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Former educators honored at dedication

Dorothy G. FitzPatrick and Deloris C. Cooper were honored posthumouslyFeb. 6 at the dedication of a new media center at Ponce de Leon Elementary School in Clearwater.

Lillie McGarrah, former principal at Ponce de Leon now at Largo Central Elementary, presided over the dedication ceremonies.

Mrs. FitzPatrick was the media specialist at Ponce de Leon until her retirement in August 1985.

Honored as an outstanding educator, she was a teacher at the Sacred Heart Academy in Tampa, a media specialist at North Ward Elementary School and a teacher of the gifted program at Safety Harbor Middle School before coming to Ponce de Leon.

Mrs. FitzPatrick served as president of the local Pinellas Association of Library Media Specialists and was a state officer of the Florida Association of Media Education. She received awards for student productions at County Media Festivals and received a National Education grant as an exchange teacher in Korea in 1985.

Ms. Cooper came to this area in 1959 from Valdosta, Ga. She graduated as co-valedictorian of Pinellas High School in 1962. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Bethune Cookman College and a master's degree from the University of South Florida.

Ms. Cooper began her career with the Pinellas County school system as a teacher at Glenoak Elementary School in St. Petersburg. Later, she transferred to Ponce de Leon and taught there for about 10 years before becoming principal at Curtis Fundamental Elementary.

Ms. Cooper was nominated by her colleagues for Teacher of the Year in 1977 and 1978.

She was chairwoman of the Elementary Principal Curriculum Committee and served as a member of the Elementary Law Education Advisory Committee and the Elementary Principal Education Board.

She also served on the board of directors of the Pinellas County Head Start program.

Newcomers install officers

Elinor Smith was installed recently as president of the Newcomers Club of Dunedin.

Vera Hopper was installed as vice president; June Stuckner, recording secretary; Alice O'Neill, corresponding secretary; Jeanne Lundergan, treasurer; and Carol Carelson, adviser.

Board members include Elizabeth McGuire, Valerie Zara, Kate Gablin, Marilyn DeRousse, Ethel Hall, Mary Ann Janssen, Catherine Repp, Muriel Lepage, Margaret Garwin, Dolores Faust, Jean Traphagen, Betty Owens and Helen Beal.

The club meets on the second Thursday of each month. Women who have lived in Dunedin for less than two years are invited to join. For more information, call 734-2788.

Military news

Airman Todd R. Salmon, the son of Ronald and Karen Salmon of Largo and a 1985 graduate of Seminole High School, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command in Orlando.

Seaman Recruit Wendy R. Varrin, the daughter of Harold and Arlene Varrin of Largo and a 1988 graduate of Pinellas Park High School, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command in Orlando.

Seaman Apprentice Stephen D. Sands, the son of Russel and Audrey Sands of Clearwater, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command in Orlando.

Seaman Recruit Todd D. Parisoff, the son of Mark and Vickie Parisoff of Seminole and a 1989 graduate of Osceola High School, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command in Orlando.

Seaman Recruit Reginald L. Dixon, a 1989 graduate of Clearwater High School, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

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