JAN./FEB. 2005 VOLUME 107 NUMBER 4 Class Notes

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40 | Mary Savage Kyle reports from Laconia, NH, that her family of three sons is healthy and busy. She sees them occasionally. Laconia is not far from where I live, and I hope to see her some day. Edna Isaacs Lowe lives in New York City. She is retired after working as a NYC schoolteacher for 30 years. She is a proud cancer survivor three times over--in 1966, 1988, and 1990. She has three dynamic physician sons and six wonderful grandchildren and recently celebrated her 61st wedding anniversary with them.

I heard from John Thatcher, who reports running two life insurance companies as his life's work. He has also been actively involved in music all his life. After four years in the Glee Club at Cornell, he continued singing for 63 years as church choir soloist and as an entertainer. Since 1959 he has been using his tenor voice to advantage in nursing home shows. Currently, he and his talented pianist, an old pro also close to 87 years old, are busy as beavers. They do the old songs for nursing and retirement home folks, including songs from the Gay Nineties up through the Thirties, with plenty of sing-alongs for the oldsters. They frequently do three shows a week, recently bringing their total to 81 for all of last year. John says, "God's been good to let me retain a deep tenor voice. It's fun and it's keeping me young."

Robert Storandt writes that when he retired as Cornell Director of Undergraduate Admissions, his friends and colleagues contributed to the establishment of the Robert W. Storandt Cornell Tradition Fellowship. It is still going strong, so in a sense, the Class of '40 has two Tradition fellowships operative.

Clarence Padgham, living in Sun City Center, FL, is retired. He is caregiver to his wife Rose (Brodbeck) '39, as her bad knee joint confines her to a wheelchair 99 percent of the time. He manages to play golf occasionally. They became very proud great-grandparents in July '03. Clarence adds, "Probably later than most of the Class of '40, but we are just as proud." Henry Rose lives in Bay Head, NJ, and is still making steel warship models. Seven have already been donated to the US Naval Academy Museum, with four more on the way. Fourteen have gone to the Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Museum in NYC.Many in Henry's family are Cornellians, including his father Willis '10 and his brother Gilbert '38, plus a son and a daughter, a son-in-law, and two granddaughters, one presently at Cornell.

I'm sorry to report the death of Ralph Story Lash in Sept '03 in Sarasota, FL. He leaves his wife June. Margaret "Tammie" Tammen Perry moved 12 miles south, from Glenwood, FL, to the John Knox Village lifecare community in Orange City, FL. She likes it very much--lots of activities, great food, and very nice people, including a few longtime friends. Tammie's brother, John Tammen '39, died in early 2003 after several years of failing health.His widow Jane will move into a Kendal community in Granville, OH, soon.His children John Jr. and Susan Tammen Bryant '76 both live in California with their children.

Betty Bishop Williams has a new address in Indianapolis, IN. She has just completed 15 years as a volunteer counselor for small businesses. She adds, "I will continue as long as possible." She is living in a retirement community and met three Cornellians almost immediately. She has enjoyed being a great-grandparent for over a year now. -- Carol Clark Petrie, Box 8, Hartford, NY 12838; tel., (518) 632-5237.

41 | Jack Weikart leads off with a happy message: "I have little to report except that I am more involved in activities at Cokesbury Village, a retirement community. I eat, sleep, and spend time with Peg, and grow older each day. I seem awfully busy.When did I have time to work? I have not visited our campus since 2001. I'm tempted, but busy, busy, busy. Greetings and good health to all." FrankWarner, LLB '48, is still "marking time" in total and somewhat boring retirement. He reads when his eyes permit. He is perplexed as to which Yale man will be elected, but feels that "the one who knows ‘Prufrock' can't be all bad."

Robert Tallman, BArch '46, is recovering from a bout with endocarditis. He plans to get back on the golf course. Joe Ferris, DVM '41, has been retired for 15 years. His wife died in November 2003 after 62 years of marriage. Henry Heimlich, MD '43, is doing AIDS research at the Heimlich Inst. in Cincinnati. He and his wife Jane are both well. Henry was scheduled to speak at Cornell in October '04 on using the Heimlich maneuver to save drowning victims--it clears water out of their lungs. It also can stop asthma attacks. "Regards to all."

James Wittman, PhD '51, had a severe stroke and is in a nursing home.He can't walk, but his mind is clear, as well as his memory.Write him at 350 Rogers Cove Rd.,Waynesville, NC 28785. Dick Lee writes, "Go to to hear my music."After 25 years of living in the US Virgin Islands, Robert Zouck has moved back to Piney Point, MD 20674 (P.O. Box 185).His wife Annie died after 52 wonderful years.He welcomes old friends.

Daniel Carrara, BS '62, dropped out of Cornell in 1940 and joined the Navy.He stayed in 21 years, at sea most of the time. After his retirement he was required to spend one semester at Cornell to get his degree. "I was older than most of my professors!" Daniel says he loves Cornell and goes to all the reunions in Leesburg, FL. For a copy of his resume, write him at 127 Horseshoe Trail, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.-- Ralph Antell, Beaufort Towers, 7015 Carnation St., Apt. 408, Richmond, VA 23225-5233.

