Class of 1951 Fall 2018 Class Note

Frances Pratt Caswell

25 Thornton Way #106

Brunswick, ME 04011

(207) 725-6084


Paul Kimball wrote: “While at UMO, I was a member of Phi Eta Kappa and ran on both the indoor and outdoor track teams. After graduation I was drafted into the Army in November 1951. After completing basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ, I was sent to Korea. I was on the front lines for one year rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal after discharge. I accepted a position at Warner-Chilcott Labs in Morris Plains, NJ. I worked in quality control for about eight years and then transferred to packaging and was there for eight years. I left in 1970 as supervisor of packaging. I joined Hoechst Pharmaceuticals, a German company, in 1970 as manager of packaging and traveled to Germany to our main facility. The company started in the USA in Cincinnati, OH, and built a whole new complex in Somerville, NJ. When I left in 1994, I was responsible for 125 people as director of packaging operations in the United States.

“I met my wife Maxine after coming home from Korea, and we were married in 1955. We have three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Maxine and I enjoy traveling with our local Senior Citizens Club to various shows. Our family keeps us involved in their many activities. We live in our own two-bedroom condo at 601 Brook Hollow Drive, Whippany, NJ 07981, about 30 miles outside NYC, and are happy being independent. I would like to hear from my former classmates and frat brothers.”

Hilda “Jinx” Livingston Miller writes that she is busy with water aerobics, book club, Bingo, daily movies, and water walking; while Stan is busy as a member of their plant operations committee at Stoneridge Creek Retirement Community in Pleasanton, CA, playing duplicate and social bridge, going to the gym, and playing on their unit’s bocce team. A big event in 2017 was celebrating Stan’s 90th birthday at a rented cottage in Santa Cruz, CA. They enjoy being close to their son William and his wife, Crystal, with whom they celebrate birthdays and holidays.

James R. McDonald died on April 11, 2018. Jim graduated from South Portland High School and earned a BS in civil engineering at the University of Maine. A graduate of the ROTC program, he went on to train at Fort Belvoir, VA, before deployment to Korea, where he served with the Army Corps of Engineers’ 2nd Division. He saw combat on Pork Chop Hill and Old Baldy. Following discharge in 1953, he returned to work in Boston as a fire protection engineer. Early in his civil engineering career, Jim designed water and sewage systems throughout Maine with the engineering firm Dale Caruthers, after which he co-founded BH2M in Gorham. As a golf professional, he co-founded and designed Gorham Country Club, where he was head pro. He also designed the second nine at Purpoodock Country Club in Cape Elizabeth. He is survived by his sons Jim, Mike, Kevin, and Stephen, and his daughter, Julie; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

I am also sad to report that my husband, Forrest Caswell, died on June 4, 2018, at our home at Thornton Oaks. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he was a civil engineer. After college he was employed as a chief of party for Wright-Pierce of Topsham, ME, and surveyed between Brunswick and Portland in the planning days for I-295. After we were married in 1956, he worked for Consolidated Constructors and Builders as a construction superintendent on commercial projects including Morrill Gymnasium at Bowdoin College, 1 Monument Square, and the Temple Street Parking Garage in Portland. Before retirement he was employed by Sullivan and Merritt as a project manager on Maine paper mill projects. We enjoyed traveling and gardening and keeping up with the activities of our six grandchildren. Although not a UMO grad, he knew the “Stein Song” and was always willing to accompany me to alumni activities. We enjoyed the summer lobster lunches we hosted for the Class of 1951 at our cottage in Harpswell. I am very thankful for the wonderful 62 years we had together.