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February 2009

Frank Ammirati, 65, of Tampa, Fla., died December 16, 2008. He grew up in the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in 1961. He retired after 37 years of teaching in Hillsborough County schools.

Janelle “Jane” Bouche, 77, of Palm City, Fla., died December 9, 2008. She moved with her husband Georges to the Canal Zone in 1970 where she was a substitute teacher and later was appointed to the position of Administrator for the University of Oklahoma Graduate Degree Program, Panama Canal Zone. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Berta Méndez de Briceño, 85, of Panama, R.P., died Decembeer 20, 2008. During 1960-1970 she taught Spanish lessons to U.S. military Officers stationed in Panama, She also worked temporarily for the Panama Canal Company.

Janice Brownlee, 68, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died November 11, 2008. She was born in Ancon and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1959. She left Panama in 1962 and lived in Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Florida where she worked as a Nutritionist for many years.

Jenny Sue (Frazier) Cowell, 71, of Bumpus Mills, Tenn., died January 4, 2009. She went to the Canal Zone as a child and attended Ancon and Balboa Elementary Schools. She returned to Tennessee in 1952 with her parents.

Roscoe Ronald “Ronn” Crump, 60, of Conway, S.C., died December 24, 2008. He was born in Colon, R.P., and graduated from Balboa High School in 1966. He retired after many years in the local golf industry and was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

John Robert Dekle, Jr., 54, of Tampa, Fla., died July 9, 2008. He moved to the Canal Zone in 1963 where his father taught at Balboa High School. He graduated from BHS in 1973 and attended Canal Zone College. He worked in security and traveled extensively throughout the world for over 18 years.

Lois Johnson “Sweetiegirl” Evitt, 77, of Las Vegas, Nev., died December 10, 2008. She was born in the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in 1949. She worked for the Canal Zone Government in Balboa as a Personnel Specialist from 1960-1970 and from 1976-1978 for IRS in Houston, Texas. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Martha Eunice “Eunie” Richard of Jonesboro, Ga., died December 31, 2008. At the age of 12, she moved to Panama with her family. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1929 and from the Syracuse School of Journalism. She returned to Panama and worked for the Panama Canal Company Press Office until 1972 when she retired. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Captain George E. Smith of Lynn Haven, Fla., died recently at home. He resided in the Canal Zone for 30 years. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society. No further information is available.

Lee Snider, 77, of Bremerton, Wash., died December 19, 2008. He served a Machinist apprenticeship at PSNS from 1954 to 1958 and transferred to the Panama Canal Company in 1952 as a Marine Machinist. He retired as an admeasurer in 1981 and returned to Washington where he continued to work as an admeasurer and surveyor. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Alan R. Ford of Sarasota, Fla., died November 3, 2008. He was born in Panama, R.P., and attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High School in 1941. He was one of the Canal Zone’s swimming all-time greats. He held numerous national and world swimming records, and won a silver medal in the 1948 Olympic Games. He was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1966. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Gertrude E. Levin, 84, of Bronson, Fla., died April 7, 2008. She grew up in Colon, R.P., the daughter of Edmund and Edith Ulrich. She married Luther E. Davis, Jr., and later married the late Dr. Bernard K. Levin, the Health Director from Coco Solo. She left Panama in 1988 and moved to Florida in 2000. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Joyce Engelke May, 75, died October 21, 2008. She was born in Gorgas Hospital and grew up in Gamboa. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1950. She worked as a Recreation Assistant for the Schools Division and she also worked for the U.S. Army.

Bruce McKeen of Bucksport, Maine, died December 22, 2008. He grew up in the Canal Zone and attended Canal Zone College. He was a talented harmonica player and played with many local musicians. He was also a talented artist specializing in molas. He was a longtime teacher and musician in Bucksport. He was also a former golf pro in Sarasota, Fla., and was a sportswriter in Sarasota and Maine.

Margaret Kuhn Morales, 89, of California, Mo., died January 8, 2009. Margaret was an Army dependent and graduated from Balboa High School in 1936. After college she returned to the Canal Zone as a dietician at Gorgas Hospital and then Corozal Hospital. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Guy Martin Newland, 80, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died June 17, 2008. He was born in the Canal Zone and attended Colegio de La Salle in Panama City. He graduated cum laude from Kent School in 1947 and then graduated from Princeton University in 1951. He worked for Becton Dickinson & Co. from 1953 to 1989 in Mexico, Latin America, and Spain.

