50 | We continue to hear from happily married couples who have celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss. Jim, Ed D '68, and Gretta Preston, Hector,NY, had an open house for 200 given by their children Cynthia Preston Hagin '79 and sisters Joan and Barbara. Their life on Seneca Lake at Peach Orchard Point is wonderful. I (Midge) was happy to be a part of the 50th anniversary party for Ray and Marge Maddy Croop last September in Cincinnati, OH. Also in attendance were Bill '49 and Jean Miller Weber of Rochester, NY.
Classmates still active in gainful employment are Richard Silver, MD '53, at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His participation in trials for chronic myeloid leukemia has led successfully to the new drug Gleevec, made by Novartis. Jerry Krovetz, Highland Beach, FL, practices pediatric cardiology, but has cut back to three days a week. He finds it to be fascinating work, as his patient load is extremely varied. He and wife Judi have 15 grandchildren.
Lawrence Greenapple, JD '52, now of Pittsfield, MA, acts as a mediator for commercial disputes. He practices law on a reduced basis. He and wife Emily are adjusting to life outside New York City and have met some Cornellians in their new area. John Griswold,Woodsville, NH, is a semi-retired business specialist analyst. In his leisure time he plays the bass sax, learning the idiosyncrasies of a 1920 Beucher bass sax.He says he is trying to get good enough to emulate the great Adrian Rollini.His most pressing problem is too many birthdays and he's solving that by hoping for many more!
Ann Ellis Raynolds, M Ed '53, Quechee, VT, is a consulting psychologist with the Vermont and New Hampshire Riverdell School Interstate District and the Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center. Helen Cudworth Metzinger, Endicott, NY, is a self-employed technical editor. After hours she serves as public relations and advertising director for the Phelps Mansion Foundation to preserve that historic landmark in Binghamton, NY.
Others in our class are enjoying retirement and contributing quality time in their neighborhoods. Dorothy Bauer Deering-Szasz, MS '70, Anaheim, CA, is a telephone counselor with the Crystal Cathedral crisis hotline known as New Hope. Richard Strangeway,MAT '67, Grahamsville, NY, acts as treasurer for his local agricultural fair and as FFA judge in Pennsylvania. He and his wife Audrey have seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Bernard Roth, Dartmouth, MA, consults pro bono for local charities through the Executive Service Corps and serves on the investment committee for the New Bedford Foundation.
Norman Jennings,MS '51, Leesburg, FL, is a hospital volunteer and has been settling into his Florida environment. The hope is that our classmates in Florida have survived all the fall hurricanes. Dan Chabot, Palm City, FL, wrote that they survived the storms but observed a great deal of damage around them. Jerry "Jay," MS '56, and Anne Schnee Johnson, Orono,ME, serve locally near the U. of Maine. Jay is president of the Orono Trust Fund and Anne works with the Maine School Garden Network. Pat Haller Harbach,Melbourne, FL, plays a bass flute in the 36-member Space Coast Flute Orchestra and is their publicist. She is also a member of a storytellers group and is helping to organize support for a new ballet company.
Gertrude "Trude"Kanaley Yaxis, Scottsville, NY, works at church activities and enjoys gardening, exercising, and spending time with three grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Trude says, "Life has been good to us and we are thankful for a very rewarding life." She is recuperating from spinal stenosis that had impaired her walking. She is now improving. Ed Kinne, MS '55, Pittsburgh, PA, is participating in the Lifelong Learning Academy at Carnegie Mellon U.He says there are three stages of a man's life: he believes in Santa Claus; he doesn't believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus. He has discovered that there is a lot of very good inexpensive wine on the market from around the world. Further discovery is that Cornell has found that hot chocolate is really good for you--right on a par with red wine!
Pete Smith, Bonita Springs, FL, does some volunteer work, spends time with "honeydews" supplied by wife Gayl, works out at the local fitness center, and is back at golf after a year of rehab following two shoulder operations. Hazel Hallock Herr, Layfayette, CA, acts as finance officer for the Community Music School in San Francisco, a nonprofit music school that offers quality music lessons on a sliding scale.
It is always sad to report the deaths of our classmates, but we know you want to be informed. Aileen Enright Moore's son Michael '76 wrote to say that his mom died last June. Aileen's husband is Harry Jr. '49 of Hemet, CA.We send our condolences to the family.
You will be receiving information about reunion registration soon. Place the dates June 9-12, 2005 on your calendar. Plan to join classmates at the Cornell Club in New York City on January 22, 2005 for our annual class dinner at 7:30 PM. Cash bar begins at 6:30 PM. Send a check, payable to the Cornell Club, for $60 each to 6 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017, to the attention of Danielle Salera. Indicate your preference for an entrée of salmon, filet mignon, or vegetarian dish on the check in the subject item. -- Ruth "Midge" Downey Kreitz, 3811 Hunt Manor Dr., Fairfax, VA 22033; tel., (703) 860-2991; e-mail, email@example.com; Paul H. Joslin, 6080 Terrace Dr., Johnston, IA 50131; tel., (515) 278-0960; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
51 | Bill Shewman,Mission Viejo, CA, describes a February cruise to Australia and New Zealand: "Beautiful countries and great people." Dorothy Krieger Trau, Springfield, MO, has loved tutoring third graders in math two mornings a week for three years at the school her children went to. Son Frank is moving his family to St. Louis, where he works for Mercy Health Plans fromWausau, WI. She hopes to see her granddaughters more often. "I have a Havanese puppy, Ricky, which is an added reason to visit Grandma!"
