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Compiled by Becky Ciulla ’06, Office of Alumni Relations, Class Notes Intern.
Dear Classmates of ’46, I regret and am greatly saddened to have to tell you that after a courageous battle with cancer, Bette B. Webber died April 23, 2004. She will be greatly missed by all. She worked hard for us every August, arranging for our reunions. Virginia Hallisey was so helpful to Bette, and she will now make the arrangements for our reunion this year. Thank you, Gigi, for all you’ve done and all you do. I received a lovely card from Beverly W. Shaw. She vacationed in Sedona, Ariz., with her daughter. Marion L. Warren and Ruth G. Bolduc stay in touch. Marion sees Gertrude B. Barron and her daughter at times when they come up to their vacation home. Gertie is doing well after her broken ankle. I received a cool card from Ruth C. Gallagher and hubby, Dick. They were down to Marco Islands, Fla., and said it was lovely there. Cynthia and Frank Harmon are getting ready to move into an apartment. Cyn and I are still attending water aerobics, which we enjoy most of the time. I talked to Pauline W. Clark. She seems to be holding her own. What more can we ask for at this stage of our lives? Frances E. Pinkham was busy helping with the camping business when I talked to her. She sounded like she would like to attend our reunion. Time will tell. Barbara P. Patch sounded well when I talked to her, but was saddened by my news, as was Betty R. Tennyson. She and husband, Don, had a good winter in California and Florida. Rosamond B. Hingston helped to keep me informed regarding Bette’s illness, as did Marion Warren. We will all miss her cheerful and upbeat attitude. Our love to you, Bette, and may you see smiles on our faces whenever we think of you. Until next time, I am Drina P. Blanchette, your class agent.
On August 12, 2004, Dottie Goode Kaffel hosted the annual mini-reunion at her cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee where 21 members of our class spent a delightful afternoon. Assisting Dottie were Maybeth Paris Oberti and Mary Bortree Taylor. Everyone contributed tasty appetizers, entrees or desserts. Because Al Wilson and his wife, Elaine, could not attend, they telephoned and entertained the group with witty talk and song. Also attending: Peter Brown, who led the group in song and played his trombone, Daisy Day, Harold Matava and his wife, Barbara Hoyt Matava ’50, Marty Head Wade and husband David ’50, Jackie Richardson Spear, Ruth Millar, Barbara Pettes Nowacki and friend Ken (Barbie and Ken?), Steve Tassey and his wife, Kay, Alan Rich and his wife Joan Carlin Rich ’49, Bob Paine ’51, Jean Dodge Saltmarsh ’50, Helene Wiggin and Kathy Chapman. As you may recall, four hurricanes pounded Florida last fall. Mary Bortree Taylor told me her home in Orlando was hit by hurricanes Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. When Frances hit, she was at Dottie Kaffel’s for the reunion and couldn’t get home until several days later. To her relief, no damage was done to her home. She and her husband and two cats were evacuated during Ivan to a shelter that would take animals. In the next section was a woman with seven cats, two dogs and a rabbit. That was enough for them. During Jeanne, they went to Atlanta to visit a son. Lionel “Hap” Metivier is still involved in his consulting business, working with school staff to develop team procedures and skills to address problems. He had a successful experience working with middle school kids using the same methods adapted for that level. His health is good, except for some knee problems associated with skiing and sports, so he has no eye on retirement. Before his mother died, she gave him a shoe box of letters he wrote while serving in the army in World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. He has been reading his letters to elderly groups and at veterans’ hospitals in the United States and Canada. Hap finds that there is renewed fascination because veterans from that era are passing away. In November a group of a dozen classmates met in Plymouth at the Common Man Inn for lunch and then attended the musical The It Girl presented by the music, theatre, and dance department at Plymouth State University. I talked with Marjorie McKinney McManus, who lives in Boulder City, Nev. She has been ill for some time and is under a doctor’s care. We all wish her a speedy recovery. Your Class Agent invites all classmates to write, call or e-mail him with news. Written by Albert W. Wilson
Raymond E. Spear ran for office at Coventry School Committee as a Republican candidate in the fall 2004 election.
