Cherie A. Marceau, of Middletown,  (1943- June, 2015)

            Cherie grew up in West Hartford, attending Our Lady of Sorrows School and Mount St. Joseph Academy. Cherie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Joseph (then St. Joseph College), her master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University and an ABD from the University of Rochester.

            In 1965, Cherie began a forty-nine year teaching French and Latin at Mercy High School in Middletown. She maintained memberships in professional organizations including CLASSCONN, the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) and Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an International Honorary Sorority for outstanding women educators. For many  years, Cherie organized and chaired the  mammoth undertaking of the CT COLT Poetry contest . At CT State Latin Day, Cherie helped proctor academic contests and sorted student contests for many years.  In the honorary educators' society  Alpha Delta Kappa, Cherie served as Chapter President, State President, Chapter Treasurer. Cherie's hobbies included needlework and travel, and  she had accompanied many student groups to Europe during school vacations.

            Cherie's students earned numerous medal awards and perfect papers on the National Latin Exam and other contests, and represented her program well. One student remarked, "Mlle Marceau, always elegant and graceful, expected the best from her students. She gave us her best every day. It was an honor and a privilege to be her student ."       

            Donations in Cherie’s memory may be made to Mercy High School. 1740 Randolph Rd. Middletown, CT 06457.

Berjouhi Spencer 

 "I first met Berjouhi Spencer at a CANE Annual Meeting and then we renewed our acquaintance years later at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where we were volunteers at the information desk.  She loved working at the MFA and sharing her love for and knowledge of art and the Classics with visitors.  Everyone there always found her to be knowledgeable, caring and helpful with a charming and friendly smile.

She was enthusiastic about teaching both Latin and French in Simsbury, Connecticut until 2007.  A loyal member of CANE and CLASSCONN, she rarely missed an Annual Meeting where she said she always learned something new to take back to her students!

Berjouhi was a warm and gentle person with a passion for her grandchildren whom she enjoyed having visit her at her home on Cape Cod.  Berjouhi was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1944.  She graduated from Reading Memorial High School and Boston University.  It is with sadness that I report that she died unexpectedly on October 15, 2015 at the age of 71.  Semper nomen laudesque manebunt.  Requiescat in Pace."  

memoriam by Shirley Lowe



Michael Dooman, 51.

Michael David Dooman, a Connecticut classicist and headmaster of Mooreland Hill School, died November, 29, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Michael was raised in New Britain, where he attended first Mooreland Hill School, then Loomis-Chaffee, and Drew University with degrees in Classics and Political Science. He earned his Master of Arts in History from Trinity College, and also studied at the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Mike began teaching Latin, English, and history at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia. In 1986, he joined the Mooreland Hill School faculty as teacher of Latin, English, and history; and as varsity baseball coach. Over fourteen years he also served as Director of Studies, Dean of Students, and Assistant Headmaster. In 2000, he became Middle School Director for The Country Day School, in Madison, CT. In 2006, Michael returned to Mooreland Hill as their headmaster for the next eight years. Michael's passion was Mooreland Hill School.

Even as head of school, Mike continued to teach some Latin and to work with outstanding students, sometimes introducing them to Catullus or a bit of ancient Greek.  He was very proud of those who became classics majors in college. Mike was active in many New Britain community organizations, and volunteered at the New Britain Museum of American Art.  His many friends,  colleagues,  former students extended family will miss Michael. Even the New York Yankees will miss one of their fondest fans.  Ave atque vale, Michael.