Class of 1955 Summer 2020 Class Note

Janet Bishop Butler

It was a wonderful surprise to get an email from Al Healy. He and Gloria moved from Vermont to Tennessee in 2011 following a most tragic complete burning of their house in Vermont. They had a house built outside of Jonesborough, TN, with a great mountain view. They say they like it there a lot, and with such frequent move-ins from other states, they have a motto: “Let’s not tell anybody about it” We are looking forward to seeing Al and Gloria at reunion.

In spite of health concerns, Nancy Cameron Dewilde still plays volleyball every week, as she says she needs the exercise and enjoys it so much. Nancy said that she has slowed down in other activities in which she has been involved over the years.

I am amazed every Christmas when Muriel Verrill Gade sends her Christmas letter. She is always leading a busy life and does so many different activities from visiting her family in Texas to playing bridge, going to musical events, etc. She sold her cottage in Maine after so many years of visiting Maine every summer, but Muriel says she still hopes to visit often, as she has relatives and friends she wants to see.

There is a very sad and strange ending to my column this time. Your class officers were going to have a telephone conference to fine-tune some plans for our reunion. Ron Sheay had accepted the position of being treasurer of our class a few months ago and was to be part of this telephone call when in fact, he passed away two days before the telephone conference took place. It was a very upsetting time for all of us, as Ron was indeed an outstanding member of our class and he was always a dedicated supporter of the University of Maine. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ginny, and her family.

Paul and I are all settled in our new surroundings and doing well. There are quite a few University of Maine alumni here also. Jot down in your address book our new address and telephone number and while you are doing that, let me hear from you personally.