July 23, 2004 was a beautiful summer day. Jet Jennings met Lorraine Johnstone ’55 in Rochester, N.H., and we rolled up the Maine Turnpike. We talked all of the 100 miles to Auburn, Maine, where we met Shirley Babb at her home. We spent the next three hours drinking iced tea, enjoying lunch, recalling past events and updates on our more recent activities, trips and families. Lorraine told us of her upcoming trip to Lancaster, Pa. She and her husband, John, have already traveled most of the world. Shirley, a new member of the Red Hat Ladies Society, brought us up to date and told us about her 17 summers on Popham Beach, Maine, and an upcoming clam bake on Cabbage Island. Jet, the new class agent had recently returned from Ireland and England where she worked on her writing. Jet also reminded her old roommates of Homecoming. They planned other adventures together. Keep posted. Written by Jet Jennings.
Beverly Zampieri and her husband, Angelo, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel on May 28, 2004. They have two children and four grandchildren. Lorraine A. Johnstone says it would be wonderful if we could all get together to celebrate 50 years. Barbara Spaulding Woodbury is well, enjoying her cat and volunteering at her library. Arlene Parent Welch spent her summer at Wells Beach and has now returned to her daughter’s in California. Al and Alfa Bowers Bourey ’54 came by to have lunch on their way to Bar Harbor. They had returned from a trip to Spain to attend a relative’s wedding. Please send news and come to our Big Reunion.
In July, members and friends of the class of 1956 spent a fun day at the Wells Beach, Maine, vacation cottage of Len and Ellie Savage Yoder. Those attending were Bob Ross, Doria Ross, Joan Giblin, Joan Doyon Savage, Gene Savage ’58, Anita Binette Hussey, Joan Parsons Kenney, Jane Harrison Knowlton, Eileen Phippard Mayew, Jim Mayhew, and Ellie and Len Yoder.
Patricia Caswell reports that Harold Peaslee is recovering at home from bypass surgery after a bad heart attack. He thanks you for your prayers and thoughts. Ken and Sheila Thompson Emery are home for the winter in Columbus, N.M., after a summer on Signal Peak, Ariz. Shelia also took trips to Florida and Seattle, Wash., to visit family.
Jean O’Shea met a group of classmates in Dover for lunch at Stafford Farms in October. Also in attendance were Nina Savitch, Lois Lindh, Dodie Greenwood, Carol Aldrich and Shirley Corrette. Everyone was upbeat and doing well. We chatted and laughed; a benign group. We’re planning to get together periodically. If there are others who might like to join us from time to time call Jean at 742-9358 or Nina at 742-6255. Shirley reports that George is fine and very involved in community and church activities. “Of course by now we all know retirement is a myth,” she says. Lois and Don spend as much time as they can at their camp in Dummer, N.H. They usually have a few of their eight grandchildren with them. She maintains contact with Connie Tiemey and Jim Cornwell who live on the West Coast and have two grandchildren. Last summer, Nina and Lois met Carol Smith Cuttitta in Kittery, Maine. Carol and Ben, who live in Stamford, Conn., were vacationing at Wells Beach. They are retired and have five grandchildren. They visit with friends in Florida in early spring and spend time in Maine each summer. (I am saddened to report that in early November 2004, after the above news was submitted, we learned that Carol had died. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family.) Nina reports she enjoyed a recent 50th high school class reunion. She was looking forward to cruising the New England Coast to Canada in late October. Dodie took her daughter, Jackie, and her two grandchildren to North Carolina to visit her daughter, Nancy, and her two children for a week in October. Dodie remains busy volunteering, walking daily and generally enjoying life. Please keep in touch.
