Class of 1961 Summer 2019 Class Notes

Judy Ohr

Only a few more months until our mini-Reunion in Boothbay Harbor this September. You should have received a mailing with a reservation form. If you didn’t receive the information (or have misplaced it), email me. Additional information is on our webpage at, class notes, class page, 1961. Also if you haven’t accessed our photo album on the page recently, please do. There are a lot of new photos since the last alum magazine.

Bill ’61 and Jane Libby Littlefield ’60 took their granddaughter Maddie to Germany in October to see their seven “families” that were so kind to them and their four children in their 28 years there in the Army, beginning in 1969. They enjoyed warm, sunny weather and met Maddie’s mother in Heidelberg as she was attending an American high school reunion, traveling from Colorado Springs. Bill enjoyed introducing Maddie to German food, the lovely scenery, the beautiful Black Forest, and seeing the 16th century recreation area in Bopfingen where the astronauts had practiced moon walks. Who knew?

John ’64 and Carol Wescott Peters celebrated their 57th anniversary the day after Christmas and went to Disney World to celebrate Carol’s birthday in January. Heard from Kay Allen that after several years of personally adopting old and medically challenged dogs, she and her roommate, Shannon,  decided to do something about abandonments and premature euthanasia so they formed K&S Senior Pet Furever Home and Hospice in Dripping Springs, TX.

Jane Wilson Sturgis ’97G sold her home to her daughter and erected a three-bedroom ranch with sunroom on a lot that belonged to her in-laws in New Gloucester. After having served the town as a selectman for three years Janie was elected to the SAD #15 school board. Andy McGarry attended the 2018 Orange Bowl, the weeklong Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament, and the Florida 2019 edition of the Black Bear Road Trip. Nancy Woods Rearick and Danny ’58, ’61 are still doing well in New Brunswick and travel back to New England to see family.

Spoke to Jeanine Gagnon Stewart, who with her husband, Stan, splits her time between Bangor and Port Charlotte, FL. Heard from Ruth Bouchard Klein that she credits her good health to a vegan life and every year doing a Road Scholar hike to stay in shape. She has hiked Zion National Park and the streets of San Francisco, as well as throughout New Mexico. Another perennial traveler is Etta Libby Davenport, who went on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna last summer. Lots of good food, wine, and no stress.

Gingee Buckley Franco and Regina Murphy Ruhlin enjoyed two Senior College courses in Bangor this fall. Going to class gave them an excuse to have lunch out with other retirees. Last spring Gingee and Vince ’62, ’70G traveled to Arizona and San Antonio to visit Vince’s relatives. Gingee said the heat was oppressive. You gotta be tough to live in the Southwest!

Meg Thompson Villarreal attended a book reading and signing of Cal Thomas’s ’59, ’68G latest spy
novel, Decoy. This is the second in a series with lead character Kyle McBride. Pat McCluskey of Peru was elected chairwoman of SeniorsPlus, the designated Western Maine Agency on Aging. The organization assists older adults and adults with disabilities in Franklin, Oxford, and Androscoggin counties remain at home safely and for as long as possible.

Lois Hamilton Tourangeau moved to Shallotte, NC, to be with her daughter’s family. They return to Maine and New Hampshire a few times a year and plan to spend this summer at the family camp near Bethel. Two cats and crafting keep Lois busy and happy.

And finally, not a classmate, but I’m always delighted when my holiday greeting arrives from Professor and Mrs. Harry Greaver. They are happy and healthy in Oregon, where Prof. Greaver recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He said he is still amazing! And you know what, I bet he is. He loved to give me advice on dating men — I never took it!