelberg. Also welcome to Bernard
Kelleher who has been living in Belgium for the past year.
We hope to see them at the Panama Party in November.
Pat (Meriwether) and Bob Sprague recently traveled
from Germany to Rome to celebrate their wedding anniver-
sary. They enjoyed visiting the Colosseum, the fabulous art
collection and museum at the Vatican, and many of the piaz-
zas. They also sampled Italian cuisine at the many wonderful
restaurants in the city.
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Tara King has been busy travelling to visit with friends
this summer. She met with her dear friends from Panama,
Shay and Marcela Levy. They spent the weekend touring
between Brussels and Bruges, Belgium. The Levys then con-
tinued on to Paris while Tara had to return to work (boo!).
Tara joined them the next weekend in London with her son
Skyler and daughter Summer. They had a great time seeing
the sights together.

(L-R): Mar

(L-R): Mar

On her way home to the UK from a business trip, Tara
King stopped off in Belgium and met with her friend Bernard
Kelleher (BHS'80) for dinner. They enjoyed the evening
catching up on old times and she says Bernie hasn't changed
a bit. He was surprised to find out that Dave and Mayra Seitz
live less than two hours away. Cookie (McKeon) Rebhan, a
fellow BHS'82er surprised Tara with a ticket to visit her in
Houston, Texas, for Tara's birthday in August. (Where can I
find a friend like that?) Tara is looking forward to lots of
laughs and hoping for some warm weather while she is there!
Yes, it is summer here, but the temps are in the 60's!
Maria Martinez Witte, Teresa Martinez and Ann E.
Hoag visited with Mimi and Manual Azcarraga for a whirl-
wind European tour/trip in the spring. Their first stop on the
"road trip" was to Santander, Spain, to visit the birthplace of
their grandfather, Manuel Martinez, and meet cousins that
they had never met. On the 13-hour drive to Spain, they
stayed over at the Chateau de Pitray, a French castle, which
also was a winery. It was a fabulous experience and they all
felt like princesses. On their Rhine River cruise they sampled
many varieties of wine, gluwein (hot wine), brandy,
schnapps, and visited a castle. Their travels took them to
Holland to visit the tulip gardens at Keukenhof, a gorgeous
park with tulips of all colors in bloom. It is a dream trip that
you guys will not want to miss. Next they toured the Bavarian
Alps and visited the famous King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein
Castle--the model for the Walt Disney theme park castle. It
was fantastic and breathtaking! Their last stop was Paris,
France, and they visited Giverny, Monet's real Gardens,
Versailles--a fabulous French palace, the Eiffel Tower and
Louvre Museum and a river cruise on the Seine. Yes, it was a
whirlwind tour and a trip of a lifetime with family!

It was the North Sea, so a little too cold for swimming. A very
nice friend of ours gave Ken and me their tickets to the
Formula 1 race at Hockenheimring, Germany. We spent the
weekend in Heidelberg and attended the two-day race. Wow,
I have to say it was awesome! I am now looking for a new
car, a faster car! I was happy to make it to the reunion again
this year, after missing last year. Ken and I invited our moth-
ers, Barbara Thrift Croft and Claire Pascavage, to join in
on the fun. It was my Mom's first reunion and she really
enjoyed herself visiting with old friends and her grandsons,
Andrew and Stephen LeBrun. The highlight of my trip was
being able to spend a week with my best friend, Ana Bottin
My son Caleb Burford and Andre Azcarraga both gradu-
ated from Kaiserslautern High School, Germany. The
Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, presented the
diplomas to the entire class. It was an honor to have him at
the ceremony. He also presented a coin to each graduate.
Congratulations to Caleb and Andre! Andre is moving to Fort
Lee with his family. Caleb has returned to Virginia and will
be attending Northern Virginia Community College. His sis-
ter Cristina Buholtz is happy to have him back in town and
living with her!

Caleb Burford receiving diploma from the Honorable
Robert Gates.

(L-R): Mimi Azcarraga, Ann E. Hoag, Teresa Martinez,
and Maria Martinez.

Back in April Bill McGann, Evelyn Barraza and Tom
Snider, their daughter Kristin, Ken Croft and I all con-
verged on David and Mayra Seitz's town to enjoy the tunes of
Shorty&Slim. Their school hosted a Caribbean night com-
plete with all our favorite foods. Afterwards we all had a LOL
(laugh out loud) evening catching up with Alex Reyes. The
Sniders and Crofts travelled on to Keukenhof to take in the
beautiful tulips. Pictures do not do it justice. We spent the
weekend in Noordwijk aan Zee and I finally got to the beach!

Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft, Reporter
(49) 6371-404566



Hi to all! As I write this we are in
midsummer, and I love Florida's sum-
mer nights. The ocean is warm and the
sunsets beautiful! Now on with my arti-

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This reporter's son Kevin and my granddaughters, Felicia
and Aly, from New Jersey, were here for a week over Easter.

It was so nice to have them here and I had a family get-
together at my home. My sisters Pam Crowell, Jacque
Vowell, Bonnie Morrison, her husband Mike and their
daughter Jennifer were all here.
The first week in May found this reporter on her way to
London with her girlfriend, Connie Thompson, for a two-
week Princess Line cruise! Such excitement! We left South
Hampton and stopped in Malaga, Barcelona, Corsica,
Cannes, Rome and Gibraltar. Due to a bad storm, we were
unable to dock in Naples, but other than that, the trip was
spectacular! On the way home, after leaving the ship, we
spent a day and night in London. We walked for six-and-a-
half hours and it was wonderful, and saw most of the high-
lights, including riding in the London Eye, which is suppos- Carol an B
edly the largest ferris wheel in the world. olRudhei
In June my boyfriend Mel Wethered and I went to New
Jersey for a week and we saw my granddaughter Aly gradu-
ate from 8th grade. She received two academic awards and
I'm very proud of her. We also paid a visit to my grandson
Kyle Parker, his girlfriend and my granddaughters Felicia
and Andrea. Andrea lives in Virginia, so we stopped to see
her on the way home.
The end of June my sister Jacque headed to Panama for .
her class reunion. A big thank you goes out to Vicki
Sizemore, Nancy (Boyd) McAlleer, and Art Mokray for
planning all the events for the class reunion. Jacque and Faye
Weisser stayed in Albrook. On Thursday night they joined
classmates and a few of the local Zonians at the Balboa Yacht
Club for happy hour, then they all traveled to the end of the
Phil Ritz, Robyn (Patton) and Lou Husted
Causeway for dinner. On Friday Jacque and Faye joined
classmates Mike Vick, fiance Patty, Rudy Crespo and part-
ner Joe for a sailboat cruise with Captain Frank out to Taboga
and back. Kathy Wainio and Rob Roy with dad Robert Roy
(1977-79 Past President of the Panama Canal Society) gra-
ciously opened their home to the BHS class of 1970 for a
cocktail party on Friday night.

Front: Rudy Crespo and Steve Nehring. Second row:
Robyn (Patton) Husted, Marcia (Michel) Barber, Vicki
Sizemore, Faye Weisser, Ada Beechner, Kristy Ackerman,
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Ann (Medinger) Stillman. Back
row: Mickey Kelleher, Nancy (Boyd) McAlleer, Richard
Moultrie, Clifton Day, Mike Vick.
Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow
Saturday, a group of us went on a shopping trip around
Panama. It turned out our shopping tour guide Robert was
2011 MEMBERSHIP DUES also a graduate of Balboa High School. He was a wealth of
information! Saturday night we were back in the Elks Club
DUE Y for the music of Shorty&Slim. Classmates Janet King and
DECEMBER 31, 2010. Janet Tilley joined us as we danced and sang all night
long...ok, at least until 11 p.m. before we said goodbye.

1-ron ro\. Kon)n ('arton) Husted, Janet Klng, Stele
Nehring, Janet Tilley, Marcia (Michel) Barber, Ada
Beechner. Second row: Jim Ganser, Faye Weisser, Rudy
Crespo, Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Kristy Ackerman, Vicki
Sizemore. Back row: Art Mokray, Mike Vick, Richard
Moultrie, Phil Ritz and Clifton Day.

Then came the 2010 Annual Reunion in July! Mel and I
had a really great time, and hats off to Bob Zumbado for put-
ting our Class of 1955 class reunion together. The hospitality
suite and the dinner were wonderful! And to see great friends
again was super! Also, this reporter was lucky enough to win
the top drawing at the business meeting--a trip for two to
Panama! Talk about being excited! I was floating on air. We
will most likely go in January.
Jacque, Rudy Crespo and Tina Vega Cohen coordinated
the stateside BHS'70 reunion at the Panama Canal Society
Reunion to celebrate. A big thank you goes out to Rudy for
cooking the fabulous food, Tina, Audrey (Stewart) Carlson
for decorating, Richard Moultrie for being bartender and
special thanks to Faye for manning the door and collecting
money to help pay for everything! Attending classmates were
Steve Askew, Myke Smith, Dan Cretaro, Bryan Ball,
Margie (Engelke) Gallardo, Gary Myers, Carmen
Wilmoth, Sally Adair, Albert (Cuco) Guibert, Mike Perry,
Mel Gamertsfelder, Art Dealy, Denise (Schemerhorn)
Haga, Laura (Seeley) Rydell, Sally Adair, Steve Nehring,
Maria (Gonzalez) Kaylor, Patricia (Thompson) Plucker,
Christine (Kervin) Terpak, Steve Krisa, Bill Walker,
Jeannie Walker, Steve Cartotto, Clifton Day, Art Mokray,
Jim Parks, Jamie Alfaro, Glenn Martin, Frank Anderson,
Gary Dalton, and Paul Barkowitz.
In July, I turned 73 (OMG--could it really be?) and four-
teen friends and family helped me celebrate at the Olive
Garden in Ormond Beach. I am one lucky gal to be sur-
rounded by such wonderful people!
Jacque Vowell, Mel and this reporter went to the Hippie
Fest that was held in Daytona recently. All '60s music and we
dressed up with beads, peace sign necklaces, and flowers in
our hair. Jacque kept calling Pam (who couldn't make it to the
concert) so she could hear the music.
Janet Stuart had knee surgery recently and is back to
work. Pam Crowell developed a blood clot in her left leg and
was hospitalized for a week, but is now up and about.

It seems that most of my article is all about me. Sorry
about that, but if I don't hear from you, then I can't write
about your comings and goings. Please let me know what's
happening to you.

Dawn Gressang, Reporter
(386) 441-6595
email: Dawnthedancer(

Emerald Coast

Jean Armbruster of Niceville, Fla.,
along with daughter Dr. Judy Haisten
(BHS'76), of Ocala, Fla., traveled to
Buenos Aires, Argentina, to attend a lan-
guage training course on May 17th. Judy
was on assignment from Florida Central Ed Armbruster
College (Ocala). While in Buenos Aires,
they took Tango lessons, toured the capital city, took a side
trip to historical Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, and trav-
eled to Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil.
The weather, food and shopping were fantastic. Judy has one
more assignment for next year and she is looking to go to


lswen anu Jean Armorusier on speeaooat to iguazu

Ed and Jean traveled to Europe over the Christmas holi-
days for several weeks, the highlight was a 14-day Danube
river cruise with 123 other cruisers from Nuremburg,
Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, with extra days spent in
Nuremburg where the famed Christkindlesmarkt was in full
swing, and Munich. Many highlights of the trip included a
sleigh ride through a Bavarian forest; private gala dinner
party and dance at the "Palais Pallavicini," Vienna, Austria,
New Year's Eve; Christmas day organ recital at a cathedral in
Regensburg, Germany; city and castle tour in Salzburg,
Austria; city tours of Budapest, Vienna, Passau, and
Nuremburg. Jean and Ed traveled with friends from
Family and friends stopped off on the way to the reunion.
Ann (Hutchinson) McAvoy (BHS'79) stopped by the
Armbrusters enroute to and from the reunion. Ann lives in

Houston with husband Wayne. Ann and her parents are long-
time friends. Ann's dad is a retired BHS math teacher and her
mother was a nurse at Gorgas.
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(from Georgia). The rest of the relatives were from Florida.
All had a marvelous time.

Ann (Hutchinson) McAvoy

Also stopping by from Phoenix, Ariz., was granddaughter
Krissy Dermody from Dallas, Texas, granddaughter Erin
Merrill (Speight) along with mother Margie Speight
(Armbruster) from Corpus Christi, Texas; Debi McRoberts
(Armbruster) from Lumberton, Texas, and Connie
Dermody (Armbruster) from Niceville.

Ed Armbruster, Reporter
(850) 897-1330


Another PCS Reunion has been
entered into the memory banks of all who
attended the successful gathering of the
clan! Carol Meyer (Doctor at Gorgas)
said she worked a few hours at the Gre
Registration Desk and then in the
Museum room. Also helping at the Registration Desk was
Audrey Bowman. Carol said it was a great way to see peo-
ple. Among the thousands who attended the reunion, she saw
the Corrigan/Helin family, the Rigbys from Gainesville, and
Joe and Bev (Bowman) Wood. Carol mentioned that the
museum had loads of stuff in the silent auction and the
University of Florida had a big exhibit. The PC Museum will
be moving to UF in two years and decrease the duplicate
items by silent auction. In 2014 there will be a huge exhibit
at the Library of Congress and, if there is enough money, the
PC Museum would do a traveling exhibit.
Dianne (Hutchison) and Jerry Cox were also at the
reunion. The highlight for them was the Phillips' family get-
together. Among the many who came for this marvelous
event were: Noble Phillips (who is in his 90s and has many
titles--dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle), Doug
Phillips (from Panama), his son John Phillips, Kim
(Phillips) and Gillian Collins (from Arkansas), her mom,
Cheryl Klein (also from Panama), Tracy (Phillips)
Grimberg from Afghanistan, Vicki (Hutchison) and Bob
Boukalis (from Alabama), and Richard and Olga Phillips

Back (L-R): Jerry Cox, Christy (Phillips) Hildebrandt,
Noble Phillips. Third Row (L-R): Tracy (Phillips)
Grimberg, Sue (Phillips) Fisher. Second Row (L-R):
Dianne Hutchison Cox, Cheryl (Jackson) Klein, Kim
(Phillips) Collins, Jon Fisher. Front (L-R): Avery
Hildebrandt, Gillian Collins, and Emily Hildebrandt.

In April Gary and Nancy (Maravilla) Flora, their daugh-
ter Lauren, Nancy's brother Mark, and sister Kathy had the
wonderful opportunity to audition for the TV program The
Family Feud. They saw a TV commercial looking for con-
testants, sent in their application and were selected to audi-
tion. Lauren was the captain and the team introduced them-
selves like they do on the program. During round one, their
opponent missed three questions and the Flora team won their
points when they answered the first question. They won the
second round and their prize was a bag with Family Feud
written on it. At the end of the audition, Nancy was told that
if their team was selected, they would be notified in two
weeks. Well, it has been more than two weeks and so far no
word from the powers that be.
Nancy also wrote about how proud she is of her son Sean
Kennedy. He is a producer for The History Channel and has
his works on the website Film Corps. Sean travels across the
country looking for people who would like to preserve their
stories about the past. Anyone interested in seeing the web-
site, please contact me and I'll email you the website address.
Sean's next assignment will be on JFK.
On June 5th Dave and Barbara (Curles) Aycock, 12 rel-
atives, and four friends went on a cruise to Alaska. It turned
out to be a surprise birthday celebration for Dave who turned
80 years "young" on June 7th. After the cruise, they spent the
day on Bainbridge Island with family. They also enjoyed eat-
ing delicious steamed clams and grilled salmon. Barbara con-
tinued to say that she, Dave, a daughter, and granddaughter
spent a few days in Seattle with their youngest daughter. They

visited Boeing's Museum of Flight and the first plane at the
entry of the museum was a B-47. That was the plane Dave
flew in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) for ten years dur-
ing the Cold War!

Mary Jo Aycock (CHS'56), Dave and Barbara Aycock

Our Feature Person for the Canal Record is Dianne
(Hutchinson) Cox.
What brought you to Panama: My
grandparents were Charles E. and
Lillian Hutchison and John Hamilton
C. and Jessie Winifred (Jenkins)
Sealey. Both grandparents helped to
build the canal. My grandfather Sealey
has quite a history. As a Canadian, he Dianne Cox
joined the U.S. Navy and fought in the
Spanish-American War at the Battle of Cuba. He left the
Navy and joined the U.S. Army and fought in the Philippines
Insurrection. After that he went to Panama to help build the
Panama Canal. He worked on the canal until he retired in
1939. Grandfather Sealey was a Roosevelt Medal Holder. My
parents, Donald P. and Margaret Hutchison, graduated
from BHS. I was born in the Republic of Panama and so were
my brother Gary and sister Vicki.
Years in the Canal Zone: As a baby, we lived in Panama,
then Ancon, Cocoli, and Diablo. I graduated from BHS in
1958 and then from Junior College. I had a summer job at
Pedro Miguel Locks and part-time job at JC. I got married in
1962 and left for Arlington, Va., where my husband had
orders to work at PAO in the Pentagon. I worked at the
Pentagon for the Department of Army for Corrections of
Military Records from 1963 to 1964. Returned to the Canal
Zone in 1966 due to his orders to USSOUTHCOM. I filed for
divorce in 1968. I worked for USSOUTHCOM, USARSO,
STRATOCOM, Tropic Test, Internal Security, and later on for
the General Counsel.
Key Events: While in BHS, my typing instructor (Mr.
Clark) sent an article to the PC Review about my typing for a
10-minute speed test w/o errors and a 3-minute test of figures
and symbols w/o errors. He said that in the 12 years he had
taught typing, no one had done that. Met Jerry in Panama
while he was in the Navy and got married in 1977. We were
transferred to Charleston, S.C. The years being a Navy wife
while my husband was working in the hot spots of the world
and reading about it in the newspaper--that is how I knew
where he was. Visiting Jerry in Majorca and when action
started in Beirut, having to leave ASAP and being escorted to

the airport. From 1977 to 1996, I worked in the Naval Supply
Center, SOAP Team, and DFAS. During that time, the
Charleston paper advertised for anyone to nominate their sec-
retary for being outstanding. Unbeknownst to me, my boss
answered their ad. I was not aware of this until they took me
to lunch and I was presented with a free trip to Cocoa Beach,
Fla. I retired at the age of 55 with 31 years of outstanding
service (that's what is written on my plaque).
What do I miss most of Panama: The beauty, the simple
life, the food, and lasting friendships. I am grateful I was born
there as it gave me a different way of looking at life in the
States. It made me aware of different cultures. I am grateful
for the good education. So much was taken for granted and
those of us who left after high school had to grow up really
fast and face the real world. My experiences in life made me
Accomplishments since Panama: Working as a volunteer
for Meals on Wheels in Charleston, S.C., singing with a
group every Monday in two different nursing homes, helping
at the Hospice Thrift shop, and bowling wherever I lived;
mainly to meet people. I enjoy meeting and knowing people.
My husband, Jerry, was in the Navy for 28/2 years and later
worked for a government contractor. He retired again and
now is working on antique cars. Our son Wally was in the
Navy for 21 years and worked in several restaurants as a
cook. He will be starting a new job being a cook on a ship that
escorts subs out to deeper waters.
It is with sad heart that I learned that Anna (Ann)
Buchter passed away (see With Deep Sorrow). Ann worked
in the clinics at Gorgas Army Hospital and was well-liked and
special to so many who knew her. Leo and I attended her
memorial service on July 30th and close to 100 people were
there to pay their respects to Ann. After Mass we had lunch at
the Parish Hall. Several people stood up and talked about how
they knew Ann and how loving and giving she was especial-
ly for her volunteer work at St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Shop,
the soup kitchen, Thanksgiving drive, etc. Ann was definite-
ly loved and respected by all her family and friends.
Volunteers needed for the Feature Person for the Canal
Record.. Also, any news, events, etc., you want to share with
the members, please let me know.

Grace Shadeck, Reporter
(352) 347-4141


On March 30th, Deb Dedeaux attend-
ed Pierce Hopson's birthday party (son of
Carrie (Clement) and Dan Hopson).
Those attending were his parents, his sis-
ter Ellie, grandparents Orrin and Carol Barbara
Clement; Casey and Candace Clement; Vose-Kulig
Deb, Barbara and Louie Dedeaux. Pierce's favorite
spaghetti dinner and Choo Choo Train ice cream cake
(Baskin Robbins) were deliciously enjoyed by all.

Jon and Deb Dedeaux celebrated their 22nd anniversary
in May, enjoying Smokey Robinson in concert at the
Windcreek Casino in Alabama. After the concert, they gam-
bled a little and drank "on the house!" Deb is a big Motown
fan! They both had a great time--what a special way to spend
an anniversary.
In April Randy Williams had a crawfish boil at his house.
Zonians helping Randy enjoy the party were: Samantha and
Devan Williams; Eddy, Tina, Bailey, and Ben Williams;
Deb Dedeaux; Daren Urban and his daughter; Barb and Lou
Dedeaux, Bridgette (Randy's girlfriend); and many local
friends. Deb said it was great seeing everyone and the food
was delicious. Randy really knows how to throw a great
crawfish boil!!