Betty Dicker Kaplan (Highland Park, IL) says she and husband Chester have just become great-grandparents for the first time. Baby Daryn Adina Kaplan lives in Evanston, IL, which is about 15 minutes away. They are anticipating the wedding of granddaughter Elizabeth to Michael Cohen of Dallas, TX. Betty says their move from Florida was a smart thing, for they are now surrounded by family. Chester is not well so they appreciate the proximity. Betty says she reads the Alumni News from cover to cover and relives her college years. She doesn't expect to visit the campus again, but appreciates her time there.

Audrey Bernichon Glacken (Boynton Beach, FL) is a retired educator. She and husband Joseph have been active in local volunteer work for charities. They are enjoying a quiet retired life with golf, friends, and grandchildren, plus two greats. They are grateful for good health and happiness. Elsbeth Hartman Button (Brooksville, FL) feels she and husband Thomas are very lucky. Tom is almost 92 and plays golf twice a week while she is playing bridge. They were expecting to sail on the Rotterdam on June 6 for a 34-day trip to Amsterdam and back to New York, visiting ports in Norway, Ireland, Scotland, and many other countries. She really loves the Alumni News, although the news has not been all good since our last reunion.

Rhoda Dunham Webster (Naples, FL) has spent over 17 years at Bentley Village, a lifecare community near Naples. Increasing problems with sight, hearing, and balance have narrowed her horizons. She does enjoy the company of interesting and unusual residents. Their four children, five grands, two great-grands, and their families are scattered from Boston to Berkeley.Weddings, reunions, and e-mail keep the family connected. Rhoda is sorry to have lost track of some classmates. Mary Louise Garmong Overman and husband Joseph have been in Las Vegas, NV, for five years. The sunny days are great, but the heat is too much for about four or five months. They miss trees and green grass! "This is the desert with hundreds of houses!"

Elaine Ely Harrington (Cooperstown,NY) feels she is fortunate to be in good health, able to maintain her own house, and be active in the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, which celebrated its centennial in May 2004. She participates in the Milford Senior Citizens Club and enjoys day trips. Presently she has 15 great-grandchildren and is enjoying the families of their four sons. -- Dorothy Talbert Wiggans, 415 Savage Farm Dr., Ithaca, NY 14850-6504; tel., (607) 266-7629; e-mail,

42 | "Devastated" and "Our Worst Fears Have Come True" were headlines in the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Tribune, and other Florida papers regarding the effects of Hurricane Charley that Ken Hubbard (Ft.Myers) sent me. I was interested because I lived there for six years and so many of you reside there now. It missed Ken's home by a few miles. He almost rode it out, but soon had no lights, water, or air-conditioning, so retreated to his daughter's home in Tampa. When they returned, they found all his fruit trees uprooted and resting on the ground. He lost half the roof on his house, but no further damage. Ken vowed to plant a whole new orchard. Then along came Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne, but no further news from him. To all our Florida classmates, let us know your experiences.

It's a small world department must include my running into a woman named Lucile Summerlin at a seminar my financial consultant son was holding in Tacoma,WA. When she mentioned she had been born in Ithaca, I said I had gone to Cornell. She told me her father had graduated from Cornell, last name Haslett.When I said "Harold," she gasped, "Yes." I found him in the Cornellian, Class of 1941, BS Ag '43. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago on his farm in Greene, NY, where he had lived since returning from the war. I was amazed at such a chance find so far from Ithaca.

In cruise news, Pres. Liz Schlamm Eddy enjoyed a fine one with the American Cruise Line down the eastern shore to Newport,Martha's Vineyard, Fall River, and Block Island, to name some of the stops.We all appreciated her attractive class letter, as well as receiving The Trial by Franz Kafka as a gift. Ignatius Lacombe (Plattsburgh) comments: "I read the book and was not overly impressed until one of our sons mentioned that Kafka was one of his favorite authors. Upon hearing this, I recalled the remark of an elderly Englishman who lived in our village, that ‘a book worth reading once was worth reading twice.' I did this, but still do not think that The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century or that ‘Kafka (is) one of the greatest writers of our century.' " Ig would be most interested in reactions from the rest of you, and he hopes Liz sends another book next year.

Helen and Lynn Timmerman (Boynton Beach, FL) left Florida and were aboard the Holland American MS Rotterdam when it was hit by Hurricane Karl as they neared Halifax, NS. Four engines failed and the stabilizers were lost. The ship (237m long) tilted sharply from side to side 900K east of Newfoundland. He was sure they would be the next Poseidon. They were reduced to lying on their cabin floor for 3 1/2 hours as stuff flew around the cabin, including the TV. Although much damage was done, he and Helen arrived safely in NYC.

Also on a Holland American ship, Eleanor Bloomfield Scholl '44 (Delray Beach, FL) and I had a great time on a Mediterranean cruise as members of Club 44's seventeenth tour. Along with 50 others, we visited the many fortresses on six islands and enjoyed great food, excellent shows, parties, and a games program that kept us all busy. Fortunately, our MS Noordam, although ready for retirement, experienced almost perfect weather. Dubois "Jenks" Jenkins '43, DVM '43, and his wife were also on board. I herewith nominate Jenks for our "most medically perfected" grad. He has had three hips and two knees replaced, one heart bypass, two cataract operations, a metal screw in one ankle, and two lasik operations. I may have left some out! He gets around fine, going on all the tours and enjoying every minute. Can anyone beat his claim?

