Sean and Kathleen

Here is the grave of Kathleen Easton, the daughter of Commodore Ian Easton, and Irene (Rena) Victoria Easton nee’ Christensen, who is my model for Victoria Rosemond Bond. Kate was in a car with James Michael Miles that went out of control on an icy road. There is a Tribute to Sean, but no mention of Kathleen. This tribute is part of The Congressional Record and thus it is in the public domain. I am going to author a letter asking that Kate be added to this record, and her family. There is love here. There is an untold story….waiting to be born.

John Presco

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[Congressional Record Volume 146, Number 34 (Thursday, March 23, 2000)]
[Page S1659]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                     TRIBUTE TO SEAN-MICHAEL MILES

  Mr. BAUCUS. Mr. President, I want to pay tribute to a young man, 
Sean-Michael Miles. Slightly over a year ago, his life was taken 
tragically in an automobile accident in Bozeman, MT, while he was home 
celebrating the Christmas holidays with his family. Everyone privileged 
to know Sean was touched by his contagious zest for life. He was among 
the very best to emerge from our State, from ``The Last Best Place.'' 
He was a shining star. He is my friend.
  Sean's father and I grew up as neighbors. We went to school together 
and remained close friends ever since. I might add, Sean's grandmother, 
affectionately known as Granny Miles, was one of my baby sitters. I 
know this family well. Their strength and love for one another is an 
inspiration to all of us who know them. Sean-Michael's future was as 
bright as one could imagine. He graduated at the top of his class in 
Bozeman High School in 1997 and was selected by his classmates to 
deliver the commencement address. That same address, filled with 
familiar compassion for our Native American heritage, is still talked 
about today. Such was its honesty, its power, its celebration of 
  At Princeton University, where Sean was in his second year, he was 
admired as an exceptional writer, an accomplished artist and musician. 
Perhaps a classmate put it best: Sean was totally brilliant and 
completely humble, a cool combination.
  Following his graduation from Princeton, Sean intended to return to 
his beloved Montana and commit himself to a career dedicated to writing 
and the preservation of our last remaining wildlands.  Sean enjoyed 
considerable gifts, and was truly living up to them.

  Sean wanted to make the world a better place, and believed completely 
that one person can truly make a difference. There was no cynicism in 
his life. He befriended the friendless, and remembered the forgotten. 
Above all, he was making a difference. It is a loss beyond Montana's 
boundaries as well. Professor John McPhee of Princeton echoed such 

       By my lights, Sean-Michael Miles was the best that we can 
     do--bright, responsive, hardworking, clear in expression, 
     clear in thought, and with a personality immediately likable, 
     immediately demanding respect. We will all miss him terribly.

  Sean enjoyed a way with words. I would like to share a small piece of 
his brilliant work.
  After climbing atop a remote buffalo jump, he discovered the ``drive 
lines'' that the Native tribes of our region used centuries ago to 
funnel herds of bison over the cliff's edge. Looking out beyond that 
edge, toward the vast expanse of the Absoorka Beartooth Wilderness, 
Sean wrote:

       Whenever I think of the changes sweeping over Montana like 
     a spring storm, a lump forms in my throat. My first breath 
     was drawn from mountain air.
       Yet I know that this land may pay a price for being 
     beautiful, as change advances, carrying with it the prospect 
     of loss. It is a land I desperately love. It is a part of me. 
     It hurts so much to care so much. Yet as a Westerner, I am 
     invited to breathe it all in deeply each day.
       Despite change and loss, a drive line containing wisdom 
     offered through memories stretches before me. For now I am 
     satisfied to walk along its path, eyes fixed on what remains 
     a geography of hope.

  Sean-Michael Miles was proud to live his entire life surrounded by 
the majestic spine of mountains that he fondly referred to with the 
Blackfeet phrase, ``the backbone of the world.''
  Sean's death casts a dark shadow over the future of those of us who 
knew and loved him. Yet it is the light he offers that we commemorate 
  I have risen today to announce that I will create a fellowship in 
Sean's name that will focus on the conservation issues that were so 
dear to him. I am also pleased and honored to announce that the first 
Congressional Fellow serving in this prestigious position will be 
Sean's beloved sister Michelle. Her younger sister, Shaleen, once 
served as Democratic page on the floor of the Senate. So today, 
Michelle, who is sitting behind me, I welcome you to my staff, and I 
know that you bring with you your brother's finest qualities. May the 
legacy of Sean-Michael Miles, who walked with the silent feet of 
reverence through the wilds, forever serve as a source of inspiration 
for generations to come.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Georgia.

Baucus announces fellowship in honor of Bozeman graduate

  • By GAIL SCHONTZLER – Chronicle Staff Writer
  • Mar 24, 2000

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced Friday that he has established a fellowship in honor of Sean-Michael Miles, the 1997 Bozeman High School graduate killed in a tragic car crash one year ago.

The fellowship will offer a stipend to students interested in working in Baucus’ Washington, D.C., office on conservation issues.

Miles, a sophomore at Princeton University, intended to return to Montana and commit himself to a career dedicated to writing and preservation of Montana wild lands. He was the son of Joan and Michael Miles, formerly Baucus’ representative in Bozeman.

The fellowship will keep Sean’s vibrant spirit alive by exposing young people to public service, Baucus said in a press release.

“He was a shining star,” the senator said.

Michelle Miles, Sean’s sister, is the first to honor the brother’s legacy by serving as a congressional fellow in Baucus’ Washington office. She attended Montana State University as a presidential scholar and graduated in 1999 with degrees in English literature and French. Her honors thesis focused on the Lakota-Sioux land ethic, a subject dear to her brother.

A committee, which includes Sean’s parents, will meet each year to choose a recipient of the Sean-Michael Miles Memorial Conservation Fellowship. Applicants must be university students or recent graduates with an interest in environmental issues.

The three-month fellowship includes a stipend to help defray transportation and housing costs. It will include legislative research, writing and correspondence that focus on environmental, natural resources and Native American issues.

For more information on the fellowship, call 800 332-6106 or visit the Baucus website:

Sean Miles ’01


Sean (right) with Anders Chen and Christian Diegel

SEAN (RIGHT) WITH ANDERS CHEN AND CHRISTIAN DIEGEL Sean died on January 10, 1999, not yet halfway through his sophomore year. Born and raised in Bozeman, MT, Sean never truly left living near the “backbone of the world” even while attending Princeton. An excellent writer and a talented artist, Sean graduated at the top of his high school class and gave a commencement address steeped in Native American heritage, an address that still resonates today with those who heard it. A selfless individual for whom family came first and the environment of his beloved Rockies second, Sean had a magical way with words. Of Montana, he wrote, “It is a land I desperately love. It is a part of me. It hurts so much to care so much. Yet as a Westerner, I am invited to breathe it all in deeply each day.”

With the ability to light up the room with his smile and put anyone at ease with his banter, Sean’s openness and honesty affected everyone with whom he came into contact. Senator Max Baucus of Montana, a family fried of the Miles family, read a remembrance on the Senate floor and now sponsors the Miles Fellowship in Conservation. Professor Robert Fagles said of him a few days after his passing: “By my lights, Sean Miles was the best that we can do – bright, responsive, hard-working, clear in expression, clear in thought, and with a personality immediately likable, immediately commanding respect.”

He is survived by his father Mike, his mother Joan, and his sisters Michelle and Shaleen. He is remembered and deeply missed by all Princetonians who came into contact with him.

Sean Miles ’01 | Princeton Class of 2001 Website (

Irene (Rena) Victoria Easton

Posted on July 21, 2013 by Royal Rosamond Press


Yesterday I came across an old e-mail from a high school friend of Rena Christensen. He admonished me for making this Midwest Beauty out to be a goddess. I had compared her beauty to the face that launched a thousand ships.

This bid me to launch another search for my Muse. What had become of her. Who did she marry? What is her surname? Where are her two children? We know she married an Admiral and lived on the Isle of Wight with her two children. Last night I found and obituary for Rena’s beautiful twenty year old daughter. I wept, like I did when I learned Rena lost her husband. I found her husband.

Rena was afraid to even look at the ocean when we met in 1970. She told me she was afraid of it. Two hours later she does something so dramatic and beautiful in order to get over her fear. Admiral Sir Ian Easton captained Aircraft Carriers. He flew planes in WW2. Ian was Former Head of the British Defense Staff that just met in Washington to discuss cuts in military budgets. He put boats in battle for the Cup. He was seventy one when he died. Rena is sixty one today. I was twenty three when we met, and she was seventeen.

One day when we went to our little beach, Rena disappeared. I found her on the other side of a large rock in a precarious place. She was intently looking at the ocean waves. I knew she was trying to see her future, set a direction for the course of her life.

“Rena. Don’t panic, but, you are not safe there. Come towards me.”

She put these words on her husband’s monument;

“Sweet and low, winds of the western sea”

It is beautiful women like Irene Easton, that put young men in the middle of the seven seas, looking over the horizon for their Helen. The legend of Brutus of Troy, founder of Britain,
is what propels this nation forward, and puts these Trojans in suspense, as they wait for the birth of Kate Windsor’s first child. This mother to be modeled a sexy dress on a runway, and caught the eye of a prince. Beauty rules the waves!