For the fourth year in a row, Jim and Rita O'Brien, Riverton, NJ, have had a duck set up housing in their living room window box. Jim reports nine eggs over six weeks; all hatched, seven survived, and 30 are feeding on their patio. The news gets out. Jim and his co-author are working on the 6th edition of his 1965 book, CPM in Construction Management, for McGraw-Hill. Jim also reports that BME John D. Orr, Newtown, PA, late a widower, married in March 2004.
Sandy Beach writes from Lantana, CA, about the christening of the Thomas J. Kelly Memorial Shell donated by Tom's fraternity (Sigma Nu), family, friends, and Northrop-Grumman. Stu Campbell, Dick Kaley, BS Ag '55, Buzz DeCordova, JD '56, and Sandy attended, as well as the current first boat 150-pound crew members and coach. Joan Kelly and their two children were also there.
Mary Perrine Johnson, Salt Lake City, UT, is enjoying a sudden spurt of interest in early music. She is involved in groups playing everything from Sephardic songs to Baroque cantatas. Classmates are cordially invited to come listen--or ski. William and Jodie Arnold completed their move to a winter home at Coronado, CA, while retaining a summer home on Lake Michigan (Macatawa,MI).William continues to participate in National Academy studies of characterization and disposal of radioactive waste.
Charlotte Williams Conable is adapting to a new life in a Sarasota, NY, retirement community. She and Barber '43, BA '42, JD '48, moved there in March 2003 before his death in November. Larry Smith says he's close to retirement from his architectural practice in Northport, NY. He enjoyed a Cornell trip to Greece last fall and is looking forward to more travel in the future. Son Mark '87 is an extremely busy reconstructive plastic surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, and daughter Tami '89 is an MD in the pharmaceutical field and mother of Lucy, 6, and Jack, 4, in Manhattan. Sadly, he reports attending a memorial service for Cynthia Smith Ayers '52, wife of Jon '50 in April.
Robert and Jane Johnson McCombs '47, Lehighton, PA, celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary and eight grandchildren--one graduated from college, four in college, and three to go! Robert was director of the Carbon County Soil Conservation District for 25 years and a member (and past president) of Rotary for 33 years. Jack and Betty Meng Howell write from Tonawanda, NY, that they helped celebrate four 50th wedding anniversaries in 2002. Betty had been a bridesmaid at two of the four. They had a family reunion at a cottage on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie. The Howells attended three Elderhostels in 2002: flora and fauna in the Florida Keys, bird migration at Hawk Ridge near Duluth, MN, and Mackinac Island, MI, history. The highlight in 2003 was a World War I Elderhostel to Belgium and France with Gil and Joyce Graham Jordan '49. Joyce and Betty's dads had served on the Western Front. Reading WWI letters and diaries before going made the trip all the more meaningful. Last year found them at an Elderhostel in Southern Illinois with Russ and Carol Schuh.
April 16 was the inauguration of the Jack R.Vinson Lectureship in the U. of Delaware's Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. Jack joined the UD faculty in 1964 and taught the first composites course in the nation in 1969. In 1974 he became the founding director of the University Center for Composite Materials. Quoting the announcement, "For the past four decades, Dr. Vinson has been a dedicated teacher in structural mechanics and composite materials, an author or co-author of seven popular textbooks, a highly active contributor to several professional societies, and an inspiring mentor to graduate and undergraduate studies." Frederick P. B. Thornton, Drexel Hill, PA, was honored by Haverford School's Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2004. He and Olga were blessed with a 12th grandchild in January. The eldest is 16. Between family and running two 501(c)3 corporations, John is busy. Olga has her own business, so he's a househusband, too.
The Darby Creek Valley Association has over 250 volunteers cleaning up and monitoring pollution in a 75-square-mile watershed impacted by over 500,000 people in 31 municipalities. Darby Creek is now a Class A1 stream stocked by the state with about 10,000 trout. John Furth '50 is the First Vice President. John B.Henry, Skaneateles, NY, has several reasons to celebrate: 50 years of marriage to wife Georgette this June; birth of a tenth grandchild; and winning the 2002 Education Award from the International Federation of Clinical and Laboratory Medicine.
We've lost touch with some of our classmates and hope that readers of this column can help us find a current address for Eugene R. Braun, Richard N. Brown, Joan Goedert Burkhardt, Chester V. E. Calbick, and Dr. William H. Carranza (for a fourth try). Barry Nolin's Class of '51 Web page is http://classof51.alumni.cornell. edu. Please send your news to: -- Brad Bond, 101 Hillside Way,Marietta, OH 45750; tel., (740) 374-6715; e-mail, email@example.com.
52 | Alas, you didn't get your News and Dues notices until late September, which means that as I sit to write this column on October 14, I haven't received your most recent updates. I do, however, have six postcards from the old batch, and look forward to getting your latest news in my mailbox soon. Nancy Wilson McCrohon,Washington,DC, wrote from Michigan's Upper Peninsula that only when the weather got colder and the hunters appeared would she and husband Max, a native Aussie and the only Democratic editor of the Chicago Tribune, return to D.C. Now, back in Washington, she writes, "We love D.C. as well as the U.P.--for vastly different reasons." William Hoffman, N.Miami, FL, writes that he does not believe in retirement.He is working full-time as an anesthesiologist. "Still enjoy my work. In Timeline, Michael Crichton states, ‘Boredom will be the disease of the 21st century.' I do not have that problem thanks to a Cornell education." I suspect many of us will echo that. Jerram Brown, MA '54, East Berne, NY, says he's still alive, is retired, and has been married for 50 years. He has three children and eight grandchildren.