Don't forget to send news, pictures, etc., for our class website,, and also for this column. It is short because there was a dearth of news--your updates from the most recent News and Dues mailing will be arriving soon.Write or e-mail. -- Carolyn Finneran, 8815 46th St.NW, Gig Harbor,WA 98335; tel., (253) 265-6618; e-mail,

43 | On a gorgeous October weekend in Ithaca, we attended--and participated in--a beautiful and meaningful service in memory of the late Roy Unger. Among the poignant moments were son Steve's reading of a letter of Roy's from Okinawa. Like many '43 artillery officers--Jack Slater, Dave Mertz, to name two-- Roy was assigned the dangerous mission of forward observer. He wrote that his faith in God and his recitation of the 23rd Psalm led him confidently to accept his fate, whatever it be, as he crept through his own valley of the shadow of death.Amen to that. The Men's Glee Club lent the proper note to the afternoon with their serene and lovely "Evening Song." I never heard it sung better.

Alert reader Barbara Johnson Gottling '54 sent us an article from the Cincinnati Post on classmate Bill Hopple,MA '50. It reads, in part: "Bill Hopple recently stepped aside as director of Summerbridge Cincinnati. At 82, he thought it was time. One of Summerbridge's goals is to plunge inner city fifth, sixth, and seventh graders into a souped-up academic environment over three summers, the idea being to get them into a college state of mind and, beyond that, give them a shot at the American dream." The article describes Bill has having "an earnest, almost Jimmy Stewart quality--tall, lean, dapper, with a partiality to bowties." The setting for Summerbridge is Cincinnati Country Day School, whose mission was and is to prepare the sons of Cincinnati's most prominent families for the Eastern boarding schools--Choate, Andover, Exeter, et al. "Bill's legacy is wrapped up in Summerbridge and Cincinnati Country Day.He entered the first grade there in 1929. In 1946, after a stretch with the Navy [Hey there, Post writer, how about he managed the Big Red crew and then an LCT on D-Day] and joined the Cincinnati Country Day faculty, teaching math and geography to students in grades 5 through 8. He remained at CCDS 50 years, most recently as director of planned giving. Says Bill, ‘It's been a whiz-bang success.' "

Mildred Cudmore Rafaj (New York, NY) writes that she's been married to Paul (Columbia alum) for 41 years; no children. She's been retired for almost ten years. Alice Chamberlin Meeker lives in Delhi, NY, near her daughter. Her second husband Robert died in December 2002. Don B. Davidson (Rome, NY) died on July 27, 2002. He and Norah had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on the Christmas Eve prior to his death. Norah now resides in the Syracuse Home in Baldwinsville, NY, having moved there after suffering a stroke a few months after Don's death.

Having lived in Reno,NV, for 33 years, Louise Schall Faryna Van Ardsdale has moved in with her daughter Dr. Ellen Faryna in Santa Rosa, CA."I have twelve Faryna grandchildren and two great-grands. Five grandchildren are in college--three of son Walter Faryna '70 and two of son Henry Faryna Jr." Louise's second husband William Van Arsdale '36 died in February 2001. Jane Congleton Hughes writes that Robert died in December 2003."He was sorry to miss the 60th Reunion, but Parkinson's disease had slowed him down.He had many happy memories of his time on the Hill, and a highly successful career thanks to his Cornell Engineering training."

James Mayer (Colorado Springs, CO) sent us a list of daughters (two) and granddaughters (five) and (except for the 10-year-old) what college each attended (Stanford, Harvard, Colorado U.; some Phi Beta Kappa). From Paul Gallagher (Christiansburg,VA): "While vacationing in Florida, I visited Bill Dunn, my old roommate from South Baker days, and wife Laura. Both seemed well and happy." This news from Robert Fritz: "I had a serious accident as a result of hurricane Isobel, which struck New Bern, NC, our past address. I am recovering and can now walk with a cane. Anne and I are moving to West Linn, OR, to be near our eldest daughter."

Former Big Red and pro gridder now semi-pro historian Ken Stofer (Fort Myers, FL): "We sold our home in Rocky River, OH, and headed south to spend our 17th sevenmonth winter [Come back north, Ken; our winters are only five months] at the Forest Country Club in Fort Myers.We returned last May to a new, smaller, summer home nearer our Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, OH. They awarded me a life membership and I am up to playing golf twice a week. I was recently appointed Historian for the Northern Ohio Golf Assoc.We've been members at the Forest Country Club for almost 20 years, and I'm now completing a Forest Club History."

Fleur and Curt Strand (Snowmass Village, CO) sold their New York City apartment to spend more time in Colorado and on their farm east of Saratoga on the NY/VT line. Curt writes: "This has been a winter [2003, dear reader] of super skiing conditions, and I'm busy with a few pro bono activities, as well as seminars and music with which Aspen is blessed."Curt was looking forward to another lecture to the grad students in International Development at the Hotel school, and a trip with Fleur to China last April.

