60 | Jim and Betty Abraham Dowd sent along pictures of their seven grandchildren, who, they say, "are our answer to what we have discovered is a frequently asked question of people who are retired--‘What do you do?' One of the great delights of retirement for us is being able to enjoy our grandchildren."` All of them and their parents recently joined the Dowds at their summer home in Michigan on Dewey Lake, which happens to be less than an hour away from South Bend, IN, where son Matt, an editor with Notre Dame U. Press, lives with his family. During the winter months, Jim and Betty are in St. Louis, not far from daughter Deb and her family. Betty has joined the bell and vocal choirs at the Second Presbyterian Church, where Jim has served as temporary pastor and teaches adult seminars to the parishioners.
In March, William "Ron" Roach of Rocky Hill, NJ, became a grandfather for the first time when granddaughter Kaitlyn was born to his son David '91 and his wife in Oakland, CA. Ron retired from his work as a physicist for RCA in 2001, giving him and Betty ample time to visit David and their other son John '89, who lives in Arizona. Dodi Bermudez Eschenbach was recently sighted in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts during a trip to visit family and friends in New England. Dodi and Harry are happily ensconced in Hilton Head, SC, after moving south from Topsfield, MA, several years ago.
It's good to hear that former class treasurer Dave Flinn seems to have successfully recuperated from the surgery for cancer he underwent in late 2002. He continues to be involved with Rotary and is currently serving as international chairman of the Computer Using Fellowship of Rotarians. Dave and wife Mary (Quick) still live in Lansing, NY. Don Strang enjoys being able to divide his time between Cleveland and Bonita Springs, FL, while sons Don III '80 and Pete '84 run the family business, Strang Corporation. Son David '82 is busy developing Chili's restaurants in northern Ohio, and daughter Allison '89 recently had her third child, bringing the grandchild count for the Strangs to 11. In what may be a first for our class, Don now has a grandchild at Cornell--Peter '08 in the Hotel school. "We had a great time visiting him in Ithaca when he attended the dedication of the Beck building," says Don.
Walter"Wally" Williamson is presumably still among the regulars running in Central Park after his 2003 marriage to fellow runner Karen Zier,MD, a professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.Wally's son Andrew recently received an MAT from Brown and is teaching high school English in Plymouth, MA, and his son Doug is a graduate student in the School of International Affairs at American U. in Washington, DC. Class Council member Margaret McPhee Miano, MS '61, now has three grandchildren, all offspring of her son Stephen '88 and his wife.Margaret and Ralph, PhD '62, now divide their time between New Providence, NJ, and Naples, FL, where they enjoy their condominium on the edge of a golf course, which is an excellent refuge from the northern winters.
Ruth Berberian Hanessian writes from Rockville, MD, of two major family milestones in the past year, the marriage of her son Daniel and the death of her mother Estelle Berberian at the age of 100. Ruth says her mother was active until the last, taking CAU courses at Cornell during the summer, including one on computers, and voting in every election; as a child, 90 years before, she had marched in the demonstrations for women's suffrage with her own mother.
Forms with new contact information but no news have come in from Arthur Block of San Juan, PR, Linda Karp Blumenthal, MS '61, of Columbus, OH, Marguerite Martindale Braden of Boca Raton, FL, John Burget of Houston, TX, William Cooper, MS '63, of North Kingstown, RI, Daniel Crabbe, MBA '62, of Locus, NJ, Danila Darko of Katy, TX, Marcia Shankland Dunning, BS Nurs '77, of Fairlee, VT, Alan and Elinor Ross Garfinkel of Nanuet, NY, Miriam Strigle Glister of Severna Park,MD, Sandra Wolf Gregersen of Solvang, CA, Linda Hasbrouck Hasenstab of Moneta, VA,Manfred Hoffmann of McKinney, TX, Jeanie Lahey Johnson of Southampton, NY, Phyllis Raphael Hundert Lippmann of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Gay-Emily Morrish Massie of Garden City, ID, C.William Patterson of Timonium, MD, Robert Plenge of Lima, Peru, Carolyn Huntoon Russell of Whitmore Lake, MI, Bob and Toby Jossem Silverman of Rochester, NY, Linda Strosberg of Delray Beach, FL, and Charlotte Seigerman Zales of Macungie, PA. How about some news, folks?
As I write this in late summer, we're at the tail end of the annual News and Dues cycle, so I'm low on "new" news. Do keep me posted throughout the year by e-mail or snail mail about events in your lives--interesting trips or learning experiences, children and grandchildren, classmates you've seen--or thoughts about such matters as retirement, actual or pseudo.Write -- Judy Bryant Wittenberg, 146 Allerton Rd., Newton,MA 02461; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
61 | With Reunion 2006 just a little over six months away, our co-chairs have been working diligently on the details. The final phase of the planning effort began in September as co-chairs Ginnie Buchanan Clark, Peter Greenberg, Jon Greenleaf, and Sue Rand Lewis traveled to Ithaca for kickoff meetings. They announced that Glenn Altschuler, PhD '76, chairman of the American Studies department, will be our guest speaker on Saturday, June 11, 2006. Registration packages will be in the mail in the near future. Pre-reunion plans were further detailed at a planning session held on October 29 in Carefree, AZ. The weekend's activities also included a reception hosted by Pat and Dick Tatlow at the Boulders Resort, a golf outing, and scenic tours. Doug Fuss has joined the 45th Reunion planning team.Working closely with the co-chairs, he will be coordinating the content of the class website. Comments and questions on the website may be directed to Doug at email@example.com.