Earl Pollak, North Canton, OH, writes: "On August 24, 2003, I received the Purple Heart Medal from the Dept. of the Army for injuries sustained in combat during the Korean War. The medal was presented to me at a ceremony at the Canton Post 44 of the American Legion by my Congressman, Ralph Regula. The reason it took 50 years to get the medal to me is a long story--basically a case of military inefficiency and ‘red tape.' " The ceremony was attended by more than 50 people, mostly family and friends, and was featured in both the Canton Repository and Massillon Independent. Judith Kredel Brown, Rochester,MI, is still working. She teaches at Oakland U. "I seem to be the oldest member of the faculty," Judy writes. "I'm also still swimming just about every day. The university has a fabulous pool." Elaine Rose Ruderman sold her St Paul, MN, condo in July. "I said ‘good-bye' to Lake Wobegon and ‘hello' to the Pacific Ocean." She would like to hear from Cornellians living in/visiting San Diego. The big move was made after "doing the grand tour of Sicily with Elderhostel and my traveling partner, John Holzheimer."
My thanks to Alan Sokolski, Silver Spring, MD, who recently sent e-mail."My wife, Carol (Stitt) '54, who's been teaching Shakespeare for a decade, and I recently returned from a highly enjoyable trip throughout Ireland, and to Stratford and the Lake District in England. Now I have returned to my fascinating three-day-a-week job as a redactor of 25-year-old White House national security files that are destined for public release at the Carter Library." Sounds to me like an editor's dream job, Alan.
Short on news, I e-mailed the Class of '52 co-presidents. Jan HoffmanMcCulloch, Ashford, CT, reported that she and Ed '51 had lunch with Nancy Taylor Brown and her husband Gil, who live in Clayville, RI, about an hour away from them. Jan, a gardener, reports that the Browns' gardens are spectacular. After lunch, they visited the Clayville Historical Museum. A follow-up e-mail to Nancy brought only the sad news that Emily Egan Baptiste, Pittsfield, MA, had just died. Emily was at Cornell our freshman year, but Nancy and she became good friends after college. Emily graduated from the U. of Toronto and became an occupational therapist. It is sad that we lose track of those we knew and cared about who did not graduate. I, for one, would like to know the whereabouts of Jean Staples Griswold.
Tom Foulkes, Keuka Park, NY, e-mailed that he and Anne were on a trip in Nova Scotia. He went on to say that they go to Vermont in the winter for skiing and snowshoeing. They had a mini-reunion with Bill Hodges, Gordon Williams, David Higgins, George Roslund, and their wives in southern Virginia in May. It was a betweenreunions catch-up. Tom closed, "All are well and looking forward to our 55th! We hope many classmates come back in 2007 and we can break another reunion record!"
Then I broadened the circle. "Scratch an aging Sun columnist, and you get more than you wanted!" wrote Phil Fleming, who had been a newsless class correspondent himself, and thus sympathized.He reported on tennis: "Mike Scott (with a troublesome back) and I (with a bionic hip) are still navigating the Hains Point tennis courts with two other senior D.C. lawyers.We sometimes carry the day against our younger opponents." Traveling classmates Ed and Joan Ruby Hanpeter '51 were due to visit the Flemings' house on Chesapeake Bay. Among many scheduled activities were taking in the best crab cakes in Maryland at Stoney's and napping. The Fleming family comprises one married son, two married daughters, and three granddaughters, all, like our grandchildren, 6 and under, and all, as in our family, within driving distance and actively engaged in good stuff. Phil had just chaired a successful pastoral nominating committee for his church in Georgetown. He spends some time providing pro bono mediation services for the US District Court, and serving as an arbitrator in AAA energy cases. Grace is a deacon at their church and an active grandmother. They divide their time between a D.C. apartment two blocks from the subway, and the Bay house, having downsized four years ago when he retired from law practice. Phil closed, "Favorite memory: As we filled boxes headed for storage after 38 years of filling the house we raised our kids in, a friend reminded us what the true definition of storage is--‘Decisions deferred.' A wise man."
As Phil had searched for a Presbyterian minister, Joan Nesmith Tillotson, MD '56, had been part of a search committee for an Episcopal bishop in Fargo,ND, so I picked up the phone. Joan, who retired as campus MD at North Dakota State in 1998, has four sons and six grandchildren in the Twin Cities. She has long been involved in the resettlement of Sudanese refugees through the Episcopal Migration Ministry. Lately, she has been even more involved. Joan says, "Most problems arise with the younger generation. The parents are so happy to be here, but the kids pick up bad habits as soon as they hit junior high and high school." Fargo's 600-700 Sudanese are mostly Dinka, described by Joan as "very tall, slender, handsome, and hard working."
I'd been thinking about Ted and Trudy Krueger Winsberg, Boynton Beach, FL, who, with me, were part of the kitchen crew at Clara Dickson our freshman and sophomore years. Trudy was on my small, but great, corridor in Balch our junior year. After graduation she and Ted went to Florida and became successful pepper farmers. Curious, I "Googled" them, and learned that in 1999, as development was turning farmland into suburbia at premium prices, they sold part of their farm at a greatly reduced price with the condition it would be used to create additional wetlands and habitat, adding 170 acres to an existing wetland. They had ceded another part of the farm to affordable housing, and had actively supported research into organic systems of farming.
There were terrible hurricanes earlier in the fall, and an increasing number of you live in the areas that were hit hard. If you have sent in your news already, I thank you. If you haven't, please write or e-mail, and let us all know how you came through it. --Joan Boffa Gaul, 7 Colonial Pl., Pittsburgh, PA 15232; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
53 | Some said '53 had used up most of its luck for the day when only the merest hint of sprinkle fell on the Homecoming football game. Cornell led powerful Colgate for most of the game, but did not prevail. But those present were blessed with the pleasure of the company of old friends and the hospitality of Chuck '51 and Carol Winter Mund '52. They invited the classes of 1950 through '55 to their lakeside home for post-game analysis and refreshments. Gracious dining followed at the Ithaca Country Club. If having a pianist aids the party, having two like Dave Dingle '50 and Tom Foulkes '52 is double good. There was singing, from "Seven Old Ladies" to the Alma Mater, just like the good old days on the Hill. Strike up a song for Paul Blanchard '52, impresario, who arranged the club night, block seating far above the 40-yard line, and tickets for a pregame tailgate, where many met Class of '53 Tradition Fellow Isabel Huacuja '05 (Laredo, TX).
Earlier in the season, Bill Whelan, Todd Kolb, Jack McCarthy, Vinnie Giarrusso, and Bob Dilatush marched near the head of the line as platoons of vintage Big Redders paraded into the Crescent to welcome new coach Jim Knowles '87 and his retooled Redmen at Schoellkopf Sellout II, the home opener.Members of the re-uning 1948-52 teams led the way.Hopes were as high as the vees of geese above. The team did not disappoint. It was a lovely fall day to nail Yale (done, 19-7) and kick off a new football era.Many came from afar, like Sue and Gerry Grady, who left beat-up trees at their Ponte Verda Beach, FL, digs, which had been visited by the hurricanes of September.
A somewhat random sampling reveals: Florida's ill winds missed the Naples condo of StuWarshauer,MBA '54, but his Captiva timeshare took a bad hit. Stu and spouse Gladys (Carson) '54 were home in Cincinnati in September, but headed south a week after Jeanne roared through. Ira and Barb Mestel Schaeffer (West Palm Beach) ducked Frances in their daughter's laundry room. They lost all power for several days and were not able to return home until a fallen tree that blocked the daughter's driveway was removed. Alan Quinby tried to dodge Charley's sweep through Sarasota with a trip to see Will '52 and Catherine White in Arcadia, but the storm swerved inland and "we were in the eye for a very nervous six hours.We did fine; the Whites had major damage to their trees and cars but not their home." Swede Tornberg postponed a planned September migration to Longboat Key ("spared"). St. Thomas, VI, was soaked, but the high winds passed it by, so Dick Kirwan considers himself twice lucky. He was in Atlanta, GA, during the storms for open-heart surgery. It came out fine.
"Seeing the Taj Mahal at dawn was almost equal to seeing four tigers in the wild and identifying over 180 species of birds" on the two-week Indian trek Dick and Peg Jones Halberstadt '56 took last spring. They checked out New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and several national parks. Burt Fine (NYC) has a travel writer wife, Brenda. "I'm a sufficiently accomplished photographer to accompany her for illustrating her work," says he. "When not traveling, I still practice law on Madison Ave."Old Hotelie and certified executive chef John Ditcheos (Woodstock,VT), who, along the way, put in quality time on the Waldorf-Astoria staff, has been far from Park Avenue since. Directing conferences and conventions in Vermont suits him fine. Among his credits, he's a 20-year member of Les Amies D'Escoffier Honor Society.
Joan Kanel Slomanson (NYC), whom you may recall as the Daily Sun freshperson who unleashed a refreshing spring '50 furor by revealing that coeds were being required to pose au naturelle for posture photos, has two books in the works, one about Schrafft's (researched and written at the request of the founder's great-grandson), and the other on a subject "I'd rather not talk about yet." She's also been ghostwriting a lecture to be delivered at a university. She isn't telling which, but it's not Mater. Helen Teschner Greene (Great Neck,NY) allowed her grandson to go to Colgate, but she can be forgiven on the grounds that he's a third-generation Colgatian. Besides bridge and golf, she's indulging in exercise and Pilates these winter days in Palm Springs, CA.
Pat Gunderson Stocker forwarded some spectacular photos (from Jane Little Hardy) of the lush vegetation shown in the 1953 containers at the Plantations last summer. The containers will have this summer off during renovations of the Lewis Building, but, says Pat, "when they return in 2006, they will be bigger and better and then there will also be a permanent plaque with recognition of the Class of '53 in the entry courtyard where our containers will welcome visitors." Bob Mann, BArch '57, looked in on the Plantations at Homecoming to see what he could learn there. He has volunteered to take an active part in the development of botanic gardens back home in Williamsburg, VA.
Copies of the Cornell Daily Sun for the school year 1952-53 will be online this month, we're told. So, read all about the lurking contract eating plan that, some said, would destroy the fraternity system. Look back from the 21st century on your views of Sen.McCarthy, Gen.MacArthur, and the Rosenbergs--and compare. See what Pogo was up to. Check out http://cdsun.library.cornell.edu/. --Jim Hanchett, 300 1st Ave., #8B, NYC 10009; e-mail, email@example.com.
54 | It is that time of year when most of the snowbirds are secure in their warm southern nests while the rest of us are hoping the snow will stay white just one more day. Dan Schwartz is still in private practice as a forensic psychiatrist, but for the past ten years has flown down to Florida with the rest of the flock. Dan's tenth grandchild was born recently, taking the name of Yehudah Aryeh. Dan said he now understands why his grandparents had so much trouble remembering the names of all their grandchildren. George Gibson is a Utah resident and enjoys winter. In summer George is off for distant lands via his motor home. George Keep, in his fourth year of retirement from dentistry, plays golf when the sun shines and still skis when it snows in Syracuse.He and Diane take Caribbean cruises to ward off the blahs, but haven't moved south . . . yet.Mason and Pat Jerome Colby, on the other hand, have purchased a condo at Carlton Lakes in North Naples and plan to take up residence November through April.