That other irascible Harris, Charles (Island Heights, NJ), no relation, writes: "Wouldn't it be ironic,Miller, if we were the last two left, and you had to fill your column with only my activities?"-- S.Miller Harris, P.O. Box 164, Spinnerstown, PA 19868; e-mail,

44 | Art and Dotty Kay Kesten earned another feather in their caps for Club '44's grand Rome to Barcelona cruise Sept. 23-Oct. 4. Art compiled bios complete with individual flight plans, and Dotty arranged for table seatings and cocktail party rooms. Together on board they organized games (each traveler was assigned to run one game) and awarded the prizes they'd lugged in a big bag.

Of the 53 expected, 48 very well-fed classmates and friends enjoyed the journey in comfortable cabins. Six land tours (Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Greece; Valetta,Malta; Palermo, Sicily;Mahon,Minorca (Balearic Islands, Spain); and St. Tropez, France) were very well guided and most interesting. Some of us went early to explore Rome and stayed over to see sights in Barcelona.

Sad to report, Barbara Gans Gallant, an inveterate Club '44 traveler, failed to awaken one morning. In her memory, the group donated $1,000 to the class scholarship fund. Art compiled a eulogy booklet with photos and cards, which he and Dotty presented to the fam ily at memorial services in Mamaroneck on October 10. Charles and Kay Snell Sigety also attended.

Instead of my listing the names of the voyagers, many will be mentioned as winners in the 11 contests. Cartoon captioning: tie--William Brown and Edith DeGolyer (wife of Calvin); Bridge: Arlyn Taub Shockman '49 and Norine Noll (guest); Putt-Putt: Henry Bates and Robert S.Miller (Hank also had a hole-in-one); 9-Holes (Open book research):William Brown; Shuffleboard: Susan Helmick (Janice Taylor Scott's daughter) and June Lonergan (guest); Poker: (Straight Stud) Marie Buenning Cramer; (Ripoff) Edith DeGolyer; Best Buy: Sigmund Hoffman, MFS '48, Serena Hoffman '47, MA '48, and Arlyne Shockman;Weather Prognostication: Ted Thoren (guest); Scavenger Hunt: Maurice "Pete" Bellis and Gloria with teammates Nancy Torlinski Rundell and Bud; Boo Boo: Clifford Whitcomb '43, BA '47, MBA '48. All of these wins are assigned points for Top Dawg. On this trip two tied for this coveted title--Sir William Brown and Madam Edith DeGolyer.

Now for other news. 60th anniversaries are still being reported. Donald Middleton and Ann celebrated in October 2003 with a six-day barge trip through Burgundy, France. It was a "deluxe barge with a wonderful crew for 60 percent off the regular fare for each of us."Ann says that if your anniversary year is divisible by five the same discount applies. If interested, contact French Country Waterways in Duxbury, MA. Burl and Frances Ward Kimple had a big party in Santa Rosa, CA, with their seven married children and 14 grands. Arnold Seefeldt and Nelle Judson '45 were married in Sage Chapel February 5, 1944. They claim four children and 11 grands "scattered all over the place." Anthony Prasil and Georgiana (Ithaca College '43) celebrated their 60th in July in Rochester, NY.

Reunion comments are drifting in--to date, five accolades and five excuses.

Renee Wolf Steinberg wrote to the Kestens, "You ran a super reunion!" She hadn't seen Cornell since 1993, when her granddaughter graduated. She enjoyed the changes and the nostalgia, especially the view from the Statler (same as from Sage dorm). Pearne Billings and wife enjoyed the activities and the people. "A big hug to Art and Dotty. God loves you both and so do I." Peter Tolins, MD '47, really enjoyed our 60th, thanks to the Kestens and all their hard work. They missed the group picture, so want to buy one. Arnold Tofias enjoyed reunion. "Liked living in the Straight."Grandson Jeremy Phillips heads for Cornell in '06. Frederick Allen had a great time at the 60th and continued with good times at Allen's Ranch in the Catskills. 28 family members gathered for a cousins reunion July 4th weekend. "Ballgames, barbecues, fireworks, and good fun was had by all."

Milton Stolaroff called missing reunion "a tremendous disappointment." They had too many problems with the tearing up and rebuilding of a portion of their house in Los Angeles.Now what to do with 50 years of treasures as they sell the house and move permanently to Hawaii. George and Jean Zenner Kaelber had a grandson graduating from the U. of Colorado at our reunion time. They looked forward to reading details of the fun they missed. Joyce CookWilson says, "Rah, rah for the Kestens." She is much involved in politics, art, and theater in Wayland, MA. She ran a very successful auction to benefit the local theatre group the weekend of our 60th. "In retrospect, reunion would have been much less strenuous." They enjoy nine grandchildren and their respective parents. Jean Abbott Ault was so sorry to miss reunion. She has had a difficult year after losing her youngest daughter last January. But her other four children live only an hour away and she reports a great-granddaughter born in April. James Purdy was very sorry not to be able to attend because of lung surgery. He enjoyed the reports of the doings. -- Nancy Torlinski Rundell, 20540 Falcons Landing Circle, #4404, Sterling, VA 20165.

