31 | I look forward to more responses to my latest plea for "News" from all you surviving '31ders, but at this writing (it's mid-August right now), the only thing I have received is a great letter from Tom Kelley (Thomas D., 11770 NE Yeomalt Dr., Bainbridge Island,WA 98110).He says he is 96, but doesn't mention how he is doing with the walker he reported he was using to get around his lovely home with its marvelous view across the Sound to Seattle.He says, "I have received a citation from the Washington State Bar Assn. retiring me with honor for 61 years of service." Like all of us, Tom deplores the passing of Frank O'Brien, and sends me a copy of the story that he sent Frank some years ago about one of Frank's ancestors, a King of Ireland and Lord of Bunratty Castle, which is now a tourist trap that Tom had visited on the River Shannon. Frank had sent the story on to me earlier, and I had just got around to putting it in the May/June 2004 issue.
Tom is also saddened by the death of Ed Mintz. He recalls that back in our freshman year he and Ed were "compets" for a place on the Cornell Sun staff. The measure of compet-ence for the position was the number and length of the articles each submitted that were accepted for publication. Tom says, "I had a slight edge, because my Dad, William V.Kelley 1893, had been a famous Cornell football, lacrosse, and track star, and as an alumnus had been secretary of the Cornell Club of Spokane. He and his friends sent me items for publication."Tom also had a brother William V.Kelley Jr. '26, LLB '29, who also probably chipped in with some contributions, but the "edge" that Tom claims was probably even slighter than he knew, because Ed's father was Aaron G.Mintz, LLB '01, and he had several other close Cornell relatives. If I remember correctly the fierceness of the competition for the Sun board, it sounds to me like the Kelley family beat the Mintz family, not just Tom vs. Ed.
As for myself, as this is written I have just returned from a nostalgia trip--the annual end-of-summer reunion of Camp Dudley alumni at Westport-on-Lake Champlain, NY. (I am still able to drive up from the Cape, with a stop each way at my son's place in Vermont.) This is a boy's summer camp, to which my father, C.Reeve Vanneman '03, volunteered many hours of civil engineering survey work at the beginning of the Twenties, before I started a ten-year stint at the camp in 1923.My sons William M.Vanneman Jr. '65 and Reeve D. "Ting" Vanneman '67 and my two grandsons also attended for several years each. (I am already sending literature on camp to the non-Cornellian, non-Dudley parents of my 2-year-old grandson.)
Like all my other friends to whom I mention that I am going to such an event, I have to assure you that I am NOT (yet) in my second childhood nor a victim of Alzheimer's. Camp Dudley is DIFFERENT! Space does not permit a full defense of my sanity, but the fact that it is the oldest boy's summer camp in continuous operation (founded 1885) is some indication that it is a solid institution. Fathers send their sons to Camp Dudley because they feel it did more to make them decent human beings than any other influence on their lives. The camp motto is "The Other Fellow First," and this pervasive emphasis on the consideration of others in daily life accounts for much of the "difference." Annual giving by alumni for scholarships to help worthy boys attend (who could not otherwise afford such a summer experience) reached $400,000 last year.
Hundreds of alumni and their families return to Lake Champlain at various times of the year. There were about 300 at this reunion in August 2004. I have been coming back to them with the same regularity, and enthusiasm, that I have come back to my Cornell reunions. (Did I ever mention that because of the class distribution of my Cornell family, I can come back every year, and join one of their reunions? This is a Continuous Reunion Club advertisement!)
In my early days at Camp Dudley reunions, there was participation in sports, hiking, Adirondack mountain climbing, and other camp activities. Later there was a combination of my family joining with other families of our time and our children's times. And lately it has been mostly observing all the fun that the younger generations are having. Also, as you have doubtless been experiencing at Cornell gatherings, we turn out to be the earliest class represented. At Camp Dudley meetings, I am now usually the one with the lowest Camp Number, and am appropriately acclaimed! (Big Deal! We all have camp numbers assigned at the time we are first accepted.Mine is 3,560. Recent campers are in the high 17,000s.)