Raine and Bailey Smith still reside in Exuma and probably enjoy more small-boat sailing than the rest of us, given their watery location.Valrico, FL, resident Patricia Benton Bowker's nursing background, which started at Cornell, launched her into childbirth preparation at nearby Brandon Hospital.Nowadays, after 15 years in the field, she runs into her "babies" all over town. Betty Brown Murray sends a long-overdue note to bring us up-to-date. Betty worked for 44 years in the field of child nutrition, retiring three years ago.Widowed for the past 19 years, she says she is fairly self-sufficient, but home repairs and freeway navigation are getting to be a challenge. Ahem. I am beginning to schedule weekly appointments with my eye doctor. Got a fun note from Marge Stock enumerating the many expectations we had of retirement. The books we would read, the recipes we would try, the travels we would savor, and the 50 years of paper mess we would sort through. But in the middle of all that, offers that you can't refuse such as being a trustee on the Humane Society board walk in the door.Now where did all that leisure time go? Bored we are not.
June GreenWood and husband Ben both retired ten years ago. June had been a school reading specialist. Now they enjoy the pleasures afforded by having grown children and grandchildren nearby, travel, hiking, skiing, favorite projects, reading, and good friends. They love being free to explore life at a new level. Idwal Wyn Hughes is still serving as a senator in the Bermuda legislature, but with enough down time to visit his far-flung family in Brighton, England, and Charlotte, NC. Frank Hummel is still competing in Virginia's Senior Games in both tennis and swimming. Frank published his first book this past fall, A Soldier in God's Army. Sy and Elinor Yavelow Yuter were at reunion, but I didn't get a chance to discuss the book she is writing, "Around the World in a Wheelchair." Sy is adding a section to be entitled, "Pushing Elinor Around the World." Elinor's goal is to assure people they can travel the globe and even to the top of the Great Wall (with the help of a couple of Chinese gentlemen who volunteered their services).
Founding chief of pathology at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA, Seth Haber of Palo Alto retired in 1985 after 35 years of service. Seth was also clinical professor of pathology at Stanford U. School of Medicine. In his long, distinguished career in the field of pathology Seth wrote continuously for publication, was founding president of PATHCO, served on the board of directors for the Permanente Medical Group of Northern California, and much, much more. Seth also served as volunteer senior consultant pathologist for the San Francisco Zoo for several years, which, of course, caught my zoological eye. Roger D. Smith is a working emeritus professor at the U. of Cincinnati Medical School, also in the field of pathology. Roger and his wife Margaret visit their offspring and grands in the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver.
If you haven't checked out our website, do so. Jan Jakes Kunz has added new information and new features. If you click on "Contacting Classmates" you will find a list of e-mail addresses.We will keep adding to and updating the list as needed. There are some great tools we can use for keeping the spirit of our 50th going on to our 55th.
Remember to mark Saturday, January 22, 2005, on your calendars for our class gathering in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) in New York City. Look for more information from the university in January.-- Leslie Papenfus Reed, 500 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Class website, http://classof54.alumni.cornell.edu. Alumni Directory, https://directory.alumni.cornell.edu. Class news online, http://www.alumni.cornell.edu.classes.htm.
55 | Leonard Kasten's son Larry, who's married to a Cornellian, has become a partner in a Phoenix law firm, so the senior Kastens have moved west "to get to know our grandson Joshua, now 3."A powerful motivation, as most grandparents would agree. Len also writes feature magazine articles. Mike and Ilona Sena, longtime New Yorkers, are retiring to Asheville, NC, and have sent out the word that "all Cornell '55ers are welcome!" Jana Mason, Urbana, IL, enjoys life as an artist and architect, has designed a new house for her family, and keeps them healthy with fruits and vegetables grown in her garden. Gardening also keeps Roberta Bellis Lang busy--when she's not traveling with Elderhostel.Marjorie Dretel Loory's children surprised her with a visit to celebrate her 70th birthday.Marj, who lives in Washington, DC, received an award from the Cornell Club there for producing the best club program of the year, a visit to the Turkish Embassy. The ambassador spoke to the group and explained his country's position on allowing US troops to be launched from Turkey.
Here's some news from the Maryland contingent. Carmen Longo Jackson, MS '61, taught AP Biology at the Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac and retired in 2001, giving her and Don more time to enjoy their grandchildren. Pete and Margie Bowell have relocated from Potomac to Williamsburg,VA.And David Berler, MD '58, who lives in Chevy Chase, is still practicing ophthalmology. Martin Korn, MD '58, and his wife Phyllis (Shames) '57 spend about half the year in Schroon Lake, NY, where they ski and snowshoe.Marty is completing the statistical analysis of a 20-year follow-up study on patients who had his modified operation for knee degenerative arthritis ("It's looking good!"), and Phyllis is winding down her fundraising activities.
Both Phil Alkon, PhD '74, and his wife Sally work at New Mexico State U.; Phil continues his teaching and research work in wildlife sciences. The Alkons traveled to Spain last spring to celebrate Passover with family members who live in Israel. Phil's philosophy is, "At this stage of our lives, age is only a number." Joe Silverman is still practicing psychiatry, and Renee Miller Mayer is still practicing law, "but taking more time off for visits with children and grandchildren, long weekends at our vacation home, and trips to California and London." Marlene Medjuck Green, expecting her 16th grandchild (total of 19, including her husband's), admits that they're "not doing much to promote Zero Population Growth." New to golf,Marcy hopes that she can bypass "the 40 years of frustration that might have come if I had taken up the sport at 30."