After a few fun-filled days and the mud washed off the
bikes and ATVs, part of the group headed back to Pensacola
for a gathering at D and Terry LaPorta's home for a typical
Zonian evening. Deb Dedeaux made Bushwhackers and
Beach Pretzels! Rod Snyder stayed on to spend more time
with his Zonian friends after the trip and also was there to
help Jon and Lou Dedeaux remodify Jon and Deb's gate on
their 24-ft. trailer for all the guys' "toys."
That same weekend, Deb's parents, Jack and Delila
Hepler, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with the
family at a local steakhouse.
On Mother's Day the guys took us to brunch at the Scenic
Hills Country Club, while they drooled over the view of the
golf course, wishing they were out there! So, on Father's Day,
we didn't take the guys out--instead we told them to spend the
whole day playing golf--they were in their glory and had a
great Father's Day!
Along with Jon Dedeaux's 51st birthday, the Dedeauxs
celebrated Mother's Day (they landed on the same day) with
a family cookout.
J Dedeaux came home from FSU for Easter weekend and
brought a good friend and Frat brother, Dan Moreno, along
with him. Dan had never been to Pensacola, so the night they
arrived they unloaded their luggage and headed out to
Flounders on Pensacola Beach. The next day they spent all
day on the beach and clubbing most of the night. Easter
Sunday was spent with family (parents and grandparents)
enjoying a cookout ofT-Bones and Ribeyes with all the trim-
mings. J and Dan really enjoyed their weekend.

Back (L-R): Bridgette, Randy Williams; Deb, Barb and
Lou Dedeaux; Tina, Bailey and Eddy Williams. Front (L-
R): Devan, Samantha and Ben Williams.

Bill Harris, Randy Williams, Deb Dedeaux, and Eddy

Terry LaPorta asks: How many Zonian Dirt Bikers does
it take to get a bike out of the mud? A LOT! One to get the
winch, three to make the drinks, and all the others to point
and laugh! It all started when Rod Snyder came to town to
join the gang--D LaPorta; Coach Lou Dedeaux; Jon
Dedeaux; Dave Hannigan; Russell and Leslie Gillespie;
Ed, Carter and Colin Blount; Winship and Alan Dowell;
Josh and Amber Whitson; Tom, Kathy, and Chris Wilder;
Ed, Taylor, and Parker Stroop. They all found the mud in
Durham Town, Ga., on Memorial Day weekend.

(L-R): Dan Moreno, Jon, J, Barb and Lou Dedeaux, Delila
and Jack Hepler.

J is in his senior year at FSU and will graduate with a BS
Degree in Exercise of Science, then heads to Pharmacy
School (three years in pre-pharmacy and one year of profes-
sional training). After all that, he will graduate with his
Doctor of Pharmacy! Whew! J surely has lots of hard work
ahead of him.
Jon and Deb told me some great and exciting news! The
daughter Sonya and son-in-law Dan are expecting their first
child on January 4, 2011. They're so thrilled, including
Sonya's brother. Even though Jon thinks he's too young to be
a "grandpa," he's also thrilled!! Deb is planning a baby show-
er for Sonya in October at their home in Pace. Sonya and Dan
will also be transferring to Corpus Christi, Texas, soon--so
much closer to parents and grandparents.

The 2010 Reunion turned out to be another great success,
but we noticed a lot of our friends did not show. Our room
was the best with a picturesque view of the amazing golf
course. Our daughter Darla and grandson Jonathan were
there along with our son Bob, daughter-in-law Dawn, and
grandchildren Bobby and Isabella. We all traveled from
Pensacola together. My brother Butch made it again this year,
but my sister Ruby didn't (maybe next year). I enjoyed visit-
ing and chatting with my cousin, Leila (Leon) Cheesley, who
came for her 50th class reunion (CHS'60).

Barb (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Keith Kulig, and Leila (Leon)

As always, our highlight of the Reunion was attending
Saturday Catholic Mass with Fathers John Kennedy and
Frank Pretto. With all our St. Mary's friends, it always feels
like we're in church at home (CZ).
The Friday night dance was special--they had family time
and allowed the small children to come in for an hour. It was
such a great idea to do that for the kids. Our granddaughter
Isabella had never danced to Salsa before and wanted to stay
on the dance floor all night with Grandpa Keith and her dad
Bob. I hope they continue to do this, but let them stay a while
Darla's class (BHS'85) celebrated their 25th reunion with
two days in a Hospitality suite--they had a blast! Keith and I
joined them one evening--it was so nice seeing all those
young people again (I've known most of them since they
were babies). It surely did make us feel old--imagine 25
On Sunday Butch surprised the whole family with a buf-
fet breakfast--delicious. On Monday the whole family left
early, except for Butch--he stayed behind until the afternoon
to spend some quality time with Keith and I. Keith and I
stayed until Tuesday and really enjoyed relaxing before head-
ing back to Pensacola.
It was sad to have our last year at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort (we always fully enjoyed it), but we are really looking
forward to going back to the Marriott. We looked it up on the
Internet and it certainly has changed (for the better). I'm sure
it will be another great Reunion in 2011.
On a sad note--it was heartbreaking to hear of Anita
(Catanzaro) Oberholtzer's passing away (see With Deep
Sorrow). What a special, special woman. I've known her for

so many years, but Darla became friends with her through the
St. Mary's Prayer Net--she did such an awesome job with
that. She was so loved by so many friends and family and we
will miss her so much!
If you have any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please call or send it to me. Hasta Luego!!

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

South Florida

Sung to the tune of "Honky
Tonk Women"..."I was sitting' in
Caf& No S6, in Antigua. On the
cobblestone street, the springtime
sun did shine. There's many a
michilada queen in Guate, but I
just can't seem to drink you off Tom Pattison
my mind." As our eyes adjusted to
the darkness inside the hard-to-find but not-to-be-missed
"Caf6 No S6," you might imagine such a song playing on the
jukebox...if they had one. "Every dive needs a town" was
their motto. Music was provided randomly by itinerant ex-
pats and nondescript travelers from "somewhere" who were
admonished not to play, and I quote, "anything by the Eagles,
all Don McLean, 'Stairway to Heaven,' 'Knockin' on
Heaven's Door,' and 'Here Comes the Sun'." A real
dump...perfect hangout for our group. It was in stark contrast
to the rest of our visit to Antigua, Guatemala, on a sunny
March afternoon. We had come to Guatemala for the wedding
of dear friends Greg Norton and Alison Schwarz. Linda
and I, along with international traveling companions N urse"
Mary and "Postal" Bob McGruber found ourselves wander-
ing the narrow streets of the old city in search of some relief
to a nasty parching of our upper lip areas. Included in the mix
were Bob and Mindy Dollar and the betrothed. We had most
recently eaten at the Panza Verde where I enjoyed a fantastic
Robalo (Snook) Meunidre. Everyone raved about their meals
(and the hotel) for the rest of the trip. The bar had been set
and would not be raised. Only the day before we were met at
the airport by Greg who gave us the royal treatment, whisk-
ing us through customs with a wave of his ID; dodged taxis
and motor scooters in a mad dash to the tapas bar to catch up
with the rest of the gang (empty plates and bottles of wine
attested to a major degustation); checked into the Bircelo for
the week and ended up drinking way too many Zacapas and
coke while barbecuing the first of many surf & turf & coop
up on the balcony of Greg and Aly's condo. The sun setting
behind the volcano(s) was magnificent and was to be repeat-
ed time and again. Not to be outdone, the wedding was spec-
tacular and without spite of Greg Norton (the
groom), Bob Dollar (best man) and Jeff Naum being in the
wedding party, myself as the de facto photographer and the
rest of the out-of-town yahoos in the peanut gallery. It was
held on the grounds of the Ambassador's residence, with its
beautiful garden, towering royal palms and lush lawn (before

the dancing) reminding me of Morgan's as well as Summit

Lunch at Panza Verde, Antigua, Guatemala

I flew out to Texas ahead of Linda for the annual Pattison
Memorial Day BBQ at my brother's house in Round Rock.
Jim "Red" and Kathleen "Kat" met me at the airport and
we headed straight to Guerro's on SoCo (South Congress).
Stanley Wright met us and we ate tacos and drank 'ritas and
made our plans for the evening. After hearing that Robert
Cray was playing at Antone's, I reminded Red that Tony
Braunagel was now playing with RC. I first met Tony years
before on a Blues Cruise I went on with a bunch of
Panamaniacs (as we were collectively known by the end of
the trip). Tony was playing with Taj Mahal and the Phantom
Blues Band at the time and over the years I've been fortunate
to attend many of his bandmates' shows (John Belushi and
the Sacred Hearts, Blues Brothers {w/Dan Akroyd}, and Eric
Burdon). I gave him a call and we headed downtown for the
show. We had barely walked into the door when we ran into
Beth (Wright) McDowell. She's not one to miss live music
in Austin and that night would be no exception. It was a great
show and we stood near the front of the stage most of the
night. The next day Linda came in (school's out) and we offi-
cially got the weekend started. Red and I got up early
Saturday and started the brisket and enjoyed the obligatory
"breakfast beer." People started rolling in later that afternoon
and the brisket was like buttah. The short list of guests includ-
ed Val Krueger and her daughter Sara, Al and Sue (Hirons)
Fehrenbach, Mary Fehrenbach, Jaco and Sheryl Petiton,
Sheryl's daughter Danielle with her baby, Leo Eastham,
Debbie Horter-Watson, Joe Dolan, Stanley, Beth, Bo Lane
and his fiance Lesley Landreth, Gary Melant, and many of
Tommy and Megan's friends. Speaking of Megan, she just
got accepted at Texas A&M. We're all so proud...she and her
horse. Go Aggie!

DECEMBER 31, 2010.

Back to the party. There was much foolishness and the
pool got quite a workout. A word of caution, think twice
before letting kids put hair-ties in your hair, a tiara on your
head, take a picture and post it on Facebook. Sara, you are a
talented photographer, but this has to stop! We left on
Monday wishing we'd planned a longer vacation (como
siempre). As we arrived at the Austin Airport, I saw long, tall
Marcia Ball leaving the airport. Remembering that folks tend
to treat local musicians with respect and almost never
approach and ask for autographs, I let her pass and made
mention of it to Linda. We headed into the airport with Linda
walking several paces behind me like a dutiful and sub-
servient wife. Actually, she just moves at her own pace, stop-
ping occasionally without purpose. Knowing this, I tend to
walk, stop, turn, wait, turn, walk, stop ad infinitum. However,
when I turned at the entrance to security, a smiling older man
wearing a ball cap and sunglasses, with grayish red hair
(which had very recently been cut to shoulder length), and
sneakers with "Willie" written on them, was standing right
behind me. Behind him was Linda pointing while jumping up
and down and mouthing, "Is that Willie Nelson?" I nodded
and told him to go ahead of me. He said thanks, but he was in
no hurry. After explaining the "lagging wife" syndrome he
reluctantly accepted my offer to cut the line. We talked little
as we walked slowly through the security line (respect) till
Linda excitedly blurted, "I wore my hair in pigtails this week-
end in your honor" (true) to which the "hillbilly Dalai Lama"
responded, "that's cool." That's cool...Willie thought it was
cool...set, match, game over, we can go home now.
Following a great reunion in Orlando, Greg and Aly (vis-
iting from Guate) came back to Pembroke Pines with Linda
and me to spend the week. We headed down to Key West
stopping at Don and Susan Ross' casa in Sugarloaf Key. We
missed seeing Susan who was up with family in Port Orange.
They have a nice place on a canal and we drove around the
key checking out places we wish we could afford. We had
dinner at the Square Grouper and I must tell you, it was one
of the best meals I have ever eaten (the bar has been raised to
the top again). The next morning we checked into the Eden
House in Key West (very highly recommended) and after the
arrival by ferry of our intrepid international traveling com-
panions, the McGrubers (an amalgam of McCaffery and
Gruber) we started to get ready to commence to begin the leg-
endary and oft-attempted but never successfully completed

Duval Crawl (there's always an incident and somebody gets
hurt). After a day of carousing, snacking and shopping we
limped back to the guest house, but not before stopping for
dinner at Azur (next to Eden House). When greeted personal-
ly by the chef, Greg asked the prerequisite "do you guys serve
conch fritters?" to see if he passed muster. With "no" as the
preferred response and after acknowledging the Square
Grouper as a respectable joint, we settled in for a fine (2nd
place) dinner with much personal attention by the chef. They
must've thought that Greg was from the Food Network
because we got the royal treatment.
The day after returning from Key West, Greg and Aly left
for the remainder of the month-long vacation and Linda and
I boarded a jet for Atlanta to visit my "new" sister Molly and
family. Previously I had written about discovering long lost
family (to me) from my biological father. Visiting from
Washington State were my half brother Hayes Journey, his
wife Lisa and their two girls Natalie and Camille. Also vis-
iting were three of my half brother Andy's kids, Rachel,
Tatiana and Wassuli from Saint Marys, Alaska, as well as
Hayes, Andy and Molly's mother Harriet Journey. Molly's
daughter Laura and her husband Jim's newborn baby
William Coulter Shropshire came by for a visit. We sug-
gested they call him Wilco for short, but I don't think it'll
stick. Good thing he's not from Diablo or it would be all over
but the crying. We went up to Helen, Ga., for a day's tubing
and had a blast. Now, I'm not an experienced "tuber" but I am
familiar with the Guadeloupe (can be pretty fast) and San
Marcos (mosey) but the Chattahoochee was neither. First of
all, no beer was allowed so I was ready to get this over with
as fast as possible. Not so fast sparky, with an inch or two at
best of water under my keel (the part that extends below the
inner tube) I found myself walking almost as much as float-
ing. There were a few "rapids" and a chute but not much
excitement much to my surprise, an excellent day out with
From Didi Bremer: Larry and I travel to Panama every
year and team up with family and friends. The visit included
visiting with Teddy Henter (BHS'69), a cousin of Larry's.
Ted was there to participate in the Cayuco Race with his
daughter Elizabeth! We were also hosted by Collin and
Alberta Corrigan at their home in Coronado! Our visit coin-
cided with my daughter Natalie's trip to Panama with her
husband and his YPO group. One of their events consisted of
a "Noche en Blanco" at the El Convento ruin at Old Panama!
No words could describe this magical evening under a full
moon, enhanced by white floral splendor everywhere. Even
fireworks sprouted from the ground and formed an arch for
arriving guests. It was catered by my cousin Sofi. Nothing
short of every superlative! We also visited with Mo and
Carolyn Schook. Mo's a BHS'59 grad. We played at the
Brazos Heights golf is still operating! We traveled
to Boquete and enjoyed a private bohio and pet deer at the
coffee plantation, Finca Lerida! We spent an evening with
Sharon (McElhone) Phelan (CHS) and her husband Chuck
in Volcan! We also had dinner at Camisones near Santa Clara
with Charley Leves, Mo, Larry Corrigan, and Jim Slice. In
late April, I joined my sister Malena (Bremer) Merriam and
my three brothers Joe Bremer, Fred Bremer and Mike
Bremer for a reunion at Mike's ranch outside LA, sans

spouses and children! We were treated royally by our
youngest brother Mike, and it was HE who was celebrating a
big birthday and should have been pampered by us! It began
with a visit to the Magic Castle in Hollywood. This HAS to
be experienced to be appreciated. The 'castle' consisted of
innumerable rooms where individual magicians entranced us
with their tricks; and of course dining and cocktails were gen-
erously shared. We drove to the Ker River very early one
morning for a FULL day of white-water rafting...level FOUR
rapids! Amazing...45 degree water!!! We spent hours hiking,
immersing ourselves in the expansive, orange poppy fields
nearby, and the beauty of the hills surrounding Mike's ranch.
Mike hosted a fabulous Cinco de Mayo party at which we
were thrilled by a surprise visit from a long-lost Bremer
cousin! No words can express the profound gratitude we feel
for this incredible memory-making bonds
enriched forever!

Well, that's all for now...keep those cards and letters com-
ing. (For additional pictures from this report, check out the
Panama Canal Society Facebook page.)

Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
(954) 904-1247
email: curundu(

Space Coast

Thanks always to Don and Joyce
Humphries, Valkaria, Fla., for host-
ing their popular annual pre-reunion
BBQ held on June 27. One's never
disappointed with the great food and t
Janice Scott
catching up with other Zonians not Janice Scott
seen often enough, or the pleasure of meeting those from the
'other side.'

imphries" old CZ-snrle home vnih base-

This year it was especially interesting to visit with Noble
"Buddy" Phillips, Richard, Doug and Sue (Phillips)
Fisher's father. When Mr. Phillips, who retired in January
1972 and recently celebrated his 96th birthday, asked me who
I was related to, I replied Janice and Richard Grimison (my
late mom and late uncle). He quickly replied that he knew
Dick Grimison, a great swimmer. I was impressed because I
never knew my uncle, Dick Grimison (BHS'28), who passed
away in 1939. Even at my age, instant recall is not easy for
things that recur in my daily life. Buddy Phillips, our hats are
enviably off to you!

Richard Phillips, Noble "Buddy" Phillips, and Sue
(Phillips) Fisher.

It's always nice to visit with James Brooks-Bruzzese,
who's still conducting Symphony of the Americas in Fort
Lauderdale. Plan to attend one of his symphonies in 2011;
more information may be obtained from this reporter. He
mentioned that he'll be performing in Panama this fall.

Regular attendees, too numerous to name, can count on
seeing certain folks to liven up the day including those
golfers who start their own reunions a week early. Charley
Leves always has an extra brand-new $1-million dollar bill in
his pocket which he's so generous to give me!

Golfers (L-R): Jimmy Palumbo, Cody Hollowell, Richard
Phillips, Wendy Sasso, Dick Burchett, Don Humphries,
and Charley Leves.

Space Coast Bunco V was held at the Dog 'n Bone Pub in
Cocoa Village, Fla., on April 17th. Space Coast Panazonians
attending the event donated almost $1,200 to two organiza-
tions--the Panama Canal Museum and the American Cancer
Society. This year there were 37 Bunco players, and the eight
new to the group were: Cherie Francis, Gloria Mitchell,
Jim Bowen, Joan Brunner, Joe Hunt, Judy Jenkins, Kathi
Simmons, and Val Boughner.

uvon anu JUoce

f ) Zonie the Parrot says,

"Give the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Give family and friends
a gift membership to the Panama Canal Society. "

It was the perfect occasion and venue for a great summer
party, and trust other guests weren't overwhelmed by the
approximately forty relatives, who are descendants of
Roosevelt Medal holder, Thomas I. and Jessie G. Grimison,
who had only four grandchildren, Tom Grimison (BHS'52),
Ed Scott, Jr. (BHS'56), Richard (aka Dick) Scott
(BHS'60), and Janice Scott (BHS'62). Undoubtedly, our
grandparents would be shocked if sixty descendants con-
verged on their beach home in Nuevo Gorgona, Panama,
today but would be pleased with their accomplishments and
join in the camaraderie.

Standing Pegg) Huff. Seated iL-R)
Meyer, and Val Boughner.

Seven SCPs recognized for attending every Space Coast
Bunco event since its inception in 2006 were Christina
Volonnino, Fran and Nikki Meyer, Leanne Watkins,
Nancy Grimison, Peggy Huff, and Tinker Cooper. Filling
out the attendance list were: Beth Brandenburg, Connie
Stoakley, Darleen Hunt, Dawn Watkins, Dennis Huff,
Diana Grimison, Edie Willoughby, Joan Ohman, Joanne
Armstrong, JoElla Deakins, Judi McCullough, Kathie
McConaughey, Kay Hamilton, Kelly Hunt, Lisa Aide,
Louise Hunt, Natalie McClenahan, Pattie Benny, Peggy
Acker, Sheryl Alberga, Tom Grimison, and Wanda Ewell.
Contributing but unable to attend were Deb Twiss, Janet
Watkins, Pam Brown, Pam Reid, Tom Stoakley, Melinda
Niemeyer and Betsy Vosburgh.
This year's donation to the museum, Space Coast
Panazonians on the museum's Wall of Honor, totaled
$971.00, their largest donation yet! The group is now in their
fourth transit. Proceeds from the Panama Amigos Lending
Support (PALS) luncheon were donated to the American
Cancer Society. Fran and Nikki Meyer, Connie Stoakley,
Pattie Benny, and Kathie McConaughey organized the event
and everyone enjoyed a luncheon of items donated by PALS
and SCPs. The next Space Coast Bunco VI will be held in
April 2011.
Just say the word "party," and the Grimison-Scott clan
joined Heather Scott-Molleda and her husband, Jose
Maria, on July 10 at their 22-acre Springdale Farm in
Clifton, Va., to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary
with their son Rory; daughter Jeannine; and Heather's mom,
Jeannine Scott, who also lives at Springdale Farm.
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Jose Maria and Heather Scott de Molleda

Richard Scott, Janice Scott, Tom Grimison, and Ed Scott,
first cousins.

From Brevard County, Fla., were Tom and Nancy
Grimison; Christina (Grimison) and Ed Volonnino;
Richard and Diana (Huff) Grimison, and their children
Carly, Tommy, Samantha, Megan; Rebecca (Grimison)
and Geoff Pletcher and their children Ryan and Rachael
(Dylan was at camp); Melinda (Grimison) and Tom
Niemeyer and their daughters, Breanne and Allison; and
Heather's dad, Ed Scott, Jr., his wife Cheryl, and son Reece.
Trina Herring arrived via Dover, England, while her daugh-
ters, Catherine and Sofia, arrived earlier in the week with
their grandmother, Janice Scott.

Back (L-R): Matt Grimison, Richard Grimison, Ian
Herring. Middle (L-R): Melinda Niemeyer, Rebecca
Pletcher, Ed Scott. Front (L-R): Christina Volonnino,
Heather Scott de Molleda, and Trina Herring.