Affinity Committee members, one for each sports team, club, fraternity, sorority, and other undergraduate activities and pursuits, have been busy reaching out to classmates to re-establish long-standing social connections and to assure all reuning class members that their friends from those affinity organizations will also be attending. The motto of the Affinity Committee, which is being coordinated by Carol Gittlin Franklin, Judy Gubman Goldfaden, and Peter Greenberg, is "The greater the affinity participation, the greater the reunion."
Also, for the first time, the Board of Trustees has established as a priority increasing the number of class member donors to the Cornell Fund. The focus will be on increasing the number of gifts of any amount. President Marshall Frank has named David Kessler and Bob Lurcott, MRP '68, to co-chair a committee to help '61 meet its participation goals. Direct mail appeals from the committee are being sent to classmates; these will be followed up with phone calls from volunteers whose task will be to involve as many donors as possible in our 45th Reunion Campaign.
To ensure that next June's reunion (June 8-11) will be as successful as past '61 reunions, we welcome your input in any of these planning and participation activities. If you wish to volunteer--just a little bit of your time can be very helpful--please send me an e-mail message. For the Reunion Campaign participation effort, you can join a local phonathon, or even make some phone calls from your home or office.
Marlene "Alfie" Alpert Tein moved from Chapel Hill, NC, to Boca Raton, FL, in July. She was pleasantly surprised by the welcome she received from Dale Abrams Adams, who has been a Boca "denizen" for many years. The two former dormmates enjoyed a celebratory lunch in August just before Dale left for a grand tour of China. Marlene has moved her tax preparation business to Boca and is in the process of building up clientele. The move puts the Teins closer to Coral Gables, where son Michael, his wife, and granddaughter Paulina live. Daughter Naomi Tein '90 lives in Silver Spring,MD, with husband Carlos Ortega and another granddaughter, Gaby.
Barbara Jacobs Mitnick edited a newly released anthology entitled New Jersey in the American Revolution. Published by Rutgers U., where Barbara earned her PhD, the book is available at bookstores and online. The book was originally conceived as a legacy of the state's 225th anniversary celebration of the Revolution. Former Governor Tom Kean said that "it should be required reading for all interested in our country's beginnings." Barbara is an adjunct professor at Drew U. in Madison, NJ. Lois and Arthur Kroll's Douglas Kroll Research Fund, a charity they established to help find a cure for a form of blood cancer (AML) that their son succumbed to, continues to grow. The Fund is underwriting the expenses of researchers who are reported to be making progress in molecular-targeted therapy as contrasted with traditional chemotherapy, which kills both healthy and malignant cells. The progress has eased the grief somewhat for the Krolls, who have tried to carry on their lives following the death of Douglas. They traveled to the Galapagos in August.
Your correspondent, David Kessler, has been assisting the Town of Jewett in Upstate New York's Greene County (southwest of Albany) with the updating of its master plan. Jewett, where I have a country home, has 950 residents in a rural area encompassing 50 square miles. Thanks to Barry Hecht '65, I've been invited to participate in the activities of the Cornell Club of Albany.
A colleague of Dr. William Francyk reported that Bill died on July 11 in Salt Lake City. -- David S. Kessler, firstname.lastname@example.org. Class website, www.cornell61.org.
62 | In June, Richard J. Levine (email@example.com) began his 40th year with Dow Jones & Co., where he is VP and executive editor of Dow Jones Newswires. Dick recently added responsibility as president of Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to training young people for journalism careers. Dick and Neil Ann (Stuckey) '63 live in Princeton, NJ, where they enjoy their five grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 5. In July, the class made an additional gift to the Class of 1962 Photography Collection at the Johnson Museum of Art.
Cecily Tatibouet '95 was married in May to Peter Nisbet, PhD, the Daimler Benz Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard. Cecily is assistant director of alumni affairs at Harvard Business School. The wedding reception was held at Tidelands Farm, the Cape Cod family home of the bride's parents, Andre and Jane Barrows Tatibouet (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a second reception at their Hawaiian home, Pualeilani. Cornellians were in attendance at both celebrations. Jane continues service on the Board of Regents of the multi-campus U. of Hawaii system.
H. Bryan Neel III (email@example.com), a Mayo Clinic staff physician, has just completed 12 years of service on the U. of Minnesota Board of Regents. In April, Bryan participated in the Defense department's Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, the department's premier civic leader program. Sixty citizens are selected annually to learn firsthand about US military personnel, equipment, capabilities, and national defense strategies. The group traveled at their own expense to bases in Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, California, and Colorado. Bryan's "day job" is professor of otolaryngology at Mayo; he and Ingrid live in Rochester, MN.Maritza and Thomas Zeisel (zeiselmt@msn. com) moved from James Island to John's Island, still in the Charleston, SC, area. Their son Carlos is a professor of sociology at Morris College in Sumter, SC. Thomas is doing operational and sales consulting in the hospitality industry.
Lynne and Terry Baker headed from their home in San Rafael, CA, for a two-month summer RV trip to Alaska with their two Newfoundland dogs. Son Jon '92 has taken a new position with Credit Suisse First Boston, based in San Francisco. Terry's email address says it all: Reteyedoc@aol.com. January will find Karen and Rich Giustra (firstname.lastname@example.org) heading to Cork, Ireland, where Rich, the 2005 recipient of the George Mitchell Peace Scholarship, will spend spring semester at Cork Inst. of Technology. They'll live in Cork City. Home for the Giustras is Brunswick,ME.
