Class of ’53 Fall 2017 Class Notes

Nancy Schott Plaisted

7 Ledgewater Drive

Kennebunk, ME 04043

(207) 967-1380


Our 64th Reunion was August 29 in Freeport at the Harraseeket Inn. I can’t tell you how it went, as this column was due before that date. However, I think it’s safe to say we all had a great time and congratulated Helen Strong Hamilton, our class president, on her Block “M” Award.

Believe it or not our 65th Reunion is next year, September 13, 14, and 15, 2018.

Helen would like classmates to send a photo of ourselves when we were students as well as a present-day one, to be added to the 1953 Memory Book that was put together for our 50th Reunion. Please send them to Helen at 7 Riverwoods Drive, F101, Exeter, NH 03383 tel. (603) 772-6432 or

Dr. Jean Dolloff Kreizinger, of Newtown, CT, wrote, “Currently, I am involved in developing a native plant garden at the science building. I am also the contact person for Western with the Jackson Laboratory faculty in Farmington, CT.

“One of my greatest joys over the last 15 years has been taking my grandchildren on a trip of their choice. I took Hannah and Tiffany to Austria and Italy. I took Owen and his mother to Hawaii, and Eli and brother Nathan to Russia. Since I have run out of grandchildren I went to Cuba last year with brother Dana and sister-in-law Sally.”

Dave Beppler, of State College, PA, emailed that his wife, Marcia, died in May “after almost 50 years of a great partnership here and abroad, operating a small business together (livestock production) and nurturing six children, all of whom are doing well.” Dave hoped to get to our reunion and then bounce around in Maine for a week thereafter.

He wrote: “I am sending Marcia’s love to each and every one of you.”

Dave, we are so sorry to hear about Marcia. We wish you well and hope to see you at future reunions.

Ron Bishop, of Cornelius, NC, and his wife, Lorna, will be moving to a senior community about a mile away. Also, he pointed out a correction to my last column. Ron went as a tourist, not a member, of the Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division.

Ron went to Guatemala in February (his 10th trip) to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Also, for nine years, he has been sponsoring 10 pupils in Nicaragua, working with an organization, “helping kids get their high school education.” This year in April, he met them “face-to-face—a very emotional trip,” he said.

And, Roman “Whitey” White, of Buxton, Happy 85th birthday Nov. 30. Whitey and his wife, Phyllis, 20th year together, were planning to move to 18 Larchwood Drive in South Portland. Whitey mentioned Bernard Gardner ’52, who died in June in Georgia. He and Bernard were Good Will-Hinckley School classmates. Bernard and his wife, Phyllis Bruce Gardner ’52, were married in Missouri when he was in Officer Candidate School. Whitey said that both of them were musical, and that Phyllis played the organ very well.

Dick Searles, whose “greatest joy is reading,” said he and his wife, Joan, of Old Orchard Beach, are with the Silver Sneakers Program at the Saco Fitness Center. They spend late January to early April in Vero Beach.

Phyllis Noyes Scantlebury, of Pompano Beach, FL: I will get you next column. I know you’re going to Reunion and your cousin Warren Noyes ’53 will be there also.

“Zeke” Mavodones, of Poughkeepsie, NY, celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary in September and vacationed at Higgins Beach during the summer. Last spring he lost his brother Nicholas M. Mavodones, a grad of USM Law School. Zeke said he had not heard from Ruth Partridge Pelletier in quite a while, and that his great-nephew Spencer Bernier is a ’17 UMaine mechanical engineering graduate.

This is it for now. Live it up, but keep out of trouble. *(I got a speeding ticket a month or so ago; I hope they’ll have mercy on little old me, an 85-year-old woman who just had a heart operation and needs a new knee. Wish me luck!)