Speaking of Cornell gatherings, in July I took the ferry to Martha's Vineyard to attend a very fine afternoon party, thrown by the Island alumni/ae and hosted by June Cronig Kapell '46, to which Cape Cod Cornellians were also invited. These meetings are fun! Don't miss one in your neighborhood! -- Bill Vanneman, 237 No.Main St., #250, S. Yarmouth, MA 02664-2088; tel., (508) 760-4250; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
32 | Having consulted myself at great length, I have concluded that enough is enough.Many factors have changed my lifestyle, and it is no longer practical for me to try to put together, on a regular schedule, a meaningful set of Class Notes. A recent letter from Martha Travis Houck, who is enjoying life at Arbor Glen in Bridgewater, NJ, opened with this sentence: "Thanks for keeping the '32 column going all these years."Martha labored long and hard putting together items dealing with the women classmates, and her "thank you" has special significance for me.
Recently I returned to my home after a stint in a rehab center, where a lot of nice people taught me how to deal with a broken hip. After a decent interval settling into home living, I tackled my e-mail box and opened a five-week supply of offerings from Ben Falk. He is a prolific e-mailer and I wonder how he finds the time and energy to maintain the flow of traffic. Other than Ben,my contact with classmates is limited to Whitey Mullestein and Walter Deming.
Some of you (not many, I think) may wonder how I got to write the notes in what used to be called the Cornell Alumni News. Richard Hayne Sampson and I, both members of the editorial board of the Cornell Daily Sun, kept in touch sporadically after graduation. Both of us were in the real estate business, he in Chicago and I in Buffalo. Dick wrote the class column, commencing I know not when, and one day he called or wrote to say that his partner was ill and asking if I'd fill in until he could get his various activities under control. Dick submitted his last notes for the issue of July 1965, and my first effort appeared in the 1965 September issue. Sadly, Dick died the next year so that my temporary task lasted more than 39 years. As I said at the top, "Enough is enough."
But all is not lost! You may send any items for the '32 column to: Editor, Class Notes, 401 E. State St., Suite 301, Ithaca, NY 14850-4440. -- Jim Oppenheimer, 140 Chapin Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14209.
33 | We were happy to receive news recently from two members of the Class of '33. Dorothy Katzin Greenfield wrote from her hometown of Maplewood,NJ, where she was glad to report that she had completed six years in the Winchester Gardens retirement community."My two sons live nearby with five grandchildren-- no ‘greats' yet. I'm really sorry to have missed our last reunion, but glad to note that so many classmates did make it."Dorothy must have appreciated receiving the class pocket diary all those years--she sent a plea to continue with them!
Alfred Bennett celebrated a birthday on Sept. 8, which he referred to as "Big 92.""I look forward to next year, which would be ‘Big 93.'"He adds, "I would be glad to hear from any of my classmates and would surely respond (25215 Village 25, Camarillo, CA 93012)."
On Aug. 21, 2004, the Local News section of the Ithaca Journal quoted your former class secretary, Rev. Henry Horn, in a story about the glory days of trolleys in the 1920s and '30s. The article, by former Alumni News editor John Marcham '50, featured selected sections of the 12-verse song "Street Car Sam," written by Henry's brother Edward, the oldest of the eight Horn children. "We had the schedule of cars and drivers and conductors," wrote Rev. Horn, "and called them by name. ‘Street Car Sam' had historical groundings in our memory of eventful accidents where trolleys would lose their brakes and slip backward and off the tracks into trees or homes at State and Eddy streets." The article went on to note that Henry Horn became well known for his rousing renditions of "Street Car Sam" at Cornell reunion performances by the Savage Club!
Send your news to: -- Class of '33, c/o Cornell Alumni Magazine, 401 East State St., Suite 301, Ithaca, NY 14850.
35 | When you receive this, you will have read the first class letter concerning plans for the 2005 Reunion in Ithaca, June 9-12, 2005. Please mark the dates when you receive your new calendars and make your plans to attend. Tevis Goldhaft, DVM '35, has written that he is looking forward to it and hopes he will see other Vet school graduates.
Dr. Norman '34 and Meda Young Thetford (68 South St., Eatontown, NJ 07724) are retired and spend January through April in Mt. Dora, FL 32757. They have four daughters, of whom two are Cornellians, as are a son-in-law and a granddaughter. Margaret Sturm Conner (14 E. 18th St., Ocean City, MD 21842) writes that husband Bill '40, MS '56, died in 1996 and that since then, the family has grown by four great-grandchildren. The family includes Cornellians Lynn Conner Gillen '61, Jackie Eaton '82, and Caryl Eaton Cardenas '84. Margaret has sent me a picture of her beautiful family, which I wish I could print. Sorry,Margaret.