Others were Matt and Theresa (Harnisch) Grimison
and son Jack of Washington, D.C.; Heather's brother Ed
Scott and his daughter Natalie of Monte Serreno, Calif.
(absent were his wife Michelle and sons, Michael and
Robbie); Heather's uncle Richard Scott and his friend,
Cynthia, San Jose, Calif.; Ian and Erin (Stimpson) Herring
and their son Cullen and twin daughters, Maegen and
Alison, of Blacksburg, Va.

Back (L-R): Natalie Scott, Rory Molleda, Sofia Herring,
Jeannine Molleda, Catherine Herring, Tommy Grimison,
Ryan Pletcher. Front (L-R) Carly Grimison holding Jack
Grimison, Samantha Grimison, Rachel Grimison, Allison
Niemeyer, Cullen Herring, Breanne Niemeyer, and Megan

Jose Marie had a restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela, where
he and Heather met and married, and whenever we get
together, he usually volunteers to make his delicious Spanish
tortillas; this time, he also roasted lamb and pork. Our only
regret was not taking a video to post on YouTube to demon-
strate the collective culinary talents required to make dozens
of empanadas, pounds of ceviche, arroz con polio, and pael-
la. Ian Herring unveiled a five-star keg of beer he brewed
especially for the occasion, and it's hoped he will provide a
bigger keg the next time. The margarita machines were in full
swing for both the over and under 21, and the chocolate fon-
due machine gave everyone a good laugh as it spun off its
spindle, spraying melted chocolate everywhere.
The children spent hours zip-lining across the pond; one
young boy was seen being bucked off a frisky pony, followed
by horse rides; senior citizens demonstrated that they too
could jump off the diving board into the swimming pool and
stay aboard a slippery, inflated seal; and, the Herring kids got
the prize for enjoying the swimming pool the most, as only
young children can. Suddenly the day seemed to come to an
end, and it was time for the spectacular fireworks show, spon-
sored by Ian Herring.
Although we should have stretched it out one more day to
enjoy Spain's World Cup victory at the Molledas of
Springdale Farm who are avid soccer fans, visitors continued
on with other exciting summer plans to include sightseeing in
Washington, D.C.; driving to Oklahoma, and the Outer
Banks, N.C.; flying to England and Norway, or home. As all
good parties and family reunions become fond memories,
we're already planning for the next time together.

Janice G Scott, Reporter
(321) 783-4316

DECEMBER 31, 2010.


Gosh, where has the time gone? It
seems like I just finished writing the
last report. Since I accidentally omitted
a story of the "Three Musketeers at it
again," I feel compelled to tell it now.
Back in January John Marshall was Skip Rowley
summoned from Iowa, to the aid of Lane Thompson for the
dirty job of cleaning out and revamping Lane's basement
woodworking shop. Truly a major task. So after one day of
slaving below ground, John called me on the phone and
requested my presence to help clean up all the five years plus
worth of sawdust that the over full shop bag had leveled on
the basement when it exploded. I couldn't believe my eyes
when I arrived. When John told the story (and anybody who
knows John knows how good a story he can tell), I began to
laugh until I had tears in my eyes. What a mess! But, the three
Musketeers managed to clean it all up before Lane's wife
Georgia came home from Texas. Then Lane wanted several
cabinets to be hung and needed help with them. So John and
I told him that since he was an engineer, to measure and mark
just where he wanted them and we would do the hanging
work. When all was said and done, there was a tiny gap
between the upper and lower cabinets. Lane blamed us for
our shoddy work, and we blamed his incorrect measurements,
and finally settled on blaming Georgia for wanting it done in
the first place, and sat down and laughed a whole bunch
more. What a weekend it turned out to be. My cheek muscles
hurt for several days from all the laughter.

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John Marshall, Skip Rowley, and "Slave Master" Lane

In May Burt and Carol (Morland) Mead and Joe and
Bev (Bowman) Wood drove from Tallahassee to Boston to
spend a timeshare week at the Boston Marriott Custom
House--a great, old historic building centrally located near
the Quincy Market and other attractions. While there they
visited Mrs. Florence Owen and her daughters, Rene and
Jean, and their husbands, Jim Seaton and Jim Young. The
Owens and Morlands were close friends and longtime neigh-
bors in Brazos Heights on the Atlantic side, where Carol,
Rene and Jean grew up. Mr. Ronald Owens was the owner of
C. Fernie Steamship Agency and Mr. Gilbert Morland was
owner of C. B. Fenton and Co. Mrs. Owen is 95 and lives in
a retirement home in Scituate, Mass. The families spent sev-

eral hours reminiscing about the "good old days" growing up
in the Canal Zone while enjoying delicious lobster rolls at a
quaint seaside restaurant off the coast of Scituate.

Back (L-R): Joe Wood, Mrs. Florence Owen, Rene (Owen)
Seaton, Burt Mead. Front (L-R): Carol (Morland) Mead,
Jean (Owen) Young, and Bev (Bowman) Wood.

John (Bill) Schmidt writes that he has moved into
Westminster Oaks Retirement community in May and cannot
for the life of him comprehend why he waited so long to do
it. Life at a full and frolicking retirement community is the
thing to consider long before you need it.
He says: "My new home is so perfectly laid out and put
together that it is so obvious that the planners had folks in
mind that might forget where things are and to pick up your
feet when going out the door or in the door. No steps...plen-
ty of light switches every time you turn around, convenience
in mind in every appliance and design. Mind you now--I am
not that old and in need of assistance in my living--but it is
nice to have those conveniences to learn how to before you
have to. This is fine living and full of activities to address
every need for those in need. I am glad I moved and it is a
relief to know that my kids can rest easy...for my time is well
designed for the future days.
"As for an update on my oldest grandson, Ryan Schmidt,
he will graduate from the FBI Academy in October and will
be going to Dallas, Texas, to work in counter terrorism. I
expect a large contingent from Tallahassee to attend his grad-
uation at Quantico, Va. The week before he left for the
Academy, he married the beautiful and special lady--Natalie
Renee Cronk and we all enjoyed so much having all of her
family here as well as my daughter Kathleen and husband
Tim Ryan drive in from Colorado Springs. It is not often that
I am fortunate to have all five children gathered together at
the same time. We Schmidts enjoyed meeting the newest
addition to our family tree.
"It was very special sharing past stories with my class-
mates of BHS'50 when we gathered in Orlando to celebrate
our 60th...Many thanks to all those that provided so much
support for our fellowship. Most of all--thanks to Shirley
O'Connor for honchoing the event for the Nifty Class of
Fifty and most especially to Bill and Kay Carson for their
work and efforts in the Hospitality Suite.
"If airlines still are flying in December, I hope to travel
again for the holidays in Colorado Springs to spend some
time with Kathleen and her family. In the meantime, all is
well and active here at Westminster Oaks."

It would appear that May was a busy month for
Tallahassee Zonians, as Beverly and I along with my sister
and brother-in-law, June and Davis Stevenson, took a six-
teen-day trip to beautiful Alaska via Seattle, Wash. This was
Beverly's pre-retirement vacation trip, so it had to be a good
one. We spent four days in Seattle visiting with Mike and
Susie Jeffers Toal. Susie was our great babysitter when we
lived in Gatun, and has remained a very close and good friend
over the years. While there, Mike invited us on an all-day
cruise around Puget Sound on his sister and brother-in-law
Doreen and Jack Naughton's 34 ft. cabin cruiser. The
weather was clear and perfect, so between Mount Rainier on
our east, and Mount Olympia on our west side, the scenery
was just magnificent. Then the next day, Mike and Susie took
us up to Mount Rainier. There were still many feet of fresh
snow and we took a few turns throwing snowballs at each
other. The next day we rented a car and drove up to Everett to
take the tour of the Boeing plant where we watched the
stretch B-747, and the new B-787 being built. You have to see
them up close to really appreciate just how big those two
planes really are, and then ask yourself, just how can they get
off the ground?

Bev Rowley admiring large fish, Seattle Fish Market
Bev Rowley admiring large fish, Seattle Fish Market

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Then it was off to Anchorage, and a plane change in
Fairbanks and the start of a simply fabulous trip down
through the heart of Alaska to Denali Park and side trips up
to the mountains to see grizzly bears, moose, bald eagles,
caribou, dawl sheep, and an assortment of other strange birds
and animals too numerous to mention. I will say that we saw
the largest porcupine that any of us had ever seen in our lives.
Mount McKinley is so majestic that I could have spent sev-


eral more days just looking at it. But move on we did via the
Alaska Railroad and eventually found ourselves in Whittier,
where we joined our ship, the Coral Princess. Of the many
cruise ships I've been aboard this one ranked up with the
nicest. Having never been up close and personal with an
active glacier before, I was really surprised to hear the noise
they make. They sound like a combination of a war zone and
a thunderstorm before they calve. Watching a forty-story
tower of ice calving off the face of a glacier, and the splash it
makes is a sight to behold. In Skagway I took a helicopter
ride up to and walked around the Meade Glacier, while Bev
and June took the tour up to the musher camp, where they
took a dogsled ride. Since there was no snow at the camp, the
sled was a four-wheeler pulled by 12 dogs. Both June and
Bev got to hold several of the little puppies, and wanted to
bring one home. In Juneau we took a bus tour of the town,
and the Mendenhall glacier. Then we went to a restaurant
where Bev and Steve had a halibut lunch which they were
craving and said it was outstanding. After lunch, Bev and I
walked up to the state Capitol and went through the building
and saw where "Sarah" used to govern from. Then on to
Ketchikan, where we took a tour of the Saxman Totem Pole
carvers shop. You can watch native Alaskans actually carving
and staining totems.
All of the snow-capped mountain peaks and glaciers that
we passed and nestled up to were every bit as majestic as the
Andes of Southern Chile. But if you have never been there,
Alaska is definitely the place to go.
The week after the reunion, I attended a Shriner Clays
fund-raiser up in Georgia, and to my pleasant surprise, ran
into Lionel Barfield of CHS fame. I had not seen him in over
50 years, and there he was carrying the American Flag for the
Shrine opening ceremony. He is a Shriner with the Macon
Temple. I didn't get much of a chance to talk to him as he had
another engagement shortly afterwards.


Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151
email: srowley26(



I am so happy to be a part of the Canal Record for the
Tampa Bay area! I hope I represent the Bay area well. After
reviewing the Panama Canal Society Annual Directory, I
noticed that there are approximately 350 members from
Tampa Bay. I have run into a few of them during my drives
around town, just going to a movie or even a restaurant; I see
a bumper sticker or a license plate in reference to Panama. I
was parking at a movie theater in the New Tampa area when
I noticed that Lisa Bonk was trying to get the same parking
space! I even ran into Ralph Furlong at the local gas station
in Temple Terrace! And John Hern was sitting at the next
table at the local IHOP!
Unfortunately, I missed the Reunion this year but from
what I hear there was a lot of good times. From the pictures I
have seen in Facebook, there was a lot of laughter and mem-
ories to be shared! Internet sure is amazing especially when
we didn't have this back when I was growing up.
By the time you read this October issue, there were a few
Zonians at the annual St. Pete Bash held at the Alden Beach
Resort from October 1st to 3rd. This was organized by
Richard McArthur, Darla (Vose) Creek, and Forrest
Waller. In the next issue I will bring you some news about the
mini-reunion. There was a huge showing last year which had
a lot of the younger generation. There were people that drove
in from different areas of Florida. To name a few: Joni
Voyles, David Rivera, Nikki Fanning, Guillermo Payne,
Luis Payne, Scott Benninghoff, Steve Gayer, Annette
Bloise, John Underhill, Lize Bell, John Cousar, Mike
Geddes, Richard Mokillo, Dawn Sutherland-Jones, Kim
Sutherland, Pedro Vangas, and Laurye Kowalski.

Forrest Waller, Patrick Smith, and Richard McArthur

I was glad to hear from Zonians who live here in the Bay
area. I heard from Richard and Julieta (Preciado) Morgan
of Sarasota who report that they sailed on a Hurtigruten Line
(M/S Nordkapp) cruise along the coast of Norway in late
August and early September. They travelled for two weeks
and this was their first trip back to Norway since they honey-
mooned there in 1963. They finished the trip with four days
in Amsterdam and then flew home on Labor Day. Nice "lit-
tle" vacation! They also take advantage of their travels as
they include three cruises a year through the Panama Canal
where Richard is a destination lecturer. This is a great way to
keep up with the changes of the canal.
University of South Florida (USF) has a Zonian on staff.
Michelle (Ponce) Mazuros is a BHS 1986 graduate. She has

been a Personnel and Scholarship Advisor for USF Chapter
of Chi Omega Sorority for the past seven years. This summer,
along with six other members, she attended the 58th Biennial
Convention for the USF Sorority. Under Michelle's guidance,
the Chapter earned several awards including Panhellenic
Chapter of the Year, Overall Greek Woman of the Year,
Highest New Member GPA, Excellence in Risk Management
and Intrafrateral Spirit. Kudos to Michelle for all her hard
work on helping students achieve their goals!
From Bradenton, a beautiful part of Tampa Bay, David
Long and Judy (Curtis) Long want to say "Hello!". They
are 1950 and 1952 graduates of BHS (respectively).
Along with being the home to our Tampa Bay Rays, St.
Petersburg is also the home of William and Donna Halvosa.
They are snowbirds as they also travel to Beech Mountain,
N.C., for six months of the year. After graduating from BHS
in 1958, William went to Duke University. He then served for
the USAF as a fighter pilot for seven years and has been a
Captain on PanAm and Delta for 30 years.
As for myself, most people know me as Emma Brown's
granddaughter, Nina Brown's daughter, and/or Kyle Kosik's
sister...but it is all good. I came to Tampa in 1985, got mar-
ried, had three beautiful girls, divorced, and finally graduated
from Florida Metropolitan University with a Marketing
I have always said that Zonians are a dying breed. I am so
grateful for the Canal Record as a forum for our breed to keep
in touch and locate old friends. If you want to let everyone
know what you did or where you are, or an event you attend-
ed for your family and/or friends, email me!

Laura Kosik, Reporter


This is the latest news from
Georgia. Received a note from Al
Graham that in January his granddaugh-
ters, Melissa and Lorraine Graham,
June Stevenson came up for a couple of weeks from
Panama for a visit. Here are photos of them at the Air Force
Museum at Warner Robins and with their cousin Shelly at
home. Al says his granddaughters love the sights in Georgia
and are nuts about fried green tomatoes served in Juliette, Ga.

Melissa Graham, Michelle

Joan Rienks also sent me news that they had a wonder-
ful whirlwind visit from their son Alex and his friend CJ,
who arrived from Florida on July 2nd. Shane, their grandson,
is staying with them for the rest of the summer. Monica,
Shane's mom, came up to visit with them also and to meet CJ
and visit with her brother. They all spent a Saturday playing
tourists at Amicalola Falls and Dahlonega, and had a won-
derful time. It was a whirlwind visit, but Joan and Harry
enjoyed the time together with family, and hope they can stay
longer on their next visit. Joan also mentioned that in July
their granddaughter Sofia Herring came up to Ellijay to
spend ten days with Shane (her cousin) and them. Sofia is
Katrina Herring's daughter, who lives in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Sofia and Shane are having lots of fun together and Joan and
her husband are really enjoying both of them.
The Zonian Spring Fling was held April 23 at Larry and
Camille Harrington's home in Lake Spivey, Ga., for a cov-
ered dish lunch which included some typical dishes of
ceviche and empanaditas. Due to the stormy weather, many
opted out from attending, but the "brave" ones were: Ray and
Patti Burda, Ray and Helen Underwood, Pat Henson,
Richard and Olga Phillips, Maggie Knapp, Janet Husum
Herrington, Dick and Diane Wallace, June and Davis
Stevenson and a family friend, Dr. Salvatore Angelica. I
have to say that all the food was delicious and Camille and
Larry's home is beautiful!

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June Stevenson, Ray Burda, Maggie Knapp, Pat Burda,
Pat Henson, Camille Harrington, Helen and Ray
Underwood, and Janet Herrington.

Kathy Wells wrote that following a wonderful time at the
PC Reunion in Florida, she and her husband Alan, took a trip
to Texas where they visited Alan's parents in Kerrville to cel-
ebrate his dad, Fred Wells' 90th birthday. Alan's brother
Fred Wells, Jr. and sister Mary Fealey and husband Guy
were there also. It was a wonderful family reunion. They also
went to Houston to spend time with Kathy's dad, Ted
Melanson, while sister Suzanne Counts was there. Kathy
says they had a great time reconnecting with family this sum-
Bill Arnold also sent me his news about learning how to
play golf. Says he has been playing in 90+-degree heat with
Ray Burda and Ray Underwood and occasionally with sever-
al of Ray's friends. He went on to say he is averaging a little
over a 100 shots per game, unlike his two friends who hit in
the low to mid 80s. Bill says it has been frustrating and at
times even physically painful, but worth it. Maybe because he
never thought he could play sports of any kind after losing his
right eye to a Vietcong mine. With the help of a range finder
he is on equal footing to a person with two eyes. And he does
love the joy of being able to compete again.
Cissy and Gary Collins sent me their news about their
earlier travels. In April they drove to Gulf Shores, Ala., to
visit with their Douglasville friends, Joan and Buddy
Aslinger, at their cabin on a campsite. They were so busy vis-
iting local attractions, antique shops, food establishments,
and playing cards that there was little time for rest and relax-
ation. They were also able to visit with Nikki and Jaye Deitz
who had just returned from New York to welcome their
newest grandchild. Myrtle Beach, S.C., was their next vaca-
tion location. It is one of their favorite places to go and they
stayed at the Wyndham Resort which had expanded since
their last visit there. Says the beach was beautiful and the
weather near perfect. On their last day they had dinner and a
great visit with former CZ friends, Lynn and Beverly
Furman. They had moved from Virginia and are now semi-
retired to a lovely home 15 minutes from Myrtle Beach. Cissy
says they are forever thankful to Beverly for teaching their
two daughters, Jullian and Stacy, to swim in the Canal Zone.
The month of July they will be hosting their three grand-
daughters and will have news and photos on that later.
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Standing: Cissy and Gary Collins. Seated: Nikki and Jaye

I received an email from Carolyn Holmes Morris telling
me she had flown to Oregon for her granddaughter's 18th
birthday and graduation. Her granddaughter's name is
Lauren Boyd. Said they had three weeks of cool tempera-
tures (60 degrees) and maybe two days of sun, then rain, rain,
rain. Carolyn about froze! Graduation was out in the ball field
for a class of about 340. There were 17 valedictorians who
each gave a speech while they sat in the bleachers with a
strong, cold wind blowing. Lauren had a graduation party
with a theme of tie-dye, so everyone obliged. Carolyn had to
go out and buy a tie-dyed shirt. When she returned to
Georgia, the heat index was 115 degrees and says her body
went into shock and she ended up in bed for a week with a
horrible cold. Her second photo is of her son Don Boyd,
daughter-in-law Dottie, grandson Alex, Lauren and her.

Lynn and Beverly Furman, and Cissy Collins

Lauren Boyd and Carolyn Holmes Morris

Leslie Hendricks Litzenberger, her granddaughter
Cheryl, Larry and Camille Hendricks Harrington just
returned from a trip to Ireland and the Isle of Man in the UK.
The reason for the trip was to return the ashes of Jean
Hendricks to her hometown of Kirk Andreas in the Isle of
Man. Camille said the weather was beautiful in the 60s, the
prices were high, the people were friendly, and the trip was

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and Lauren Boyd in tie-dyed splendor.

Carolyn had also sent me a photo with her and friends
wearing golf attire during the Masters Golf Tournament in
Augusta, Ga. She wrote "Well, more on golf'! I had my mem-
ber/guest tournament and BHS'60 classmates (and wives of)
make up my team. Bud Batcheldor's wife, Ellen; Doug
Bergere's wife, Mary; and Kathleen (McConaghy)
Campbell completed my foursome. We had a great time,
good weather and fantastic matching outfits. We were the gals
in black and white with matching zebra-striped visors, glove,
and socks!

Kathleen Campbell, Mary Bergere, Carolyn Holmes
Morris, and Ellen Batcheldor.

"Then Ray and I were off to another golf tournament at
the request of our classmate, Chuck Rentz. He and his wife,
Brooksie, belong to the Lions Club and it gave us a chance to
get together with them again and also play a different golf
course. It was a beautiful day but very windy and it seemed
every time we got to a water hole, the wind was full race in
our face! Chuck and Brooksie drove the refreshment wagon
and kept us very refreshed!"

Chuck and Brooksie Rentz, Carolyn Holmes Morris, and
Ray Amato.

Lesley Hendricks Litzenberger, Camille Harrington, and
Leslie's granddaughter Cheryl.

My granddaughter Sara Ann Snow was in a dance recital
in May and we had our photo taken with her on stage at the
end of the recital.

Davis Stevenson, Sara Ann Snow, and June Stevenson

Virginia Taylor had also sent me an email photo of her
daughter Madeline Taylor's graduation on May 8, 2010 (see
Received a last minute email from Les Smith who had
been away camping. He writes: "Since our last input to the
Canal Record Andrea and I have managed a RV trip to
Blairsville, Ga. It is so much cooler up in North Georgia. We
just got back from a camping trip to Anderson, S.C. It's a
stone's throw from Lake Hartwell. Lots to see and do in the
area although it was very hot and humid. We have even man-
aged to visit with our daughter Christine and her family in
Charleston. The highlight of this quarter was attending Davis'
surprise birthday party (see Letters to the Editor). Andrea had
not been able to attend any outside activity in a few years so
it was extra special for us. So now that she is doing better we
are trying to 'catch up' with all the activities that we have
missed over the last few years!!"