John Hay Stevens, 92, died in Titusville, Fla., on December 8, 2008. He went to the Canal Zone at age 18 and attended the Canal Zone Junior College and worked for the Star & Herald for several years. He then worked for the Commissary Division in Mount Hope until 1956 and retired as Chief of Procurement with the Storehouse Division on the Pacific side in 1977.

Donna M. Stuebe, 82, died December 4, 2008. She was a counselor at Balboa High School in the Canal Zone from 1954-1982. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Olga Watkins died August 22, 2008, in Panama. She was raised in Colon and in 1942 married Homer Watkins who was a fireman at the Mount Hope Fire Station.

H. Loring White, 80, of Phoenix, Ariz., died January 8, 2009. He moved with his family in 1956 to live and teach in the Canal Zone. He taught at the high school level then moved to the Canal Zone College as a professor of history and English. In 1981 he took early retirement and returned to the United States.

March 2009

Pearl Kariger Barlow, 92, of Virginia Beach, Va., died January 29, 2009. She moved to the Canal Zone in the early 1930s with her parents, married Captain Gordon F. Kariger and left Panama in 1953 for Norfolk, Va.

Jaye Thompson Barrett, 62, of Orange Park, Fla., died March 12, 2009. She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, and graduated from Balboa High School in 1964. No further information available.

Nellree Baker Smith Berger, 87, died January 29, 2009, in Signal Mountain, Tenn. She married Spencer Smith, a Canal Zone resident in 1946 and went to work for the Panama Canal Company. She was widowed in 1960 and married Ernest E. Berger in the Canal Zone in December 1962. She retired from the Engineering & Construction Bureau in August 1971, and he retired from the Electrical Division. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society and had worked in registration at the annual reunions for many years.

Carolyn Anne Bierbaum, 59, of Dothan, Ala., died January 15, 2009. She was born in the Republic of Panama on December 30, 1949, grew up in the Canal Zone and attended school there. She moved to Dothan in 1974.

Jack Campbell, 97, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died February 1, 2009. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1929 and retired from the Canal Zone on December 1, 1967. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Mary Elizabeth Cantrell, 81, died February 16, 2009, in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was born in the Canal Zone but grew up in many locales as her father was a career Navy officer. She lived most of her adult life traveling with her Navy officer husband until they returned to Maine in 1960.

Hollis B. Castner, 61, of Belleair, Fla., died February 21, 2009. She was born in the Canal Zone and came to Florida in 1965 from Cincinnati, Ohio. She was an accomplished Masters’ and open water competitive swimmer.

Doris G. Dugas, 87, of Spring Hill, Fla., died February 16, 2009, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She worked at Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone after WWII, met her husband Norman while there, and they relocated to Annapolis, Md., in 1966. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Robert “Lucky” Summers, of Clearwater, Fla., died November 10, 2008, one day before his 75th birthday. He was stationed at Albrook Air Force Base for four years, and went to work for the Panama Canal Company after being discharged. He retired in 1982 and returned to Florida. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Paul Francis Swift, 85, died March 9, 2009, in Clearwater, Fla. After his Army service in Europe and the Pacific, he had a distinguished career with Eastman Kodak; serving his first years with the company in the Panama Canal research labs, researching the effects of climate on the film development process. He retired from Eastman Kodak in 1984.

Joseph A. Vowell of Rogers, Ariz., died March 8, 2009. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1955, and was a member of the Panama Canal Society. No further information is available.

Edward P. Filo Sr., 90, of Dothan, Ala., died March 3, 2009. In 1947 he went to Panama to play winter baseball on the first All-American team to play there. While in Panama, he met his wife Catherine Whelan and they were married in Charlotte, N.C., in 1948. They returned to Panama where he worked as a Police Officer until his 1974 retirement. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Joan Conard FitzGerald, 92, died February 3, 2009. She moved with her first husband to Panama in 1941, and later married the late George T. FitzGerald in 1961. She worked for the Panama Canal Company until his retirement in 1973. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Susanne S. Follett, 67, died in Kerrville, Texas, on February 22, 2009. She was the daughter of a career military officer. A large part of her adult life was spent in Panama teaching for the Canal Zone Government and DODDS. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Harriett Kolar McNeal, 92, of Charlotte, N.C., died January 3, 2009. She was born in the Canal Zone and graduated from Penn State University where she met her husband of 63 years.

J. H. “Jerry” Menges, 87, died March 14, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Canal Zone. He retired and moved to Florida in 1976.