Ellison Taylor (143 Orchard Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830) is a retired chemist with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His wife Ruth (Young) '34 is deceased. They had two sons, two grandchildren, two great-grandsons, and a great-granddaughter. He has occasional contacts with Irving Taylor '34.
Jean Elizabeth Farnsworth Pinson (5480 Marengo Ave., #S-70, La Mesa, CA 91942) lost her husband Ernest of 66 years in December 2003, but stays as active as she can in Grossman Gardens, a retirement community. She has traveled to a wedding in Colorado and to a family reunion in Nashville, TN. She has two sons, two daughters, three granddaughters, and one grandson with impressive accomplishments, as well as two great-grandchildren.
William Surrey and his wife Beryl live at 200 Kidd Castle Way, #245,Webster, NY 14580. They have a daughter and a son, two granddaughters, and a grandson who is a West Point graduate, now a Captain in the US Army.William arrived at Omaha Beach in Normandy on his 33rd birthday on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and his Landing Craft Tank (LCT) was destroyed; he was severely wounded. He is presently healthy and believes he is the oldest member of the class. He is active in the Rochester Cornell Club and in his church. If you come to reunion in June,William, we can use your piano-playing expertise.
Charlie Bogel (105 Connetquot Rd., Bayport, NY 11705) had his own real estate and insurance firm until 1984. He and his wife Marjorie, who passed away in 1996, had three daughters, eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was a Rotarian for 50 years and is the oldest alumnus of Bayport High School. He has been very active in community affairs.
I hope that you will all enjoy a beautiful fall and that the Big Red team will have a terrific season. -- Albert G. Preston Jr., 252 Overlook Dr., Greenwich, CT 06830; tel., (203) 869-8387; e-mail, email@example.com.
36 | First, we'll start with news about some of our ladies--for good reason, as you will see. Gladys Godfrey MacKay has sent me a long letter about her experiences in WWII, notable not only for her contributions as a Navy commissioned communications officer, but for the fact that she was one of the 900 women who were the first ever to be commissioned as officers in the Navy as part of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). FDR signed a law establishing this branch of the Navy on July 30, 1942, and the first members were sworn in on the following Labor Day. They reported for boot camp on Oct. 6, 1942 (which coincidentally was also my first day in the Navy, except I reported at MIT). Gladys says, "We did everything the men did, except for one thing.We completed their three-month drill in six weeks, and they had to make out a new drill schedule."
She also feels strongly about the contributions that the women in the Armed Services made to the outcome of that war, saying that their entry was "absolutely a turning point in the war. In Berlin after the war we found meticulous German planning showing that if the US entered the war, it would take us so many weeks to do this and so many weeks to do that. Their figures were absolutely accurate in all ways until a point was reached when we began to speed up. This was when women entered the war, a contingency Germany had not counted on. American women were the straw that broke the back of Germany." Gladys also notes that she and her brother Joseph E. Godfrey '39 and her cousin Royden F. Allen '40 and her husband and three of his brothers were all in uniform in WWII. A remarkable family and a very interesting story about that significant time in our country's history! Thank you, Gladys. She can be reached at 162 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, OH 44074.
Muriel Kinney Reisner (1801 S. Flagler Dr., Apt. 1203,West Palm Beach, FL 33401) says that she is still traveling and enjoying cruises and visits to NYC in between "my ballroom dancing" in Florida. Her daughter recently moved from Tiburon, CA, to Palm Beach Gardens to be near her. Margaret Kraemer Rumble moved to 19716 Greenside Terrace, Gaithersburg, MD 20886 in September '03 to be with her family and says she "enjoyed the move--lots to do here." Libby Raynes Adelman (2377 Harbour Oaks Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228) tells us that her daughter Naomi received her PhD in public health policy and became a grandma, making Libby a great-grandmother for the first time--"very exciting."And finally, Evelyn Goetcheus Beiderbecke (233 Cottage Pl., Charlotte, NC 28207) says that her 18-year-old granddaughter and namesake lives with her while going to Central Piedmont Community College, which is within walking distance. "I have glaucoma but still read and play the piano for Sunday School. One grandson in 10th grade plays the violin in the Sacramento Youth Symphony orchestra, another grandson is a junior at NYU, and another is in Taiwan.My daughter and her husband live in Wilmington and visit me often."
