Class of 1960 Fall 2018 Class Note

Kay Sawyer Hannah

88 Seawood Park Road

New Harbor, ME 04554-5003

(207) 677-3003


Dwight Hunter was one of 22 players, coaches, and contributors to join the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in August. The 41-year athletic administrator at Caribou High School was a 1955 graduate of Presque Isle High School, where he excelled in basketball and is the younger brother of Hall of Fame coach, the late Gene Hunter ’54G.


Ralph Pilsbury ’61, ’64 and his wife, Susan, made trips from their home in Land O’Lakes, FL, to a grandson’s wedding in Bangor in April and a granddaughter’s graduation from Ithaca College in New York in May.


Fred and Diane Tatlock Pierce of Las Vegas, who celebrated their birthdays with family in San Diego, CA, in August, received a gift of a trip to Ireland and Scotland next year with their son and family, which will include golf at four well-known golf courses, among them the Old Course in Scotland.


On August 13 classmates and guests gathered at Shaws Wharf and Restaurant in New Harbor followed by an invitation to the home of Pete ’59 and Kay Sawyer Hannah. Present were Julie Hanson Burns and husband, Bob, of Milford, NH, and Pemaquid Point; Gail Rae Carter, of Cumberland Center; Rick Lloyd and guest, Herbert Fletcher, of Honolulu, HI; Joan Gregoire, of Nobleboro; Don DeGolyer and wife, Ann, of Southwest Harbor; Steve Lieman of Groton, MA, husband of the late June Adams Johnson; Charlie Heald and B.J. Marsh of Lincolnville; Debbie Arnold Parlin and husband, Art Parlin ’61, of Millbury, MA; and Mark Shibles of Wilton. Included in our exchanges were shared memories of those who couldn’t be with us and experiences of a 2012 trip around the Hawaiian Islands led by Rick Lloyd. Rick was visiting in Warren, with a subsequent trip to Quebec City.


Joan Gregoire, an active member in the local land trust, is researching a book she plans to write about the adventures of her grandmother, who sailed around the world in 1889 on the last voyage of the John R. Kelly, which ultimately shipwrecked at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.


Don and Ann DeGolyer will be in Florida from October to April. Their son, Troy, is about to retire after 31 years as an Apache Flight School Instructor.


Steve Lieman reports that the concert, given in memory of June Adams Johnson by her favorite musical group, Emma’s Revolution, in Groton, MA, on June 1 raised $5,500 for The Jackson Laboratory’s cancer research.


Fred Varricchio of Wakefield, RI, and Venice, FL, and wife, Claudette, planned to visit Maine in September and Cuba in November. Fred sent his latest article for the Global Alignment of Immunization Safety Assessment in pregnancy (GAIA), part of the Brighton Collaboration, which he co-authored with other volunteers. Fred also serves as a medical officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in Venice, FL. He shares the happy UMaine memory of riding to a 1960 Reunion with Sandie Page and Gail Mallett Rae, who all happened to be close by that year. Fred reports that Joanie Mavor of Bonita Springs, FL, sustained some damage from last fall’s hurricane. She enjoys embroidering and keeps ever busy with new activities like softball scoring. Fred also sees Steve Collins, who lives with his wife, Sandra, in Harpswell, and goes to Fort Myers, FL, in the winters, where they occasionally go with the Varricchios to alumni Red Sox or other team spring training events. Steve reportedly enjoys hunting, boating, and golfing.


Brad Hooper of Huntington, WV, shares several UMaine memories, including freshman orientation at the Agriculture College with its delicious chicken cooked over charcoal, starting a cheerleading group with fellow freshmen for football games, the burning of his Theta Chi fraternity house that caused a move to dorms on the site of the current Alfond Arena, and the academic steering of his brothers that led to the highest grade point average of the fraternities. Also their winning of spring choral contests. Brad appreciates his experience of being seated next to and conversing with UMaine president Dr. Hauck on a flight back to school as being “a very relaxing experience.”


Class president Ace Conro works diligently on behalf of our class. Says as of June our class is second highest in fundraising. He was on the Orono campus September 12-15 to meet with UMaine’s new president and other officials and on October 5 to attend the induction of Will Spencer ’61, half-mile record holder, into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame.