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Mission Docents Reelect President

January 09, 1998|BY MIMI KO CRUZ and SUSAN DEEMER and HOPE HAMASHIGE

Volunteer Fred Purdy has been reelected as president of the Mission San Juan Capistrano Docent Society for a second year.

The retired history teacher, who says he's "over 65," oversees 110 volunteer members of the society that guide visitors at the historic 221-year-old mission.

The Laguna Niguel resident began working as a tour guide about three years ago, but he first stepped foot inside the old stone buildings as a boy in 1934. His spunky personality has made him a favorite among children visiting the mission, according to Marge Elwell, the 1996 president.

For more information about guided tours of the mission, call (714) 248-2048. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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