A long note from Sasha Nudelman Ferrer (email@example.com) updates us. She's worked in various aspects of international film and television management for Walt Disney,Warner Bros., and Dreamworks, and in program development for Triage/Viacom. She won the Humanities Award and an Emmy nomination for a 1989 NBC special. Sasha's husband, Steve Goldsmith, reps for Expanet, an Israeli company that makes high-tech digital data storage systems for use in the entertainment industry. Sasha and Steve live in Sherman Oaks, CA. Sasha's in contact with Debbie Robbins Wolf '61 and Adina Cohen. After 30 years, the Hampton Classic will have to do without Jean and Anthony Hitchcock (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will retire in April 2006. Tony has been executive director. In the August event, Cornell's Vet college took part for the third year in a row.
His neon-green business card reads "Richard D. Thurston, The Bookman." Now retired from the military, Richard (email@example.com) buys and sells used books in Spanaway,WA. He's also active in civic affairs: land advisory commission, community council, park development commission. Can you believe Mike Eisgrau is retiring? After a 43-year career in broadcast news, and a decade directing public affairs for the Javits Center in New York,Mike and Betty will be dividing their time between their winter home in Englewood, FL, near Sarasota, and summer homes in the Northeast. They celebrated their 25th anniversary a year ago. She retired from the late TWA after 29 years as an international flight services manager on 747s and L1011s. Betty is also three years past a successful liver transplant--necessitated by arthritis medication.
It's been a while since Wayne Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org) has checked in. In the late '60s, he ran a plague-control program in Vietnam and lived in various communities there. He then lived in Queensland, Australia, for two years before returning to California, then on to grad school at U. of Illinois, Chicago. He was also a member of the US Pharmacopeia committee of revision from 1990 to 1995.Wayne has his PhD in pharmaceutics and is currently writing about Hopkins Pass, IL, "one of the poorest villages in the US--it resurrects images of villages I've seen in Vietnam and the Philippines."Wayne currently lives in Kankakee, IL.
From John Neuman (email@example.com), our class treasurer (have you sent in your dues yet?): "After two intense years at the head of eCornell, I left the venture last fall as we reached breakeven at the five-year point.We promoted a new and very talented CEO from the inside and the venture is plowing forward with excellent professional development courses being delivered in about 115 countries. I returned then to head the 1492 Consulting Group and am actively serving clients on strategic, marketing, and operational opportunities in several industries. To date, this is not taking all of my time, so a few things that were neglected for more than two years are now back in my life: golf (often with George Slocum) and grandkids (five!)." John and Carolyn (Chauncey) '64 continue to live on the beautiful west shore of Cayuga Lake and seek classmate visitors to drop in.
As I write this on a beautiful summer day in Seattle, it's hard to think you'll be reading it as the holidays approach! Please send along a copy of your holiday letter to share with your classmates! -- Jan McClayton Crites, 9420 NE 17th St., Clyde Hill,WA 98004; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
63 | The job of class columnist is not a difficult one, but sometimes I do make mistakes. It was brought to my attention that in writing about Jennifer Patai Schneider in the July/Aug issue, I mistakenly used her name in place of her daughter, Jessica Wing. Jessica was the one who founded a small New York City theater company before her death, not Jennifer. Jennifer wanted me to be sure to assure people that she was indeed alive and living in Tucson. Jennifer and I try to have breakfast or lunch together once in a while.
I had an e-mail from Barbara Hartung Wade, MEd '64, who is still teaching four high school classes and being the LOTE (Languages Other than English) department head for the past three years. Barbara is thinking of retiring--maybe next year.Meanwhile, she and her daughter travel a lot. They took two vacations this year, one to the Melia Carib Tropical in Punta Canana, Dominican Republic; the other to her home resort of Vistana in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Barbara is a great golfer and was ready to play in the club championships this week. Another e-mail came from Lila Fox Olson. She and Brad '62 hosted Mike Neale '62 and his wife Barbara at the Olsons' home in Ithaca. Mike was Brad's freshman roommate and hadn't been back to Cornell since graduation. Lila encourages class members who haven't been back to campus in a while to come and rediscover Ithaca. She also wants us all to think about our reunion in 2008!
William and Kay Sinclair Garrison live in Port Angeles,WA. Their daughter Gwendolyn has a BS in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins. Son Thomas has a BA in physics and mathematics from Whitman College and an MS in mathematics from Purdue. Mark Miller, MD '67, moved from Irvine, CA, to Palm Desert this July. He has an active interventional radiology practice. Fred and Wendy Oldfield Kahn live in Palo Alto, CA.Wendy teaches ESL at Language Pacifica. She used to be an art teacher. She gave an ESL class at Baku State U. in Azerbaijan in May.
Larry, PhD '66, and Margaret Musgrave Bennett live in Fairbanks, AK. After they both had retired in the mid-Nineties, they had a two-year stint at Cornell, where Larry taught. They also had the same opportunity in Christchurch, New Zealand.While there they bought an antique auto--a 1947 Standard 8A Tourer. After taking many trips with the car in New Zealand, they shipped the car back to Alaska. Believe it or not, there is a vintage car club there that has weekly outings. Other travels have included a trip to Coventry, England, to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Standard Motor Company (2003), an awesome trip to Germany in 2004, and a return trip to New Zealand in 2005.
Martin and Stephanie Krasner live in New Rochelle, NY.Marty says he has no intention of retiring. His company develops products and programs for sale on QVC. His main hobby is step aerobics and platform tennis. Stephanie and Marty have three grandchildren, two of whom live a mile away. He mentioned that he exchanges e-mail jokes daily with classmate Ira Levine. Edward and Carol Hoerning are in Gastonia, NC. Edward is still employed by the US Dept. of Agriculture, AMS, serving as laboratory manager. Carol and Edward enjoy visits with their granddaughters Laura, 11, and Livy, 3. Anyone passing through San Francisco Airport should look for the Buena Vista Cafe. The cafe is owned by Bob Freeman and operated by HMS Host. It is located in the United Domestic Terminal between Gates 82 and 84. Bob also has a Buena Vista Cafe on Hyde Street by the beach in San Francisco. (It was pointed out that I put Bob's cafe in Sausalito in a previous article--sorry!)