And everywhere Beauty go, the Poet is soon to follow.

I do not regret taking poetic liberty with my muse. English Poetry is the engine of love, a ring of fire that protects that Isle. Irene Victoria is a British subject that came out of Grand Island Nebraska to see what she shall see. Rena has seen the world. Good for her!

Jon Presco

From: Bill & Jeanette Grummons
Subject: [BlackSheep-L] Isle of Wight
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 07:47:07 -0700

Seems to me I remember seeing mention of someone researching The Isle of

Wight, England.  If so, they may find the following obit of interest.
Sorry about that, have another honeydew day ahead of me and was taking

Bill and Jeanette, IBSSG
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     Former Bozeman High School state debate champion Kathleen Anne
“Katie” Easton, passed away as a result of an automobile accident early
Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999.  She was born April 20, 1979, to Irene (Rena) and
Admiral Sir Ian Easton, K.C.B. D.S.C. on the Isle of Wight, England. 
She attended grade school on the Isle of Wight and transferred to Chief
Joseph Middle School when she and her family moved to Bozeman in 1991.
She graduated from Bozeman High School in 1997.
    During high school, she completed a stellar career in forensics.  As
a policy debater in her sophomore and junior years, she compiled a 72.54
percent win/loss record.  In her senior year, she switched to
parliamentary debate and became a dominant force in the event, winning
the 1997 Montana state championship and the District NFL qualifying
tournaments.  At the 1997 Nationals Katie reached the semifinal round of
competition, a result that placed her in among the top 16 parliamentary
debaters in the country.
    After graduation, Katie attended The University of Montana for three
semesters as a student in the College of Arts and Sciences with an
emphasis in environmental science.  She achieved a 3.9 grade point
average, and had taken up skydiving. She planned to spend this summer
participating in Outward Bound in the North Woods of Maine and the
Florida Everglades.  She recently was accepted by AmeriCorps as a
National Service volunteer, beginning in September 1999.
    Katie loved the outdoors. She was an avid sailor who attended the
Medina Valley Sailing Centre on the Isle of Wight and achieved a Grade 5
with the Royal Yachting Association on the International Competitive
Exam. She enjoyed reading literature and was a Celtic and rock music
buff, a hobby that she shared with many friends and teammates who will
miss her unpretentious, humble manner and dry wit.  Katie was a true
humanitarian, a loyal, caring person who enriched the lives of all she
     She was preceded in death by her father, Admiral Sir Ian Easton
K.C.B. D.S.C.; Her maternal grandmother, Ann Last Christensen, her
maternal grandfather, Thomas Ernest Christensen; and her paternal
grandparents Walter and Janet Easton.
    She is survived by her mother Irene Easton of Bozeman, brother James
Easton, who is serving on the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy; and brother Hamish
Easton who resides in London, England.
    Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 13 at The
Salvation Army Church, corner of Church and Lamme Street.  Interment
will follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to the Worthy Student Scholarship Fund for
Speech and Debate Scholarship, c/o Jan Wenderoth, Bozeman High School,
205 N. 11th Ave. Bozeman, MT 59715

Irene Easton was born in 1952. Irene currently lives in Bozeman, Montana. Before that, she lived in Manhattan, MT from 1999 to 2009. Before that, she lived in West Yellowstone, MT from 2010 to 2012.

Sir Ian Easton
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Admiral, K.C.B., D.S.C. Former Head of the British Defence Staff. He was Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1976, a UK senior serving military officer between 1972 and 2001. For the 2nd Louis Vuitton Cup, which was held in Fremantle, Australia in 1987, he paid an entry fee deposit of $16.000 for Royal Thames Yacht Club’s White Crusader I and White Crusader II, representing United Kingdom.
All Saints Churchyard
Isle of Wight, England

In 1922 a cabinet committee under Winston Churchill, then Secretary of State for the Colonies, recommended the formation of the College.[1] The college was founded in 1927 as the Imperial Defence College and was located at 9 Buckingham Gate until 1939.[1] Its objective at that time was the defence of the Empire.[1] In 1946, following the end of World War II, the college reopened at Seaford House, Belgrave Square and members of the United States forces started attending courses.[1] It was renamed the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1970 and in 2007 the Queen and Prince Philip visited the college.[1]