The 45th reunion for the class of 1959 brought about 20 former classmates and their spouses. Festivities began on Friday, June 18 with dinner at the Common Man Inn. On Saturday morning, John Clement presided over our class meeting with the top agenda item being our 50th reunion. We also discussed the class gift. If any of you ’59ers have ideas on either of these topics, please let John or me hear from you. Also, at the meeting I, Bill Hagner, agreed to serve as class agent, giving our classmate Franklin Powers, a much deserved break. Thanks to Frank from the rest of us for his superb commitment to the class. Finally, I would be derelict if I didn’t express my thanks to Reeve Tracy for his hospitality on Saturday evening. His barbecue was superb.
Marilyn Currie Mons, Gail Walsh Barker, Claire Gauthier Wallace and Kathy Anderson Nelson had an enjoyable visit with Bunny Buczynski Clark at her beautiful lake home in Laconia.
Joe Amorosino was inducted into the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame (see page 9). He was already a member of the Sharon High School, Quincy High School and Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Halls of Fame. Check out the photo on page 35 for more ’62 grads.
Mary Grady Panarese, husband Joe and son Christopher (25) were named 2004 Family of the Year by Special Olympics of New Hampshire. Mary is very involved in Special Olympics as Christopher is on a Special Olympics swim team and participates in numerous other sports activities. He is also a Global Messenger for Special Olympics and speaks at many events in Manchester. Mary volunteers at the Special Olympics office in Manchester and for numerous Special Olympics activities. The Panarese family has raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics by participating in the Annual Penguin Plunge held in February in Hampton, N.H. Mary also works three days a week as a legal assistant; two days a week she takes care of her favorite grandchildren, Steven and Ana. Their other son, Matthew (27), lives in Boston and is employed by Verizon. Daughter Tara (31) lives in Hooksett and is an RN. The Alumni Weekend at PSU (though it’s still PSC for most of us alumni!), June 18-19, 2004, brought together several members of our class. Jim Poirier still teaches computer science at Pinkerton Academy, lives in Derry, has two granddaughters and fondly remembers Dr. Norton Bagley, Dr. Barbara Dearborn and, especially, tubing down the Baker River. Bob Skinner is actively involved with sports officiating throughout the state, as well as the skiing scene at Loon Mountain. He and his wife, Crystal Lowe ’71, live and work in Plymouth. Bob gets together yearly with some of his TKE brothers for skiing and golf. Sherwood Fluery is a retired school superintendent who came back to the north country from Cape Cod, and is “co-interim-superintendent-ing” with Fred Bailey. Dale Woodward became a “Grampa” for the third time, with a fourth pending! He’s the director of R&D operations for Hubbard, LLC, Company. Donna Gould Kezar, a three-time grandmother, is a registered oncology nurse who works (and winters) in Naples, Fla., and becomes a traveling nurse during the summer and fall months at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Dana Nelson and his wife, Lee ’72, live in Virginia where Dana runs his own company. He is very involved in community, educational and civic affairs and has received many awards and commendations for his commitments to these areas. By the way, he provided the hats we’re wearing in the picture, which say PSC ’69 on the top! Skip Whitmore “retired” again from education, after returning to it for a six-month “interim teaching” position last year. This one’s for real! He’s now completing/pursuing projects from the past and present, enjoying unscheduled time, and still playing in a rock-and-roll band. Bob Peacock made a “surprise guest appearance,” as many of us were sitting outside the HUB after lunch. Seems he was in the area visiting relatives and, on a whim came to the school. He lives in Oregon, is a ski instructor and was looking pretty relaxed. Actually, that’s how he looked most of the time at PSC! Joan Cook, now living in Maine, did not pursue teaching after graduation, but instead went after and attained a law degree. She has joined the Heritage Society at PSU, which allows individuals to leave personal assets to the school, for benefit to both the school and its students. At lunch, she proposed an idea: that the Class of 1969 create a fund for the school, possibly a scholarship so that someone who might otherwise be unable to do so, be given a chance to attend Plymouth. Or the fund could be used for other areas. It’s still in the planning stage. If interested, contact Joan at PO Box 623, Biddeford, ME 04005-0623 or (207) 286-3741 or email@example.com. In all these years, we’ve gone from “freshmen beanies” (remember when many of us protested against this and burned them along with those “sandwich boards” with our schedules on them?) to being “the establishment” of our communities. At Plymouth, we always were a “class of action” as we helped transform PSC from a “suitcase” college to one with a very active campus life. As we thought then that we could make a difference, perhaps through Joan’s idea, we can again. May you all be well.