After 28 years, Alan Goodman has retired as a professor of physics at Tulane U. in New Orleans. He and his wife Maurine moved to Decatur, GA. Daniel and Barbara O'Connell enjoy retirement in Red Creek, NY. Daniel retired in 2003. He keeps busy with a large garden and managing a 200-acre wood lot. He says cutting firewood keeps him healthy. Their youngest son, Chris, graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2004 with a criminal justice degree. Martin, DVM '66, and Debra Kirschner Wolf '66 live in Harrison, NY. Debra is a literacy expert at PS 76 in the Bronx, and Martin still treats dogs and cats in Riverdale, NY. Their daughter and family moved in with mom and dad while they are remodeling their house. An extra five people in the house causes some confusion.Martin heard from Nan "Penney" Prudden Denning, who lives in Columbus, OH. Penney and Martin went to grade school together in Yonkers. Barbara Allen Guilfoyle is now assistant administrator for Patient and Family Services at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She and her husband Roger live in Ridgfield, CT.
That's all for this month. -- Nancy Bierds Icke, 12350 E. Roger Rd., Tucson, AZ 85749; e-mail, email@example.com.
64 | Maybe it's because we're getting older, maybe because last year's reunion was such a hit, but this month's news is from classmates we haven't heard from in some time, if ever. David Keranen, MAT '64, making his first appearance here, taught mathematics at Bakersfield (CA) Community College until he retired in 1994. Still living in Bakersfield, David enjoys golf and deep reading (philosophy, history, politics, etc.). He and wife Elizabeth, who have three grown children, recently visited New Zealand.
Real estate lawyer Lowell Willinger, last in 11 years ago, wrote of the reunion, " . . . how nice it was to become involved with my classmates after many years." Lowell especially singled out Nelson Keshen, Janet Spencer King, Jason Gettinger (to whom he sends apologies for not playing tennis with), Jack Litman (of whose law practice he made special note), Jim Cohen (with whom he ran the 5-mile race), and Steve Pieczenik, MD '68 (who offered medicinal and other advice), and Dick and Penny Norton Coombe (with whom he and his wife shared meals). Lowell has a busy solo practice in NYC that gives him a lot of freedom and pleasure, and lives with "a wonderful wife, two daughters, five cats, and a wonderful environment in northern New Jersey."
Gary Schoenbaum, ME '66, last in a decade ago, is a senior manager for a development team at Coldwater Creek in Seattle. He and wife Kathy have three grown children and live on Mercer Island,WA, where Gary still enjoys coaching soccer. Jack Ratcliffe, in eight years ago, has been a realtor with Allen Tate Company for the last 14 years in Charlotte, NC, where he lives with wife BJ. Jack and BJ have two married sons, a newlywed daughter, and a current total of six potential-Cornellian grandchildren.
Patricia Knack McKay, last here in 1999, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC, where she lives with husband Craig, a film producer, director, and writer, and their teenage daughter. Patsy notes that she, Judy Vyse Palmer, and Lynn Steger Gleason attended Susan Stolp Vieser's wake and funeral last year. Patsy noted that the four kept their friendship alive over the years and that Sue's passing was "a very grave loss for us."
JillWaxman Polymeropoulos, who lives in Highland Park, NJ, has been retired since 1997, the last time she was in this column. Jill recently returned from visiting son Marc '91, MPA '92, and her two grandchildren in Kuwait, where he and his wife are both Foreign Service officers. Jill writes, "It's hard having them so far away--but I love the travel, too. It's a great opportunity for me to learn about different cultures--and buy rugs, of course." Jill is a CAU regular attendee who hopes to return again next summer. Of CAU, she notes, "I finally got to attend the Hotel school wine class."
Norman, ME '67, and Barbara Conway Scheaffer, also last in eight years ago, still live in Bellingham,WA, but she reports she's now semi-retired and working three days a week for Lark Textile Design, a studio that makes hand-woven custom rugs for the interior design market. Norm is a freelance engineer offering land development civil engineering and CAD services to local engineering firms. Marcia McLean Dunn, last here in 1998, is a senior paralegal for Selvin & Weiner, the firm she has worked at for the last 23 years. She lives in Los Angeles and has a grown son. Ralph Cerny, last here in 1999, retired last December after a 39-year career in hospital administration, the last 20 as CEO of Munson Medical Center in Traverse City,MI, where he lives. Ralph visited Mike Strick, MBA '66, in Hudson, OH, and Burns Roensch in Birmingham, AL, en route to Florida following retirement. He adds, "The 40th Reunion was terrific! My congrats to the committee."
Three classmates are making their first appearance in this column since January 2000.Miles Haber, ME '66, a builder/consultant, has cut his work schedule to four days per week as an owners' representative for developers of large apartment communities in the Washington, DC, area. He's still very active in local and national homebuilders' associations.Miles lives in Chevy Chase,MD, and has two grown sons, both now married. Of his other activities, he writes that he plays "as much golf as possible--and some tennis." Victor Ortloff is an assoc. prof. in the Dept. of Criminal Justice at Troy State U. in Alabama.Victor lives nearby in Wetumpka, AL. And Henry "Hal" Logan,ME '66, who has been retired for nine years, and wife Donna live in Chadds Ford, PA, and have four grown children spread from coast to coast. He enjoys collecting old woodworking tools, making an annual drive to a winter home in Arizona, and making periodic trips to London. Physician Carl Plager is also retired.He still lives in Houston, TX, but sent no other news.