The British Defence Staff – US, which was previously known as British Defence Staff (Washington),[1] is the home of the Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom) in the United States of America and its purpose is to serve the interests of Her Majesty’s Government in the USA. The British Defence Staff – US is led by the Defence Attaché and has responsibility for military and civilian MOD personnel located both within the Embassy and in 34 states across the USA.
British Defence Staff – US alongside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Government Departments collectively serve the interests of Her Majesty’s Government in the USA.
The British Defence Staff in the United States is led by the Defence Attaché Major-General Francis Hedley Robertson “Buster” Howes, CB, OBE. The Defence Attaché is the British Ambassador’s senior adviser on defence issues, and as Head of the British Defence Staff in the United States has responsibility over 385 military and civilian MOD personnel located both within the Embassy and in 34 states across the USA. The Defence Attaché is drawn rotationally from each of the three Services.
BDS-US Command Group

WASHINGTON — In what is believed to be the first time since the 1940s, the entire British defense staff will be here March 25 to discuss long-range strategy and the impact of budget cuts with their U.S. counterparts, according to U.S. and British sources.
The meeting is reminiscent of the Combined Chiefs of Staff, when British and American military leaders joined forces during World War II. Both nations are undergoing significant budgetary reductions and will continue to rely on each other in future years for support. Understanding what capabilities will survive and won’t is essential to long-term strategic planning.

Easton joined the Royal Navy in 1931 and qualified as a pilot at the start of World War II in which he saw active service on aircraft carriers.[1] On 4 January 1941, flying a Fairey Fulmar of 803 Squadron from HMS Formidable during a raid on Dakar he force landed, with his aircrewman Naval Airman James Burkey and was taken prisoner and held by the Vichy French at a camp near Timbuktu until released in November 1942.[2] He was appointed Assistant Director of the Tactical and Weapons Policy Division at the Admiralty in 1960 and was seconded to the Royal Australian Navy as Captain of HMAS Watson in 1962.[1] He went on to be Naval Assistant to the Naval Member of the Templer Committee on Rationalisation of Air Power in 1965, Director of Naval Tactical and Weapons Policy Division at the Admiralty in 1966 and Captain of the aircraft carrier HMS Triumph in 1968.[1] After that he was made Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy) in 1969, Flag Officer for the Admiralty Interview Board in 1971 and Head of British Defence Staff and Senior Defence Attaché in Washington D. C. in 1973.[1] He last posting was as Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1976: he commissioned armourial bearings for the College which were which were presented during a visit by the Queen in November 1977.[3] He retired in 1978.[1]

The Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies was a UK senior serving military officer between 1972 and 2001. The post rotated through the three branches of the armed forces in turn. In 1971 the old Imperial Defence College became the Royal College of Defence Studies. In 1991, the post was downgraded to three-star, and then in 2001, it was opened up to competition through public advertisement. Subsequent incumbents have as yet all been senior retired military officers.,7185130

British America’s Cup Challenge (United Kingdom)[edit]
From the Royal Thames Yacht Club, White Crusader was designed by Ian Howlett and was a traditional 12 metre design evolved from the DeSavery Lionhart ’83 boat of the previous Americas Cup event. However, White Crusader II was a radical design and designed by David Hollam. This second boat was used as a trial horse against White Crusader, but the team eventually decided to use the more conventional designed boat. Tank testing was carried out at Southampton University and HMS Haslar. The deadline for acceptance of challenges was 1 April 1986 and Admiral Sir Ian Easton wrote his own personal cheque for $16,000 as an entry fee deposit. Harold Cudmore acted as skipper-tactician and starting helmsman who then handed over the helm to Chris Law for the remainder of each races. Both boats were originally named simply Crusader One and Two but the “White” part of their names were added when millionaire Graham Walker (Of White Horse whiskey fame) gave heavy sponsorship to the British challengers at the last minute before the event started so the “White” was added to their names.

[Sir] Ian

Younger son of Walter Easton, and Janet Elizabeth White-Rickard, of West Mersea, Essex.
Married 1st (08.05.1943, Chelsea district, London) Shirley Townend White, WRNS (26.09.1922 – 12.2002) (marriage dissolved) [she remarried (1962) Lt. Merrick Edsell Maslen, RN (1923-1994)], elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Keith Townend White, of Wimbledon Common; one son, one daughter.
Married 2nd ((09?).1962, Kensington district, London) Margarethe Elizabeth Martinette Van Duyn de Sparwoude (marriage dissolved) [she was earlier (1945) married to Ian A. McKenzie Williamson]; one daughter.
Married 3rd (09.1987, Isle of Wight) Irene Victoria Christensen; one son, one daughter.

By LUANN ROD, Chronicle Staff Writer | 0 comments

What does a dancer do when there’s no place to dance?

Some teach, some study, some retire and others decide to put on a show.

