Class of 1952 Summer 2021 Class Note

Al Cole
2009 Hillside Road
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

Al Pease
30 Community Drive
Apartment 218
Camden, ME 04843

Margaret “Marnie” Murray Pease has moved from the apartment she shared with her husband, Alan, at Quarry Hill in Camden, ME, to the Courtyard at Quarry Hill, a memory unit. Al has moved to a smaller apartment that he shares with his two feline friends. Mail for Marnie and for Al can be addressed to them at 30 Community Drive, Apt. 218, Camden, ME 04843-2066 and to They would like to hear from you.

Had a very brief note from Norman Minsky, Esquire, an honorary member of our class. He is “of council” to the law firm of Gross, Minsky, & Mogul, with offices in Bangor. He is a Bangor native and still resides in Bangor.

Don Spear lives in Portland. He lost his wife three years ago and admits to missing her dearly. Don had a mini-stroke in January of this year and he says that he seems to be recovering well. On another front, he admits to have lost a lot of memory and, like many of the rest of us, struggles to find well-known words.

Jean Frye Begley has given up her home in Waldoboro and moved to Brunswick to be closer to her daughter, Mary Baard. Her mailing address is 89 Admiral Fitch Avenue, Brunswick, ME.

I have learned that Ruth Drysdale Frazier has moved to a retirement home. She had been living with her son in Sparks, Nevada, but he is moving East and Ruth may join him and his family when he completes improvements on the house he has purchased.

Adelaide Grant Ruby still resides in Warminster, PA, but continues to be in contact with Frances Smart Trefts, who lives in Hancock, ME, and is a former correspondent for news of our Class of 1952.

Roger and Thela Leach celebrated their 93rd birthdays and look forward to their 72nd wedding anniversary. After graduation he received a graduate fellowship in the agronomy department at Penn State. After completing his graduate program, he was hired by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corrections as farm coordinator with the goal of providing more up-to-date training experiences for inmates. After seven rewarding years he returned to UMaine to work as field program coordinator on a team to reorganize the Cooperative Extension Service. He remained at UMaine until retirement. Roger and Thela live in Sunnyside, a church-sponsored community in Sarasota, FL. All of their five children attended UMaine. They also have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Ray Feasey writes: “Sue and I live in a senior housing campus in Pittsford, NY, and celebrated two years here on April Fools’ Day! We have one daughter local, one in Rhinebeck, NY, and a son in Massachusetts. Sue is on the library board here and I was recently picked to lead the operations and maintenance committee. Because of the virus, most of our activities here at Cloverwood have been shut down but I do play pool three times a week and we do have our own TV channel to watch plus a movie theater to enjoy. We are looking forward to another U of M lobster bake in one of our local parks — an event we both have been involved in for many years. At our age we don’t travel much but we have made many new friends here.”

Our Class of 1952 Scholarship Fund is continuing to grow! As of 1/31/2021, the principal value of our fund was $155,441 and the market value was $182,718. Thank you to all who have supported this fund over the years!

Our scholarship fund provided $4,896 in scholarship assistance this past academic year. The award was split between two students: Elliot Gagnon-Victor, a first-year student majoring in secondary education, is the grandson of Joan Vachon Victor and is from Ellsworth, ME. Courtney Higgins Reddish, a junior majoring in communication sciences and disorders, is the great-grandchild of Ruby Bryant Higgins ’59H and is from Canton, MA.

Please continue to send us any news and updates about yourselves for our future columns! Stay tuned for more info on our 70th Reunion coming up in 2022!