45 | It's 2005 already and our 60th Reunion, June 9-12, is thundering down upon us; mark your calendars! Your officers and committee have been hard at work and have already lined up our headquarters, Hurlburt House, the superb place where we convened previously, but which has since been totally rejuvenated. Maxine Katz Morse (Rye, NH), Tod Knowles, MBA '49 (Annapolis, MD), Gloria Urban (Maspeth, NY), and Stan and Jean Knight Johnson '47 (Mantoloking, NJ) joined Maralyn Winsor Fleming in Ithaca for reunion planning workshops on September 10-11. The sessions were informative and helpful.Watch for the first reunion mailing! There will be some new features this year, such as an Early Bird Special on Thursday afternoon, June 9, following luncheon at Hurlburt House. This will be a reunion that you will want to attend. Final plans will be included in your registration package in March.

Henrietta Burgott Gehshan (Southampton, PA) held her own mini-reunion at a 50th birthday party for her daughter Michele "Shelly" Gehshan '76 (Bethesda, MD). Also attending was Shelly's sister Virginia Gehshan '74 (Philadelphia). Shelly writes in D.C. on public policy affecting women and children and recently received an award for a fiction story that was published in Emery's Journal. One of Hank's grandsons is attending Tufts and another is a recent Penn graduate. She says that, despite her fervent and sincere salesmanship, she has not been able to persuade any of her grandkids "to opt for the best education possible." William Packard (Fair Lawn, NJ) reports that his grandson, a recent Rutgers graduate, has a scholarship to Tufts;maybe he will meet Hank's grandson, Alex Marquesee. Bill gets in a bit of tennis, but is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sarah, who is home with heart problems. As many of us know, it's something we gladly do, but is not easy. The joys of old age are not so joyful; come to reunion while you still can! Ralph '44 and Nelle Judson Seefeldt (Glens Falls, NY) have one daughter and her girls with them, which is good for Nelle, who says she is working hard at regaining her health and mobility. Other children are spread all over: Tokyo, India, California. They are keeping their fingers crossed that they will be able to attend reunion.

Our aforementioned classmate Maralyn Winsor Fleming produced a Cornell son and daughter, Douglas Pritchard '71, a pilot, and Katharine Pritchard Funk,MBA '80, who is with Corning.Maralyn and Wayne enjoy Cornell football and manage to sneak some CAU trips in between his Cayuga Heights administrative work and her hard efforts for the Plantations.

Dr. Marvin Moser (Scarsdale, NY) is still working away as a clinical professor at NYU Med; he is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Hypertension and has just published two more scholarly medical books.We wonder how his blood pressure is. Another busy body is Lucy Tarshes Broido (Haverford, PA), who is still collecting and writing about original vintage posters; her collection of hundreds is now on display at a gallery in Chestnut Hill. She and husband Arnold recently moved from Bryn Mawr to a retirement community, although she says they are far from being retired, what with traveling to England, Ireland, France, Portugal, and other exotic places like Nashville and California. Their three sons and three grandchildren keep them hopping, and if graduations don't interfere they hope to be at reunion. On the other hand, Richard Weishaar, MD '52 (Machipongo, VA) winters in Key Biscayne, FL, and travels to the Southwest once or twice a year. He says he will positively not be at reunion because his "sentiments about present-day Cornell are perfectly clear." I think Bud is just being curmudgeonly, because he still thinks enough of us to keep in touch and send in his news form.

We were sorry to hear that George Irey (Ocala, FL) has had to quit his beloved US stamp collecting because of glaucoma. A couple of years ago he exhibited in New York City and was pleased with the results. George says his wife Millie is now his designated driver. Ruth BussellMcLay (Holmdel, NJ) is still volunteering at the Monmouth Museum after 35 years of it. Spoofie and John took a Cornell cruise on the Belgian and Dutch waterways a year and a half ago and are still talking about it. They drove to Broken Arrow, OK, to visit their daughter and family; their son is in Slidell, LA, where they planned to go after a New Orleans Elderhostel. They have grandkids in Houston and Atlanta and have spent time in Mexico and cruising from San Diego to Acapulco.What energy!

Our website is now in the capable hands of retired IBM VP of Engineering Jerrier Haddad (Briarcliff Manor, NY), who kindly agreed to take on the task of fixing some of the feeble efforts I had put in. You can visit it at have had a few problems with changing personnel in Ithaca's tech department, but are still working on it. After Jerry gets rolling, it will be the best. Lucky for us that he is backing off his engineering work a little and will have a few more minutes to spare.He had his cataracts fixed last March and was down to one IEEE committee, now ended. He no longer serves on any university boards and has said good-bye to Cornell's Engineering Advisory Council. Their loss is our gain! Jerry can now enjoy a little more family time and, of course, he and Carol will take their usual summers in Tupper Lake, NY. In addition to being one of the smartest EEs around, he is, and always has been, a good friend, loyal Cornellian, and just a plain good guy. -- Prentice Cushing Jr., 713 Fleet Dr.,Virginia Beach,VA 23454; tel., (757) 716-2400; e-mail,

46 | Thanks again for your news. Please continue to send updates (you can even mail to me directly--see below). This ends last year's news. You should have received a new Dues/News letter at the end of last year. Doing volunteer work: Eloise Shapero (NYC) is helping at the PBS station WNET and the School of American Ballet. Jeanette Snyder Brown, MS '48 (Menlo Park, CA) is volunteer editor at Global Ecology, a department of the Carnegie Institution ofWashington, located on the Stanford U. campus. She also volunteers in the Yes Reading Program designed to help Spanish-speaking elementary students learn to read English.

