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Good for You: Dr. Helen Dexter still cruising at age 103

Dr. Helen Dexter of Belleair celebrated her 103rd birthday with a cruise around Clearwater Harbor aboard the Starlite Majesty.

She was born July 28, 1908, in Cincinnati to William Jordan Taylor, a physician, and his wife, Katharine.

She majored in archaeology at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and worked on an excavation in Russia. She returned to attend Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she earned her medical degree and met her future husband, Dr. Morris William Dexter.

She spent two years in Belleair during World War II while her husband served in the Navy and settled there permanently in 1954. She was one of the first female physicians and dermatologists in Clearwater.

The couple shared a great love of learning and traveled the world collecting bromeliads and orchids.

Dr. Dexter is one of the founders of the Girls Clubs of Pinellas County. She is a former president of the Southeastern Dermatological Association and was honored by the Retired Physicians of Morton Plant Hospital.

After retirement, she served two terms as a Belleair commissioner.

Her husband died in 1992.

Until she was 90, no matter what the weather, she would take a daily swim in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Dexter has a son, William of Barto, Pa.; two daughters, Helen Dalzell of Clearwater and Lissa Dexter of Belleair; and four grandchildren, David Potsubay of Las Vegas, Richard Potsubay of Seattle, Liz Dalzell of Clearwater and Jordan Dexter of Barto.

Dr. Dexter traveled to the Antarctic at the age of 95. Perhaps that's the secret to her longevity; she's always looking forward to her next adventure.

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Harold and Judith Jablonski of Palm Harbor celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with family, and a week's cruise to the Caribbean.

The couple married June 24, 1961, in Mohawk, N.Y.

He attended Onodaga Community College. While an employee of General Electric Co., he graduated from its Manufacturing Management Program and worked as material units manager, which included logistics and purchasing for various departments and locations. After the merger of General Electric Aerospace Division and Martin Marietta, he was named corporate transportation logistics manager of Martin Marietta. With the merger of Martin Marietta and Lockheed, he continued in the corporate position until his retirement in 1995.

She was employed as secretary to the librarian at West Genesee Schools and Onodaga Community College, and for 13 years was administrative assistant in various departments at Syracuse University until her retirement in 1995.

The couple are members of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor.

The Jablonskis are members and officers of various clubs, volunteer within the community, and enjoy golfing, taking cruises and traveling throughout the United States and Europe.

They have three children; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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The United States Coast Guard recently appointed Auxiliarist Jeffrey Lawlor of Largo as ombudsman for the Coast Guard Cutter Vise, which has St. Petersburg as its home port.

An ombudsman is a volunteer who may be a reservist, spouse or auxiliarist, assigned by the commander of a station or cutter to serve as liaison for the members and their families. Their role includes providing assistance while a cutter is under way, passing relevant information to the Coast Guardsman's families, addressing common concerns, reporting of family situations that require intervention, researching and identifying resources to help the families and advising on adverse weather situations.

Lawlor began his association with the cutter Vise almost two years ago when he volunteered to serve as cook when the regular food service officer was on leave.

He has served in the U.S. Coast Guard on active and reserve duty for eight years with a specialty in food service and related areas. He received a business marketing degree from the College of New Jersey and continued his studies at universities, business schools and seminars throughout the country. His professional business career was spent primarily marketing and handling public relations in the food service/restaurant industry with major advertising agencies and international restaurant corporations.

Good for You: Dr. Helen Dexter still cruising at age 103 08/02/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 7:07pm]
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