Donald D’Ercole is retiring after 31 years as a supervisory special agent to the U.S. Forest Service’s National Law Enforcement Academy. He and his wife plan to spend part of their summers in northern New Hampshire and to travel in the western United States. Dr. Phillip McCormack is the new superintendent for SAU 2, which includes the Inter-Lakes and Ashland School districts.
Katharine Eneguess has been named president of the New Hampshire Community Technical Colleges in Laconia and Berlin. Pete Cofran was honored for his 31 years of service as a softball coach at Plymouth Regional High School. The public retirement ceremony was held at D&M Park on the PSU campus. The event was super and everyone seemed to have fun.
Robert A. Lemire has joined the Bedford School District teaching sixth grade.
Jeff Donovan joined Jacques Whitford Company Inc.’s North Smithfield location as an environmental technician. Bill Bunker is the new district manager for A&W Restaurants.
Judy Krahulec is a new force in the council meetings in Laconia. She is a hard-working and outspoken councilor, who supports the fire and police department fully. Florence A. Sweet now works at APAC as a customer service representative in Newport News, Va.
Mindy Puopolo is assistant professor of psychology at Cal Lutheran University
Jeffery Elliott teaches biology and earth science at White Mountains Regional High School. Laurie Griffin is a girls’ lacrosse coach at Algonquin Regional High School where her team tied for first in their league. This is the sixth time Laurie has coached her team to first place.
Richard Ober is executive director of the Monadnok Conservancy, a conservation land trust that serves 35 towns in southwest New Hampshire. He spoke to the first-year students at PSU during the fall academic convocation. Kathleen Derosa is a new kindergarten teacher at Huckleberry Hill School. Mark Younger of the UPS Store in Plymouth addressed incoming students at the Silver Cultural Arts Center during PSU’s spring orientation. He encouraged them to get involved with the community that he now calls home. Karen Lahey is moving up from special education assistant to a teaching position in the physical education department at North Andover High School; she’s also head coach of girls’ lacrosse.
Patrick J. Dunlea has written an article on “Financing a College Education,” explaining what a student or parent should do to pay for college, such as forms or loans they can apply for. David Pabst is the new principal at Weare Middle School.
Katherine Menici is the new town planner in Alton. Her role is to provide professional support to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Robert W. Hartmann is the new president of Force Communications Group Inc. in Chicago, Ill.
Richard J. Avery is a chief executive officer and scout executive for the Katahdin Area Council, and was named the Boy Scout of America in May this year. He and his wife live in Maine with their daughter, Annika, and son, Chase. Joakim C. Frisk is owner and president of CIS in Gothenburg, Sweden. Craig Souza is now a lieutenant colonel.
