Thornton Academy Postscripts Alumni Magazine Winter 2007 - Page 17

www.thorntonacademy.org CLASS NOTES 1929 Ralph Meserve was honored by First Parish Congregational Church in Saco as part of the “Nifty Nineties” celebration honoring members of the church who are 90 years old or more. 1936 Roy Fairfield was honored by Saco Mayor Mark Johnston ‘71 and the City Council for his work in preserving local Saco history, researching, taking care of town records and archiving at Dyer Library. Herbert Dyer e-mailed the Alumni Office in September that he had lost his Thornton Academy sweatshirt in Hurricane Katrina and was seeking a new one. The Alumni Office was happy to oblige. Herb is living in Metairie, LA. 1938 Laura Harmon Ekengren’s husband Ernie passed away in March 2006. 1942 Lucy Kozloff Murphy wrote to the Alumni Office recently with news. “I sold my home in Abington, MA, and moved to Seattle to be near my youngest son Michael and his wife, and two grandchildren. I miss Abington, and I would like to hear from my classmates.” 1945 Fred Arno’s granddaughter Brooke is a finalist in the Oscar Mayer Weiner jingle contest, finishing in the top five out of 18,000 contestants for her rendition of the well-known commercial. Check out her winning performance at www.singthejingle. com. Dorothy Rae Whitehead Guay wrote that she and her husband are “enjoying our family of three children, two grandchildren and great grandchildren.” 1946 The class celebrated its 60th anniversary at Joseph’s by the Sea in September with 35 classmates, spouses, and one daughter in attendance. They’re looking forward to Number 70 in 2016. Fred Clark was honored by Saco Mayor Mark Johnston ‘71 and the City Council for his work in preserving local Saco history by researching, taking care of town records and archiving at Dyer Library. 1956 The Class of ‘56 enjoyed a wonderful three-day celebration for their 50th reunion in July, with a record turnout of, ironically, 56% of their classmates! The class also made a gift to the Thornton Academy Annual Fund to recognize their reunion. Former coach Donald Russell flew in from Texas for the big event. “It was a great experience for me to be at the reunion. Also, I made two trips to the campus, the first time in ten years—greatly impressed.” Former teachers Elizabeth Morse ‘43 and Caroline Strong also attended the reunion. 1957 50th Reunion Bob Keithley and his wife Lynne have moved back to Saco. Bob is busy planning the 50th reunion for this fall and would love to hear from classmates. 1958 Barry Gallant and Mike Searles and their wives, Roberta Sargent Gallant ‘62 and Ellen Searles, fulfilled a long-time dream last summer. Here’s their account of the journey. “Our 9-week camping adventure with two travel trailers and a dog took us across country, through the beautiful Canadian Rockies, entering Alaska in the first part of July. Highlights included the mountainous Banff and Jasper State Parks in British Columbia, the nearly 1,400 mile drive up the Alaska Highway, and a glacier landing on the flanks of Mt. McKinley. We also enjoyed king salmon fishing on the Kenai River, wildlife viewing in Denali National Park, and a bumpy 80+ mile ride over the “Top of the World Highway” to Dawson City, stopping at the tiny town (pop. 20 something) of Chicken, Alaska, to pan for gold. During the trip we met many nice people, ate some great food and enjoyed the great outdoors.” Carole Warren Spiller wrote to the Alumni Office in January: “We will have two granddaughters at the end of March! Don is retiring this summer, and I am getting ready to tour Greece with my showband Special Blendz.” 1960 Maynard Pelkey wrote from his home in Aruada, CO, in August to share news. “My wife Faith retir Y