Ruth Rothschild Mayleas (NYC) is executive producer of "Women in Theatre," an interview program on City University Television. You can see it on Channel 75, Time Warner Cable in New York. They interview prominent women in American theater (directors, performers, playwrights, and producers). Nancy Mynott Davis (Bloomfield, CT) has been writing and taking photos for the Bloomfield Journal. She and Dick have four children and five grandchildren. "We both oppose the war in Iraq.We attended CAU in 2002 and 2003, taking history and writing courses.What a memorable time!" Congrats to Ralph Janis '66, who recently visited Arnold and Margaret Monteith Edelman in Manhattan.

News of grandchildren: Ruth Whitney Weick (Highlands Ranch, CO) writes, "We moved to Colorado in 2001 and love it here. The weather is diverse, often 60 in the afternoon and very dry. Our Eastern families visit for skiing and we get together in the Adirondacks in the summer. Our granddaughter Heather Petersen '02,MAT '03, is in South Africa with the Peace Corps and loves it." Anne Hodgkins Ransom (Mentone, AL) wrote, "I have 16 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and nine great-grands (three live in Bangkok, Thailand, with missionary parents).We could not live without e-mail." (Sounds as if she has the most great-grands of all of us. Let me know if you have more.)

Nancy Hubbard Perryman, BS HE '45 (Webster,NY) wrote, "Firth '43 and I feel blessed to be 77 and 82 and in good health." Barbara Simpson Robertson '46, MD '49 (Seattle, WA), wrote,"Dr. Bill and all family intact and in good health. Love the status quo."Kathleen SmithMancini (Palm Coast, FL) extended an invitation to visit. "I'm still enjoying real estate (northwest Florida, Flagler County).We've grown dynamically."

I'll finish with our old faithful writers--Dottie Van Vleet Hicks (State College, PA) lives in Romulus, NY from June-Oct. She had a great visit with Bob and Meg Geiling Grashof in Florida last year. Louise Greene Richards, PhD '65 (Ithaca, NY) penned, "Enjoy the campus mainly from a distance, since daytime parking is so difficult. I see Carol Usher Franklin and Hazel Brill Brampton often. It was a thrill to attend President Jeffrey Lehman '77's inauguration." Seaward "Sandy" '45, BS '47, PhD '55, and Mavis Gilette Sand (East Aurora, NY): "We are members of the Perpetual Reunioners and expect to go back to Ithaca every June." Jack and Charlotte Cooper Gill (Hurley, NY) wrote, "We continue to farm with the help of grandson John Jr. '03.We did get to Florida for a change of scenery last February." Larry and Sylvia Mayer Helbert Paul (Williamsville in the summer; Nobleton, FL, in the winter) wrote, "I try to keep up to date as a registered dietician. I've been working with a group called Eat Well, Play Hard, the focus of which is directed toward childhood obesity. In the community I also present programs such as ‘Nutrition for Seniors,' ‘Keeping our Minds Strong as We Age,' ‘Heart-healthy Cooking,' and ‘Weight Control.' " (I hope you keep on your running regime, so '46 can keep the title of Best Over 60 at our 2006 Reunion--we're counting on you.) -- Elinor Baier Kennedy, 9 Reading Dr., Apt. 302,Wernersville, PA 19565; tel., (610) 927-8777.

Jules Gagnon (W. Babylon,NY; had lots of news since his last report.He retired from engineering in 1990 to become outreach coordinator for two local Roman Catholic churches. In late 1991, he married the former Antoinette Wild. It has been an extremely happy union for both after each had lost first spouses. In 1994, he was made a deacon of the church. Jules is very pleased that his granddaughter Mary Catherine Slome '07 has transferred to Cornell as a sophomore. That seems to follow a family tradition. Jules transferred, as a Marine, to Cornell in July 1943.He frequently sees Bill Best, a fellow parishioner, and another Marine transfer to Cornell. Jules is strongly considering making our 60th Reunion, with or without Bill.He hopes that other TKEs will be there.

When last heard from, Owen and Claire Birnbaum (Boca Raton, FL; had recently retired and spent summers globe-trotting to avoid Florida's beastly heat. Now they have moved their summer headquarters to Boone, NC. They leave most of the travel to son Drew, MBA '84, who patrols Asia, Africa, and Australia for IBM. Their daughter Jane does incidental travel as a journalist with the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC. Owen and Claire see Stan and Louise Bender (Delray Beach, FL;, sometimes socially and sometimes at bridge tournaments. It's many miles, years, and master points since Owen and Stan were freshmen living at 505 Wyckoff Road.

My editor at Cornell Alumni Magazine kindly extended my October 15 deadline for this column. How do I repay her? By writing about myself.My wife gave me a wonderful surprise 80th birthday party. Everyone expected Lois would do the event up brown. But she did it up red, white, and blue. She had banners, buttons, and straw hats pitching "Paul for President" at our association clubhouse.We had splendid decor, delectable food catered by our favorite Chinese restaurant, and the Bay Area's favorite pianist/singer plus group singing. I even had a captive audience for some of my song parodies. During my short career as a politician, I went so far as to mollify some U. of P. attendees by altering some words in "The Song of Colleges." That was the last straw. Later in the evening, I withdrew my candidacy and threw my support to one of the top two contenders. I look forward to my next BIG event, our 60th in '06.