Bob Price (11 Malden Street,Holden, MA 01520) has this to say:"My wife Ruth (Bentley) '36 and I continue to be in reasonably good health, which is our important news. She keeps us in touch with our children and six grandchildren, does beautiful enamel work, and enjoys brisk walks with the family. I continue to practice law, serve as the current Price family genealogist, and enjoy hiking in the Swiss Alps.However, as befits my age, I carry a backpack of camera gear instead of an ice axe, crampons, and climbing rope, as in the past." Bob, nice to hear from you; we'll expect to see you in Ithaca in '06. And here's James K. Thomas with another sad tale, who says as follows:"My wife Naomi and I are still living the good life, wintering in Arizona (14219 W. Ravenswood Drive, Sun City West, 85375) and spending summers in Hawaii (76-6283 Alii Dr., #A-205, Kailua- Kona, 96740).We manage to slip down to Puerto Vallarta,Mexico, for a few weeks in between."He continues, "We tallied our 26th ocean cruise not long ago and are busily wrestling with the question of what our next destination should be. It's a rough life."You and your wife have our deepest sympathies, Jim. How about a side trip to Ithaca in a couple of years?
Charles "Gil" Gildersleeve entered Alexian Brothers Retirement Home, Signal Mountain, TN (near Chattanooga) a couple of years ago and says it's a beautiful location, though somewhat isolated. His health is generally good "for his age," with very little arthritis, though writing is a laborious task. "I've never been back to campus since graduation --only an eon ago. I have many fond memories . . . and also dark ones of those Great Depression days."He has been able to return to Europe twice (in 1993 and 1997) at his expense since his "all-expenses-paid trip" in 1944, and noted many welcome changes in the meantime. You, too, Gil. Plan on coming back to Ithaca. It's still as beautiful as ever, but with lots of changes. --Bill Hoyt, 8090 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
37 | Our annual class News and Dues letter should have arrived recently. Please do pay those class dues and keep us informed of your activities by filling out the News Card and mailing it in. A return envelope is always provided. I hope that your winters will be mild this year, and that you'll let me know all your holiday plans.We hope to hear from many more of you as time goes by.
We got a call in September from the daughter of James S. Thompson. She asked that we let his classmates know that he died on Aug. 24, 2004 in Ashland, OR. James had previously lived in La Jolla, CA.
Dorothy McCormack Grady once took a trip up the coast of Labrador in a 62-foot sailboat with four French-Canadians. She writes that although they were strangers at the start, they were good friends at the end. They were heading for Nain, but never got there, as the icepack cut the anchor. Two years later, she took a small freighter/passenger boat up the same coast. This time there was no icepack, so the boat got all the way to Nain. Dorothy is still involved with the Bethel Historical Society and the Red Cross Blood Drive.
Your correspondent Selma Block Green was busy traveling over the summer.My family and I spent some time in East Hampton and Montauk, where we visited friends, went antiquing, and relaxed at the beach.My daughter Lori and I also traveled to Newport, RI, where we toured the mansions and historic sights. I keep busy volunteering at the Senior Personnel Employment Council, part of the Family Service of Westchester County.My responsibilities include interviewing and hiring senior citizens for a variety of positions.
Have a happy, healthy holiday. And write us!-- Selma Block Green, 15 Weaver St., Scarsdale, NY 10583
39 | After an absolutely wonderful Reunion and a cool, wet non-summer, I must try to catch up on further notes about Reunion before the new school year starts. The students are back in town, the number of cars has swelled, and traffic has become a serious problem since Ithaca's South End is suddenly being invaded by "big box" chain stores with resulting new traffic patterns we are finding very confusing. If you remember Ithaca as a sleepy, small town, forget it! We are almost big-time.
A few notes from men I interviewed at Reunion: Ben Dean is still writing and publishing his history series on his family and many aspects of Cornell. His latest is about the Cornell crews over the years. (In passing, I would like to know if one of our classmates joined former members of 1954 for the Saturday morning row down at the lake. The '54 men have a picture for him, but never got his name.) Alexander Yaxis talked about his life as a dairy farmer in Amityville, Long Island, and is still a part-timer in his dairy business.