Also received an email from Helen Underwood. She Mandeville to the news that tar balls from the Gulf oil spill
wrote that the Underwood clan celebrated a reunion of their had gotten into Lake Ponchartrain, almost on their doorstep.
own within the Panama Canal Reunion this past July at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. What a joy it was to
see three generations of Underwoods enjoying time together.
Families came from Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, and
Florida to attend. Those who were able to attend are shown in '- t'
the attached nicture. sL. .. i.L .11I 1i

Chuck and Cynthia Thomas

Back (L-R): Canute and Melanie Underwood, Andrew
Underwood, Ryan Underwood, Paul Underwood, Helen
and Ray Underwood, Todd Underwood, Spencer
Underwood. Front (L-R): Merry Underwood, Betsy
Saraniti, Devon Underwood, Katelyn Underwood,
Graeson Underwood, Quint Underwood, Tyler
Underwood, Ellen Underwood, and Caden Underwood.

Last, but not least, George Garcia, Reporter for South
Carolina, wanted me to let everyone know that Balboa and
Cristobal High School Class of 1961 is sponsoring a trip to
Panama, February 20-27, 2011, and is open to everyone. If
you know anyone who might be interested, please contact
George (see Announcements).

June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537
email: Panamajune(


What a surprise to hear from Jack
Wagner (BHS'52) of Eagle River,
Alaska. So, what does a Zonian do
r who finds himself in Alaska and
rPaetired from 40 years of government
service? He gave up riding a motor-
cycle. Now he fishes for salmon in the summer and hunts
moose in the winter. Eagle River is 25 miles north of
Anchorage and 10 miles from former Alaska Governor Sarah
Chuck and Cynthia Thomas vacationed in Greece in
June. They boarded a small cruise ship nearAthens and sailed
to Istanbul, Turkey, and the islands of Mykonos, Patmos,
Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. They finished the trip with sev-
eral days in Athens. The Greeks were friendly and hospitable
and they had a wonderful time. They arrived home in

The Dugas family had a reunion in New Baden, Ill., over
the Fourth of July holiday. LeRoy, his wife Bonnie and sister
Joyce attended as did all the children of their sister and three
brothers, and all but three of the next generation. The last
reunion was in 1981 in Annapolis, Md. All those kids are
grown and have children of their own. Had he stayed on the
Zone, LeRoy would have been in our BHS'52 class. His sis-
ter Joyce graduated BHS'49. They are now the oldest living
of the Dugas clan.

Joyce Dugas Joubert and LeRoy Dugas

As a direct-care hospice volunteer, this reporter recently
attended training for Pet Peace of Mind, a program that helps
hospice patients keep their pets at home with them and helps
find homes for pets that don't have a home to go to when their
owners die. Charlotte Cain Wilson (BHS'78) was also in
the class. She is the daughter of Lois Scheidegg Andress of
Sun City Center, Fla., and works as a legal secretary in Baton
Rouge. We look forward to our next assignments.
With postage rates through the ceiling and without a cell
phone to make "free" long-distance calls, I can remind only
those with email to send in news. Of the 33 members listed in
the April 2010 Directory, 14 do not have email so I'm count-
ing on them to take the initiative and contact me with news.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761
email: pattrpan(


A small group attended a windy
Gulf Coast picnic in April. Gerda
S Smith really wanted to put down a
Tablecloth, but five of us with tape and
laughter were unable to do it against
Patt Roberson the blustering gusts. We welcomed
three visitors: Maxine Adams from Meridian and her daugh-
ters, Jackie Baker of Brandon and Dianne Barnes of
Meridian. They brought a book, with a picture of Maxine's
deceased father-in-law, titled The Makers of the Panama
Canal and Representative Men of the Panama Republic,
compiled and edited by F.E. Jackson & Son, 1911. Richard
Dillon felt the book looked like an in-house project that had
never been published.
The ladies also brought large framed photographs: five
people sitting on an open railway cart, four people in a wed-
ding setting among palms, a group of men on steps outside
what looked like bachelor quarters. The photographer's ID
was on one picture, "Henley, Gatun, CZ, Panama." They had
no idea who was in the pictures.
Peter Baas (CHS'68) brought the news that his daughter
Lauren, who he brought to the 1988 picnic with wife Jean,
is graduating from the Air Force Academy. Their other
daughter Emily came in 2000 when she was eight.
Carolyn and Richard Dillon, Grove Hill, Ala., brought
delicious picnic fare that proved difficult to handle against the
wind. Their son Bob is a student at Alabama Tech.
Sue Epperson of Biloxi attended the Orlando reunion
and had a nice visit with classmates and friends she has met
going to reunions over the years. She saw Carolyn and
Richard Dillon selling their son's paintings. He had a beauti-
ful painting of the causeway before it was connected to the
three islands. Carolyn will see if he can make prints to sell.
Bill Epperson and grandson Christian went to Metropolis,
Ill., for an archery shoot and then spent a week in Edison,
Neb., cleaning up Bill's little hunting house. Sue's mother-in-
law Anne flew to Manchester, N.H., to visit her sister-in-law
for a week.
Gerda was on her way to visit relatives in Germany short-
ly after the picnic. In July she attended the celebration in
Tallahassee of Rusty Smith's life. Rusty, her stepson, was
murdered at his Diablo boat shack. So sad.
Bill Hatchett of Diamondhead wrote that our friend
Jimmy McKeown is recovering masterfully following heart
surgery. It started out like heartburn and his family insisted he
go to a local doctor, who sent him to the local hospital, who
ambulanced him to Gulfport's larger hospital, who then air
evacuated him to Ochsner in New Orleans where a lengthy
10-hour surgery was performed the next morning. Things
were touch and go as they all continued prayers and awaited
news. Well, Bill says, the grumpy old guy pulled it off and is
doing great. He is grateful for the many cards, calls, emails
and especially the prayers he received during this tough time.
Bill's son, Bill and his wife Wendy, have now been in
Diamondhead for about two years. Big Bill says it's great
having them there and his son is now working with him oper-

ating government contracts. Wendy is working for the
Institute of Marine Mammal Studies and is busy with the
problems for dolphins and turtles associated with the oil spill.
She was to make appearances on the Billy the Exterminator
TV series in July and August as he did a feature story on the
At press time, Lee Wade in Gautier is recovering nicely
from surgery that freed him from severe pain caused by a ver-
tebra setting on a nerve. He and Jean regret having missed
the picnic. Jean continues to enjoy theater productions local-
ly and at William Carey College dinner theatre in
Hattiesburg. She also catches lots of performances at the Gulf
Coast casinos.
I'm sorry to say that it's too expensive to mail reminder
letters or place long-distance calls, so if you don't have email,
please contact me with your news. Of the 24 Mississippi
members, four show no email address.
Thanks go out to everyone who has sent in T-shirts and
eyeglasses. Keep up the good work!

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761
email: Pattrpan(



As usual time is flying by much
too rapidly and we are heading toward
Pat Hunt the end of another year. The summer
reunion is behind us and what a won-
derful reunion it was. There were some very special moments
with our friends and loved ones--memories that will be treas-
ured forever.
Several of our North Carolina residents attended the
reunion, including Malcolm and Jean Stone, Jim and Diane
Bradley, Vaudie Dunning, Vicki Howe, Dick and Lila
Cheville, my daughter Lisa Johnson and I. My son Jon and
his wife Julie and my grandson River were also there for
Jon's class reunion. They are living in Leesburg, Va. Jon was
able to meet up with Mark Baker and Rene Richards while
there and got together with Greg Gramlich in St. Pete after
the reunion. Mark was "cat sitting" for a few days so didn't
get to spend too much time at the hotel. Our family had
planned a get-together and several were there but unfortu-
nately my sister Sandi died in June just before the reunion
(see With Deep Sorrow). I will let the Arkansas reporters do
their part for my brother Bill's side but I will say that my
niece Cheryl Dunning Lowery won the prize for traveling
the farthest to the reunion.


Lisa Johnson had lunch with classmates Elizabeth
(Austin) Straughn and Cheryl (Miskowsky) Troutman.
Cheryl and her husband John live in Houston, Texas, and
were visiting his parents who live here in North Carolina.
Lisa had just returned from the reunion in Orlando so they
had lots to talk about.
Malcolm and Jean Stone returned recently from a 54-day
cruise aboard a Holland American ship which sailed out of
Fort Lauderdale through the West Indies. They visited the
port of Gustavia in Saint Barts and the Portuguese town of
Funchal in the Madeira Islands before arriving in Europe.
They stopped in France, Italy, Greece, ports in Georgia and
Turkey and cruised through the Black Sea to Russia. They
came back through Malta, the Azores and Bermuda before
arriving in New York City and back to Lauderdale. Highlights
of the tour included the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Livorno,
Italy, the Blue mosque in Istanbul and the ancient ruins in
Athens. They had a fabulous time and are getting ready for
the next iournev.

Pat Dunning Hunt, Betty Flenniken Dunning, and Vicki
Dunning Howe.

Dick and Lila Cheville were busy in the museum room
interviewing people who had "invasion" stories in hopes of
compiling enough material for a book they plan to write.
Anyone who might have a story may still contact them with
their information.
Following the reunion Jim and Diane Bradley took their
granddaughters, Candace and Lauren, on a week's cruise to
the western Caribbean on the new Celebrity Solstice. No one
got lost fortunately on the huge ship. Those girls have done
more cruising under the age of ten than I have done in a life-
Our annual Christmas party will be held again at
O'Charley's Restaurant in Hendersonville on Saturday,
December 11th, beginning at 2:30 PM. If anyone is visiting in
the area you will be most welcome to join us. That includes
any of you officers, directors, reporters, etc., etc., etc. Give
me a call if you can make it. Hendersonville is a beautiful
place to visit, even in December.
I had a short but wonderful visit from Shirley Million
Muse and her daughter Linda in July. They were on a road
trip visiting friends and relatives and had come from Atlanta
on their way to Richmond, Va., where Linda's son Brent
Lacy is working on his master's degree at the University of
Virginia. After leaving Richmond they stopped in Hayes, Va.,
to visit Catherine (Kat) Meissner and her grandson Rusty
Meissner. Mrs. Meissner is the last mother still living of our
Pedro Miquel girls' gang. I wish I had a picture to enclose--
she is the best.

Malcolm and Jean Stone on their cruise ship
Malcolm, and Jean Stone on their cruise ship

Well, unless any last minute earth-shattering news comes
in this will be it for this issue. Keep the Christmas party in
mind and let me know if you can attend. We always have a
great time and you will be most welcome. Keep the news
coming--the next deadline will be early October.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995
email: pathunt01(


By now, hopefully, everyone who
went to the 2010 Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort has returned home and is fully
recuperated. It was good to see so many
"old" friends and make "new" friends.
Also, a big thank you to Canal Record
Barbara Litchford editor Jacque Vowell for hosting a
reporter's reception at the reunion. If
you did not attend this year's reunion, the 2011 reunion will
be returning to the Orlando World Center Marriott July 6-10.

Bob and Mary Blake are still enjoying their new life at
Skyline, and meeting new friends as more residents move in.
In May they went to see Amelia, the new opera created for the
Seattle Opera, and also to see the revival of Candide at the
5th Avenue Theater. Also in May, Bob celebrated his 89th
birthday. They also attended a couple of retiree lunches: one
for Pan Am in Auburn, Wash., and one for AIAA at the
Museum of Flight. Bob and Mary have spent most of June
and July enjoying the sunshine in and about Seattle. They are
planning on attending the opera Tristan and Isolde in August.
Bill and Joan (Doherty) Stoltz visited Utah for their
granddaughter Emily Clifford's high school graduation.
They spent a week there enjoying the summer weather and
being with family. Joan also reports that on July 11, 2010, her
sister Janice Doherty Nelson was installed as Washington
State Regent, National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution. Janice is the daughter of the late Neil A. and
Dorothy L. Doherty, and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1963. Both Jan and Joan are members of the Fort
Vancouver Chapter of DAR in Vancouver, Wash.

Bill Stoltz, Angela Clifford,
Clifford, and Joan Stoltz.

day and I understand that there were a couple of sore guys
after that adventure. Meanwhile, the girls went back to taste
some of the wines they missed on their previous trip.

Bebe Nehring DeNike, Dave Millard, Marsha Sue Carter
sampling the wine.

Coach Jim Snider (CHS'76) led his church softball team,
"Our Lady Star of the Sea Saints," to an undefeated season.
His sister Theresa Snider Herring (CHS'78) played catch
for him while his mother Kathy Snider was the star specta-

Emily Clifford, Jerry

Coach Jim Snider, Kathy Snider, and Theresa Snider

In June 2010 Jack Hern (BHS'59) and Fran Hern (Yost
BHS'63) from Tampa, Fla., met up with Carmen Matthews
(Valencia CHS'64), and Tom Matthews of Olympia, Wash.,
in the city of Portland, Ore. During their visit they toured the
city and the rose gardens one day and the next day toured the
Columbia River Gorge and the Bonneville Dam. Tom
Matthews and Carl Slattery went on their annual trout fish-
ing trip to Canada also. This year's trip (2010) was to the
beautiful Beaver Lake Lodge in British Columbia.

Janice Doherty Nelson

Through the magic of the social networking site
Facebook, Bebe Nehring DeNike was able to reconnect with
elementary school chum Dave Millard. As a result, Dave and
his lovely wife Marsha Sue Carter came to Seattle for a
long weekend in July. While they were here, they toured
many of the wineries located in the area and sipped many a
good wine. Dave and Bill DeNike went dirt bike riding one

Matthews and Herns, Portland, Ore.

(L I UeDDle IKO% le3) none, ua ia none, Jim uullus,
Steve Shobe with Dick Shobe on board, Paul Yates, Harry
Townsend, and Jim Shobe.

Thanks to Jim and Noralie Shobe for hosting the 2010
Northwest Panama Canal picnic. Over the long weekend
Jim's two brothers Dick and David Shobe, Gill and Camille
Ellis Jones, Lou Womack, Jack Rocker and his daughter
Eric, Doris and Al Monaco, daughter Clover and her hubby
Jim Duffus were "camped" out between Jim and Noralee's
house and son Steve and daughter-in-law Debbie Shobe's
house. Jim would like to thank Noralie, Clover and Jim
Duffus, and Steve and his wife Debbie for all that they did to
make this such a special time. Thanks, too, to Paul Ebdon
and Suzette Connolly for their help with notifying all of the
North Westerners scattered throughout the area. Thanks to
Joan Huffman (I can sell iceboxes to Eskimos) for being our
auctioneer for the auction and last, but not least, Pat Nellis
for handling the registration desk. On Sunday, August 1, fam-
ily and friends of Steve and Jim Shobe were treated to a vin-
tage motorcycle ride near Wauna, Wash. The weather was
great and the sound from the classic motorcycles was
enchanting. Next year Jim and Joan Huffman have volun-
teered to host the picnic on Whidbey Island, Wash., and it is
tentatively scheduled for either the last weekend in July or the
first two weekends in August.

Gilmore Jones, Frank Bryan, and Henry Cruz, Pacific
Northwest Picnic.

Give the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Give family and friends a
gift membership to the Panama Canal Society.

Gamboa Gang (L-R): Allison Hope's granddaughter and
great-grandson, Doris Monaco, Camille Jones, Jim Shobe,
Jane Krajczynski, David Shobe, Dick Shobe, Lyla Lou
Womack, and Bob Shirer, 50+ years later.

Prior to my going to the reunion, my oldest brother Allen
Sheppard came up to visit our mom Wink Greene, his
daughter Lavi Sheppard-Moran, son Ben Sheppard, broth-
er Tom Sheppard and their respective families. While he was
here, we celebrated mom's 92nd birthday with a lunch at the
Tulalip Casino Resort's fabulous Eagles Buffet. After a short
week at home upon my return from the reunion, I packed up
my mom and my son lan Litchford, and we took off on a
stay-cation. Since neither mom nor I had even been to the
Walla Walla, Wash., area, we decided to go there. While we
were there, we visited wineries and toured the surrounding
areas. We drove down to Pendleton, Ore., and had lunch at a
Native American Cultural Center. Milton-Freewater, Ore.,
has a lovely pottery store and we bought some very unique
hand-warmer mugs (not that we needed our hands warmed
while we were there--temps were in the upper 90s/low 100s).
No trip to Milton-Freewater, Ore., would be complete with-
out a visit to the Blue Mountain Cidery. Yum, yum! They pro-
duce some fabulous hard apple ciders which were a refresh-
ing alternative to all the wines in the area. As much fun as it
was to go road-tripping, it was good to get home to the cool-
er climes of Western Washington.

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Wink Greene at Amavi Cellars, Walla Walla, Wash.

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Thanks for sharing your news. Please, keep it coming.
You can email, snail mail or call.

Barbara Greene Litchford, Reporter
(206) 334-3359


Jimmie Wickham has been on the go for most of the
year. In mid-February, Jimmie traveled to Florida to visit
Amparo Paul and to join Jeanne Shoemaker for a trip to
Saint Croix to visit Jayne Edwards at her home there. They
saw all of the sights on the island and met many of Jayne's
friends. Jayne's daughter Julie and her husband were making
their annual visit from their home in Amsterdam, Holland.


Cherrie Randall, Jimmie Wickham, and Jeanne

From Saint Croix, Jimmie continued to Saint Vincent, an
island in the eastern Caribbean, where she served in the Peace
Corps back in the late '60s. She enjoyed renewing many
friendships with people who still live there. From Saint
Vincent, Jimmie returned to Florida where she stayed with
Cherrie Randall in Sarasota until late March. This was
Jimmie's exile from the Oklahoma winter.
After returning to Tulsa, Jimmie took off again the day
after Easter--this time driving to New Orleans where she met
up with her cousins, Chuck and Judy Piper, who were en
route back to Chicago, after spending two months in Florida.
They spent time doing genealogy and eating great food. After
the Pipers' departure, Jimmie spent several days enjoying the
French Market Festival and visiting friends there. After
returning home to Tulsa, Jimmie squeezed in a trip to
Houston to visit her college roommate, Dorothy Lewis, and
her friend from Panama, Liz Adams-McSween. She also vis-
ited with Oscar and Patricia Lindley-Dominguez.
In mid-June, Jimmie took a vacation of a lifetime. She
flew to Barcelona, Spain, where she stayed four days before
departing on a 12-day Mediterranean cruise. For the cruise
she joined a group of about 120 people who all had ties to
New Orleans. A number of friends from her college days at
Xavier University in New Orleans were included. Jimmie
missed the annual Florida reunion because of the cruise.

A week after Jimmie returned home in July, her friend
Charlene Martin came to visit. Charlene's brother lives near
Tulsa, so Charlene usually visits Jimmie when Charlene is
back for the summer. Charlene is now teaching for DoDDS in
Turkey. Charlene and Jimmie drove to San Antonio, Texas, to
visit Karin Gabrielson at her new home.
Jimmie is now home for awhile, back to her volunteer
work, and is already busy planning more trips for next year.
John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler traveled to Florida
for the annual Orlando reunion. Their daughter Kristin
Raffler and granddaughters Reina (7) and Sophie (1) also
went. This was Sophie's first airplane ride, and she had a
blast. As always, the reunion turned out fantastic for the
Raffler family, and everyone had a great time. After the
reunion, the group went to Melbourne, Fla., and spent a week
on the beach.

Sophie Raffler, Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler, and Reina

In August John and Madeleine will be flying to Alaska,
with Madeleine's sister Toy (Lugo) Barnard and husband
Alvin, to tour there for three days and then cruise for seven
days from Anchorage to Vancouver. John will be providing
more details on the cruise in the next Canal Record.
Bill and Teresa Keller traveled to San Antonio, Texas,
during Fourth of July, to visit their son BJ Keller and family.
BJ just returned from a tour in Sicily and is now stationed at
Camp Sam Houston where he will be teaching radiology to
all of the military branches. Bill and Teresa took the Amtrak
train and visited the Alamo and the Riverwalk. They did lots
of shopping and enjoyed the mild weather for that time of
year. As expected, Bill and Theresa had a very nice visit with
their son and family.

Grandson Jayce Keller, Bill Keller, and son BJ Keller

Laura (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
(918) 605-2334



Saludos de Panama! Gee, last
issue I was complaining about dry season
and the unbearable heat--now it's the rain,
and lots of it. For the first eight days of
August, Panama experienced record rain-
Anna Opel falls, a record that hasn't been beat in 30
years...except for now. But there is nothing like the smell of
the first few minutes of rain and the relaxing drone of the
drops hitting the tin roofs in the neighborhood, so I can't
complain too much. In fact, as I'm burning the midnight oil
putting the finishing touches on this article, the rain has been
coming in bands, starting and stopping every 15-20 minutes.
This will probably go on all night, it's La Nina this year not
El Nino.
Don't be surprised when you visit Panama and find out
that purchases are taking more of your "balboas." The
Panama Government raised the ITBM tax to 7% (up from
5%) on July 1st. Yikes!
My daughter Jenilee Szymanski went to South Africa in
early June for six weeks to work on the World Cup for
Univision as a contract live transmission graphics technician.
This was Jenilee's second World Cup that she has covered for
Univision, the first one being Germany 2006.