David Scott Patzelt, 47, of Palm Harbor, Fla., died February 23, 2009. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1981 and moved to Florida from the Canal Zone that year.

Donald Sherwood Seitz, 78, died January 22, 2009, in Burnes, Miss. In 1968 he accepted a position at the Canal Zone College teaching chemistry. He retired as Department Chairman in 1988. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

William Stock, 83, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died February 1, 2009. During WWII, he served in the Pacific and was transferred to Panama in 1947 where he met and married Fran. He worked for the Department of the Army until retirement in 1976. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Herman Richardson Wakem, 96, of Stetson, Maine, died February 10, 2009. He went to work for the Panama Canal Government in the Canal Zone and worked until his retirement at age 62. He left Panama and made his home in Milton, Fla., where he lived for 30 years.

Evelyn G. White, 83, died February 25, 2009, unexpectedly after the death of her second husband, H. Loring White, on January 8, 2009. They met and married in 1978 and she went with him to the Canal Zone where he taught at the Canal Zone College. Upon his retirement in 1981 they relocated to Phoenix, Ariz.

William “Bill” Charles Willoughby, 77, of Huntsville, Ala., died February 18, 2009. He spent the majority of his younger years in the Canal Zone and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1948. After serving in the Air Force and graduating from the University of Illinois, he returned to the Canal Zone to work as an engineer. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

April 2009

Joseph Allen Carlisle, 64, died in Seattle, Wash., on July 19, 2007. He worked for many years at Pedro Miguel Locks as the supervisor of the Locomotive Repair Component Facility and retired as a lockmaster in July 1999.

Gertrude “Trudi” Garni Clontz, 91, of Aiken, S.C., died January 31, 2008. Trudi moved to the Canal Zone where she worked for the U.S. Army for three years and then transferred to the Department of Justice. In 1969 when her husband retired, she resigned as an Administrative Assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s office. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society and for many years was the Canal Record reporter for South Carolina.

Captain Ennis (Danny) E. Daniel, 82, of Randolph Center, Vt., died April 30, 2007. From 1958 to 1986 he worked for the Panama Canal Company as one of the senior pilots on the Canal and lived in La Boca and Diablo Heights. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Lois E. Harrison, 93, died February 26, 2008. Born in the Canal Zone she retired from the Canal Zone District Court as a Clerk of Courts. She and her late husband C.W. Harrrison owned property in El Valle. She was known for her trip up through Central America by bus with Patsy Detamore.

Marion M. Hebert, 88, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died February 25, 2008. She was born in Colon and moved to Florida in 1965 from Fitchburg, Mass.

Birdie Elizabeth (Tedder) Helé, 90, died in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., on January 25, 2008. She was born in the Canal Zone, raised in Pedro Miguel, and graduated from Balboa High School. She worked as a secretary at Albrook AF Base, Balboa Maintenance Division, and the Balboa Engineering Trade School.

Emley Mead Henter, 95, died in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 9, 2008. She moved to Panama as an infant and spent the next 60 years there, graduating from Balboa High School in 1930. She worked for the Police Department, Port Captain’s Office, and the State Attorney’s office until 1972. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

George J. Hoffman, Jr., 86, died in Aiken, S.C., on February 13, 2008. He retired in 1981 and resided in St. Petersburg, Fla., until recently moving to Aiken. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific with the Seabees on Guam. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

George Francis Klein, 74, died in an auto accident in Bejuco, Panama, on March 9, 2008. He retired from the Army and then worked for 18 years with the Panama Canal Commission in the Industrial Division. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Olive L. Krouse, 86, died in Springfield, Pa., on January 20, 2008. She was born in Ancon, grew up in Balboa, and graduated from Balboa High School in 1938. She was an airplane pilot receiving her license at the age of 58. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Robert H. McFarland, a former District Judge for the Panama Canal Zone, died on March 31, 2008, of heart failure in Mississippi. He was appointed a U.S. District Judge for the Canal Zone by President Carter in 1978 and served two years.

Edward K. “Lucky” Wilburn died in Clearwater, Fla., on January 28, 2008. He was employed since 1940 with the Panama Canal Company and retired as a Tugboat Captain in 1977. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Margaret “Olga” Norman, 95, died in Kent, Wash., on March 19, 2008. She moved to the Canal Zone with her husband and son in 1945 where they lived for the next 28 years until her husband retired in 1973. She lived in Coco Solo, Balboa, and Ancon during those years.