Frank Grawi, ME '68, of Novi, MI, last here five years ago, is a retired engineering manager at Ford Motor Co., where he worked for 30 years. He and wife Mary Ann have two grown daughters and three potential-Cornellian grandchildren. Frank still enjoys skiing in Colorado and sailing on the Great Lakes.He and Mary Ann really enjoyed our 40th Reunion and he writes that it "brought back many great memories!" Fellow skier Steve Gottesman is also retired. He and wife Helen still live in East Aurora, NY, and have three grown children. Steve also enjoys golf, music, politics, and reading, especially biographies.More somberly, Steve reports undergoing fusion and abdominal surgeries, renal cancer, and knee scopings over the last decade. Still, he writes that he's "hanging in, and attending Berkshire Hathaway annual meetings," where he's been a stockholder since 1976.
Finally, Ken, JD '71, and Patty Geer Kupchak '67, who live on Oahu in Hawaii, recently went hiking in Iceland. Apparently to balance that, they also visited the Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona. Ken is vice chair of the board of trustees of the Mid-Pacific Inst. and is on the governing committee of the American Bar Assn. Forum on the Construction Industry. That's all for now. Keep the news flowing (especially those of you who have not sent in any in a long time)--and be sure to visit our class website, http://classof64.alumni.cornell.edu. -- Bev Johns Lamont, 720 Chestnut St., Deerfield, IL 60015; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
65 | Though brisk breezes and blazing fall colors dominate Cornell now, I briefly would like to return to our reunion (when we could have used some brisk breezes!), and provide some additional tidbits from the attendees. Joe Lebenson and wife Margie from New York City enjoyed attending reunion. They have a summer place in Califon, NJ, where they sail on the local reservoir. At our table during the class luncheon, Joe told of his May 2005 trip when he, his dad, and his brother visited Normandy, France. His dad had been in the 82nd Airborne during WWII and had gone into Normandy on a glider. Their guide during the visit was a local man who was a boy of ten during the war. It was a memorable and emotional time for them all.
Ron Singer is a finance professor at the U. of Houston. His twin sons are completing their graduate education, one getting an MFA and the other his law degree. Ronnie Maxon Kahn is living in Mahopac, NY. She has retired from teaching the visually and hearing impaired. Nancy Gibbs Pannier of the Washington, DC, area attended her first reunion in 40 years. She was thrilled to meet corridor-mate Janet Schleicher Arnold, who brought the frosh corridor photo with her. The two spent numerous enjoyable hours reliving the past. Pre-reunion, Lou Ferraro had fun calling and writing to classmates, and looked forward to seeing everyone.
Following one of the numerous reunion events, I ran into Nina Martin Lurvey. She handed me an article telling of 99-year-old former Cornell student Robert Halgrim '28. Robert attended Cornell for two years, courtesy of his mentor and employer, Thomas Edison. He left Cornell at Edison's request to help tutor Edison's grandchildren. After many years, Robert's one remaining wish was to be honored by Cornell. President Emeritus Frank Rhodes presented Robert with an honorary certificate and a letter signed by then-President Lehman. Nina, past president and current membership chair of the Cornell Alumni Assn. of Southwest Florida, put the pin on Robert's lapel. Nina said that he was absolutely beaming. He also received a Cornell hat, T-shirt, and 1928 yearbook, and a bottle of Ithaca water. He was thrilled by the event and the recognition. Robert passed away about one week later.
Barbara Rosenshein Wolfert and husband Alan, JD '66, shared many stories of their life since graduation. They live in New York, where they both practice law. Their three children, a son and twin daughters, are married and have made Barbara and Alan grandparents.When time is available, they enjoy their home on Cape Cod. There were many more stories and mini-reunions from our weekend together. I can only encourage those who couldn't attend the 40th to consider the 45th. The campus growth-- building-wise--is unbelievable, and reconnecting with former friends and colleagues was fantastic.
News from Susan Lehrer Jones of Maryland: husband David has a very active and exciting architectural practice in D.C. Older son Jon is a recent graduate of Middlebury College and is a producer at ABC News in NYC. Her younger son attends Williams College. Susan has a post-college career coaching service called What's Next? Classmate Anton Anderson published "Power Nap Kit." It includes CDs and a booklet that has a commentary from Cornell Prof. James Maas, PhD '66.
Marco Di Capua is a science counselor at the US Embassy in New Delhi. Spare time is spent in Rome, Italy, at a family property. Daughter Emily graduated from Yale in '03, and other daughter Kathleen is a senior at George Washington U. Jeffrey Rank has five grandchildren who add much joy to his life. If barbecue is what you love, Alan Fleischman currently owns and operates Tennessee Mountain Restaurant in Soho, now in its 23rd year. He has his own commercial real estate company and Restaurant Development Associates, which does full-time consulting to the hospitality industry. Alan is currently serving as a director on the New York State Restaurant Assn.'s NYC chapter, in addition to being on the board of directors of the Cornell Hotel Society's NYC chapter.Wife Denise co-owns a high-fashion accessory company. Daughter Courtney attends Boston U., and son Morgan is a junior at Columbia Grammar and Prep School.Morgan is the school's varsity goalie in ice hockey, winning MVP for the 2004 season.