Jenilee Szymanski inside Soccer City, Johannesburg

All of her time was spent in Johannesburg where she
picked up a little bit of the Zulu, a native dialect, thanks to the
locals. On one of the two days she had off, Jeni and other co-
workers went on an African safari and visited a lion park
where she had one-on-one face time with a lion cub. After
being gone so long, Jenilee couldn't come back empty-hand-
ed, so she visited the nearest mall to "Build a Bear" to cus-
tomize a special Zakumi (Official Mascot of the World Cup)
for Sophia which was a great hit, not only here at home, but
at all the airports along the way as she had to hand carry him.

Meanwhile back in Ancon, I was the granny-nanny for my
granddaughter Sophia Szymanski, and added a new title as
"taxista" driving her to and from her escuelita (pre-kinder) in
Clayton every school day. I won't deny it was tough, even
with a maid and a part-time nanny, but the grandmom/grand-
daughter bonding was a gift from God.
My husband Carl Opel came home for his short ten-day
R&R from Baghdad in June but as Sophia had escuelita each
day we had to stay around town without any trips.
It's been almost a year since my last trip to the USofA and
so I'm leaving this week for Denver to meet my newest
granddaughter Araceli Grace Szymanski who was born in
June (see Births). Denver weather is always full of surprises
so I wonder what is in store for me this time. Following that
I will meet Carl in Orlando in early September for an Opel
family reunion in Tampa, before heading back to Panama and
Carl returning to Baghdad.
Now for the rest of the Panama news:
The Elks Club hosted a BBQ bonanza on May 29th with
a menu of ribs, chicken, potato salad, baked beans and assort-
ed desserts. The ribs were to die for... The crowd numbered
approximately 250 members, family, friends, and even people
who happened to drive by, saw all the action, and stopped in
for a great lunch.
Some of those in attendance were: Boston and Christy
Patterson, Vicky and Rob Greenwood, Dave and Diane
Bishop, Ron Staha, Bruce and Chris Homa, Bonnie
Beasley, Russ Geodgens, Linda Layman, Ellen and Frank
Attenbury, John and Lupe Morales, Frank and Blanca
Mitchell, Max Crowe, Victoria Butler, Nancy Niami,
Woody and Janice DeJernette, Michael Spebar, Katya
DeLaMater, Olga Lincoln, Lorraine Chamberlain, Rob
Roy Sr., Maritza and Ernie Dean, Kathy Wainio and Rob
Roy Jr., Pablo Prieto, Teddy Will, Joe and Brenda
Hummer, Margaret and Frank Ender, Vicki Sizemore and
Ed Wardlow, Penny and Vince Canamas, John and Lynn
Wolf, Ray Underwood, Victor Velazquez, Doug Phillips,
Lenny Huff, HB Twohy, Maryanne Tiblier, Donald
Williamson, Pablo Eastham, Danny and Billy Hanna, Phil
Bonk, Dick and Cally Wharry, Trina Clark, Carl Tuttle
and Ruth, Elizabeth Henter, Mayra Arrango, Sandy
Toothman, Maribel Carrow, Ed Farrell, Art Mokray, and
Carmen Lampas, to name a few, certainly not all of the 250

who attended the event. And of course there are those to
thank for without their assistance this event would probably
not have run as smoothly. Here is a photo of some of the sup-
port crew.

Helen Tilley Martin and her mother Marjorie (age 91).
Helen spends about half her time in Panama at Cielito Sur
B&B (owned by her sister Janet and cufiado Glen) and the
remainder in Lawrence, Kan. We have a small, close group of
Panama types (Carolyn Curtis (BHS'56), Georgiana Hale
(BHS'52), and of course Helen and I who get together often
for ceviche (your dad's Pete Proback style), sancocho, y
otras comidas tipicas. We even had an article in the paper,
'Lawrence Women Recount their High School Days at the
Panama Canal.' Depicted in the attached picture are Helen
(BHS'55), Joe Blackburn (BHS'57) and me.

(L-R): Art Mokray, Boston Patterson, Gary Laatz, BBQ

(L-R): Victoria Butler, Nancy Niami, Janice DeJernette,
Bruce Homa, BBQ Support Staff.

Linda and Larry Layman went to Los Angeles, Calif., in
May to attend the graduation of their grandson Justin
Layman from USC (see Congratulations). The whole family
attended the graduation which included their sons Ryan and
Stuart and their daughter Kaylee, who is in her second year
at San Diego State. They had a good time seeing the college
and meeting Justin's friends. After the graduation Larry
stayed in California while Linda returned to Panama to finish
the school year. She has been teaching Kindergarten at
Crossroads Christian School. In June Linda and Larry met in
Franklin, Wisc., to attend their other son's (Carl and Jennifer
Layman's) daughter Chelsie's high school graduation (see
Congratulations). Carl is in the Coast Guard. Their other
grandchildren Kodie, 15, the twins Jack and Shayne, 14,
were very busy taking grandpa fishing during his visit.
I received an e-mail from Maria Girard Vincent
(BHS'57), a close friend of my sister Gladys (Miller) Mead,
and in fact she said she stayed with my family in 1958 to
complete her year at the CZJC. I don't remember that, but
always remember the parade of high school teenagers visiting
with my older sisters at our off-the-ground cottage in Morgan
Avenue. Here is the rest of her note: "I make an annual pil-
grimage to Panama (usually in January) and spend time with

Helen Martin, Joe Blackburn, and Maria Vincent

"Helen is a rather famous potter in this area, known for
her wheat motif pieces. I 'flunked' retirement and am back
doing psychiatric evaluations and psychotherapy here in
Lawrence. Joe still teaches on the college level, translates
professionally, and does summer volunteer work in Boquete.
Nina Brown was 'holding court' at Niko's when this shot
was taken. I probably have some better pictures if you would
wish to give us a brief mention in the Panama section of the
Canal Record. We have no Kansas nor Midwest editor. Thank
you for including us if you can." And thanks to Maria for her
In June Mary (Mike Coffey) and Ned Blennerhassett
had an amazing trip to Kenya with their daughter Kathy, 14-
year-old grandson Nate, and good friend Martha. They went
to the Karen Blixen's "Out of Africa" home, a giraffe sanctu-
ary, baby elephant rescue orphanage, and four great camps:
Amboselli, Samburu, Lewa and Masai Mara.

The Blennerhassetts with Dr. Cynthia Moss, Amboselli
Elephant Research Project, Kenya.

The wildebeest migration started early, so they were able
to see a few of the animals crossing the Mara river, which was
full of enormous crocodiles, and experienced all the wonder-
ful things that Kenya has to offer, including the kindness of
the Kenyan people. They saw Mother Nature at her finest--
white and black rhinos, hundreds of elephants, mating
ostriches, zebras, lions, and were fortunate to see leopards
and cheetahs and more. Mike and Nate were the two "bird-
ers" in the group and with much help from the leaders identi-
fied nearly 150 beautiful birds and Nate was made a Masai
warrior for his jumping prowess.

Another Clark visitor from the Fort Clayton DCA
Outdoor Recreation Center, was Charlie Zeledon. He sur-
prised them from across town in Panama City to show off his
first grandson, Carlito.

Nate Blennerhassett in the middle of his Kenyan friends

We all, especially Kathy, fell in love with Kenya. Eldest
son Tony and his family came to visit for two wonderful
weeks. The five cousins, Nate, Ryann, Jason, Tristan and
Kylee had fun being all together. They spent a lot of time
together at home around the pool, four joyful days in Bocas
del Toro and Nate went to Mariato for a couple of days of
surfing and fishing. Mike says that being a grandmother and
having the family all together is the "icing on the cake of
Jerry Coffin visited Panama to attend his brother Sid's
wedding in July. While in Panama, he was able to scuba dive
in Portobelo, Monte Lirio in Gatun Lake, the ACP Dive
School in Gatun Lake, the Chagres River and off the point of
Fort San Lorenzo.
There was a lot of movement at the Clark (Inez (Berg)
and Fred) house in Curundu in July. Harlen and Clotilda
Knox were visiting Panama from San Antonio, Texas, and
dropped in on the Clarks. Harlen and Clotilda, both former
DCA Admin staff members at Fort Clayton, have plans to
retire; hopefully, next year and return to Panama to live in
Cerro Azul.

DECEMBER 31, 2010.

Charlie Zeledon and his first grandson Carlito

Inez sent in this picture of her brothers, Franz, Carl and
Stanley Berg, who reunited in Arizona after being apart for a
few years. Franz lives in Georgia and Carl and Stan live in

Franz, Carl and Stanley Berg

Steve Nehring, an old surfing buddy of Rob Roy's, came
down for the BHS Class of 1970 Reunion here in Panama and
stayed with Rob and Kathleen Wainio in Cardenas and at
their Gorgona beach house. His visit coincided with Penny

Leeser Ellenor's, who also stayed there in Cardenas and
came in for the reunion. They enjoyed swimming at Rio Mar
after a visit with Scott Williams. Steve hadn't been back for
31 years but promised not to wait that long to return again!
Kathy held a multi-family patio sale at her Cardenas resi-
dence on Saturday, July 24. It went very well; no one made a
fortune but everyone said it was worth their while and this
may turn out to be a more frequent event. Margaret Ender,
Jacque Wiese, Nicole Hornberger, Vicki Greenwood, Vicki
Sizemore, and Debbie and Victor Velasquez were some of
the other vendors.
I attended Ivan Klasvosky's Celebration of Life which
was held here in Panama on July 16th at the Iglesia Nuestra
Sefiora de Los Angeles and then followed by a gathering at
Lisa Klasvosky's parents' house down the street. Some of
those attending other than Lisa's family were Stan and
Maureen Leon, Frank and Blanca Mitchell, Anita Seifert
and Jack Townsend, Norman and Laurie Lewter, Zoila
Bryan, Aurora and Aldo Rodriguez and Ivan's son Adrian
Klasvosky and Chrisse Harwanko. I will miss my good
friend, Ivan!
Melanie and Fred Bales visited Panama for three weeks
in July along with sons Caleb and Josh. While here they
stayed at Panama Vacation Quarters in Quarry Heights and
enjoyed jaunts to Chiriqui, El Valle, Decameron Hotel and
meeting with old friends.

Back: Caleb Bales. Front (L-R): Melanie, Fred and Josh

Our Panama community was saddened by the loss of
more of its members: Constance E. Norris, May 19;
Richard Visor, June 5; Gerald (Jerry) W. Coffey, June 11;
Frank Azcarraga, July 8; Russell (Rusty) Owen Smith,
July 16, and Jack Love.
Well, so ends another report on Panama's happenings. Till
next time, hasta la vista!

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001
email: acopel(,




Here it is October already and
soon the North wind will bring
cooler temperatures that lead to
those chilly wintry nights and some-
eGarcia times harsh days. But we who live
George where the seasons change are
delighted by the spectacle of colors in autumn and the frosty
winter show. South Carolina displays its beauty well as the
seasons change. So here, now, is the news from South
Christian Hearon (all of 70 years young) went to
Mercersburg, Pa., to attend the graduation of the son of a
friend from Mercersburg Academy. He stopped along the way
to visit with John Stevens, a Zonian, and his wife Joyce.
They live near Floyd, Va.--not too far from Roanoke, Va.
Christian will return on July 20th for a visit with John and
July 28th Christian is off to Philadelphia. There he will
join friends and fly for a two-week visit to Europe. Plans are
to spend a couple of days in Paris, then take the high-speed
train south to Avignon in Provence, where they have rented a
villa for a nine-day stay. I'll bet that's going to be a wonder-
ful nine days. They will rent a van and make trips to the local
sites of interest. All good things must come to an end, so on
August 9th Christian will head back to the United States.
Linda (Smith) Badger's son, Zachary Silliman, just
graduated in the top 5% of his class from Wando High School
and will be attending Clemson Honor College in the fall.
Look for Zack on TV during Clemson football games. He is
on the drum line where he plays the bass.

Linda (Smith) Badger and Zachary Silliman

There are a couple of guys that I met living here in Mount
Pleasant. I spotted a Panamanian flag on one of the plates one
of the men was holding. I asked and was told they own a bar
in David. I believe his name was Captain Black (but don't
hold me to it).

Mary Lou (Jablonski) and Josh Nelson (BHS'79) have
just moved to the Charleston area. Josh has relocated with
Boeing from the state of Washington! Mary, of course, is
THRILLED to be out of the cold and rain.
Katie Baas (CHS'59) and Matt Baas (CHS'66) have
gotten into a kayak-building project. Of course, it's Matt
who's doing the kayak-building; but Katie was the one who
suggested doing it. She bought the plans for Matt last year for
Christmas. Little did Matt know that she was ONLY ordering
one that was a "tandem" kayak--one for two people. Katie
wanted to go along. So, tandem boat plans were the only
design Katie would agree to order for Matt since that way he
would have to take her with him--I don't think Matt has any

ave livienges) ellce
and Larry Sigmon.

Lulu and Matt Baas with the kayak

They live near the coast and it is ideal for kayaking. There
are lots of salt marshes, rivers and creeks to explore. This pic-
ture shows their unfinished kayak and Matt with his dog
Lulu. Matt is even modifying the design to include a remov-
able hatch in the front to accommodate Lulu. Can't leave that
beloved dog behind. It just wouldn't be fair to Lulu.
Matt says that he's been enjoying putting the boat togeth-
er in his spare time--strip by strip (cedar wood strips, no less).
He also says that this experience brings back memories of
working on his cayuca for the big race back in Panama. Matt
says, "It was, in part, working on our cayucas that sparked my
interest in building boats." SO...when is the launch date for
this wonderful kayak--it looks as if it will be in the Spring of
2011. We're all looking forward to pictures of Matt, Katie and
Lulu on the Kayak. Maybe we'll see these pictures in our
June 2011 issue. One can only hope.
Tom Sellers (CHS'59) and Ev (Menges) (CHS'68)
Sellers had a very busy summer. But they took time to say
hello to everyone from their home in Sun City Hilton Head,
S.C. Their children and grandkids visited with Tom and Ev
and they formed a caravan to Orlando where they spent a
week at Disney World. They had a fantastic time--especially
the grandkids because they closed the park every night then
returned to the hotel and used the pool until midnight.

After returning home, the Sellers went to Newport News,
Va., where they visited Ev's sister and their oldest daughter,
Charlotte, and family. After that visit they headed to
Manassas and Fairfax, Va., to visit more children and grand-
children. Their last stop was a trip to Elkridge, Md., to attend
the wedding of Ev's nephew, Paul David Menges. But that
didn't stop Tom and Ev from their travels.
They departed for Saint Thomas with Ev's younger son
David and her sister Judy (Menges) (CHS'73) Sigmon and
her husband Larry and daughter Jamie. This was not only a
vacation but also a trip "home" for Ev. The trip was bitter-
sweet as she took her mother's ashes home to Saint Thomas.
We can't wait to hear about your trip, Ev.
That's all from South Carolina for now. Until next time...

George Garcia, Reporter
(864) 801-2072
email: czgarcial4(



Greetings from the Dallas, Texas,
Bernice Roseberry Parkhill
(BHS'80) was visiting her daughter Ali
at Texas A&M in April when
Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland began its vol- Linda Morris
canic show. The shooting smoke and steam affected air traf-
fic across northern Europe stranding thousands and Bernice
was left aground in Texas. Through Facebook, she connected
with classmate Bliss Connerton in Frisco and a grateful
"sleepover visit" with son Ethan ensued. The Connertons
continued with their daily routine (work) while Bernice and
Ethan went sightseeing and shopping in the Dallas area.
Evenings were spent relaxing around the pool until she
received the "all clear" to fly home. Bernice lives in
Heidelberg, Germany, and her job title is Chief, Resource

Management for Installation Management-Command-
Europe. Wow! What a mouthful.

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Bernice Parkhill, Carlton Morris, Bliss and John

Bob (RR) and Marcia (Health Bureau) Jones have reset-
tled in an Assisted Living Facility in Granbury. They sold
their home, golf cart and sadly had to give up their twenty-six
year old parrot and Bob's dog and pal, Ruby. They miss their
old neighborhood but have made many new friends.
Son Dr. Dan and Pam Jones enjoyed a transatlantic
cruise to Italy on Celebrity's Equinox in April. They spent a
week in Rome in a B&B that was formerly a Convent near the
Vatican. Just like teenagers, they had a ten o'clock curfew,
which was tough since restaurants in Italy start serving the
evening fare after seven D.m. Anvwav--thev had a great time.

Dr. Dan and Pam Jones on Celebrity's Equinox

Grandson Dr. Ben Jones is now on the ER Staff at Santa
Rosa Hospital in San Antonio and his older brother Chris
continues to work for IBM in Austin. They recently spent
three weeks in Peru seeing the sights and climbing the peaks.


Dr. Ben Jones and brother Chris Jones in Peru
Dr. Ben Jones and brother Chris Jones in Peru

A happy 80th birthday party for Peggy Stinnett was host-
ed by her son Reed and wife Gena at their home in
Southlake. Guests included Oren Irion, a former internist at
Coco Solo Hospital, and his wife Em; Captain Robert
Bloemer and wife Angie and son Donald, and John
Stinnett, a former dentist on the Atlantic side and wife also
joined the festive occasion. Em Irion and Angie Bloemer
were both RNs at the Atlantic-side Health Center.

Back (L-R): Dr. Oren Irion, Donald Bloemer, Capt. Robert
Bloemer, John Stinnett. Front (L-R): Reed Stinnett, Em
Irion, Angie Bloemer, Peggy Stinnett, Gena Stinnett and
adopted son.

Bob O'Connor, Frisco, Texas, is back training for long-
distance bicycle races. His practice races have been only
sixty-two to seventy-five miles--short distances in big Texas.
He will, however, compete in a competitive two hundred mile
race in Illinois on August 7th.
On a recent visit to Panama, old friends and Canal pilots
gathered at Peter Tassell's home. Picture includes Captain
Bob Bloemer, Peter Tassell, Leo Critides, and Jody


Many who attended the annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion said it was the best ever. Seeing and greeting old
friends is unparalleled--right? Attending just a few of the
scheduled events--golf tournament, dances and dance classes,
would you believe a Zonians Can Dance competition, the
annual business meeting and luncheon and dozens of mini-
reunions can leave one breathless. As always the music in
salons reverberated throughout the hotel. A newish flair, the
dancing along with the Murga (started by the BHS class of
'80) and led by Richard Grimison and our Bliss Connerton
through the public areas of the hotel, brought new "vida" to
the reunion. The Murga is literally a street band. It was a
pleasure to watch the musica tipico" evoke dance steps that
are so familiar to the Zonian-Panamanian group. Dr. Stan
Smith was right out there moving and shaking.


Bliss Connerton, Tita Kourany, and Richard Grimison

Grampa Doug Gibbs and Camille enjoyed sitting in the
main lobby cooing and ahhing at Warren and Tiffany
Gibbs' new baby Brynner. As resident great-aunt, I had the
chance to check out his ten toes and fingers, flex his Gibbs
muscles, and I pronounce him perfect. Gary (John) Riley
took it all in with a yawn as he watched the constant people
Ed and Gloria Malin were honored at a 60th anniversary
gala in their suite at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort hosted
by children, Ed (BHS'72), Kathy (BHS'74), Helen

(BHS'76), and Donna (BHS'80). It was planned as a surprise
but the family wisely decided to enlighten their parents.
Personally, I would have killed them.
Hum to the tune of Mr. Roger's "It's a beautiful day in the
neighborhood" and you would get the feeling of the cama-
raderie of old friends gathering on this happy occasion.
Someone's grandchild at the party, heard a guest comment on
seeing so many neighbors together, commented: "Wow, you
really had a big neighborhood!"
Guests were asked to wear Panamanian attire and it was a
patchwork of color and style. For the foodies, the table was
laden with all sorts of appetizing treats from cocktail shrimp
to nuts. This reporter was busy "grazing" but did chat with
Barbara Peterson and daughter Carol, Tom and Rita
Hannigan, Rae Donaldson, Pat Hunt, Betty Dunning and
daughters, Cheryl and Lynn. The celebration lasted until the
guests of honor were exhausted.
BobbyMo and I encountered Kaye and Leonor Richey
between the bustle of scheduled activities. They were in Vifia
del Mar, Chile during the recent earthquake. Thankfully son
Hobey was with them and helped them to safety. They looked
wonderful--so no harm done.
The ever-popular Panama Canal Museum continues to be
a favorite dawdling spot for those interested in the interesting
stuff offered at the Silent Auction table. Museum President
Joe Wood promised to have his sissy Isabel (my first friend
in Panama) there for a long overdue reunion but it did not
happen. Next year for sure!
Joanie (Norris) Harris and I spent a day playing tag. We
finally had a wonderful meet and a long sit-down talk.
Joanie's mom Connie Norris recently died in Panama so lots
of memories were reminisced. Mrs. Norris was a lively char-
acter and always a friend to the Morris family. "Que se dis-
canse en pas." Son Skip and Patty Harris (BHS'80) flew in
from California for his class reunion and later spent a week
with Dewey and Joanie in Tampa.
The Ridge-Husum wedding took place during the
reunion--two of four generations of Zone families were
merged. The bride Loreen Ridge was beautiful and the
groom Raymond Husum so nervous. Betty LeDoux-Morris
officiated at the service and concluded with a reading of a
poem "Blessing for Marriage" by James Dillet Freeman that
was powerful in its message. I asked Betty for a copy, which
I promptly sent to my family. I will gladly mail you a copy
upon receipt of a stamped, self-addressed envelope or email
The reception was held in the Husum suite and it was
filled to capacity with family and friends. Matriarch Ellie
Husum bustled around on her scooter tending to the guests
with lots of help from the family. Father John Kennedy
joined the party, gave the couple his "Blessing" and was soon
surrounded by his longtime parishioners. There were many
familiar faces--folks dropping in to wish the newlyweds their
"best wishes" including Ray's alumnus from Thomas
Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and his flatmate from
Prague. I think the entire Ridge family was there "in toto."
I had a chance to visit with Steve Cartotto, who joined
the festivities from Valencia, Calif. Steve is now quite distin-
guished looking with his grey hair and twinkling blue eyes.
We spoke of his mom, Joan (Ridge) Cartotto


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Tom Wilder, President presented a Ladies Closest To Pin
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Hummer, Betty Smith Scears, Dawn Crowell Gressang, Pat Steiner Kearns, Jim Fitzpatrick, Lois Spencer, Bill
Kommenich, Eddie Napoleon, Henry Turlington, Tilcia Femenias McTaggart, Rita Duran Hofman, Joan Hensler
Toscar, Nita Jones Girand, Sara Collinge Ulrich, Bob Crooks. Joe Wood, Al Otero. Lambert Mantovani, Don Huff,
Martha Jean Janko Jones, Bob Zumbado, Diane Scheidegg Henn, Dixie Humes Ayers, Elaine Sievers Austin, Dee Dee
Tewinkel Davidson, Phyllis Phillips Bertrand, Lee Rigby, Doug Schmidt, Reggie Hayden, Malcolm Stone, Roland Lees,
Nick Lamis, Griffin McClellan, Tom Gibson, Herb Lewis, Joe Lowe.