Captain Rodman Alexander Morris Oakes, 78, of Old Lyme, Conn., died January 28, 2008. He was a retired Senior Panama Canal Pilot and USCG Unlimited Ocean Master. He was the last U.S.-hired pilot trainee in 1981.

Mary “Betty” Land Peterson, 95, died in Burke, Va., on March 6, 2008. She went to the Canal Zone in 1939 for a visit and became a nurse at Gorgas Hospital in 1940 and married her late husband in 1943. She lived in the Canal Zone for 27 years until 1970 and then in Hollywood, Fla., until 1989 when she moved to Virginia.

Dortha H. Phillips, 88, of Lake Forest, Calif., died on March 15, 2008. She married Noble “Buddy” Phillips in 1991 and they visited the Panama Canal Zone where he was born and worked until retiring. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

William J. “Bill” Powell, 88, of Tampa, Fla., died February 10, 2008. He served in World War II in the Canal Zone, worked as a CPA for the Panama Canal Company and other government agencies in Washington, D.C., until he retired in 1974. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Marjorie Jean Mann Scarborough, 89, of Clarksville, Ark., died January 19, 2008. In 1969 she and her family moved to the Canal Zone where they lived in Ancon. She and her husband retired in 1984 to Clarksville. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Norbert Michael Schommer died in Deltona, Fla., on March 2, 2008. He retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1972 as Chief Budget Officer of the Budget and Statistical Section of the Supply Division. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Christian S. Skeie, 63, died in Miami, Fla., on January 11, 2008. He grew up in the Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa High School in 1963. He spent ten months of the year in Panama and was active in the Panama Canal Society and the Panama Canal Museum.

Ruth Francis Roelofson Stroop, 102, of Sarasota, Fla., died March 4, 2008. She and her husband raised their family in Cristobal until retirement in 1954.

Stephen Bahrd Tanner, 71, died in Hendersonville, N.C., on December 7, 2007. He went to the Canal Zone in 1968 and later married Marty Irvin in 1970. He and Marty timed the Ocean to Ocean Cayuco races for 17 years. In 1988 they retired to Hendersonville.

Bernard Tibbotts of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died on February 20, 2008. He worked for the Dredging Division and later the Ports Division as a Chief Engineer. He and his late wife Florence (who died December 26, 2007) lived in Gamboa, Ancon and La Boca. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Kenneth “Ken” Baker Tucker, 83, of Athens, Ga., died March 19, 2008. In 1952, he accepted a position with the former Canal Zone Government to teach Social Sciences. He also coached the Panama Canal College’s boys and girls tennis teams. He retired in 1992.

William H. Beebe II, 84, of Kerrville, Texas, died April 26, 2007. He was retired from the U.S. Army and was married to Rosalie Merrill of Kerrville.

Rudolph “Rudy” Burda, 92, died in David, Panama, on January 10, 2008. He went to the Isthmus with Pan American Airways in 1938. He was later transferred to Guatemala and then returned to Panama as Station Manager in David where he helped organize COPA Airlines. In 1953 he was employed by the Panama Canal Company as an optician on the Pacific side until he retired in 1974.

May 2009

Walter F. Erne, Jr., 62, died February 7, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas. Major Erne served in the U. S. Army Medical Corps for over 16 years with assignment in Panama. In Panama, he worked at Gorgas, Coco Solo, and Corozal psychiatric hospitals. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Mildred M. Hickey, 98, of Clearwater, Fla., died January 19, 2009. She went to the Canal Zone in 1939 with her late husband, Joseph Hickey. She worked as a telephone operator and was active in many Canal Zone social and church activities. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Willard W. Huffman, 90, of Wynne, Ark., died April 12, 2009. He was in the military and then worked for the Panama Canal Company for 36 years. He retired in 1979 as a telephone wire chief in the Panama Canal Zone. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Capt. Peter F. Johnson, 74, died December 1, 2008, in New Orleans, La. He spent his high school years in the Canal Zone where he developed a love for the sea. He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., in 1957. He spent many years as a licensed deck officer and a shoreside career with direct responsibility for bulk carriers.

Virginia Anne (Dixon) MacDonell, 84, of Wimberley, Texas, died April 13, 2009. She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School. She worked in the Canal Zone as a civil servant and then worked in Florida at Parkway General Hospital and the U.S. Passport Agency. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Wilena “Billie” (Bowen) Martin died April 2, 2009, in Stanwood, Wash. She was born in Alabama and moved to the Canal Zone where she graduated from Balboa High School in 1939. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Dorothy Marie Vantine, 88, died March 29, 2009, in Sahuarita, Ariz. For several years she was the Director of the Panama Bridge Club and was considered a world-class player. She started her own real estate business in Panama. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Robert Van Winkle died July 17, 2008, in Deerfield, N.H., after a long illness. He was a graduate of the Balboa High School class of 1966. No further information is available.