Donald Whiteman of Adams, NY, was a county agent until his retirement, specializing in artificial breeding and "Blue Bird" seed development. Otto Arthur Poirier had fascinating things to say about his life as a geologist with Chevron for 37 years. He spent ten years exploring on the Gulf Coast and in Australia, and also lived in Paris, The Hague, and Madagascar. If only I had had time to talk to more of the men! I was pleased to discover they are equally as engaging as our women.
Some comments have already come in from our classmates. FlorenceMorgenstern Dreizen wrote,"Reunion was fine--meeting old friends--but sad because so few of us were there. Being with Ruth Gold Goodman, MA '41, and others brought back memories of younger times.My daughter Alison Dreizen '74 and 4-year-old granddaughter (wearing a Class of 2022 shirt!) made the weekend complete."
Helen Cooney Bourque on Reunion: "It was an event I looked forward to and it exceeded my expectations. The Statler was very handy, the staff very friendly and gracious. The talks by Edward Lu '84, our own astronaut, were very enlightening, and President Lehman's talk was humorous and apropos. All in all, it was a wonderful time and I'm looking forward to my 70th, fate willing."
There's more to tell, but I am writing this column with the aid of eye drops and a magnifying glass, so I shall just say, "To be continued." Have a great autumn and a healthy and happy New Year. Let's hope this winter is better than the last! -- Ruth Gold Goodman, 103 White Park Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850; tel., (607) 257-6357; e-mail, email@example.com.
Thanks again to my co-correspondent for her excellent coverage of Reunion 2004.Here are some updates that came in over the last few months. Arnold Allison (Tamarac, FL) couldn't make reunion, but says that his heart was with his classmates. His wife of many years passed away three years ago. Robert Crew (Boise, ID) attended our 55th Reunion ten years ago with his grandson, and was able to show Cornell to him. Robert Wilson visits with his sister (and classmate!) Evelyn Wilson Monroe, who is confined to a wheelchair, at the Cokesbury Retirement Home in Hockessin, DE. They weren't able to attend the 65th.
John Present still enjoys life on Hilton Head Island, SC, and manages to play nine holes of golf. He works behind the scenes to improve local and county government ordinances. As his emphysema keeps him from traveling, he was not able to attend the 65th. He feels very fortunate to have his oldest daughter and her husband living near them. Lee Frair (Portville, NY) was unable to attend reunion because of illness in the family, but sends his regards. Harry Johns (Aspen, CO) was recovering from a back operation and didn't want to be one of the walking wounded. He says he is alert and curious, but is again divorced. Kenneth Holgate (Dundee, NY) was sorry he couldn't attend, and also sends his best regards. Peter Kendzior is listed as living in Lymington, England, but because of a back failure after visiting his son and daughter in the States, he regretfully had to miss reunion.
Chester Freeman, MS '45, lost his wife Irene (Schoff) '40 in 1991. Chet toured six countries via Elderhostel, ending up in Tinian in the Northern Marianas, where during WWII he flew B-29's against Japan until the end of the war. Afterwards, he taught communications for 40 years, and is now a retired professor emeritus. Lawrence Phil Young retired in 1979 as an engineer at Michigan Bell Telephone Co., now Southwestern Bell Co. He lives on a rural area in Gravette, AR, with lots of trees and wildlife. He often counts as many as seven deer within 50 feet of his home. J. Stanley Hall's note from Attica, NY, was a little difficult to read, but I believe he teaches social studies to adult students. He is also a member of IOOF and has been a member of the Lions Club for 40 years.
Dr. Sidney Martin passed way this spring.His family would love to hear from any who knew him (John Martin, 17 Martin Rd., Chateaugay, NY 12920). Sidney retired from veterinary practice in 1980.He was an active member of the Burke Adult Center, devoting time to the Meals On Wheels program and serving on the Board of Directors.He was a member of the local fire department, the school board, and the Franklin County Cooperative Extension board. He inspected animal hospitals around the state for certification in the American Animal Hospital Assoc.More news next time. --Phil Twitchell, 1963 Indian Valley Rd., Novato, CA 94947; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.