Front ro": Tina (Kilbe\) Luken, Ph) Ilis (Chase) Birchen, Patsy (Albrirton) Henson. S)Ivia (Glass) Landrum. Connie
(Balmas) Ebdon, Cheryl (Peterson) Russell, Sue (Soyster) Ross, Sylvia (Perra) Fox, Luther Quinn. Second row: Luther
(Ed) Davis, Mack Landrum, Donna (Michael) Fuller, Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Russell LaFuente, Bob Rupp, Cindy
(Becker) Stabler, Bob Russell, Danny Aleman, Bill Fall, Phil Stewart. Third row: Kevin Bradley, Kathie (Nehring)
McConaughey, Gall (Lynch) Arnette, Bruce Douglas, Katherine Sheridan, Lary Maskel (Nessler), Rick Williams,
Mario Calleja. Fourth row: Les Fulcher, Jane Wellington, Beth (Parmly) DeStaffino, Lowell Marcus, Linda Narr Cohn,
Roark Summerford.


Front ro\\% Fa3e \eisser, Denise Schemerhorn, Audrey Ste%%arl, Laura Seele%, Rud) Crespo (kneeling), Carmen Ortiz,
Tina Vega, Sally Adair, Steve Nehring, Bill McLaughlin. Second row: Carmen Wilmoth, Margie Engelke, Art Dealy,
Maria Gonzales, Patty Thompson Plucker, Dan Cretaro, Mel Gamertsfelder, Christine Kervin, Richard Dishong. Third
row: Eileen Pies, Steve Cartotto, Myke Smith, Clifton Day, Richard Moultrie, Bryan Ball, Jacque Crowell, Albert
Guibert. Back row: Gary Myers, Art Mokray, Jim Parks, Ed Sykes, Steve Krisa, Paul Barkowitz.

Top rowy (L-R): Clay Dowell. Holly Kredell, Joe Oberholzter, Sarah Pritham, Glen Martin. Middle row: Ed Forsythe,
Mark Kredell, Penny (Wilder) Canamas, Carmen (Ortiz) Bruce, Luis Domenech. Front row: Donna (Valentine)
Matthews, Jim Gray, Jane (Gabriel) Huff, Iris (Quinonas) Felton, Kathy (Dockery) Higginbotham, Ann (Hirons)

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Jean (Medinger) McGuire, Dr. Stanley Heckadon-Moreno
(cultural seminar speaker from the Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute) and Edith (Medinger) Meeker discuss Dr.
Frank M. Chapman's (Edith's great uncle) contribution to
Barro Colorado Island. In his presentation, Dr. Heckadon had
referred to Dr. Chapman's extensive study of birds and his
book "Life in an Air Castle" (1938) which was written during
the many winters he spent on the island.





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DeGrummond, who now lives in Valencia across the street
from him, Tina, and two grandchildren Evan and Tessa. Joan
was the "driving force" for the great success of the Panama
Canal Society in California for many years. She organized
successful luncheons four times a year and helped plan the
equally popular West Coast Reunions. Joan was the
California Canal Record Reporter extraordinaire for count-
less years also. This reporter was living in San Diego during
that period and inherited the job after lots of on-the-job train-
ing from Ms. Joan.
Les and LaRue Hutchinson, former neighbors and
friends, were also at the reception. It had been years with no
contact, so we found a couple of chairs, settled in and talked
and talked. With one eye we were also observing the status
quo of the beautifully decorated Chocolate Wedding Cake. It
was delicious! This was a very special wedding and we wish
the newlyweds much happiness.
Panama will be recovering for weeks after the visit of the
combined Husum, Cronan, and Foleys clan--seventy-seven
strong the end of July. They will be merging from five states:
California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, and Texas, and
Germany. They are all either brothers and sisters, first
cousins, first cousins removed, grandchildren of the first
cousins, and in-laws (a few family friends also were includ-
ed). They will stay at the County Inn & Suites with three days
at the Decameron Resort. Their itinerary is ambitious--tour-
ing the "Zona Antiqua" Atlantic and Pacific sides, Corozal
Cemetery, El Valle, Portobello and, of course, dinner at Lenas
y Carbon. More about their visit next time.
Received a last minute email from Sandy and Bruce
Sanders. They visited their son Doug, his wife Michelle, and
granddaughter Anna in Mill Valley, Calif., during the first
week in August. After a week of 100+ temperatures in Texas
the cool temperatures in Mill Valley were a relief. While there
they drove to Rhonert Park and enjoyed a long overdue visit
with Sandra and Lew Taber (CHS). The rest of the stay was
devoted to granddaughter Anna who wore them out in short
order. They are now convalescing at home but with some
wonderful memories.

Bruce Sanders, Anna Sanders, and Sandy Sanders

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-9744
email: lrmoplano!


U.S. citizens traveling by air to and from Panama must
present a valid passport when entering or re-entering the
United States. Sea travelers must have a valid U.S. pass-
port (or other original proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a
certified U.S. birth certificate with a government-issued
photo ID). Complete information for American citizens is
available on the Passport Information page at or by calling 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-
487-2778) for information on applying for a passport.

Panamanian law requires that travelers present a pass-
port valid for at least three months, and must either pur-
chase a tourist card at the airport in Panama before clear-
ing customs, or obtain a multiple entry visa from a
Panamanian embassy or consulate before traveling to
Panama. Further information may be obtained from the
Embassy of Panama, 2862 McGill Terrace NW,
Washington, DC 20009, tel. (202) 483-1407, or the
Panamanian consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago,
Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans,
New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, San
Juan or Tampa.

As of August 26, 2008, U.S. tourists are allowed to
stay in Panama for 90 days, without extension. If they
want to stay longer, a "change of migratory status visa"
should be requested through a Panamanian lawyer before
the expiration of the 90 days in country. An initial fee of
$250.00 must be paid for the "change of migratory status
visa." Please note that the approval of the change in
migratory status falls under the Panamanian Immigration
Office's discretion.

U.S. citizens transiting the Panama Canal as passen-
gers who do not plan on disembarking from the ship do
not need to obtain visas, report to customs, or pay any
fees. If citizens plan to disembark, they need to obtain a
tourist card from the cruise line or a visa at a Panamanian
embassy or consulate prior to traveling. If they are pilot-
ing private craft or planes, then they need to have a pre-
stamped visa from a Panamanian Embassy or consulate,
as do persons crossing into Panama by land. U.S. citizens
piloting private craft through the canal should contact the
Panama Canal Authority at (011) 507-272-4567, (011)
507-272-4200, (011) 507-272-1111 or consult the Canal
Authority web site to make an appointment.

Minors who are citizens (including dual-citizens) or
legal residents of Panama are required to present birth
certificates and notarized consent from both parents (in
Spanish) in order to exit the country if not accompanied
by both parents. This documentation is required at all
land, sea, and air ports. Even if minors are not docu-
mented as Panamanian citizens and are documented as
American citizens, they may be denied departure.



Jean and Doris (Garrett) Burns of Tulsa, Okla., cele-
brated their 60th wedding anniversary June 23, 2010. They
married June 23, 1950, in Bixby, Okla. They have two chil-
dren: Scott Burns (BHS'70) and Laura (Burns) Redemann
(BHS'75), son-in-law Michael, and two granddaughters,
Elizabeth and Cheyenne, all of Tulsa.
Jean and Doris moved to the Canal Zone/Panama in 1969,
where Jean worked for ten years as an engineer, and Doris
worked for 13 years, mainly for the Marine Director's Office.
Jean played Santa Claus for ten years in the Canal Zone and
Their 60 years of married life have been an adventure.
They lived in four states and five countries and traveled the
world before returning to Oklahoma in 1983.


The Coffin family (formerly of Gatun) recently had a cel-
ebration to celebrate Leah Coffin's 90th birthday in
Collegeville, Pa. Leah was married to Jim Coffin (CHS'41).
Attending were Lynne (Coffin) Cunningham, Tom
Coffin, Marjorie Coffin, Jerry Coffin, Marcia (Coffin)
Wheatley, and Kathi (Coffin) Reca, their spouses, and chil-
dren. Unable to attend were Sid Coffin in Panama and
Nannette (Coffin) Halliwell of Pennsylvania.

Leah Coffin and her extended family

Doris and Jean Burns, June 23, 1950


Janet (Hunt) and Norman Watkins are happy to
announce the engagement of their daughter Leanne Watkins
to Richard Lemon. Actually, the entire family is very happy
to be involved in this announcement--Richard has been a part
of the family for the 11 years he and Leanne have been dat-
Leanne is a registered nurse with Children's Medical
Services for the state of Florida. Richard, together with his
twin brother David, are owners of the Dog 'N Bone British
Pub in Cocoa Village, Fla., and Pytha Realty in Merritt
An October 22, 2010 wedding is planned at the Cocoa
Riverfront Park in Cocoa, Fla.
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Leanne Watkins and Richard Lemon

Jean and Doris Burns, June 23,


Suzie Schroeter turned 60 years old on August 10, 2010.
Suzie was born in Milwaukee, Wisc., but grew up in the for-
mer Canal Zone. She is the daughter of the late H.C. (Bert)
Schroeter of the Electrical Engineering Division and Val
Schroeter, who now resides in Longhorn Village in Austin,
Former Canal Zonites who attended the birthday lunch-
eon at Longhorn Village were Debbie Horter, Tommy Lou
Horter, Gail Goodrich Totten, Georgia Corin, Carol
Kelly, and Tina Schroeter.

Back (L-R): Debbie Horter, Tommy Lou Horter, Suzie
Schroeter, Gail Goodrich Totten, Val Schroeter, Georgia
Corin. Front: Carol Kelly and Tina Schroeter.


Maddy Taylor, the daughter of John and Virginia (Joan
Aanstoos) Taylor, graduated with honors from Clayton State
University on May 8, 2010 with a Bachelor's of Science
Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.
She plans to pursue a career with the federal government.

Virginia Madeline "Maddy" Taylor

Triumph and Amber Henter

WEF 2010

Awarded the

For Equestrian Excellence

Special thanks to:

Val Renihan, Findley's Ridge Farm,
Emil Spondone, Kate Conover
and Redfield Farms.

El Cazador Equestrian Center


SIXTY graduates of Balboa and Cristobal High Schools, class of 1968, got together at the Panama Canal Society annual
reunion held in July in Orlando, Fla., to celebrate turning 60 in 2009-2010.
The event brought together classmates who had attended kindergarten or elementary school together but ended up on dif-
ferent sides of the isthmus for high school. Childhood friendships were renewed, school rivalries were rehashed, old romances
were revisited and many new friendships were forged. Now one big happy family, the group is looking forward to growing
older together at future Panama Canal Society reunions.

Classmates who attended the reunion: Wayne Albritton, Julia Allande, Linda Basham, Dave Belt, Nancy Biddle, Dave
Bishop, Paul Boostrom, Jim Borell, Val Boughner, Dora Brittain, Donna Caro, Cathy Crescioni, Mike Chavez, Alfred
Creque, Taffy Corrigan, Donna Crump, Mark Dillon, John Disharoon, Chris Dishong, Rae Donaldson, Tom Duncan,
Sandra Durrant, Karl Ebert, Rebecca Fall, Ron Farnsworth, Susan Fehrenbach, Chris Fettler, Caroline Finn, Terri
Flynn, Carol Fritz, Lee Grant, Peggy Huff, Bob Hughes, Darleen Hunt, George Husted, Nick Klasovsky, Renee
Krimminger, Jean Lampe, Ellen Lane, Colleen Lau, Gerald Martin, Fran Meyer, Susanna Morse, Diana Gorin, Joan
Ohman, Stephen Naar, Bob Petrosky, Kristin Risberg, Deborah Sklar, Chris Small, Patty Smith, Cathy Spafford,
Norm Spector, Barbara Taylor, Janet Watkins, Marcela Webber, Kathy Jane Wells, David Whitehead, Bill Wilmoth,
and Candy Yasser.

sixty iBHnS/LiHS lo Attendees at the sixtieth Birthday Bash July 3, 2


In June Ginger and Dick Zornes, Prescott Valley, Ariz.,
celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and Ginger's
forthcoming 60th birthday with their family at the Westin
Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Their eldest son Jeff, and
wife Nicki, sons Chase, lan and Jamie flew in from Omaha,
Neb.; and their youngest son Joey, wife Meghan, and daugh-
ters Ava and Alexis flew in from Columbus, Ohio, to join
their parents for this celebration.

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Matt Ellington, son of Barbara (Bloemer) (CHS'73)
and Dr. Tim Ellington, graduated on June 7, 2010 He
received his Doctoral degree from South Western Texas
School of Medicine. Matt became engaged to his fiancee
Meghan O'Connor in April 2010.

I he Zores' 40th Wedding Anniversary Reunion

All eleven family members had a really relaxing fun
weekend exploring the resort and especially enjoyed the
Phoenix zoo presentation where they got to see an owl, taran-
tula, cricket, snake and rabbit up close and personal. Ginger
did sneak out on the snake presentation as Grandma does not
take to snakes.
Having the family all together was the best gift Ginger
and Dick wanted; however, they were totally floored when
they were presented a new iMac computer as a surprise gift
from their family. Jeff and Joey pulled off a totally complete
surprise on their parents. The families' love was present and
Ginger and Dick feel they are truly blessed to have each and
every one of them in their lives.


Margot and Hubert Jordan's daughter-in-law Cherish
Smith graduated with honors from USF on May 8, 2010. A
party was held at Pat and Cherish Smith's house immediate-
ly after the graduation where everyone enjoyed roast pig,
rice, empanadas, black beans, and hors d'oeuvres.

Cherish Smith and Hubert Jordan

Dr. Ellington is an orthopedic resident at Scott and White
Hospital in Temple, Texas, specializing in Orthopedic
Surgery. His fiance Meghan was also graduated from SW
and is presently working as a Doctor's Assistant at the
Medical Center in Dallas. A May 2011 wedding is planned.
Matt is the grandson of Captain Robert and Angela
"Angie" Bloemer of McKinney, Texas.

Dr. Tim Ellington, Barbara Ellington, Dr. Matt Ellington,
Meghan O'Connor, and Laura Ellington.

Zonie the Parrot says,

"Give the gift that keeps on
giving all year long.
Give family and friends
a gift membership to the
-k Panama Canal Society. "


William A. Foster and Gerianne M. Foster would like
to announce the engagement of their son William A. Foster
Jr. (1997 Balboa High) to Amanda Martinez (1996 Forest
High School, Ocala, Fla.). Both Billy Jr. and Amanda work
and live in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. A March 2011 wedding is


Nancy J. Morrison (BHS'70) received her Ph.D. in
Education from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., on
May 15, 2010. Many members of the Morrison clan joined
Nancy to celebrate her graduation including her sons Sam
and Michael Brown; her father, Robert C. (Bob) Morrison;
her sister, Betsy Vosburgh (BHS'69); Betsy's daughter and
son-in-law, Deanna and Tim Reynolds; Nancy's brother,
Bob Foltz-Morrison (BHS'74), his wife Leslie, and their
sons, Dan and Andrew.
At a dinner following the graduation, Bob Morrison vali-
dated the Ph.D. degree when he produced the certificate
Nancy received when she was a senior at Balboa High School
which states "For the Class of 1790, Nancy Morrison was
voted 'Most Likely to Succeed'!"

Amanda Martinez and William A. Foster Jr.


Jennifer Watkins Surface of Charlotte, N.C., graduated
on May 18, 2010 from Central Piedmont Community College
with her Associate Degree in Nursing. She is the daughter of
Teresa (Hunt) Rhodes of Roswell, Ga., and Fred Watkins
of Merritt Island, Fla. She hopes to begin practicing in
Charlotte and continues to pursue her BS degree.

Jennifer Watkins Surface

Nancy Morrison and her dad Robert Morrison


Chelsie Layman, the daughter of Carl and Jennifer
Layman, and granddaughter of Linda and Larry Layman,
graduated in June from high school at Franklin, Wise. Chelsie
will be attending college in Milwaukee.


Kaylee, Larry, Chelsie and Kodie Layman

DECEMBER 31, 2010


In July Colleen (Corrigan) and Joey Wilkinson cele-
brated being new homeowners in New Tampa zonian style
with family and friends, complete with homemade
empanadas and good food. Those in attendance were proud
parents, Tim and Taffy (Koepke) Corrigan, Aunt Sherry
(Koepke) Williams, Uncle Steve Helin and many cousins
and friends. It was a fun filled afternoon even with the rain
Also attending were: Carolyn McGuirt, Florinda Wells,
Jason and Stephanie (Helin) Bacot, Kelly Hunt, Shannon
Young, Noreen Hanson, Kara (Twohy) McGuirt, Eric
Martucci, Karen (Kirby) and Mike Lafferty, Brent, Ryan
Williams, Chris Helin, Christ McGuirt, Mikey Young,
Tim Corrigan, Trevor Vogel, Jason Ohman, Joanne
(Cantu) and Jose Alvarez, and Amy who took the photo-

Colleen and Joey Wilkinson
Colleen and Joey Wilkinson

Back (L-R): Eric Martucci, Karen and Mike Lafferty,
Brent, Ryan Williams, Chris, Steve Helin, Chris McGuirt,
Mikey Young, Tim Corrigan, Trevor Vogel. Middle (L-R):
Jason and Stephanie Bacot, Kelly Hunt, Shannon Young,
Sherry Williams, Joey and Colleen Wilkinson, Taffy
Corrigan, Noreen Hanson, Kara McGuirt. Front:
Florinda Wells holding Carolyn McGuirt.


Walter and Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens attended the
White Coat Ceremony held at Tufts University in Boston
where their daughter Catherine Dahl was presented with her
white coat.
The White Coat Ceremony is conducted to recognize the
incoming students' accomplishments and for the students to
recognize and accept the high ethical standards to which they
will be held while attending dental school and later as dental
Catherine's grandparents are Mary Urey, Virginia
Kleefkens and the late Ieta Rnhinsnn.

Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens, Catherine Dahl, and Walter


Justin Layman, son of Cliff and Nancy Layman who
live in San Diego, Calif., and grandson of Linda and Larry
Layman, graduated from USC in May. He majored in
Marketing and Business and is now working in San Diego.

Nancy, Justin and Larry Layman

c-- Give the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Give family and friends a gift membership to the Panama Canal Society.


Davis Stevenson celebrated his 80th birthday on June
26th with a surprise party given by his wife June (Rowley)
Stevenson with friends, neighbors and relatives from
Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Georgia coming. It was truly
a surprise as Steve thought it was June's birthday they were
celebrating, so when he found out it was actually for him, he
had this truly shocked and surprised look on his face.
The party was held at their daughter Lori Stevenson
Snow's home across the street. Many family members came
to honor Davis on his birthday, including those in the
enclosed photo.
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Lori Stevenson Snow and Davis Stevenson with Lester
Smith in background.
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(L-R): Bev Rowley, Ron Bolen, Hunter Bolen, Suzanne
Gerhart George holding son Evan, Conner Bolen behind
Suzanne, Adriane Rowley, Lori Snow, Brianne Bolen,
Sara Snow holding Sara Kate George, Dorothy Rowley
Gerhart, and Skip Rowley.



Four generations met at the home of Florence Davis
Strawn in El Paso, Texas, to celebrate her 93rd birthday with
Thelma Davis, widow of Milton Davis (Electrical Division,
1940-1972). The four generations included: daughters
Florence and Carolyn Davis Smith, granddaughter Christy
Morris, great-granddaughter Madelynne Morris, and great-
grandson Patrick Morris.

(L-R): Christy Morris, Madelynne Morris, Florence Davis
Strawn, Thelma Davis, Carolyn Davis Smith, and Patrick


On May 7, 2010, Miguel Frank Hernandez graduated
from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Electrical Engineering. Miguel is the son of
Miguel and Maria Kerley Hernandez and the grandson of
the late Capt. and Mrs. Frank Kerley.

Miguel and Maria Hernandez, Brittany Stoots, and Miguel
Frank Hernandez.

February 4-6, 2011

We'll be beachside for Carnivalito 2011 at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, Indialantic,
Florida. Look for the information and reservation forms in the December Canal Record.