Gary Lee Vaucher, 60, died in March 2009 in a helicopter crash at Tocumen Airport. He was a graduate of the Balboa High School class of 1966. No further information is available

July 2009

Merrill Reynolds Brown, 88, died January 5, 2009, in Wilmington, N.C. In 1955 he received an offer from the Inter American Geodetic Survey (IAGS) to move to the Canal Zone and work with the mapping of Latin America. He lived in Curundu and Curundu Heights with his first wife Gloria and six children until 1970. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Claude E. Cabanillas, 68, of Yuma, Ariz., died in a motorcycle accident on June 5, 2009. He graduated from Cristobal High School in 1958. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society. No further information is available.

Jay Alan Caudill, 56, died April 23, 2009, in Port Orchard, Wash. He grew up in the Canal Zone and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1972.

Mavis J. Fortner, 79, died March 23, 2009, in Deland, Fla. She grew up living in Panama City, R.P. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1947 and lived in Cocoli, Gatun and Gamboa until 1977. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Marie J. Gangle, 93, died April 1, 2009, in Dothan, Ala. She moved to the Canal Zone in 1942 with her husband and lived there for 33 years. They lived on the Pacific side of the Isthmus. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Pandula Cosaraquis Hatgi, 96, of Colon, R.P., died April 15, 2009, in Panama City, R.P. She was born in Colon and attended the Canal Zone school system. She married the late Neal J. Hatgi in 1930. She was the last of the Panamanian-Greek generation born during the Construction Days of the Panama Canal.

Dr. Mary Louise McGough, of Huntsville, Ala., died May 3, 2009. She was born in Diablo and graduated from Balboa High School in 1958 and attended Vanderbilt University. She had a Ph.D. in Adult Education and taught Spanish, counseled at the University of Alabama Huntsville, served with the Army Education Center in Seoul, Korea, and retired as Director of the Army Education Center at Redstone Arsenal. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Consuelo (Robles) Menges, 84, of Aiken, S.C., died May 2, 2009. She was the widow of Melvin L. Menges and formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Mary E. “Granna Grey” Payne, 89, died April 1, 2009. She and her husband “Hap” resided in the Canal Zone from 1949 to 1967. Upon their retirement, they moved to St. Petersburg, Fla.

“Howard” Pritham, M.D., 94, died April 30, 2009, in Orono, Maine. He worked as a physician in the Canal Zone from 1949 to 1975. Upon retirement, he moved back to Greenville, Maine.

James Joseph “J.J.” Reynolds, 68, of Castroville, Texas, died May 2, 2009. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1959 and received an Associate Degree from the Canal College Department of Defense Dependent School. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force (17 years foreign service including Vietnam).

Joseph D. Saltzman, 77, of Thibodaux, La., died April 3, 2009. He graduated from Northwestern State University and obtained his Master’s degree from Louisiana State University. He taught foreign languages at Baton Rouge High School, Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and at Nicholls State University before retiring as an Associate Professor of 23 years. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Robert T. “Bob/Rob” Thomas, Jr., 61, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died May 1, 2009 in an auto accident. He was born and raised in the Canal Zone and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1966. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society

September 2009

Lucille (Ritter) Abernathy, 93, of Cynthiana, Ky., died August 2, 2009. She went to the Canal Zone in 1943 as a bride and resided there for 30 years until retirement. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Esthel Wm. “Sandy” Ames
, 86, of Foster City, Calif., died June 12, 2009. He was assigned for a year at the Navy Submarine Base, Rodman, Canal Zone, and was married to Mary Elizabeth Howard Ames (BHS’43).

Altine Mary Bentson, 63, of Kerrville, Texas, died April 10, 2009. In the early 1970s she moved to Panama as a Canal Zone nurse, working at Gorgas and Coco Solo Hospitals. After leaving the Canal Zone, she worked in other government facilities until 1981. In 1989 she returned to Panama, working at Gorgas Hospital through Operation Just Cause until 1990. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Ada Elizabeth “Betty” Flumach Burns died May 22, 2009. Betty graduated from Balboa High School in 1951 and Canal Zone College in 1953 and began working for the Panama Canal Company for many years. She was married to the late Richard Lester who died of cancer. In 1974 she married William Burns. She retired in 1984 as Deputy Protocol Officer for the Panama Canal.