TO PUBLISH YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS, e-mail it to me. Include your name and city and state of residence. Send news to: -- Paul Levine, 31 Chicory Lane, San Carlos, CA 94070; tel., (650) 592-5273; e-mail, Class website,

47 | Congratulations to Helen Hallas Fazio for being recognized by the American Diabetes Association for her work with America's Walk for Diabetes and other fundraising activities in Harrison, NY. Helen's work with the ADA seems a natural outgrowth of her education, which began with Cornell's School of Nursing and continued at Columbia U. for a master's, at Yale for certification in industrial nursing, and at the U. of the State of New York for certificates for teaching and nursing.

Speaking of education, some of our classmates are still very involved with students and teaching. Israel "Jay"Milner ( is teaching science at Temple U., "in an attempt to keep the old gray matter from getting gray." Irwin Gonshak ( continues to work on two radio shows, "Teacher as Historian" and "Everything Goes? Literary Readings"with the New York City Dept. of Education.

Others are exercising their bodies as well as their minds. Margaret Chauvin Rinehart took a memory seminar and does Tai Chi and aerobics in Costa Mesa, CA. In Charleston, SC, Ursula Holahan ( has given up her tennis game, but is taking fitness classes.Walter Cohan ( and Charles Cox ( are both playing tennis in Vero Beach, FL, and Joan Weisberg Schulman says she is playing tennis "cheerfully if not well" in Santa Rosa, CA. Patrick O'Sullivan will have had his second knee replacement by the time you read this, allowing him to be back in circulation in Silver Spring,MD.

Many other classmates are active volunteers in their communities. Jack Levene works with Hospice of Palm Beach County. Barbara Kenrick Miller, MS '54 ( serves on the advisory board of the Pima Council on Aging in Arizona. William and Barbara Eberle write from Salem, NY.William is working with a group to restore a local courthouse built in 1869. Pete Schwarz ( is working on a Rotary project to restore an old farmhouse outside Rochester on what used to be the largest dairy farm in the state. Marvin Wedeen ( in Sewickley, PA, encourages multi-municipality resource sharing and regional planning and also volunteers as a management consultant to nonprofit organizations.

I'm sorry to say that another Rochester classmate died this fall, Ruth CohnMaltinsky. Pete Schwarz and Elaine (Drobner), Ann Trimby Englehardt (who knew Ruth from both high school and Cornell), and I had the opportunity to extend the class's condolences to her family.

By the time you read this, it will be 2005. Here's to a happy and healthy New Year for all the Class of '47 and our families! Drop me a line, and let me know what you're up to. This column was again created by my daughter Beth Anderson '80. I am so lucky. -- Arlie Williamson Anderson, 238 Dorchester Rd., Rochester, NY 14610; e-mail,

48 | Dick Brown, Rockville Centre,NY: "Retired. Ten grandchildren.My pocket was picked in Madrid on the way to a bullfight.Used wife's credit card. Dented rented car due to narrow streets and distraction. Toledo and Cordoba most worthwhile. In August '03 went to Santa Fe and Pueblos in Four Corners (no dents in car). In fall went to Copenhagen, Berlin, and Prague and had Thanksgiving dinner at daughter's home in Kleinbreitenbronn, Bavaria.Met a distant Bavarian cousin my age, who we talked with via translators.Again, no damage to rental car." Constantine "Custer" Rockas,Winchester, MA:"Taking life easy. Collect and sell US postage stamps to collectors. Go to health club every day.World is full of problems. Leaders don't know how to solve them. If you want a long life, keep breathing."

Charlie Elbert, Clifton, NJ: "Busy with home maintenance and family trust management.Would rather be traveling to some exotic place. Enjoyed 55th Reunion very much! Most pressing problem is choosing olive or lemon for our Vodka martinis. Let wife choose.We must do much more to carry terror to the terrorists and cut off their funding. I was very surprised to learn of the successful efforts of German Intelligence to thwart Hitler's plans during WWII by contacting the British." Joyce Goldstein Kahn, Palm Beach, FL: "Charity, bridge, golf, reading, literature classes, jewelry making. Grandson junior at Brandeis. Busy trying to help daughter (Cornell Graduate School graduate with MS)."

Sydney Law, Ormond Beach, FL: "Trying to survive! We live in a single-wide mobile home. After hours I market Dr. Barry Sears ZONE products." Edgar DeGasper, Buffalo, NY:"Had filter installed in a major artery and doctor said I'm good for another 50,000 miles--and you thought filters were installed only in automobiles. Days are too short and too close together.Need 36-hour days, nine-day weeks, and 450-day years. Time flies when you're having fun. Between December and May Day we are at Indian Shores, FL. Phone us at (727) 593-7993 and stop by for a drink, dinner, or something creative."