Off to Argentina last September was PhyllisWeiss Haserot, MRP '67, and husband Brad, JD '67. They also spend long weekends in London annually, taking in lots of theater. Their son Zane works for ABC Sports and the YES network. Phyllis continues to head her consulting firm, Practice Development Counsel, which works with professional firms helping them increase their client base and improve their business skills. From Wisconsin, James Goodrich reports that his two older daughters are married. The oldest, Charlene, is working on her doctorate in education. Their youngest daughter graduated high school in 2005. James is a past commander of the VFW, and his wife Marcia is commander of a local American Legion post. He still owns his own business.
Send news to us at -- Joan Elstein Rogow, 9 Mason Farm Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822; tel., (908) 782-7028; Ronald Harris, 5203 Forestdale Court,West Bloomfield, MI 48322; tel., (248) 788-3397; e-mail, email@example.com; or Terry Kohleriter Schwartz, 36 Founders Green, Pittsford, NY 14534; tel., (585) 383-0731; e-mail, TerryKS7@aol.com.
66 | Hello, people! Here are some more updates that have come in from our classmates. Please note that my e-mail address has changed; it is now Johngmiers@comcast.net. As some of you know, and as others may suspect, it is because I retired from the NIH in September.
Reunion is coming! There is a committee at work to ensure that this will be the best, most exciting, most fun, and coolest reunion ever. Now, on to the news. Donald Goldman writes from New York. "I retired from being a teacher and guidance counselor in July 2003, after 25 years in education. I'm enjoying retired life a great deal. It's nice to be my own boss.My wife and I were on a vacation in Italy for two weeks in late September 2004. In Florence, I asked a woman for directions, and she turned out to be the daughter of former basketball coach Sam MacNeil." Norman Meyer is living in Sebastian, FL (firstname.lastname@example.org), "to enjoy a quieter life."
Anne Ryder Hobbs is still in Ithaca (email@example.com). She is the FAQ person with the Lab of Ornithology; her husband Peter, PhD '72, is teaching, also in ornithology. Their 25-year-old daughter is finishing up her BS ("and paying for it"). Anne celebrated her 60th birthday in Capetown, South Africa. Esther Lehman (Teaneck, NJ) was kind enough to use a printed label, and writes, "We took a Jewish Heritage Tour to Spain and Gibraltar in July; had a superb tour because of a guide who spoke 15 languages." She spends winters in Boynton Beach, FL. John Deasy (Doylestown, PA; Deasyjjr@aol.com) retired in June 2004 "after 32 years of teaching agriculture."He camps in the Adirondacks and flies an old Bonanza.
Neil Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) can be reached at Oracleimages@earthlink.net (there has to be a story there!)."My wife purchased classmate Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld's book on the overscheduled child. I confess that I have been too busy driving kids to the appointments to have an opportunity to read it!" Paul Anderson (Brewster, MA; firstname.lastname@example.org) is "enjoying the good life on Cape Cod, when home, and looking for the ‘ideal' retirement location." Judith Kurtz Polcer is in Brooklyn, NY (email@example.com), where she has just issued a CD called "Everything We've Got" and an ED (extended CD) entitled "Everything I've Got" (available on her website). She writes, "Life on the bandstand beats life in the office! I had a great lunch with Nancy Hoffman in New York; she's doing important and interesting work at Cornell and in the legal profession."
William May (Hutchinson Island, FL; firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote, "We've had an eventful year. In June, on our annual cruise from Florida to Lake Ontario, our new boat caught fire and burned to the water line.We got off with my wallet and nothing else! On September 3, 2004, Hurricane Frances tore the roof off our condo and destroyed all 15 units. Plus our docks, pool, and landscaping. Later, Jeanne hit in exactly the same spot and polished off the job.We are renting nearby and rebuilding! As gluttons for punishment, we bought the apartments next door, so come see us--next year." Leonard Coburn (email@example.com) is here in Washington, DC, and will be retiring from government service after 25 years. He is working on a variety of projects, including renewable energy in Central Asia.
Linda Lomazoff Roitman is in Cherry Hill, NJ (firstname.lastname@example.org). She and David '65 have traveled to Rome on a CAU trip. "Our family continues to give us great pleasure-- what a joy to have them all!" Marion King Lonsdale lives in Duluth, MN (email@example.com), where she is "looking toward retirement and time with grandchildren in Oregon and Texas." She worked for the City of Duluth on stormwater issues."Kind of a fun change in career direction." Jon Ain (Jonathanain@aol.com) has retired and moved to Vail full-time. "Trying to keep two daughters on the ‘four-year plan' in college." Also in Vail is Gwen Gartland Scalpello. Gwen is a volunteer on the mountain one day a week, at a local performing arts center. "Still happily retired, thank you, despite the time commitments of many volunteer activities."
Mark Litman is in Edina, MN (firstname.lastname@example.org). "We should appreciate the ‘low cost' of our Cornell '66 education. Retirement is approaching on June 30, 2012." Mark is now back to competitive swimming. Andrew Berger (Berger@tanhelp.com) was recently elected president of the Cornell Law Association, the organization at the Law school representing its 9,000 alumni.He said the goal of the association will be to foster a greater identification and involvement between the school and its alumni.He reports that he, Emily (Boykoff) '68, and one of their two sons (plus a hyperactive Border collie) are still living in an 1870s brownstone in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Andy focuses on copyright and trademark litigation at Tannenbaum Helpern in New York City, and Emily is a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn. Andy is happy to report that their oldest son, who graduated from Stanford last year, is working in D.C. and is "nearly off the dole."
