Class of 1961 Fall 2018 Class Note

Judy Ohr

19332 Hempstone Avenue

Poolesville, MD 20837-2133


Class president Andy McGarry asks that as you read through these class notes, pause and reflect upon how far we have come in our journey since graduation. Shirlene Heath Goslin and Ian MacKinnon together with Meg Thompson Villarreal, Anne Wescott Dodd, and Ann Lynch MacKinnon have made plans for a class off-year celebration, September 11-12, 2019, in Boothbay Harbor. We have accomplished much and deserve some fun (Class of ’61, still having fun) together. We have 30 rooms set aside at Spruce Point Inn but will be able to reserve more rooms once we know of your plans. If you have not replied to the email survey, you are urged to contact Ian at with one of the following responses. This is to assess interest and not registration.

  1. Count me in.
  2. I am interested, will put it on my calendar, but cannot commit yet. Please keep me posted.
  3. Sorry, I cannot make it.

The mini-reunion will include a banquet, trip to the botanical gardens, and cocktail party on the porch of Nancy Rich Marbury’s cottage, among other things. For more details, go to our class page at, class notes, class pages, 1961. Early in 2019 you will receive a flyer and follow-up email with more information and a reservation form.

Now for some news. Peter and Gail McLain Berry took a transatlantic cruise from San Juan to Barcelona with stops in Madeira, Valencia, and Tangiers before driving through the Pyrenees to Bordeaux and up to Paris. As much fun as this trip was, Peter says his favorite trip is coming to Maine from Alabama each summer. Jane Petherbridge Ives and Cliff celebrated their 59th anniversary with a vacation in Machias, exploring the nearby peninsulas. They were impressed with the fitness center at UMaine Machias. Jane is a consultant for the United Methodist Marriage and Family Ministries in Portland.

Mary Irving Fantucchio spent some time at her condo in Old Orchard Beach and while there lunched with Diane Lord Marles, Jane Wilson Sturgis, and Marcia Sayward Blake at Cole Farm in Gray. Also getting together for a mini-reunion were former Colvin Hall roommates Sally Gibson, Bette Bridges Madej, and Ann Wescott Dodd. Their fourth roommate, Ellie Fay Dingman, is in memory care in Illinois. June Toulouse Heintz was surprised to see Nancy Kennedy Hostler at their granddaughters’ dance recital in New Jersey.

Andy McGarry and Paul Daly continued their deer hunting tradition in Maryland. Andy came up to Paul’s place in Queen Anne County. They also hunted for Sika deer, a sort of small elk-like deer according to Andy, in Black Water Wildlife Refuge. After 50 years, Kay Allen has finally retired from either a regular job or a demanding volunteer activity. Her work as the city of Dripping Springs (TX) emergency planning coordinator was so exemplary that to say thanks the city declared June 12 as Kay Allen Day. Kay’s first retirement activity was a trip to Palo Duro Canyon in her RV. Now she is devoting her free time to making a home for senior dogs in need.

Will Spencer was inducted into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame this year. Will was a six-time letter winner in track and a three-time Yankee Conference champ. He set the college’s record in the 600 and was a member of the record-setting 4×440-yard relay team. Will retired as a Lt. Colonel from the Army after 25 years. He served two tours in Vietnam and earned the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Legion of Merit.

Our class has a marvelous collection of recent photos on our webpage. If you want to be notified as new photos are posted, send me your email address and I’ll add you to my mailing list.