Sally McGowan Rice,Wolfsboro, NH:"Keeping old carcass alive and moving by working out at gym three days a week and walking, walking, walking. Enjoyed the reunion and meeting old friends and family.Most pressing problem today is PEACE. Recently learned, ‘Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we shall never cease to be amused.' Meaning of life is to not waste the time we have left trying to figure that out." Richard Fletcher, Ithaca, NY: "Creative writing--‘If it's pork barrel spending to which you object, a Kosher Congress we must elect.'" Tom Trafzer, El Dorado Hills, CA: "Golfing, genealogy, Honey Do's. Finding new enjoyable restaurants. Jane (Bird) '50 and I are halfway through the process of granddaughters getting married. Have failed to convince all previously eligible grandchildren of the benefits of attending Cornell. But with the third from last in line, we may have succeeded. Visited the campus last June and missed reading the partially obscured sign of parking restrictions at registered spaces at Johnson Hall. If I return next year and accumulate another violation I will forfeit probation. Pressing problem--taxes. Solution--anarchy. Gently does it."

Jim Bostwick, Lakewood, CA: "Manufacturers representative and line integrator for packaging machinery. Golf, tennis, having more fun.Mary, my wife of 53 years, passed away on July 11, '01. That hurt.Visited all six children and eleven grandkids, plus one great-grandchild, last year from California to Oregon to Georgia. Found snow in Oregon and Georgia.Went home to sunny Southern California. God put me here to accomplish certain things. Right now I'm so far behind I'll never die. Today's problem: hate and greed. Solution: love and understanding. People will smile back if you smile first." Leon Hammer, MD '52, Gainesville, FL: "Chairman of the Board of the Faculty of Dragon River College of Oriental Medicine.Writing. Published two books in 1990 and 2001. Too late for solution to world's problems. Humans are myopic, lack foresight, need cosmic glasses. Every day I hear something new. I'm engaged in 35 major projects and 1,000 minor projects. It is the shameful heritage of our generation to watch the beautiful wild places of the US disappear before our eyes."

Peter Harriott, Ithaca, NY: "Officially retired, but working with Julian Smith '41 on the seventh edition of our textbook, Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering. After hours spent in choral singing, Scrabble, and Cayuga Trails Club." Barbara Rapp Hamilton,New Milford, NJ: "Just wanted to say thank you to all who made our 55th Reunion so great.We enjoyed every minute." -- Robert W. Persons, 102 Reid Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050; tel. and fax, (516) 767-1776.

49 | This will be a quick one and, as usual, disjointed. The deadline dropped on us between a trip to campus for the Cornell Council meeting and something called "the election," for which we did our last year of polling. Thirty-two years was more than enough, but we could not resist this one. The only comment that seemed on target came from a network talking head: " . . . The race is as hot and tight as a too-small bathing suit on a too-long car ride back from the beach."

The news needs better sorting than we have done. It dates back to pre-Reunion and reflects an aging class.However, Ithaca was in full fall color and the Council program was very alive and informative. The new "moving-toward-completion"West Campus was a wonderful surprise. However, we still miss the "Temp Dorms," which proved to have a life far beyond "temp." Former President E. E. Day must be smiling, as he once said: "All we need to be great is libes, labs, dorms, and a winning football team!"We are on our way. In the last Princeton Review rankings, Cornell ranked number four for "great campus food" and ninth for our "great college library."

There were '49ers everywhere on campus at Council to honor our late Dick Brown with the dedication of the Brown Amphitheater in the magnificent new Beck Center of the Hotel school.We shared a banquet table with the Gilberts, Ruperts, and Alperns in Barton Hall as the Athletic Fund Drive ("Cornell Victorious") came to a successful end. Other Council attendees were Bob Dean, Sev Joyce,Max Kraus, Tony Tappin, and Art Wolcott.

Our classmate, the late Jack Jaso, is being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for his football abilities, and joins our captain, Joe Quinn. Both were more than athletes. They were members of the "Secret Eleven,"who gave time and care to the town kids. Seen at the Hall of Fame banquet were: Jack's wife Miriam (McCloskey) '50 and son Rich '77, who stole the show with his remarks about his dad; Bob Dean, also a Hall of Fame member, and wife Maxine; Bill Eldred, JD '53, and wife Margaret (Saecker) '50; and Jack and Inger Molmen Gilbert.

News can come out of nowhere . . . plop . . . and there it is! Excuse the expression. From the Ithaca Journal, we learned that the son of classmates Dave and Joan Dickey Hardie, Lansing, NY, has received a grant through the US Dept. of Agriculture to complete a new project that will process manure to produce electricity at Hardie Farms. Young Hardie said: "We produce three things here: milk,McDonald's hamburgers, and manure. The first two we get paid for; the third is a pain in the neck."We found this power source most interesting. The manure goes in this airtight concrete box on the same day it is produced. One gallon in one end, one gallon out the other. And the process is practically odorless. There has been "power to the people," etc., but now there's cow-power!

Obtuse Observations. From Lou Durante: "If two Ivy Leaguers are joined in wedlock, is it correct to call them 'clinging vines'?" (Things must be quiet in Westfield, NJ.) From W. Somerset Maugham: "Old age has its pleasures which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth." If any of this passes Ye Editor, we will try harder next time. Stay well. Stay happy. Be proud to be to be a '49er. -- Dick Keegan, 179 N.Maple Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830; tel., (203) 661-8584; e-mail,


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