Class of 1960 Winter 2022 Class Note

Welcome to winter, classmates! 

Please plan to join us next summer for our make-up 60th Reunion — it will be bigger and better than ever!

Read on about some of the classmates who planned to come to the Boothbay region and Orono for the Reunion. 

  1. Peter Gauthier and his wife, Germaine, decided to honor their reservation at the Newagen Inn in Southport and went anyway after COVID-19 shut us down. After graduation Peter spent two years in the Navy and then worked all over the world for IBM. He now enjoys sailing, volunteer work, and lives nearby in Falmouth after moving back to Maine four years ago.

Sidney “Sid” Baker lives in Virginia Beach, VA. His major was forestry. While at the two-year program in Burlington, VT, he met fellow forestry students Steven Hardy ‘61G, who lives in Rumford, ME, and Peter Hannah ‘59. Sid, Pete, and Steven all left the University of Vermont and completed their forestry degrees at the University of Maine.

Pete and Kay Sawyer Hannah flew to Juneau, AK, in September, where they met their son Ian. A cruise traveling up the inside passage brought them up close to Glacier Bay and passing through fjords. They photographed whales, seals, sea lions, otters, and wolves while kayaking and hiking on climbs “too steep.” 

Don DeGolyer of Southwest Harbor, ME, is in Florida for the winter to be near his two children, who are in the Orlando area. He is retired military and lived in Lexington, KY, before coming back to Maine. His wife, Anne, passed away two years ago.

William “Bill” Stiles lives here in Cumberland and has always been extremely active in the community. He was on the town council for most of the past 25 years, is currently on the board of directors of the local historical society, and has five children who are also town taxpayers. Although his major was microbiology, he ended up running his family’s insurance business. For the past 30 years he was an EMT for the rescue service. (If he was successful in his moose hunt this fall, I will let you know, as I am promised some of the bounty.)

Joan Gregoire retired to Maine in 1996 and has been here permanently since 2005. She lives in Nobleboro and enjoys a summer cottage in Bremen. Her current project of writing a book based on her grandmother’s diary and her father’s experiences, also as a ship’s captain, are on her docket for the winter. Her roommate at UMO was Marjorie Abbot Palmer of Derry, NH. 

Richard “Rick” Lloyd is president of the Aloha Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. He writes the newsletter of this club and is on his eighth issue. He and his friend, Herb, were the first to make Reunion reservations. Coming from Honolulu, HI, is a 5,150-mile trip.

Julie Ann Hanson Burns, married to Bob Burns, worked for the state of New Hampshire for 25 years. She was a financial aid officer for them. At college she majored in psychology. Currently, they are at RiverWoods, a 50+ continuous care facility. They summer at a cottage in New Harbor. Her college roommate was Nancy Waisanen Galway, now living in North Carolina.

Other classmates who had made reservations at Newagen were Norman Nutter, Sherry Webster-Walkup, Nancy Morse Dysart, and yours truly.

The mystery person who was so generous to treat us to the boat ride, lobster bake, and theatre performance is on deck for a repeat performance this coming summer. It will just be bigger and better! 

Tade Osier Cross, who has a home in Pemaquid but resides in Winston-Salem, NC, has not been to Maine for two years. Her son, Peter, moved from Florida, and now lives with Tade. She hopes to come back for the summer.

We have a new class treasurer. Thank you, Ralph Pilsbury, for taking on this job!

As for yours truly, I was humbled by the honor of receiving the Hilda A. Sterling ‘55 class correspondent award, presented annually. President of the Alumni Association, John Diamond ‘78, ’89G, read the award citation to me on September 23, 2020, when we had our last Zoom officers meeting. Our current officers are quietly supporting the Class of 1960. President Ace Conro is commended for all the personal letters he has written to you who have lost spouses and loved ones.

Plan to connect with all of us next late summer or early fall.

As always, Gail