Frances Williams Scott writes from Austin, TX, that her book on Charles Sanders Pierce's system of science has been accepted for publication."Now comes the arduous task of editing," she adds, "but the editor and I are down to the last two chapters." Dave Schmidt is very active in community affairs (Town Board of Assessment Review,Winnakee Land Trust Board of Directors, town historical society, church choir, and Rotary, among others). In October, he attended another reunion with his fellow Cayuga's Waiters at the Bar Harbor Club in Vermont. The Schmidts also were given a trip to Sweden and Spain, compliments of Volvo, when they signed for their new V70 wagon.
REUNION 2005 is not that far away! Keep your eye on our class website (http://classof55.alumni.cornell.edu), where Janet Scanlan Lawrence will soon be posting the names of classmates who plan to attend our 50th Reunion, June 9-12, 2005. Remember, your old friends expect to see you there! For example, Norm Nedde wants to know,"Has Bill Wiley signed up yet?"And Julie Scott Maser writes, "I just want to announce publicly that if my former roommate Margaret Alice Doorty Kerr Richenburg signs up for reunion, I'll be there, too!" Janet Lawrence's address is 229 Marlton Road, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098-2725; tel., (856) 769-3497; fax, (856) 769-8494. Or you can e-mail Jan at louisdixneuf@ aol.com.
Can you volunteer to help contact old friends, fraternity or sorority members, or sports or activities colleagues, and encourage them to come to reunion? If so, please call Joan Weisberg Belden at (919) 542-5713; or e-mail, email@example.com.Many thanks to Pete Huntington, Joan Mischka Doerr, Marcus Reidenberg, George and Ann Wiggins Riordan, Stephen Adelson, Frank Hano, Kelly Marx, and Alice Heft Brinkman, who recently sent in their class dues, and we extend our condolences to the family of the Rev. George Kyle, whose wife notified us of his death in December.-- Nancy Savage Petrie, firstname.lastname@example.org; tel., (631) 329-6430.
56 | I am writing this column after attending a wonderful Homecoming Weekend in Ithaca. The attraction for Gail and me was the dinner for the Frank H.T. Rhodes Award recipients.My friend Curt Reis was there to accept the award on behalf of his father and mother, L. Sanford and Josephine Mills Reis of the Class of '29. Among other honorees were our other good friends Mac and Carol Britton MacCorkle of the Class of '64. It was one of the nicest Statler functions we have ever attended and it made you proud to see these people who have given so much to Cornell. Curt was a previous winner of this award. After a tough loss to Colgate on Saturday, we had an enjoyable dinner with Curt and Pamela and son Kyle and his family. It was also nice talking to three impressive presidents of Cornell, including our new leader, Jeffrey Lehman '77, and his wife, Kathy Okun.
Now, on to the news. Arthur Penn of New York City is still seething over the fiasco of the Rhodes Professorships.He wants to call us "the Fools of '56."He dared me to print this and I accept the challenge. Although I agree with his point of view, it is only fair to say that the university has gone to great lengths to ensure that in the future the review process will be one that should provide us with worthy professorships. Better late than never. Virginia Seelig Lenz (Forest,VA) loved her CAU trip to Mexico with Prof. John Henderson last January. Barbara Allen Grambow tells us that her oldest grandson, James, is a freshman at Georgetown, and his brother Michael is a high school junior in Raleigh, NC. They are children of John '79 and Debbie Grambow Kotecki '79. She just moved to Loveland, OH, to be close to her other children.
Phyllis Bosworth and I received a nice letter from Martin Wohl. He spent last summer building foundations and basements of Habitat for Humanity houses in St. Louis and erected 20 two-story houses in eight days in July.What a job! He is listed in "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in Science and Engineering" and enjoyed his latest trip along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Gideon Panter, MD '60, is still in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology at the Weill Cornell Medical College and still delivering babies "with great enjoyment."His 5-year-old child, the last of seven, has just started kindergarten.He is a single parent with five children still living at home. God bless him.
Syrell Rogovin Leahy (Fort Lee, NJ) is a great mystery writer, as a lot of us know. She just aired her first mystery, "The Good Friday Murder," starring Patty Duke, on the Hallmark Channel. Her next book, due out in early 2005, is called "Murder in Alphabet City." She sees Tom and Marilyn Way Merryweather '57 in Tucson. Speaking of Tom, I am happy to report that after some cardiac surgery, he is fit and raring to go! I saw Dan and Linda Silverberg in NYC recently. They hosted a party for a friend of theirs who had moved to the city. Ernie Stern and I enjoyed our time with them very much.
Finally, my Martha's Vineyard buddy Leo Convery is partially retired, but still involved with inns and real estate. He does a great deal of volunteer work with Rotary Int'l and just spent 16 days in Japan on a Rotary convention trip. He and his wife Alison spent part of the winter in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and would like any friends nearby to look him up. See you next issue. -- Stephen Kittenplan, 1165 Park Ave., #2A, New York, NY 10128; e-mail, email@example.com.
57 | After 36 years of living in the Washington suburbs I decided a change of scenery and lifestyle might be an interesting adventure. So last September I moved to Sun City/Hilton Head and bought my first house. I'm looking forward to a slower pace (no Beltway traffic!), sunny skies (the snowboots are packed away), and improving my golf game (so I can keep up with Marj Nelson Smart at our 50th). Speaking of 50ths, Warren '55 and Phyllis Whithed Spielmann will be on the Hill next June for Champ's reunion. Phyl says that she's volunteering for Food Finders, a nonprofit that collects food from markets, delis, etc., in the L.A. area and delivers it to homeless shelters, senior centers, and the like. Her group collected 7 million pounds of food last year that would otherwise have been thrown away. She also serves on the board of Precious Lamb Preschool, which cares for children of families in crisis. Last fall Phyl and Warren were in Galveston just before Ivan hit, and then in Richmond,VA, where Phyl attended the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA as a commissioner. The Spielmanns live in Long Beach, CA, and Phyl still keeps in touch with Carolyn McKnight Oldham.