Nancy Esther Burns died April 12, 2009. She married Bill Burns in 1950 and in 1952 moved to the Canal Zone. In 1973 she divorced Bill and moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she worked until 1997.

William Joseph Campbell, Lt. Col. USA (Ret.), died August 18, 2009, in Hartford, N.C. He was married to Kathleen McConaghy Campbell and was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

William “Bill” Carlin, 78, of Sarasota, Fla., died July 1, 2009. He moved to the Canal Zone in 1940 and graduated from Balboa High School in 1950. He retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1981 as a General Foreman for the Electrical Division. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Alfred F. “Al” Maale, 82, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died July 26, 2009. He moved to Colon on December 7, 1941, when his father was transferred with United Fruit Company, and grew up in the Canal Zone where he graduated from Cristobal High School in 1946. He served in the Marine Corps and moved to West Palm Beach in 1948. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Virginia Anna (Dixon) Macdonell, 84, of Wimberly, Texas, died April 13, 2009. She was born in Ancon Hospital, spent her early childhood in Pedro Miguel until her father retired. In 1944 she married and returned to the Canal Zone. After the birth of her first child, the family moved to Florida where they lived in Miami until they returned to the Canal Zone in 1961. She worked for the U.S. Army at Corozal and with the Canal Zone Health Bureau at Palo Seco Hospital and Gorgas Hospital. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Forrest Bruce Malcolm, 74, died July 24, 2009. He was born in Fort Snelling, Minn., on July 4, 2035, the first son of three to Bernard and Mildred Malcolm. The family moved to the Canal Zone where he graduated from Balboa High School in 1955 and attended Junior College. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Agnes “Fran” Stock, 82, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died July 29, 2009. She graduated with her RN degree and accepted a job at Gorgas Hospital where she met her late husband Bill. She worked at Gorgas for a total of 32 years. She retired in 1979 and eventually settled in St. Petersburg. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society

James C. Coffey, 83, of Lillian, Ala., died January 20, 2009. He was born in Colon and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1943. He graduated from Canal Zone Junior College in 1947 (after serving in the Navy). After graduation he worked at the U.S. Embassy in Panama and then as a civilian Naval Intelligence agent inspecting ships transiting the canal. In 1952 the family moved to the United States. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

William Rutherford Evarts, Jr., 71, of San Diego, Calif., died March 13, 2009. He was born in Colon and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1955. He joined the Navy in 1955 and retired on January 4, 1974, as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Eunice M. Hall, RN, MSN, died April 21, 2009. She was employed as a Registered Nurse by the Panama Canal Government. She worked at Gorgas Hospital in the obstretics and newborn unit, as a Public Health nurse, and was the Director of Nursing at Coco Solo Hospital. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Patricia Dianne Hammond, 63, died June 20, 2009. She grew up in the Canal Zone and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1963. In the early 1970s she and her family settled in Florida.

Margaret Jean Hendricks, 85, died July 25, 2009, in Beaufort, S.C. She moved to the Canal Zone in 1947 with her late husband Albert B. Hendricks and lived there for 30 years. She taught swimming at Balboa Pool for many years. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Marian M. Kariger, 91, of Sarasota, Fla., died May 22, 2009. She attended Canal Zone Junior College and worked for the 15th Naval District in Rodman until she retired. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Richard Gurney Livingston, 62, died July 11, 2009, in Playa Barqueta, Chiriqui Province, Panama. He was born in Colon and attended Cristobal High School. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps. He worked as a lifeguard in the Canal Zone, park ranger in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a policeman in the Canal Zone. He retired to Boquete where he grew oranges and conducted tours in the area.

John Marshall Stuart Jr., 58, of Fredericksburg, Va., died June 1, 2009. No further information available.

