Class of 1959 Summer 2020 Class Note

Nancy Roberts Munson
Hello ’59ers —
I hope you are enjoying the summer. We had a “winter of no winter” in southeastern Massachusetts. I received a few bits of news from the reunion bio sheets.
Mary “Ketch” Ketchum County and husband, Jim, have lived in Deerfield, MA, all their married life with children not too far away. She stays in contact with a number of classmates — Dottie Foster O’Donoghue, Linda Giles Jones, Jeanne Bassett Prewitt, Carol Burry Gage, and Marianne Schmidt Hamlin. Also Jolean Flint Quimby, who is in Boise, ID.
Muffy Campbell Murphy and husband, Mike, spend part of the year in Spokane, WA, and Palm Desert, CA. They enjoy gatherings with their large family.
Alice Lane Johnson, our valedictorian, and her husband, Paul, live in Watertown, MA, where they have a studio on one floor of their home. Alice’s studio is design and stained glass. Her website shows some magnificent creations in stained glass. On another subject, Alice remembers Pat’s Pizza offering a Bachelor’s of Malt Beverages. Anyone else remember that or have one?
Katherine Perrone, daughter of Ken Perrone ’60G writes under the name of Katherine Knight and has a new book published, Hunting at Hollywood Farm. It has been nominated for an award by the Paranormal Romance Guild.
Jean Ulmer Tompkins has moved to Dirigo Pines in Orono.
We received the annual report from our UMaine Foundation contact, Dee Gardner ’89, indicating that the principal amount in our student scholarship fund was $132,332.30 as of December 19, 2019. Thanks again to everyone who has helped build the fund over the past five years.
Our class treasurer, Peggy Mahar Steck, is an avid biker. She bikes for exercise and fitness and competes in senior bike contests in her home state of Florida. She writes that she recently took home two ribbons in 5K and 10K races. She says, "Biking and competing keeps me ‘young!’”
To support our five-year theme "Let's stay in touch, 59ers!" would you be willing to make a Maine Hello! contact by phone, email, or standard mail with one classmate friend this year? Would you be willing to head up a campaign to make Maine Hello! contacts with your ’59 fraternity brothers or sorority sisters? How about organizing a local luncheon with ’59 classmates in your home area? Please let me know. I will pass your thoughts along to our executive committee.
That’s all! ‘Til next time —