On June 5th, Sid Coffin had a simple wedding ceremony
in his home performed by the Panama family courts. Sid mar-
ried his longtime girlfriend, Miss Claudia Mesa, of Cali,
Colombia. In attendance were Claudia's mother Maria, Gary
Laatz, Gerry Winkler, Skip and Jill Berger, Jerry Coffin,
and his witnesses, Eleonore Joliffe, and Dave and Ari Avice.
Sid is a graduate of Cristobal High School class of 1967 and
is well-known in the ex-Zonian community.
A wedding reception followed at the San Gabriel restau-
rant in Colon attended by 80-100 guests including many of
Sid's Panamanian and American friends. Live music was pro-
vided by the Gold Coast Band. The party rocked until the wee
hours of the morning.

and Sylvia Catron, Joseph and Penny (Catron) Lotterhos
and Shirley (Beckham) Gillis along with former "Zonies,"
John and Sandy Frank, Gerald Cooper, Jeff and Aida
Strub. The couple also had numerous friends and family
attend from out of the area who travelled to the Florida Keys
to attend. The bride's parents hosted a dinner/dance following
the ceremony and on the next day a Sunday brunch to cele-
brate the joyous weekend event.

Eli Palmer and Glenda Marie Catron

Eli Palmer and Glenda Marie Catron

Claudia Mesa and Sid Coffin


Glenda Marie Catron and Eli Palmer were united in
marriage on March 6, 2010, in a beachside sunset wedding at
the Key Largo Grande Resort and Club in Key Largo, Fla.
The bride is the daughter of William and Dorothy
(Harper) Catron of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the grand-
daughter of the late Tom and Mildred Harper and the late
James and Eletheer Catron. The groom is the son of Jerry
and Kathy Palmer of Fort Collins, Colo.
Family members of the bride attending included James

(L-R): Jim Catron and Sylvia Catron, Bill Catron, Glenda
Catron, Eli Palmer, Dorothy (Harper) Catron, Penny
(Catron) Lotterhos, Joe Lotterhos, and Shirley (Beckham)
The bride and groom, both graduates of Colorado State
University, currently reside in Seattle, Wash., where Glenda
is in Public Relations and Eli is a computer programmer for
the Boeing Company. Following the wedding weekend, the
newlyweds spent their honeymoon on a snow-skiing/snow-
boarding trip in Colorado.


Katy Miskovsky-Bowman (BHS'78) and David Bivin
(BHS'77) were united in marriage on June 11, 2010, at the
Miskovsky beach house in Coronado, Panama. Katy is the
daughter of Donald and Carolyn Miskovsky of Panama
City, Panama. David is the son of Betsy Bivin of Sarasota,
Fla., and the late Capt. Kenneth Bivin. The wedding was
officiated by Pastor Bill Wilbur of Gamboa Union Church.
Katy's daughter Molly and son Michael and Dave's brother
Bill stood up with Katy and Dave in the ceremony.
After too many years apart since being close friends in
high school and college years, Katy and Dave were blessed
with a sunny day in the midst of rainy season for their wed-
ding. The evening wedding was attended by friends and fam-
ily from both Panama and the states who enjoyed the sun-
down ceremony and the tipico Panamanian food that fol-
lowed. Katy and Dave then spent their honeymoon visiting El
Valle, Boquete, the Volcan, and Pedasi.
The couple currently reside in Lakeland, Fla., where Katy
is a physical therapist and David is a retired Chevron oil
tanker captain currently serving as pool and lawn boy at their
home. They are hoping to move back to Panama and begin
careers on the Isthmus very soon.


We are very happy to share some happy news from
Panama. Allison Doubek, daughter of Rick and Janis
Doubek, and Kris Gibson, son of Jay and Llori Gibson,
were married on Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Paradise,
standing over an Atlantic reef and under the shade of a late
dry season rain cloud.

Kris Gibson and Allison Doubek, Portobello


Paul Menges (CHS'67) and Stephanie (Lawson)
(CHS'69) Menges attended the wedding of their son Paul to
Stacy Bunting of Michigan. The wedding was in Relay, Md.,
with a reception following in nearby Elkridge, Md. Stacy's
parents are Ken and Vickie Bunting. Many of Stacy's
extended family attended the wedding and reception.
Also attending the wedding were Paul's sisters, Evelyn
Sellers (CHS'68) with her husband Tom (CHS'59); and
Judy Sigmon with her husband Larry; a brother, Bob, with
his wife Patty Gillam; and his aunt, Patricia Pinto, and her
husband Carl. The couple honeymooned in Costa Rica on the
Pacific Ocean and now reside in the Baltimore, Md. area.



Paul Menges and Stacy Bunting

* Effective with the March 1993 edition, baby pictures must include parents or grandparents.


Wayne and Dawn (Bilgray) Watkins of Merritt Island,
Fla., welcomed the arrival of their first child, Shane
Matthew, born January 30, 2010.
Grandparents are Janet (Hunt) and Norman Watkins of
Merritt Island, Fla., and Paul (Mac) and Laura McDill of
Tampa, Fla. Great-grandmothers are Louise Rathgeber
Hunt, who also lives in Merritt Island, and Virginia "Nena"
Russon of Aiken, S.C.

Wayne Watkins and Dawn Watkins holding Shane
Matthew Watkins.


Rick and Terri (Miller) Szymanski of Denver, Colo.,
proudly announce the birth of their third daughter, Araceli
Grace Szymanski, born on June 14, 2010 in Denver. Araceli
weighed in at 4 pounds and was 18 inches long.
Grandparents are Anna (Proback) and Carl Opel of
Ancon, Panama, and grandfather Frederick F. Szymanski
(Jr.) of Diablo, Panama, and great-grandfather Frederick F.
Szymanski, Sr., also from Diablo.


James and Judy Wheeler of San Antonio, Texas, proud-
ly announce the birth of their daughter Jameson Cate, born
on April 7, 2010, weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz. and measuring 20/4
inches. Jameson joins her two-year-old brother Jack
Proud paternal grandparents are Jim and Judi (Warford
BHS'64) Wheeler of San Antonio, and maternal grandpar-
ents are Jeanette Madaj of Knoxville, Tenn., and Ken
Kempke of Florseville, Texas.

Jim Wheeler holding Jack Cayden and Judi Wheeler hold-
ing Jameson Cate.


February 4-6, 2011

We'll be beachside for Carnivalito 2011 at
the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront,
Indialantic, Florida. Look for the
information and reservation forms in the
december Canal Record.


Obituary submissions are only accepted from family members. We will accept online Funeral obituaries or newspaper obit-
uaries if family submissions are not received by the Canal Record deadlines. Obituary pictures may be emailed to
editor( or mailed to the Panama Canal Society office. Emailed pictures must be submitted in a jpeg or
tif format in 300 DPI or higher.

Florence Wileman "Bobbi" Adair, 91, of Clearwater,
Fla., passed away on July 26, 2010. Bobbi was born in the
Panama Canal Zone to the late Maria Van Bandermer and S.
G. Cargas. She spent her early childhood there and in the
Netherlands. Her family moved to Lancaster, Pa., where she
grew up and attended Stevens High School for Girls. She
graduated from Millersville University and received her
Master's Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.
Upon graduation, she married Joseph T. Wileman and for
many years they were associated with Girard College in
Philadelphia. In addition, she taught English as a second lan-
guage to foreign-bor students for the Philadelphia School
District. After retirement, she and Joe moved to Clearwater
where they were very active in the community, various fra-
ternal organizations, and she was a member of Union Street
United Methodist Church.
She loved to travel and had visited every continent except
Antarctia and all 50 states. In 2001, she married her second
husband. She was predeceased by both husbands, a son and
her sister. She is survived by a son William R. Wileman,
USAF Ret., of Fairbanks, Alaska; a brother, Donald G. Cargas
of Lancaster, Pa.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchil-
dren as well as three stepchildren and their two children.

Beth E. Baker passed away on
May 6, 2010. With her disarming
nature and friendly smile, Beth was
quick to make friends. We all felt com-
'"K fortable near her and would frequent
the restaurants where she worked just
to bask in her glow. Her sudden and
unexpected passing leaves a hole in our
Beth was born in Puyallup, Wash., in December 1958 to
Floyd and Beverly Baker. She was only a year old when the
family adventure took her to the Galapagos Islands and then
on to Panama where high school (CHS'76) severely got in the
way of Sun, Sand and the Beach.
Beth was a passionate fan of the UW Huskies and Seattle
Seahawks. She loved to garden and nourish the plants as they
grew; she acquired her green thumb from her father Floyd.
Beth read both the National Enquirer and the National
Geographic; she had a broad grasp of history. She was a fire-
bug who loved to bring huge loads of wood to any camping
trip, frequently staying up late watching the flickering flames
from her lawn chair. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Beth had a gentle heart, a quick giggle and was a positive
person. She would speak to and could connect with anyone.
She was generous. Beth loved life and always found a way to
live it her way. She loved her friends and her dogs and cats
with great passion. She will be truly missed.
Beth leaves behind her boyfriend, Clark Iverson; sister,
Carol Goodwin; brothers, Glen and wife Diane Baker, Paul

and wife Suzette Baker; three nieces and a nephew; plus
many family and friends.

Gloria C. Burgoon, 85, of Dothan, Ala., passed away on
May 23, 2010 at her residence. She was born on September
18, 1924 in the Republic of Panama and lived there until
1979. Mrs. Burgoon was employed with the U.S. Air Force as
a Civil Engineer for thirty-seven years prior to her retirement.
She moved to Dothan in 1979 and resided there for the past
thirty-one years. She was a volunteer for the Wiregrass
Museum of Arts and was a member of St. Columba Catholic
Church and the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include her son, Joey Burgoon of Dothan; her
two daughters, Glorie Wright and her husband Duane of
Miami, Fla., and Elizabeth Lyle and her husband Jeffrey of
Germany; her seven grandchildren; and her sister, Elsie
Zuniga of the Republic of Panama; three nephews and a
niece, all of the Republic of Panama.

Anna McCall Buchter, 81, of Clearwater, Fla., passed
away on July 11, 2010, at her daughter's residence surround-
ed by her family. She was born in Lexington, Ky., and grad-
uated from the Nazarene School of Nursing. Upon graduation
she went to work at the University of Kentucky Infirmary.
She then enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in
Mississippi and then in England. One day while at the post
office she saw an ad asking for nurses in Panama. She seized
on the chance and fell in love with the country and the peo-
She moved back to New Haven, Conn., to marry Warren
Buchter. Missing Panama she insisted on moving back to
work at Gorgas Hospital. She worked in many areas of the
hospital and clinic and made many friends along the way. In
1983 she retired from Gorgas and moved to Clearwater where
she worked in many nursing homes and was the Assistant
Director of Nursing at Highland Pines. She retired for good
once her grandchildren arrived in order to spend time with
them. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul ministry at
Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin, Fla., and the
Panama Canal Society. She loved to travel and see her friends
especially all of those from the Canal Zone.
She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Moran; son-in-
law John Moran; two grandchildren; two brothers, Richard
McCall of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Charles McCall of
Lexington. Her many cousins also carry on her memory.

Jacqueline J. Cahue, 75, of St. Petersburg, Fla., former-
ly Orlando, passed away May 27, 2010, at Carrington Place
Nursing Home. She was born February 27, 1935 in Belvidere,
Ill., and was a registered nurse having earned her degree at
Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Ill. She was pre-
ceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Dr. Aldo E. Cahue.

Together they traveled to the Canal Zone in Panama, Guam,
and all over the United States during the course of his psy-
chiatric career. They settled in the Orlando area in 1987.
Jacqueline is survived by her children Aldo John (Valerie)
Cahue of Schertz, Texas; Alicia (Scott) Greer and Gregory
(Barbara) Cahue of St. Petersburg; Daniel Cahue and Serena
(Fred) Crossland of Orlando, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Robert W. "Bob" Clarihew, 73,
passed away on February 19, 2010, at
Woodside Hospice House in Pinellas
Park, Fla. Bob was born in Jersey City,
N.J., on September 25, 1936, to Agnes and
Walter Clarihew. He grew up in St.
Petersburg, Fla., and Trenton, N.J. He
attended schools in St. Petersburg and

served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1957.
He was a cable splicer for General Telephone before
going to the Panama Canal Zone. Bob, his wife Ellen, and
their three children, Kathy, Lynn and Rob, lived in the
Gamboa, Balboa and Ancon areas of the Canal Zone from
1970 to 1975. He worked in the Electrical Division. In 1975,
Bob injured his back and had to retire, and the family relo-
cated back to St. Petersburg.
Bob was a life member of St. Petersburg Elks 1224, VFW
10137 in Bushnell, Fla., the American Legion 104 in Pinellas
Park, Fla., and a member of the Panama Canal Society. He
was an active member of St. Giles Episcopal Church where
he served as a volunteer and board member of the Food
Pantry for over ten years.
He was predeceased by his wife of 34 years, Ellen, in
1992. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Kathy
Anderson, Lynn Guido, Rob Clarihew, Jr.; stepson John Lyle;
seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Gerald W. Coffey (Jerry), 74, passed away at his home
in Diablo, Panama on June 11, 2010. He attended Balboa
High School, graduating in 1954, and then graduated from
the University of Miami in 1958. Jerry spent two years in the
U.S. Army before returning to work for the Panama Canal
Company in Marine Traffic Control where he retired in 1988.
Jerry was an avid fisherman and skin diver and was some-
thing of a local legend in that area. His fishing, boating and
diving skills will be hard to match.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn (Hackett), sons
Gerald, Eric and Brett, and a daughter, Karen. He is also sur-
vived by three stepsons: Randy, Richard and Rory Summers;
two brothers, William (Billy), Mike, and a sister Lyn (Coffey)
Gibbs, and also numerous grandchildren, great-grandchil-
dren, and stepgrandchildren.

Pamela R. (Hawthorne) Coloski, 73, of St. Petersburg,
Fla., died May 7, 2010. She was a 1955 graduate of Cristobal
High School. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society. She is survived by a daughter, Deborah; son,
Edward; two sisters, Joyce and Carol. No further information
is available.

Leonidas A. "Leo" Constantino, 75, of Missouri City,
Texas, passed away on April 12, 2010. He was born on March
31, 1935 in Cristobal, Panama. After graduating from
Cristobal High School in 1953 in the Canal Zone, Leo attend-
ed Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., where he
received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.
He was involved in the petrochemical industry for over 50
years, primarily in international sales. Leo was a member of
API, NOMADS, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the
Panama Canal Society. His hobbies included golf as well as
his love for growing roses.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Margarita
Zografula and Parasquevas Leonidas Constantino; his wife of
19 years, Kathryn Ann Ray. He is survived by his wife of 22
years, Sherry Constantino; his daughters, Ann Negratti, Mimi
Constantino; a stepdaughter, Sheli Thormer; his son, Lee D.
Constantino; a stepson, Miles Harwood; and six grandchil-

Alice E. (Kenney) Forsstrom,
88, of East Greenwich, R.I., formerly
of North Kingstown, passed away
April 14, 2010. She was the wife of
the late William W. Forsstrom to
whom she was married for 63 years.
She was born in Cranston, R.I., and
was a daughter of the late William C.
and Amy T. (Viall) Kenney.
Mrs. Forsstrom was the Director of Children's Services
for the Warwick Public Library from 1967 until 1985. She
received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the
University of Rhode Island where she was a member of Chi
Omega Sorority. A member of The First Baptist Church in
America since 1960, she served as moderator.
She was a past president of the Rhode Island Zoological
Society and a member of the Panama Canal Society. Mrs.
Forsstrom was a Friend of the Warwick and North Kingstown
Libraries and the Davisville Library. She enjoyed reading and
was very active with her prayer group.
She was the beloved mother of W. Peter Forsstrom (WFD
retired) and his wife Sharon (Whorf) of Foster; Barbara
Emmons and her husband Craig of Warwick, R.I.; Joanne
Smith and her husband David of Saco, Maine; and Nancy
Morrow and her husband Brian of Danielson, Conn. She was
also the loving grandmother to three grandchildren and great-
grandmother to two great-grandsons. She was the sister of the
late William C. Kenney, Jr. and Barbara F. Cameron.

Captain Alvin L. Gallin (USN) Ret., 89, died July 13,
2010 at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla. He was
born and raised in New York City and was appointed to the
U.S. Naval Academy in 1938, graduating in December 1941,
six months early because of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Following graduation, he served in Gregory (APD-3), sunk in
surface action at Guadalcanal; commissioned Stockton (DD-
646) on the Atlantic coast; returned to the Pacific in Bryant
(DD-665) which was severely damaged by a kamikaze at

Okinawa and from which his wound required seven months
of hospitalization.
Upon returning to sea, he served on the C.S. Sperry (DD-
697), commissioned Hamner (DD-718), and commanded
Carpelotti (APD-136). During his second year of command,
the ship was awarded the Battle Efficiency Pennant, the first
of her class to be so honored. Subsequently, he served on the
staff, Commander Amphibious Force Pacific, Commander
MSTSO Manila, staff Commander Naval Forces Philippines,
Philippine Sea (CVS-47), CO Haleakala (AE-25) and
Inspector General Commander Military Sea Transport
Service. His last tour was as Maritime Director Panama Canal
from which he retired from Naval Service to work for the
Panama Canal Company prior to the treaty with the Republic
of Panama.
In addition to the Legion of Merit and two Bronze Stars
with Combat V's, his decorations included the Navy Unit
Commendation, Purple Heart and area campaign ribbons
with seven battle stars.
In civilian life, Alvin worked for the Convair Division of
General Dynamics in San Diego, Calif., and for the Planning
Research Corporation at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape
Canaveral, Fla. He also earned a Master's degree in Personnel
Management from San Diego State College.
He was active in volunteer work as the first male
President of the Canal Zone Girl Scout Council, President of
the Fort Clayton Riding Club and as an Ombudsman of the
Florida Governor's Long Term Council. He was also a
Mason, a Shriner and a Jester, and a member of the Panama
Canal Society. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years,
Grace "Nancy" Gallin.
Alvin is survived by his daughter, Julia Simonello and her
husband Michael, and two grandchildren.

William Reed Graham was born December 14, 1917 in
Colon, R.P., to parents William Henry Graham and Lena
Belle Hurley Graham. He died at his home in Kerrville,
Texas, on May 19, 2010. His father was awarded the presti-
gious Theodore Roosevelt Medal given to those who worked
on the Panama Canal during the construction years. Bill and
his family lived in Panama and then for a short time in Tela,
Honduras, where his father worked on the railroad, and then
returned to the Canal Zone. His father retired in the '30s and
they returned to the U.S. and lived in New Jersey where Bill
graduated from Asbury Park High School in 1937.
This was during the depression years and soon Bill
returned to the Canal Zone and found employment as a Canal
Zone Policeman for 10 years. On January 7, 1949 Bill mar-
ried Susanne Kotalik in Balboa, Canal Zone. Eventually by
furthering his education he transferred to other employment
in the Canal Zone and at the end of his career he retired in
1972 as Panama Railroad Operations Officer and Assistant
Manager of the Panama Railroad.
During his years in Panama Bill was active in sports, was
an outstanding softball pitcher for the CZ Police team;
belonged to the Bowling League and was awarded the All
Events Champion in 1963 and 1969. He also excelled in ping-
pong and billiards. He was highly competitive in duplicate
bridge and after retiring he and his wife moved to Kerrville,


Texas, where he enjoyed many years playing contract bridge
with a wide range of friends in Kerrville. In 1988 Bill finally
achieved a hole in one at the Scott Schreiner Golf Course in
Bill went to work for H&R Block where he worked for 25
years with Joe and Louise Reeh. He was a certified Enrolled
Agent for the Internal Revenue Service. He considered Joe
and Louise and their children an extension of his own family.
He reminded us often that we should not just be good at our
work but also enjoy the people with whom we work. Bill and
Sue enjoyed traveling occasionally throughout the U.S. visit-
ing families and friends. While their daughter and her hus-
band were stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany, they visited
them and enjoyed traveling throughout the Bavarian region.
Bill often acknowledged that the most meaningful event of
his life was when he was baptized into the Roman Catholic
faith in 1997. He was a member of Notre Dame Catholic
Church, the Panama Canal Society, BPOElks #1414 Balboa,
Panama, Kerrville Arts and Cultural Center, Hill Country Arts
Foundation, and the Kerrville Performing Arts Society.
Bill was a kind and gentle man, a loving husband and
father and a proud grandfather. He loved his family and
always wished they lived closer. He will be remembered for
his kindness, honesty and concern for family and friends and
clients, attention to detail and also his sense of humor. His
laugh was joyful. He gave his all to everything he undertook
with unending devotion and enthusiasm.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother,
Percival F. Graham, and a nephew, Gerald F. Graham. He is
survived by his wife, Susanne Kotalik Graham; his son,
William Henry Graham and wife Denise of Olympia, Wash.;
his daughter Donna Marie Elliott and husband Rodney of
Townsend, Ga.; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter;
and many nieces and nephews.

Laurel B. Griffin, 54, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., passed
away August 6, 2010. She was the daughter of Stewart and
Catherine Brown, both deceased. Laurel was born and raised
in the Panama Canal Zone, and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1973.
Laurel had a short but happy life and enjoyed boating,
music, travel, and growing orchids. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Craig
Griffin;; her sister, Margaret Karst, brother-in-law Paul E.
Karst, and their son and daughter; a brother-in-law, Charles
and his wife Linda Griffin, and their son and daughter.