Maurice Asa Tewinkle, 97, of Gainesville, Fla., died June 23, 2009. He worked as a surveyor in Oregon and Washington and on the Grand Coulee Dam. In 1941 he and his family moved to the Canal Zone where he worked as a surveyor. After World War II he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a cartographer until he retired in 1965. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Dorothy Marie Vantine, 88, died March 29, 2009, in Sahaurita, Ariz. While living in Panama, she had a successful real estate business. For several years she was the Director of the Panama Bridge Club. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Joseph Arthur Vowell, Jr., of Rogers, Ark., died March 8, 2009. He arrived in Panama on his 16th birthday and attended Cristobal High School and graduated from Balboa High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Navy and then returned to the Canal Zone until he retired in 1993. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Leroy B. Wilson, Jr., 85, of Zephyrhills, Fla., died May 23, 2009. In 1951 he went to work with the Panama Canal on the locks. He retired in 1979 to North Carolina and later moved to Florida. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

November 2009

Gloria D. Barbier, 63, died of complications with Lou Gehrig’s disease on October 24, 2009, in Clearwater, Fla. She was born in Panama and married Louis J. Barbier, Jr., with whom she traveled extensively while he was in the U.S. Navy and later in government service. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Warren Bell Berquist, 82, of Clearwater, Fla., died October 17, 2009, of rare epidural cancer. Mr. Berquist moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1965. He stayed for 20 years working as a tool and die maker. He moved to Clearwater in the late 1980s where he was a clown for Shriners shows and worked security for Tampa Downs. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Norris F. “Jim” Fussell, 94, of Nevada City, Calif., died October 17, 2009. He was employed as an accountant with the U.S. Government in the Canal Zone. He was very active in the community of Curundu and in the Lions Club and the Masons. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Kathryne Faye Brewer Hamlin, 91, died September 1, 2009, in Carthage, N.C. She went to the Canal Zone as an elementary school teacher and taught first grade for 26 years. She was active in the Eastern Star and their charities. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Rose Failla Hannaman, 90, died August 15, 2009, in Fresno, Calif. She worked for the U.S. Government in the United States, Europe, and the Canal Zone. She was an active member of the Inter-American Women’s Club, the National League of American Pen Women’s Club, Who’s New, and the Canal Zone College Club. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Eunice N. Hansen, 87, died September 22, 2009, in Sandy, Utah. She served in numerous positions with the Latter Day Saints Church in countries throughout the world including Panama.

Robert “Bob” M. Johnson, 78, died January 9, 2009, in Syracuse, N.Y. He was born in Panama and graduated from Balboa High School in 1948. After college he returned to the Canal Zone to be married in St. Luke’s Church in Ancon in 1953.

Lt. Col. Henry Lee Phillips, 77, of Oviedo, Fla., died September 8, 2009, of Parkinson’s disease. He was raised in the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in 1950. He entered the Army in 1952 and served in the United States, Korea, Germany, Vietnam, and Panama until he retired in 1972. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Jacqueline Gail Williams Price-Ladunzenski, 59, died September 26, 2009, from cancer. She was born in Fort Clayton in 1950 and resided there until 1955. She returned to the Canal Zone in 1966 and attended Balboa High School before returning to the United States.

Dr. Patricia Kennedy Rickels, 82, of Lafayette, La., died September 15, 2009. She grew up in the Canal Zone after arriving there in 1942. She attended Cristobal High School and graduated in 1944 as Charlotte Patricia Kennedy. She attended Canal Zone Junior College for two years until 1946, and received a BA from the University of Washington in 1948. She laater earned a MA from LSU in 1951 and a Ph.D. in English from LSU in 1961. She retired from UL-Lafayette after 50 years as a faculty member and administrator.

Clate Melvin Riddle, 77, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died July 30, 2009, from COPD. He went to Panama in 1958 to work for Bill Rogers Electrical Contractor Co. In 1962 he began work for the Panama Canal Company at the Gamboa Dredging Division Aids to Navigation Electrical shop. He was transferred to Mt. Hope Electrical Division in 1972 where he worked until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Lt. Gen. (R) Walter P. Leber, USAR, 90, of Palm City, Fla., died August 3, 2009. He served 35 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1967 he was appointed Governor of the Canal Zone and President of the Panama Canal Company.

William E. LeDoux, 55, died August 25, 2009, in Connecticut. He was raised in the Panama Canal Zone. He graduated from Cristobal High School in 1972 where he was an avid swimmer, played football, and was a member of the CHS ROTC. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

William J. M. Monsanto, Col., USAR (Ret.), 86, died September 13, 2009. He was born in Ancon Hospital and was a graduate of the BHS class of 1940 and CZJC class of 1942. He graduated from the University of California, served in Europe during World War II, and was active in the Army Reserves until his retirement.

Emma Katherine Murphy, 88, died in Deland, Fla., on October 20, 2009. She went to Panama in 1955 with her husband, Dr. Glen Murphy, who worked for the American Embassy. She taught business at Balboa High School until the early 1960s when her husband was transferred to the Dominican Republic. They later moved back to Panama and worked for the Department of Defense as educators until retirement in 1983. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Lynn Marie Myers, 56, of Tampa, Fla., died September 16, 2009. She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, and attended St. Mary’s Parochial School, Balboa High School, and Canal Zone College. She graduated from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, with a B.S. in Physical Therapy, and worked in Tampa, Fla., where she provided therapeutic care to her patients.