Another West Coaster in the L.A. area, Carol Gehrke Townsend sends word via e-mail that she loves being retired, "except I never know what day it is when I wake up. Had a grand trip on the Russian waterway between St. Petersburg and Moscow. Great weather until smoggy Moscow, which is worse than L.A. Then went to Vermont to see my only two grandchildren. Leaves were lovely even though not at their peak."
Final reminder that if you are planning to be in the NYC area January 22, your class officers will be meeting that weekend. As usual, the area classmates get together for dinner, so get in touch with me if you need more details.-- Judith Reusswig, 19 Seburn Dr., Bluffton, SC 29909; e-mail, JCReuss@aol.com.
Kudos to Phil McIndoo, mostly retired but recently appointed vice chair of the board of Inform Inc., a company dedicated to finding non-polluting ways of doing business, "prevention rather than remediation." One area of recent research involves the mercury levels in fluorescent lamps, encouraging business and government to purchase lamps with the lowest mercury content in order to lower the mercury levels in landfills. This will enable our children, grandchildren, and beyond not to develop problem nervous, renal, and respiratory systems. Also to Don MacKay, involved in numerous volunteer projects, primarily church and YMCA (somebody should write a song). He claims that working with volunteers can be taxing, and is practicing saying "No" in front of a mirror. Grandchildren output is five and holding.
Jim Broadhead serves on two outside boards and one of the nonprofit variety, and attended the Presidential Councellors meeting in September with Bob Staley,MBA '59, Paul Tregurtha, and Steve Weiss. Jim's daughter will graduate from the Johnson School this spring. Duane Dann has cut back somewhat, but still puts in considerable time as pastor of the United Methodist Church in Moravia, NY. Don Fellner is staying healthy by lifting weights, running on the treadmill, and playing golf three times a week on Hilton Head Island. George Rocklein, MBA '59, reports a bumper crop of three grandchildren born in 2004, one to the wife of George Jr. '87.
Fourth grandchild (and 44th wedding anniversary) for Mike Stone, whose present "day job" is listed as "retired." Sam Bookbinder, former restaurateur, is now in the real estate business with Weichert Realtors in Philadelphia, and reports that his granddaughter started last fall at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, Sam's alma mater when all prep schools were single gender. Dave Biddle sends along the news that his wife Dinny is recovering nicely from a stroke. Due to Dave's talent as a houseboy and some terrific "clot buster"medication, the recovery is in the "remarkable" category.
Carl Schwarz couldn't make it (wedding in France), but the rest of the remaining '57 crew got together in September at Bob Staley's farm in Michigan. Carl reports that his active days at McDermett Will & Emery are numbered due to mandatory retirement age, but he will stay around for a year or so to bother the partners as "Counsel."
Late last summer, Bob and Linda Watts went to Montana to visit Linda's sister and brother-in-law, fitting in three hikes, one to a large ski area known cleverly as Big Mountain, another along the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, and a third in Idaho's Bitterroot Mountains on a part of the Lewis and Clark Trail. He dined one evening with former roommate Jack Brewer, whom he had not seen since his San Diego Navy days. Jack lives in Polson, MT, but shepherds over automobile agencies in Denver and San Diego. -- John Seiler, 221 St.Matthews Ave., Louisville, KY 40207; tel., (502) 895-1477; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
58 | We have a new supply of current news! Please keep sending more to us. Charles Rosak's daughter Tatiana graduated from Cornell in '93,MBA '98, and is now VP of marketing for YOOX and living in Italy. Charles and wife Ellen are planning to participate in the Classic Adelaide Car Race in Australia and then drive his '54 car for a month "down under"! John Buchleitner has retired from Westinghouse, and he and his wife recently completed a bicycle ride from Nogales, Mexico, to Canada via Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. They visited the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Salt Lake, Antelope Canyon, the Tetons, Jackson Hole, and Glacier.What a trip! Barb Streicher Magid is enjoying her husband's retirement and her four months of vacation each year by traveling. They have visited Hungary, Serbia, and Romania with Harry and Irene Lazarus Soskin on a river cruise. This year they are planning to visit Vietnam with Robbie Fishman, and next summer they plan on heading to Africa for a safari. Barbara is still teaching and has no immediate plans to retire. Their youngest grandson (Class of '21?) started kindergarten this year. His parents are Cornell '87.
Glenn and Maddi McAdams Dallas have a new address in Sarasota, FL. As of the end of September, they had not suffered any hurricane damage. So many of our classmates now live in Florida, I hope they have fared as well. The Dallases will spend summers in Delaware and winters in Florida. They went to Russia in July with Bud and Judith Welling Baker. Cindy Rogers Heinbach lost her husband unexpectedly in June and has been visiting kids and grandkids all summer while escaping the Florida hurricane season. She, too, was fortunate and just had a few trees down and the loss of power. She and her husband have a blended family of seven children, and grandchild number 19 was just born in September. Bradley Corbitt is still a sail charter captain on Cayuga Lake. He lives in Marathon, FL, and he, too, had no hurricane damage.