Freeland R. Hollowell, Sr., 86,
passed away April 10, 2010, in Dothan,
Ala. He was born August 23, 1923 in
Ancon, Canal Zone to Margaret and
Ross Hollowell. He attended school
there and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1941. He later served in the
U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.
After his discharge from the military, he returned to the
Canal Zone becoming a Canal Zone Police Officer for 13

years. In 1961 he transferred to the Motor Transportation
Division where he eventually retired as a General Foreman
after 35 years of service with the Panama Canal Company.
Freeland met his wife, Mary Straus, in the Canal Zone and
they were married on October 8, 1949. In 1979, Freeland and
Mary, along with their children Freeland Jr., David, and
Laurie, moved to Dothan, Ala., following his retirement.
Freeland received the Master Key to the Panama Canal by
Governor H.R. Parfitt for his tireless volunteer work with the
Boy Scouts of America, Troop 21, Balboa, C.Z., the Annual
Cayuco Races through the Canal, and coaching Little League
Baseball. He had a great love for deep sea fishing and every
chance he got he was out on his boat with his boys.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society since
1961 and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post
PC01, Balboa, Rep. de Panama. Freeland was the grandson of
Freel Hollowell, a 3-Bar Roosevelt Medal Holder.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father,
Margaret and Ross H. Hollowell, and infant daughter Jenny
Hollowell. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary S.
Hollowell, Dothan, Ala.; his sons, Freeland R. Jr., Dothan,
Ala., and David of Mobile, Ala.; a daughter, Laurie of
Dothan, Ala.; a sister, Lois M. Jones of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a
cousin, Peter S. Lang, Clearwater, Fla.; seven grandchildren;
one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Sandra (Dunning) Ingle passed away on June 16, 2010
in Bradenton, Fla. She was born in Springdale, Pa., on March
19, 1940 and was 70 years old. She grew up in Pedro Miguel
and Balboa and graduated from BHS in 1958. She moved to
Tampa, Fla., in 1960 and worked at Maas Brothers
Department store for several years before becoming a nursing
caregiver. Among her many clients were Hollywood star Tom
Helmore (who was the villain in Vertigo with Jimmy Stewart
and Kim Novak), Francis Gershwin (sister of George and
Ira), and probably her most favorite of all, John Sanders
(from the "other side"--CHS). She was preceded in death by
her parents, Bill and Elva (Jo) Dunning and her brother
Danny of Pedro Miguel.
She is survived by one son, Shawn, a granddaughter and
a grandson; her brother Bill and his wife Betty of Rogers,
Ark.; two sisters, Patricia Hunt and Vicki Howe of
Hendersonville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews who
will miss their beloved "Aunt Sani".

Kevin J. Joyce, 46, of
Jacksonville, Fla., passed away March 1,
2010. He was bor October 7, 1963 in the
Canal Zone to William and Mildred
Joyce. He graduated from Balboa High
School in 1982
Kevin worked for CMS Imaging
as a Service Manager for 15 years. He
loved fishing, camping, building model planes, golfing, but
most of all being with his wife and two girls. He will be
remembered as a man of great generosity, always full of
laughter and a friend to everyone he met. He was a member
of the Panama Canal Society.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Pam; daughters, Kate and
Nicole Joyce; mother, Mille; brothers, Bill and Steven Joyce;
and a nephew. He will be greatly missed.

Jean Holmelin Kirk, 87, died April 14, 2010, in
Springfield, Ohio. She was born in New York City on August
13, 1922, to Gustav and Pauline Holmelin. Jean was raised in
Cristobal, Canal Zone, and graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1940. She was a longtime member of the Panama
Canal Society and a member of the First United Church of
She is survived by two daughters, Muriel (Richard)
Oglesbee of Springfield and Carol (Dan) Knode of
Groveport, Ohio; five grandsons; three great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Muriel Holmelin (John) Whitman of St.
Petersburg, Fla., and Frances Holmelin (Dave) Haile of
Blairsville, Ga.; four nieces, three nephews, and many
cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her par-
ents, her husband Fred Kirk and her brother Gus Holmelin.

Ivan Klasovsky, 63, passed away
on April 18, 2010, in Miami, Fla., fol-
lowing a lengthy battle with cancer and
liver disease. Originally from the
Atlantic side, Ivan was the former Chief
of Plans and Property Branch,
Directorate of Engineering and
Housing, USARSO. Ivan was one of
the key personnel in the planning and
execution of base closure and transfer of Army real property
to Panama. Following the closing of the bases, he retired and
moved to Miami where his wife Lizabeth (Murillo)
Klasovsky was still working for SOUTHCOM.
Lizabeth and Ivan moved to Germany where he worked
part time for the U.S. Department of Defense and as a
Contractor for the PX. One of Ivan's hobbies was photogra-
phy and while in Europe he traveled to nearby countries and
photographed interesting scenery. He leaves behind this artis-
tic legacy.
He is survived by his wife Lizabeth Klasovsky; sons
Adrian and Oliver; daughter-in-law Leah; sister Antonia
Treverton, and brother Nicholas Klasovsky.

Carol George Kuehn, 73, passed
away on April 12, 2010, from complica-
tions stemming from cancer. She and her
husband Mark R. Kuehn were living at
the Garden Spot Village, an assisted liv-
ing home in New Holland, Pa., at the
time of her death. Carol was a 1954 CHS
graduate, and attended CZJC for two
years during which time she and Mark
met. He was in the Army at the time. They later moved to and
lived many years in Wilmington, Del., where she worked for
the Dupont Co.
Her second son John Kuehn was one of 248 members of
the 101st Airborne Division who were killed in the Arrow Air


airplane crash upon departing Gander, Newfoundland, after
returning from duty in the Sinai Desert, Dec. 12, 1985. She
was also predeceased by her parents, Curtis and Alberta
George, formerly of Gatun and Huntsville, Ala.
She is survived by her husband Mark, and three sons
Teddy, Carl, and Tim and their wives Dorothy, Rachelle, and
Jennifer, and several grandchildren; her sisters Helen George
(Gordon) Boswell, Beverly George (Donald) Keller, both
from Huntsville, Ala., and a brother Danny George of
Kerrville, Texas.

Alcinda B. (Atkins) Lanning, 62, of Mayport, Fla.,
passed away May 7, 2009. She was born November 18, 1946
in Norfolk,Va., and raised in Panama in Curundu, Canal
Zone. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1966. She
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by two children, Melissa Boisvert and
John Lanning, and four grandchildren; a brother, Robert J.
Atkins, and two sisters, Gisella and Dallas.

Mary Griffin Lynch, 93, of Tampa, Fla., passed away
May 10, 2010, at the home of her daughter, Sarah, and sur-
rounded by family. She was born in Panama in 1917, the first
child of William and Eugenia Griffin. She graduated from
Cristobal High School and went on to earn a college degree
in accounting. She worked many years for the Panama Canal
Company before retiring in 1971, and moving with her hus-
band, Val, to Tallahassee, Fla., where she was a volunteer at
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for almost 25 years and
served twice as president of volunteers.
In 2003, after the death of her husband, she moved to
Tampa to be closer to family and was a resident of Aston
Gardens. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by sons, William Livingston of
Clearwater, Fla., Michael Livingston of San Francisco, Calif.,
Dillon Lynch of Panama City, Panama, and Alex Livingston
of Mariato, Panama; daughters, Terri Helkenn of Umpqua,
Ore., Gail Arnette of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Sarah
Schlicht of Valrico, Fla.; a brother, Wheeler Griffin of
Birmingham, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Florence Griffin of
Thurmont, Md.; fifteen grandchildren; seventeen great-
grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many
nieces and nephews.

Vivian Murphy Mikulich passed away June 2, 2010 in
Everett, Wash. She was born in Brentford, S.D., where she
graduated from high school. She loved her college years and
sorority sisters at the University of South Dakota, "Go
Yotes." Following graduation she took her first teaching job
in a one-room schoolhouse, K-12, in Roslyn, S.D. Vivian's
next job was in Breckenridge, Minn., where she and Walter
Mikulich became the talk of the town; she taught English, he
taught History and was the football and basketball coach. On
July 7, 1943 Vivian married Walt before he shipped overseas
to fight in the Mediterranean Theatre during World War II.
After WWII they lived in Breckenridge where their son,
Bob, was bor. In 1951 Walt took a job teaching for the


Panama Canal Company in the former Canal Zone. Once
Walt qualified for quarters, Vivian and Bob took the train to
New York and then sailed for seven days to Cristobal, Canal
Zone where they joined Walt for their great adventure.
Vivian loved her "Canal Zone Years," and her beloved
Balboa Elementary School where she taught fifth grade for
25 years and produced the annual Christmas concert. Vivian
was also very involved in St. Mary's and Sacred Heart
Catholic Churches where she sang in the choir. They had an
active social life, played lots of golf and traveled extensively
in Central and South America. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society. Many Zonian alumni have fond mem-
ories of Mr. and Mrs. Mik as two of their favorite teachers.
After their stint in the Canal Zone, Walt and Viv retired in
1974 to Florida but once grandsons Adam and Luke were
born they moved, sight unseen, to Sequim, Wash., where they
thrived for 13 years before moving to Everett. Walt and
Vivian were wonderful and supportive parents and doting

Albert "Ray" Moore, 87, of Seminole, Fla., died May 6,
2010. He was born in Brookhaven, Miss., and lived in
Louisiana, Tennessee, Panama and New Jersey working for
AT&T Long Lines for 41 years before retiring to Florida in
1984. Most notable of his contributions at AT&T was the
design of the SCARAB (Submersible Craft Assisting Repair
and Burial) which is the unmanned sub that repairs cables
buried under the oceanic floor, providing telecommunications
between continents.
Ray was a World War II veteran having served in the
Navy on the USS Pensacola and earning a Purple Heart. He
also served his community through volunteer service and his
church during his younger years. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Ray was predeceased by his four siblings and his first
wife of 47 years, Letty. He is survived by his wife, Laura;
daughters, Donna Sheehan of New York City, N.Y., Jerri
Moore-Platis ofCary, N.C. (husband Carl), and Terri Buckley
of Seminole (husband Ramon, Jr.); son Jim of Scottsdale,
Ariz.; and four grandchildren.

Margarita "Cecilia" Kant de
Nicolaisen, 92, passed away on April 23,
2010, at the home of her son Eric in Las
Cumbres, Panama. She was born on her
family coffee farm, Alto Lino Boquete,
Provincia de Chiriqui, Rep. de Panama,
S on February 2, 1918. She was prede-
ceased by her parents, Dr. Emilio
Christian Kant and Valentina Serracinde de Kant, her nine
siblings and her husband, Andreas Nicolaisen.
Her family, along with other European immigrants to
Boquete, were instrumental in helping to make Boquete one
of the great coffee producing regions of Panama. Margarita
was the great-great-grandniece of Emmanuel Kant, the
German philosopher.
When her husband retired from the Panama Canal, they
lived in Kerrville, Texas, for many years. She later moved to

Houston, Texas, to be near her son Andy; finally she returned
to her beloved Panama to live with her son Eric and his fam-
She is survived by her sons, Andy J. Nicolaisen, Houston,
Texas; Dr. Frederick C. Nicolaisen, Ezcagu, Costa Rica; Eric
A. Nicolaisen and wife Yanu of Las Cumbres, Panama; Leslie
S. Nicolaisen, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Glen A. Nicolaisen
of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Anita J. (Catanzaro) Oberholtzer was born into eternal
life on July 15, 2010, following a valiant struggle with can-
cer. Anita received an outpouring of love, prayers and visits
from family and friends. This loving care was a testament to
a blessed life of faith and grace which was memorialized in a
Mass concelebrated by Fathers Dowsey, Kane and
Cummings on July 20, 2010, at Our Lady of Lourdes in
Dunedin, Fla.
Anita was born on December 9, 1928 in Chicago, Ill, the
daughter of Anthony J. Catanzaro and Jane V. (Filichia)
Catanzaro. She and her family moved to Panama when she
was 14. Anita graduated from Balboa High School in 1947.
She enjoyed a wonderful life with her family and friends
in Panama where she raised her two children, Judy and Joey.
During her years in the Canal Zone, Anita was a great con-
tributor to her community. For many years, she was the owner
and teacher of the Fort Gulick Nursery School. She was also
a Ham Radio Operator, communicating with people from all
over the world, bringing family members together and relay-
ing important information in times of need. Anita received the
Honorary Public Service Award from the Canal Zone
Governor in 1999. Anita was an active member of St. Mary's
Parish, where she was an Eucharistic Minister. She also
formed a women's Tuesday Lunch Prayer Group that flour-
ished for years. During her last few years in Panama, Anita
started a computer prayernet ministry that continues today.
The St. Mary's Prayernet is international and links many for-
mer and present St. Mary's parishioners together to intercede
in prayer for them. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Anita retired to Clearwater, Fla., in 2000 where she con-
tinued her life and active service at Our Lady of Lourdes
Parish in Dunedin. She was a generous member of the parish
serving as an Eucharistic Minister for the local hospital and
the homebound. She served as a sacristan and volunteered in
the Ministry of Elder Services making weekly calls to the
homebound and working in the Church's office. In 2006,
Anita was awarded the St. Jude the Apostle Medal by the
Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg for her distinguished
and outstanding service to her parish. The medal acknowl-
edges the gift of her generosity and love of her faith through
her contributions to her parish. Her family and close friends
joined her for the ceremony and celebration of her devotion
and service.
Anita was loved by many and will be deeply missed par-
ticularly by her son, Joey Oberholtzer; her daughter and son-
in-law, Judy and Rich Hebble, four grandchildren, six great-
grandchildren; her brothers, John and Tom Catanzaro; three
nieces and four nephews, twenty-one great-nieces and
nephews, and eighteen great-great nieces and nephews.

Patrick Lewis Parker, 47, of Clearwater, Fla., passed
away April 19, 2010. He was born September 6, 1962, in
Ancon, Canal Zone, the son of military parents. He attended
St. Paul's Episcopal School, Dunedin High School, SPJC and
PTECH. He was in the information technology department of
Sunstar Paramedics.
He was preceded in death by his father, Major Andrew
Dayton Parker. He is survived by his mother, Patricia Bates
Smith; brothers, Andrew and Matthew; and two nephews.

Charles "Chuck" Propst, 67, of
Oxford, Ala., died May 28, 2010, fol-
.lowing a long battle with Alzheimer's
disease. He was born in Grantsville,
W.Va., was a U.S. Marine Corps veter-
an and a graduate of West Virginia
After receiving his Master's
degree in Social Work in 1972, Chuck
drove from West Virginia to Panama via the Pan American
Highway. The trip was supposed to be a vacation; but soon
after arriving, he began working at the Canal Zone Mental
Health Center in Corozal. When the 1979 Treaty was imple-
mented, he transferred to Gorgas Hospital Social Work
Service. During that time he was also an instructor at the
Panama Canal College. He spent several years on the Atlantic
side as Program Manager and Branch Chief for the Alcohol
and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program
(ADAPCP). Chuck retired in 1995 after returning to the
Pacific side as Clinical Director of ADAPCP. He loved living
and working in Panama and at his despedida sadly remarked,
"Well, I guess the vacation is over." He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Surviving Chuck are his wife, Patricia (Dempsey
BHS'60); daughter, Michelle Das (Propst BHS'93); daughter
Renee McDonald; stepdaughter, Jackie Abels (Gregory
BHS'79); stepson, Allen Gregory (BHS'80) and their fami-
lies. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and
two brothers, all of West Virginia.

Hal Christian "Speed" Robertson, Jr., 77, born
November 12, 1931 in the Panama Canal Zone, the son of Hal
Christian Robertson, Sr. and Gertrude McKeown Robertson
passed away September 14, 2009. At the age of 14, he moved
to the Atlanta area in 1946 where he graduated from Brown
High School and then from Georgia State University in 1959.
His love of country allowed him to proudly serve in the Air
National Guard for two years during the Korean Conflict.
After a successful 40-year career with Equifax, formerly
"Retail Credit Company" he retired, having made many
friends, through his travels and community. He gained the
respect of his peers, as a fair and impartial employee and
employer. His affinity for history, his avid search of the facts
and truths of life brought forth his ability of storytelling and
his need to share his experiences with others. Many benefit-
ed from his experiences. His dedication and sacrifice for his
family always came before his needs. This was and will
always be his legacy. He lived his life for others, always put-


ting "whoever" came in his path before his own life,
strangers, friends, employees and especially his immediate
family. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life and moth-
er of his children, Katherine Tyson Robertson. He is survived
by his four sons, Chris, Craig, Curtis and Carter; his sister,
Ms. Shirley Robertson ofFerndale, Calif., and his five grand-

Doris "Dotty" Ruth (Hale)
Sanders, 89, passed away under the care
S of Shell Point Hospice on June 18, 2010.
She was born in Ancon Hospital in the
former Canal Zone in the Republic of
Panama to Philip and Edna (Beall) Hale.
She had two brothers, Pete Hale who
resides in Titusville and Hugh Hale who
passed away several years ago.
She married Irl R. Sanders, Jr. in 1939. Their first child
Margarite was born with hydrocephalus and only lived for six
months. They had three more children, Irl III (Butch), Philip,
and Robert (Bob), and raised them on the Atlantic Side.
Dotty was a master bridge player and taught others to play
as well. She was an active member of her civic council, tire-
lessly fighting to make things better in her community. She
enjoyed golf and swimming. She worked for a few years at
the Naval Station in Coco Solo and with the youth recreation
programs. In 1973 they retired to Beacon Woods in Hudson,
Fla. She continued with bridge and "Brown Baggers," a
social sewing group of former Canal Zone ladies in the area.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
In 1986 Irl passed away and in 2001 she moved to Shell
Point Village (a lifecare community) in Fort Myers to be near
Phil's family who had moved there from Texas.
She is survived by her sons, Irl (Mildred) of Van Nuys,
Calif., Phil (Debra) of Fort Myers, Fla., and Bob of Hudson,
Fla.; three granddaughters; one grandson; and two great-

Eleanor N. Skibicki, 67, passed
away at home in Dover, Del., on May
28, 2010 with her loving husband,
William, by her side. They had been
married 45 years. Eleanor was born in
1943 to Bernard Norvell and Eleanor
M. (Lulli) Norvell. Tragically her father
died three years later. Six years later,
her mother married Capt. Edward S. Mack and they moved to
the Canal Zone in 1959. Capt. Mack was a Master Pilot with
the Panama Canal. After graduation in 1961 from Balboa
High School, Eleanor moved back to Delaware. It was there
that she met her future husband.
Eleanor would live to see her children grow and give her
grandchildren. She enjoyed her role as mother, wife and
grandmother. Unfortunately, the cancer that struck her first in
2003 and again in 2008 eventually was too much for her to
bear. Her father, stepfather and her first grandson, Gregory C.
Diehl, predeceased Eleanor.


She is survived by her husband, William A. Skibicki, Jr.;
her children, Valerie A. Diehl of Wilmington, Del., and
William E. Skibicki and his wife Christy of Magnolia; her
four grandchildren; her mother, Eleanor M. Mack of Sun City
Center, Fla., and her sister, Elaine McArthur and her husband,
Bruce, of Lutz, Fla.

Mary Ellen Taylor (Williams)
passed away July 1, 2010. She was
born on September 14, 1940, in New
Brunswick, Canada, to the late Edward
and Myrtle Taylor. She lived and raised
her children in the Panama Canal Zone.
She was an active member of Bible
Baptist Church in Pace. Mary Ellen
was a devoted mother, sister, provider of guidance and hope
to many and with a laugh and a smile lit up the world around
her. She lived a full and happy life always being a prime
example of a person who had found contentment and was
always a great source for strength and motivation.
Mary Ellen is survived by her two sons, Randy (Bridgotte
Keith) Williams and Eddy (Tina) Williams; two sisters,
Bettye Clement and Barbara Cowley; four grandchildren; and
her dearest friends, Capt. Jerry Williams (former PanCanal
Pilot), Bonnie Nelson and Bobbie Salter.

William R. Thrift, 67, of
Hayesville, N.C., died June 28, 2010.
He was a native of Wenatchee, Wash.,
but had lived in Lake City, Fla.,
before moving to Clay County in
2006. He was the son of the late
SWallace Eli and Pauline May Thrift.
He was also preceded in death by a
brother, James Bryan Thrift.
He graduated from Balboa High School in 1961, and
worked for 18 years in the Panama Canal Zone as a police
officer and retired in 1982. He then served as Director of the
Law Enforcement Academy at Lake City Community
College until 2005. He was a member of the Panama Canal
Surviving are his wife, Judith Patton Thrift; two daugh-
ters, Kim Marie Sebring (Bob) of Margate, Fla., and Rae Ann
Catlett of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; a son, William Russell
Thrift Jr. (Mary Ann) of Hollywood, Fla.; a stepdaughter,
Allison Moore Hammons of Sacramento, Calif.; a stepson,
Michael Wayne Hammons (Rhonda) of Monroe, Ga.; a sister,
Barbara Croft of Wilmington, N.C.; a brother, Robert E.
Thrift (Patricia) of Port Orange, Fla.; ten grandchildren, and
one great-grandson.

Charles John Tobin, Sr., 66, of Orange Park, Fla., passed
away May 3, 2010. He was born on May 30, 1943 to parents
Roswell and Florence Tobin in Brockton, Mass. Mr. Tobin
moved to the local area in 1990 from the Republic of Panama.
Charles honorably served his country in the U. S. Navy.
He was a local member of the VFW and the Loyal Order of

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