That’s what happened when Jackie Englehart and Rena Easton saw the lack of opportunity for trained and talented older dancers in the Bozeman area.

IndepenDANCE alighted on the stage of the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture’s theater in 2009.

Now in its third year, the production is a bit different from other local dance performances in that all the dancers are over the age of 18 and anyone who wants to participate, regardless of experience, finds a place and a stage.

What is on display in abundance is talent and professionalism.

IndepenDANCE is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group of individuals working together to showcase their talent, according to a mission statement from the group.

The idea hatched a few years ago when Englehart missed the auditions for the annual Montana State University dance production. She had already started choreography for a piece and was disappointed to think that there were so few opportunities for choreographers and dancers, especially older dancers, to perform.

She and a few others, including Easton, another local dancer and choreographer, started talking about doing their own dance production.

“We realized there were quite a few dancers in Bozeman that didn’t have an outlet to perform or choreograph,” said Englehart.

For Englehart, after 40 years dancing, performance is still an integral part of the passion. She teaches dance part time at Main Street Dance and works retail the rest of the time. She’s taught, studied and performed whenever she had the opportunity.

Dance is an expression, said Englehart. “For me, it comes from the inside out. It’s not something you can find anywhere else. It combines the physical, mental and emotional spirit of expression.”

But practicing in a studio is not enough to fully enjoy dancing, said Cathy Werner of Mountain Air Dance.

“I think it’s important as adult dancer to continue the performance part of the art,” she said. “Taking class is great, but in the art of dance it is an amazing feeling to be up there on stage performing for your audience … finding that internal expression and sharing it with the audience.”

After a few years of batting the germ of the idea about, Easton put up the money, took a chance and rented theater space at the Emerson. “So we had to come up with a show. It started snowballing from there,” Englehart said.

They held auditions to find out what other dancers were looking for performance opportunities.

“As a movement artist, you need other people,” Englehart said. “So if you don’t own a studio or take classes, it’s difficult to figure out how to gather people to do a movement piece.”

The auditions were designed not to eliminate dancers but as an introduction between dancers and choreographers.

“IndenDANCE has been all-inclusive,” said Werner, who has performed and choreographed for the event since its beginning.

“At the auditions, the choreographer taught a short phrase in the style they were choosing to choreograph,” Werner said.

Englehart found two dancers during the auditions for her performance piece this year. Paige Franklin and Alli Price, along with Kay Van Norman and Englehart, dance a contemporary piece to “Underwater” by Vertical Horizon.

Werner has been both a dancer and a choreographer. This year she’s collaborating with other choreographers to include her style of aerial dance in the pieces.

One of the performances will include eight of her students on trapezes in a jazzy production of “Sway” by the Pussy Cat Dolls. She’s co-choreographing with Skye Anderson.

“It’s in a burlesque style, very upbeat and sexy,” Werner said.

There’s a variety of styles included in the approximately two-hour production, a trend that grows each year.

“We’re more aware of the variety we have,” said Englehart, “from the mambo to contemporary, some ballet, aerial fabric, Charleston, hip-hop. It’s just bringing in more and more diversity.”

“It’s a fun mix of people and style. It’s a good opportunity for a dancer who doesn’t really have any dance performances around Bozeman,” said Werner.

There will be 20 different dances choreographed by 12 choreographers for 64 dancers.

“Each year has been different,” said Englehart. “I think the production has become more efficient. Gathering all the people – probably 50 to 100 people in this one place and time – requires some doing posters and organizing and gathering stage crew and lighting.

“The first one was a big experiment, but came off and got very good reviews from the audience. The second raised the bar. Each group worked a little harder, made it a little more professional.

“This year we feel the pieces are little more serious in content and a little darker. We have a few new people that heard about us … that have come in. There’s more excitement about being involved.”

LuAnn Rod is at

Nov. 3 – Jazz Dance Workout with Rena Easton, adult beginners jazz class in the Luigi technique, at The Ridge Athletic Club, Saturdays Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Public welcome.

Nov. 3 – Jazz Dance Workout with Rena Easton, adult beginners jazz class in the Luigi technique, at The Ridge Athletic Club, Saturdays Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Public welcome.

Rena Easton is teaching a jazz dance workout for adults at the Ridge Athletic Club on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Non-members of the club are welcome.
According to Easton, adults love to dance and attend dance classes, but there are few classes for adults in an adult atmosphere. Many dance studios cater almost exclusively to children and teens. This is a chance for wannabe dancers to jump in and learn.

For more information about sign-up and fees call Julie Kroemer at The Ridge Athletic Club at 586-1737.,_Montana

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  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    I am kin to Ian Fleming. A Bond book war born here.

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