Marilyn Winters Boger, another cyclist, bicycled across the US last year. She went from San Diego to St. Augustine. Companions were 28 women bike riders,most over 50 years old, some single, many married, and from many different states. A few came with a friend, but most became friends during the two months together. In all, they raised over $25,000 for various charities. During the summer she stripped and repaired a 50-year-old canoe with the help of friends and family and a professional restorer who took it back to canvas it, re-cane the seats, make new floorboards, paint it yellow, and store it for the winter.Other activities include progress on a dollhouse she's building, quilting, square dancing, and some holiday gift-wrapping for the Red Cross. Pat Thompson Herr's husband is still working one day a week in vet dental surgery. She is busy with quilting and a new textile museum opening in Lancaster, PA. She is also lecturing and writing and doing more antique shows in Pennsylvania and New England.
Jack Wade, JD '61, reports that 18 Sherwoods attended the group's sixth reunion last year at Lake Winnepesaukee in New Hampshire, basically formed of the Class of '58. Seven of the eight living original Sherwoods attended: Peter Bloom, Art Brooks, Karl Deppe, Bill Hazzard, MD '62, Doug Lee, Lea Minnerly '57, MArch '61, and Jack. The weeklong reunion culminated with a 75-minute performance before a packed house at the Village Players Theater in Wolfeboro. All proceeds went to the Village Players. -- Jan Arps Jarvie, 6524 Valley Brook, Dallas, TX 75254; e-mail, email@example.com.
59 | The very first Class of 1959 Scholarship has been awarded to Lynne Feeley '06. Lynne, from Syracuse, NY, is a junior English major. Creative writing is one of her primary interests and she has published articles in Plug and Rainy Day, both Cornell undergraduate literary magazines. She is a member of the editing board of Plug, and is also on the track team, where the pole vault is her specialty. In addition to having been on the Dean's List--she finished her freshman year with a 4.0 GPA--Lynn has worked at Temple of Zeus, a café in Goldwin Smith Hall, and volunteered for Into the Streets and at Bellevue Manor, an assisted-living community. Our scholarship fund has more than $58,000, and it is hoped that '59ers will continue to build the endowment with their gifts.
During this past August and September, as four hurricanes battered Florida and neighboring states, the thoughts of those of us who live in northern climes often turned with concern to friends and classmates in the southeast. Let us know how you fared! Jim Glenn, a realtor who lives in DeBary, northeast of Orlando, e-mailed Ron Demer as Hurricane Ivan was churning in the Gulf. Although Jim and his wife Gwen were in the eye of both Charley and Frances, their home remained intact. But there was tree debris everywhere, and they lost two 120-foot-tall pine trees and about ten smaller oaks. "I am sore from chain-sawing," commented Jim, who added, "You can't imagine what a difference electricity and hot water make in life until you don't have any . . . for days!"
On September 22 in Federal District Court in Washington, DC, opening arguments began before Judge Gladys Kessler in the tobacco industry RICO case. In the nonjury trial, the federal government is seeking $280 billion from the defendants for committing fraud in denying the health risks of smoking while they knew it was harmful. The trial was expected to last at least six months, and the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has already agreed to hear an appeal of Gladys's decision.
Last June, Robert Dann of Amherst, MA, retired from his full-time practice in radiology, nuclear medicine, and nuclear cardiology at Baystate Medical Center. He now works half-time with a group in Greenfield, MA. His wife Nancy also retired from full-time work as a chaplain for oncology patients at Baystate. He writes: "We are trying to plan for retirement--suggestions?" Jim Grunzweig, Chagrin Falls, OH, is enjoying the leisure of retirement life, traveling and visiting children and grandchildren. The latter now total seven, including six boys and one girl.
Sallie Whitesell Phillips, who writes about her fellow Hotelies for the Cornell Hotel Society, sent me information about Sam Cooke of Honolulu, HI. Sam was a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley until retiring in 2002. He is active in a number of civic organizations, including the National Tropical Botanical Garden, the Conservation Fund of America, and the Hawaii Community Foundation.He is president of the Cooke Foundation, which distributes $1 million a year to support culture, the arts, and the environment, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Over the years he has received many awards for his achievements and leadership, including the Alexander Calder Conservation Award (1995) and the Award of Excellence in Conservation (2002); in 1999 he was named Outstanding Philanthropist of Hawaii and received the Outstanding Living Treasure Award from Hongpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.
At Cornell, John Imre of Seattle,WA, completed a BEE. Afterwards, he got a BA and MA in English literature and an MA in organizational consulting. He consults and teaches for local colleges and universities. Marita Frediani Herbold of Bethpage, NY, is teaching accounting at SUNY College in Old Westbury. Jim Chamberlain of Venice, FL, writes that his daughter Susanne received an MS Ed from Rivier College in Nashua, NH. Last spring, Rolf Barth of Columbus, OH, a professor in the Dept. of Pathology at Ohio State U., was awarded a new four-year National Institutes of Health research grant on the treatment of brain tumors using an experimental type of radiation therapy. He and his wife Christine, who is a realtor, have four children and four young grandchildren.
Bourke Larkin Kennedy, Skaneateles, NY, long active in working for peace in the US and abroad, continues to go to Hebron in the occupied West Bank each fall for three months. During the summer she hosts visitors at Kenlark Center Bed & Breakfast, in her 150-year-old Victorian mansion in the center of the historic Fingers Lakes village. In 2003, together with two friends, Bourke began Loose Ends Ltd., a theatre company that presents underperformed, original, or thought-provoking theatre pieces. A social justice outreach of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Auburn, NY, the theatre received two awards last season from the Theatre Association of New York State, including the Meritorious Ensemble Award for Comedy of Errors. --Jenny Tesar, 97A Chestnut Hill Village, Bethel, CT 06801; tel., (203) 792-8237; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.