Please send YOUR information to: -- John Miers, Johngmiers@comcast.net; Bill Blockton, email@example.com; or Susan Rockford Bittker, firstname.lastname@example.org. Class website, courtesy of Roy Troxel, http://classof66.alumni.cornell.edu.
67 | If you needed any signal that the 40th class reunion is now less than two years hence, the harbinger's arrived with the recent reopening of the Rongovian Embassy, the fabled Trumansburg bar established in '73 by Alex Brooks (email@example.com), who returned to the scene of multiple crimes last spring to witness the joint's Phoenix-like rise under a new owner who meets with Alex's approval: "It's a treat to have someone here who knows what they're doing." New York State still hasn't seen the error of its ways by putting the drinking age back at 18; the rise to 21 in '86 led Brooks to call it quits at the Rongovian after 13 years. But in the interim, he's based himself in Santa Fe and consulted for restaurants. According to the Ithaca Times, he "became known in some circles--which include dignitaries from more countries than most people know--as ‘the party guy,' showing others the good times he had while running the Rongo."
"My book, The Digital Challenge for Libraries: Understanding the Culture and Technology of Total Information, was published in May 2005,"writes Ralph Blanchard, Rutledge, GA."In it I draw upon nearly two decades of technology-based customer service experience gained from my info-tech business, concluding that even the best libraries are in danger of losing their ‘customer base' to commercially driven Internet technologies. I make the case that this would not be good for undergraduates and the universities that educate them. Libraries need to be in the center of the educational experience, not at the periphery." Ralph adds that he's sold his information business (after 16 years) and is now managing partner of a commercial real estate investment firm (Morgan Partners LLC), which he established in 2003. He also serves on the board of the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, a Georgia non-profit.
Stephen H. Strand, ME '68 (Northfield, MN; firstname.lastname@example.org) has been named the Raymond Plank Professor of Incentive Economics at Carleton College. He joined the Carleton faculty in 1981 and specializes in government regulation of economic activity, managerial economics, and micro-economic theory. After 37 years of teaching science, Jane Capellupo,W. Henrietta, NY, retired this June. "I plan to stay in the Rochester area and take full advantage of all the cultural events here, especially those that fall on a ‘school night!'" JimDoolittle, Trumansburg, NY (in case you hadn't noticed, Trumansburg is the theme of this month's report) has a website for his winery, Frontenac Point Vineyard (http://www.frontenacpoint.com) and adds, "I open my e-mail once every six weeks whether I need to or not!" Max and Laurie Frank Krotman, Port Washington, NY, informed us some time ago (4-1/2 years to be precise) that son Adam was entering Cornell, and time surely flies--he's now a proud ILR graduate in the Class of '05.
Many classmates send in new addresses, which is great for the mailing department since the magazine still arrives by snail mail, but in this age of non-privacy, we're no longer running those addresses. I'll be happy to list your e-mail address, however, so send it on with news. --Richard B. Hoffman, 2925 28th St.NW,Washington, DC 20008; e-mail, email@example.com.
68 | I hope you all had a good summer and are enjoying the fall. During a recent visit to Scarsdale, NY, I stayed at the lovely home of Nick '67 and Cheryl Katz Kaufmann. Cheryl is a busy eye surgeon in the New York City area, and Nick is involved in real estate development and investments. He is also an excellent tennis player--he beat me on his home court. The Kaufmanns have two daughters who are dermatologists in New York and a son working in private equity in Boston. Art Tenner, MME '70, and his wife Cynthia Beach have moved to Scottsdale, AZ. Art is continuing his management consulting practice part-time, in between golf, hiking, and building a home in the desert. In October 2004, the son of Laurene and John Wallace '67, ME '68, was married in a chateau outside of Chartres, France. Attending this special wedding were classmates John Seligman, Pete Woodworth, MBA '69, Al Fidellow, and Bill Austin and their wives, and also Pete Contuzzi '67, who played violin for the wedding mass. Following the wedding, our class group traveled through the Normandy region and celebrated more than 40 years of friendship.
Ira Lupu lives in Bethesda, MD, and is a professor of law and associate dean for faculty development at George Washington U. Law School. Ira has been working on legal questions related to the president's faith-based initiative. Ira and his wife Nancy Altman have two teenagers at home and three grandchildren from their older children. Ronald and Fay Schlosser Palma live in Tulsa, OK. He teaches at Holland Hall School in Tulsa, and Fay is assistant director of development for the school. Ronald has received numerous professional honors for his excellence in teaching, including Fulbright and Rockefeller fellowships. Margit Maakestad Coltvet and her husband Benjamin are missionaries at the American Church in Berlin. The church has 30 nationalities and numerous denominations.
JimMichaels and his wife Karen Mankowitz live in Rockville,MD. Jim is a rabbi and serves as chaplain at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. Robert Butkovich lives in Tarrytown, NY, and has retired from his work in the food industry due to disability. During his career he worked for a number of well-known companies, including A & P, Swift & Co, Grand Union Company, and Consolidated Foods. Robert has three sons and a daughter. Marc Silverman, JD '72, and wife Lori live in White Plains, NY.Marc has joined the law firm of Schiff Harden LP as a partner in the New York office to complement their labor and employment practice based in Chicago. Marc's daughter Kira is ILR '95 and had their first grandchild in February.