Rich M. Young was hired by the Sandwich Board of Selectmen to be the permanent chief of police. They feel the town will benefit greatly from his years of experience in law enforcement in small towns and his close associations in Sandwich. Daniel E. Kern is the new executive director for Bear-Paw Regional Greenways in Deerfield, N.H
Kevin Howland is an account executive for Old Republic Title, responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with real estate agents, their clients and lenders. Raymond Holland has been called back to military duty with the U.S. Army. He is currently serving in Iraq and would love to hear from any former classmates and faculty. He can be reached at Raymond.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eileen Sheehy has been hired as the new assistant principal at Wells High School. Michael Foley is now starting his fifth year as varsity boys’ soccer coach at Belmont High School. He was in the Sunday Snapshot in the Laconia Citizen. Karen Miller McLendon, Beth Lavallee Good, Karen DeMayo and Debbie Manus Love made a road trip this summer to visit Marta Hildebrand who has moved to Half Moon, N.Y., to open her own pet-sitting business. Debbie was also able to catch up with Lori Mckenzie, Leslee DiGirolamo Magee ’88 and Stephanie Jodoin at her home. Debbie would love to hear from all you alums as our reunion is fast approaching; you can e-mail her at email@example.com. Megan J. Foley is now director of bands at La Salle High School. Mary St. Germain Warner recently bought a convenience store in Winslow, Maine. She is selling farm-raised salmon as a commodity and manages the Hannaford Supermarket account. She would love to hear from all her former teammates; you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. David R. Torello is a police officer in East Haven, Conn.
Michael Tempesta is the new assistant principal at Sharon High School (familiar territory for him). Kris Johnson recently joined Prudential Spencer-Hughes as a sales associate. He has consistently ranked as one of Alton’s top producing agents. Stephen Smith was promoted to creative director at the marketing/design firm. He is responsible for overseeing the creative materials generated for agency clients. David S. Falzone is now a library technician at New Hampshire Technical Institute. Jodi Gilman Jones is now working as director of business development client relations for Chameleon Group LLC in Portsmouth, N.H.
David Levesque was in the Laconia Citizen for a Sunday Snapshot. He was recognized as the founder of the Granite State Triathlon Club.
Jeff Hasting is a physical education teacher and varsity baseball coach at Derryfield School.
John J. King was promoted to a newly created position of vice president of student affairs at Roger Williams University. He will oversee the departments of student life, athletics, campus programs, dining services and health services. Randy Swormstedt was in the Laconia Citizen for a Sunday Snapshot for being two-time defending champion of the sprint event in the Timberman Triathlon, and winner of the Inaugural Mooseman Triathlon. Beth M. Flanerty has joined Lesley University as associate director of financial aid. Helen Tuite has joined Littleton High School to teach social studies.
Brent Baldwin is maintaining an active music career as an instrumental vocalist and conductor performing regularly throughout the U.S. and overseas. His band, The Normans, just released their critically acclaimed CD Dreams of Autocrashes on India records. When Brent isn’t traveling or in the studio, he’s at home in Austin, Texas.
Retha L. Fielding ’96G is vice president for institutional advancement at PSU. She has 20 years of experience directing a public relations/communications department. James Tobin has joined WAC Consulting Inc. in Northborough as account manager. Susan B. Millar is teaching applied English at Barnstead Elementary School.
Matt Khoury moved back to New England after seven years in the Midwest. He currently lives in Fitchburg, Mass., with his wife, Dianna, and two sons, Danny and David. Matt is assistant director of campus living at Fitchburg State College. Carolyn Coskren owns Dance Inspirations, for children who are new to the art of dance and want a very warm, friendly, non-competitive environment. She offers classes for children ages two and up. Linda E. Pesaturo received an MBA from Rivier College and graduated with high distinction. She is now marketing communication manager at Macronetics. James “Jim” Morris is the new American studies, English and world literature teacher at Pembroke Academy.
Jonathan Lorentz is an award-winning jazz player and performed at Crossroads Art Council’s new Jazz Café. Crossroads Art Council allows students to work with professional musicians. Jonathan has developed a sound that combines influences of jazz, blues, salsa and the avant-garde. He is a full-time faculty member in the music department at Castleton State College, teaching as well as directing jazz and wind ensembles. Aime Cook is now working at Sisti Law Offices as a law clerk in Chichester, N.H.