Michael Thomas Nehring, 59, died November 29, 2008, from cancer. He moved to the Canal Zone when he was seven, graduated from Balboa High School in 1967, and joined the U.S. Navy. After two years in Vietnam, he returned to Panama and attended Canal Zone College. He earned his Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and worked for the Food and Drug Administration until his recent retirement.

Laura G. Roa, 52, died September 17, 2000, in Baton Rouge, La., from cancer. She was born in the Canal Zone and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1975. She received a BA and her MA from LSU in English Literature. She taught for many years in Panama for the U.S. Army. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Thomas N. Stewart, 83, died November 13, 2008, in Panama, Ill. He was born in Ancon and grew up on the Atlantic side and attended high school in Cristobal. After World War II, he returned to the Canal Zone and became a firefighter until he retired as a lieutenant in 1975. He served on the Atlantic side and also on the Pacific side in Cocoli, Pedro Miguel, and Balboa. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Evelyn Marie Wilde (nee Petersen), 81, of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., died September 12, 2009, from cancer. After graduating from San Francisco State College, she joined the U.S. Foreign Service and later became a teacher. In 1961 she and her husband went to the Canal Zone where she taught at Ancon Elementary School and then Curundu Junior High School. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

December 2009

John Paul “Zip” Barriteau, 53, of Ona, W.Va., died August 31, 2009 after a short battle with carcinoid cancer. He went to the Panama Canal Zone as a youth where he raced dirt bikes and cayucos, attended the World Boy Scout Jamboree in Japan in 1970, and later became an Eagle Scout.
He graduated from Cristobal High School in 1976. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Edward Bringas, 80, MSG-USA (Ret.), a Special Forces Green Beret, of Panama City, Panama died November 3, 2009 at Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. He graduated from Cristobal High School in 1951. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. After his military retirement, he worked as a Machinist for the Marine Bureau (Locks Division) from 1974-1987.

Steve Wayne Bristol, 58, of Orem, Utah, passed away November 15, 2009. He was born in the Canal Zone in 1951, and graduated from Balboa High School in 1969. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Olga Catanzaro died October 18, 2009 in Middletown, N.J., after a long illness. She married Joe Catanzaro in 1953 and they made their home in the Canal Zone. After John’s retirement from the Panama Canal Company in 1986, they moved to Houston, Texas. In July 2009 they relocated to New Jersey. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

William Lovell “Billy D” De La Mater, 84, died December 3, 2009 at San Fernando Hospital in Panama City. He was born in Colon and graduated from Balboa High School in 1942, Canal Zone Junior College in 1948, and Denver University in 1950. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He worked in the Engineering & Construction Bureau, Executive Planning Staff, and the Office of the Governor/Administrator. He retired in 1982. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Marjorie P. Frensley, 85, died October 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nev. She moved to Coco Solo in the Canal Zone in 1961. She later worked on the Pacific side as a budget analyst for the Canal Zone Police. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Elizabeth “Libby” Fulcher, 87, a retired elementary school teacher and volunteer for the Shriners Hospital for Children, died August 14, 2009. She moved to the Canal Zone in 1957 when her husband was stationed at Rodman Naval Base. She taught 1st grade at Kobbe Elementary School until retirement in 1980. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.

Theresa Katherine Bierbaum Kyser, 58, died November 6, 2009 in Dothan, Ala. She was born in the Republic of Panama and worked with Civil Service for over 30 years.

Severino (Sevie) La Fuente, 90, of Tampa, Fla., died November 17, 2009. In 1956 he and his family moved to Panama where he became comptroller of Sears for Central America. In 1961 he went to work in the Systems Division of the Panama Canal Company and retired in 1981.

Hugh Andrews Norris, 87, of San Antonio, Texas, died November 12, 2009. He was born in the Canal Zone, graduated from Balboa High School in 1940 and attended Canal Zone Junior College. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, then attended Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., receiving a Master’s degree in Economics. He returned to the Canal Zone in 1953 and in 1954 was appointed as the first Economist with the Panama Canal Company, and served for 18 years before becoming Deputy Director, Chief of the Planning Division in 1972. In 1979 he retired to Dothan, Ala., and moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 2003. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society

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