Class of 1959 Summer 2019 Class Notes

Nancy Roberts Munson

Hello, ‘59 classmates — some news items for you.

Blaine Moores ’63G received a major honor from his alma mater, Lee Academy. During alumni weekend the school renamed its Lee campus Moores Campus. It was a big surprise, as the Welcome Alumni sign covered the new sign saying Moores Campus. Blaine has been a major benefactor over the years.

A group of the 1959 Forestry and Wildlife class met last spring to reminisce about memories, especially of Summer Camp, and talked about their careers and how they were well prepared by their days at the University of Maine.

Ken Perrone’s ’60G granddaughter, Kimberly, has won the Miss Sunshine State American Teen competition and will go on to the national USA Teen competition.

Pete and Kay Sawyer Hannah ’60 had a busy 2018, traveling to Tampa in the winter to visit with Pete’s sister Judy, and driving to the Florida Panhandle from there. In October, they went to Montreal to see a few of his relatives and continued on to Morin Heights and Bark Lake for a few days to revisit his childhood and ancestral sites. This was followed in December with a family gathering and Monhegan Island visit to celebrate Kay’s birthday.

Our classmate, Chuck Peddle, known as the Father of the Personal Computer, is the recipient of the Alumni Career Award. Congratulations from all your classmates, Chuck.

Another alumni award recognizes Robert Davee and his family, recipients of the Fogler Legacy Award. The award is given to a family with multiple generations of Black Bear alumni. Ten members of the Davee family have earned UMaine degrees.

Susan H and Don Cookson were thrilled with the arrival of a great-grandson, Ryder Mathew Clark, son of Don’s granddaughter, Kylie, and husband, Tim. Another addition to the family was a new alpaca, Paco, and his mother, Sapphire.

At Thanksgiving Don and Susan welcomed several UMaine international grad students to their home to share in the holiday. Susan has started an Etsy store and is selling her Grain-E-Tote bags made out of plastic animal food bags, which keeps them out of the landfill.

Jean Ulmer Tompkins is still living in Houlton but possibly contemplating a move in the future. She spent Christmas with son, Glen, with dinner at the Bangor Marriott.

Muffy Campbell Murphy still spends time at home in Spokane but winters in Palm Desert and is still golfing.

Pat Benner Keenan and husband, Frank ‘58, attended Frank’s 60th Reunion last year and are planning on attending ours this year. They joined their family for a ski trip to start the year at Canaan Valley.

Don and Lyn Anderson McLeod are doing well and still living in Tolland, CT.

Dave and Judy Ward Marshall have retired. They have leased their nursery business to a former competitor and hope to do some traveling.

Time flies. It doesn’t seem possible but true: we have bid our adopted Class of 2019 farewell as its members graduated this spring and are on their way to new life experiences and careers.

Hope you’re planning on attending our 60th Reunion: 570 classmates were on the mail list for the postcard announcing it! Chairperson Helen “Duckie” Inman Boomer encourages us to attend this important class gathering. She and her committee have worked hard to set up an interesting and warm
Maine Hello event for us.

There is still time to double your 2019 contribution to our Class Scholarship Fund, thanks to Blaine’s matching gift offer. The fund has almost doubled during the last five years.

From all the officers and members of your Executive Committee: we look forward to seeing you in