Ronda C. Lezberg is the new principal of Quarry Hill Community School. She looks forward to working with families and developing community partnerships. Travis D. Scott has joined the faculty of the North Reading School. Diana Buck is teaching kindergarten at Woodstock Public School in Lincoln, N.H. Angela D’Allesandro is the new English teacher at Danvers High School. Seth M. Peloso is the new assistant men’s basketball coach at New York University.
Ange Picard plays for the New Hampshire Freedom in the Independent Women’s Football League, where she starts as fullback and cornerback. She is also head athletic trainer at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough. Laura J. Brown-Johansmeyer and her husband, Tom, are moving to New York City to pursue new career opportunities. Andrew Stevens earned a graduate certificate in manufacturing management at Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute. He accepted a new position as senior buyer for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Georgia, Vt., and has moved to Burlington. Andrew would like to hear from old friends (email@example.com). Wendy A. Borghoff has enrolled at the University of Edinburgh in the one-year M.S.C. in medieval Scottish studies program, with a three-year Ph.D. option. Rebecca Fenton has begun a residential mortgage origination position in Nashua, N.H. She has moved to Merrimack, Mass., with her boyfriend and things are going great. Rebecca would love to hear from old friends (firstname.lastname@example.org). Jonathan S. Hunt is now assistant coach for the men’s lacrosse and soccer teams for Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Shannon Schlumberger recently moved to Butler, Pa., where she is an assistant Head Start teacher at Dassa McKinney Elementary School. She is also attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for a yearlong diploma program in digital design. Taryn E. Jacques is starting a master’s degree at Salem State College. Christine Tuccio is a branch manager of the Grafton Street, Worcester, branch of Bay State Savings Bank. Lisa-Marie B. Sposta is an out-of-school suspension coordinator/youth counselor at Youth Service Bureau. Melissa D. Levin is now the president’s administrative assistant at PSU.
Whitney Leigh Smith performed a humorous one-act monologue, “Just Another (expletive deleted) on a Cell Phone.” Jeffrey J. Walton is the new owner/operator for Bevinco in Nashville, Tenn. Wesley Roy recently graduated with his M.A. degree in education from Johnson State College and has moved to Boston. He is living with two friends from Plymouth State and working for Northeastern University as assistant director of undergraduate admissions. Kate Lynch is the new first grade teacher at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School. Jon Haas is teaching eighth grade algebra and pre-algebra at Calumet High School and is also now the head girls’ basketball coach. Kristin Morin-Ruston is a software engineer at Raytheon. Ralph Beaman is teaching social studies at Barnstead Elementary School.
Kelley L. Nudd is the new kindergarten teacher at Kingston Children’s Center. Christopher S. Holton is the new loan officer at Champion Mortgage in Parsippany, N.J. Aimee Claffey is a fifth grade teacher at Woodstock Public School. Robert J. Monton is the new Outdoor Education teacher at the Spaulding Youth Center. Tim Warren is now a mortgage broker at Mortgage Options of America in Winchester, Mass. Walter Rowland started a new job with Teleatlas as a map tech in Lebanon, N.H.
John Gobel is director of information services at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and was recognized by PSU for graduating in the top 20 percent of his class. Chelsea Steiner has joined the faculty of the Cobble Hill Christian Academy in Swanzey as a kindergarten teacher. Katie Judd has joined High Point Communication Group Inc. as administrative assistant. Lea C. Gagnon will be coaching and choreographing Goffstown High and Mountain View Middle School dance teams. Anthony Sperazzo is new to the physical education department at Gilford Middle School. He is thrilled to start working there and plans to spend his whole career at the school. Christopher J. Hamel is the new music teacher at Pittsfield Elementary School. Lindsey Herbert is the new guidance counselor at Rundlett Middle School. Kimberly L. Everett is now a consultant at The McCormick Group in Wellesley, Mass. Laura E. Binette is the health educator at Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Brandon A. Wilber is now an accountant at Paymentech. David Evans is now a park manager at the State of New Hampshire Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, N.H.