Steve Steinhardt and wife Sherrie live in Albany, NY. Steve has seen Mike Baron, who retired from the federal government and is involved in consulting. Anthony Morris lives in Ukiah, CA, with his wife Mary. For 33 years he worked as a clinical laboratory scientist and in 1998 went back to school to become a licensed acupuncturist. He now has a full-time practice that includes Chinese herbs, and he sees about 65 patients per week. Jeff Donahue retired several years ago as CFO of a public real estate company and became president and CEO of the Enterprise Social Investment Corporation, one of the major public funders of low income housing. He is in touch with Tom Horn, who is a psychiatrist in Massachusetts, Jim Hanna, MBA '69, recently retired from the World Bank, Todd Kiplinger, vice chair of the Kiplinger Washington Editors, and GeorgeWaldner, president of York College, in York, PA.
James Hirsh and wife Kathleen live in Dunwoody, GA. He received the 2004 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Book Award for Shakespeare and the History of Soliloquies, published in 2003. Jean Smiley Colling and husband Ken '67 have moved to Seattle. Jeannie has been involved in organizing the new house, and Ken is CEO of Seattle Goodwill Industries. They have three daughters and a son. Alan Stoll continues to live in the Worcester, MA, area with wife Nina. Alan currently serves as board chair of the American College of Medical Practice Executives, which is the professional certification and standard setting organization, based in Denver, for medical practice administrators. Lincoln Yung lives in Hong Kong and has started a new family with his second wife Polly. They have a 4- and 3-year-old. Lincoln's first son John was born in Ithaca in 1968 and has a 3-year-old. The three children all attend the same kindergarten in Hong Kong and, Lincoln notes, "One day, they may become Cornellians."
Ed Kemp works with his wife Carol O'Loughlin in a real estate business on Cape Cod. The company, Carol O'Loughlin Real Estate, is an independent agency in Falmouth with 12 salespeople. One daughter works at Bloomingdale's in the Boston area, and their younger daughter attends Savannah College of Art and Design. David Singer reports that he has finally become an airline captain after 31 years of flying at seven different airlines. In February 2005, he became captain of a Boeing 757 for Transamerican Airlines, where he will face mandatory retirement at age 60 in July 2006.
Stephen Noll is vice chancellor (president) of Uganda Christian U. This Anglican-founded university was the first private institution to receive a government charter and has grown from 120 to 3,800-plus students. Susan Kass-Johnson and husband Alex live in Merrick, NY. Susan is an avid painter and cook. Their son Nick graduated from Columbia and is active in the art and poetry worlds of NYC. Their younger son Gabe attends Columbia and composes music. Alex is an architect and is presently doing on-site management at the new Richard Meier residential buildings in the West Village in NYC. Susan has seen Mimi Herwald, who lives in Pittsburgh.
I look forward to hearing from you. -- Gordon Silver, 2 Avery St., #26C, Boston,MA 02111; email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
69 | It's the time of year when the News Form arrives in your mailbox, so please take a few minutes to let us know what you have been doing and return it along with your dues. Our class president John Rees, ME '70, has sent an excellent account of the mini-reunion that was held for members of the classes of '67, '68, and '69 living in the Washington, DC, area. The event was hosted by Knight Kiplinger, his brother Todd Kiplinger '68, and his father Austin Kiplinger '39, and took place in the Kiplinger Exhibit Hall. John relates that Jim Doub traveled from Baltimore for the event and chatted about the successful men's lacrosse team and his mountain climbing adventures out west and in Africa. John learned that Marsha Gold works for Mathematica, and James McKay is senior assistant attorney general in the Appellate Division in Washington, DC. At the National Inst. of Standards and Technology, John Gross, PhD '80, specializes in fire and its effect on commercial structures.
Richard Burt was also at the mini-reunion; he has recently lectured at Cornell on "Reinventing the Transatlantic Alliance,"which called upon his experience as the chief US negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the former Soviet Union. Although Lorraine Klein also attended, John regrets that he was not able to talk with her before the evening ended. John did speak with Ted Hudson and writes, "Ted is potentially the last 1969 classmate with a child that just graduated from Kindergarten. Can anyone top that?" Although John lives across the country in Portland, OR, he was in the D.C. area to witness his daughter Sarabeth receive her MBA from Georgetown U.
"Still doing test-flying for United Airlines, based in San Francisco," says George Silverman.Wife Merle (Ladd) '72 works part-time in Foster City, where the Silvermans live. Their son David is a Navy Seal and married Hollis (Wells '00), Annie '00 works for E. & J. Gallo in marketing, and Doug (Annapolis '05) is slated for flight training. Barbara Bessey continues in her position as co-director of the Employment Equity Program at the American Inst. for Research in Palo Alto, CA, where she works with attorneys to address allegations in employment discrimination. They aid and serve as testifying experts in cases. She also continues as a senior volunteer providing interpretive services to Henry Coe State Park, the largest state park in Northern California. Barbara also writes the she and her husband traveled to NYC for the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's Ring--their eighth production. The highlight was meeting the wonderful bass James Morris!
Norman and Catherine Reed Westhoff recently moved from their longtime residence and Cathy's hometown of St. Paul, MN, to San Francisco--Norman's hometown. He continues to practice occupational medicine and is Center Medical Director for Concentra Medical Centers. Entomology and restoration of natural areas is Cathy's specialty. Their son Alex also lives in the Bay Area, working with bird populations for the US Geological Survey, while younger son Ben is back in St. Louis writing feature articles for a local newspaper; daughter Julia is a librarian in Kansas City. Norman writes that he was recently in contact with Christopher Burr '68, who is a United Church of Christ minister in Burlington, NC. Bill Robinett, MRP '71, and his wife Judy are taking advantage of their new surroundings in Casper,WY, by visiting some of the nation's most beautiful places such as Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. He is also enjoying "the luxury of one-minute rush-hour commutes." Bill includes the news that his daughter Susie graduated from the U. of Tulsa in theater arts. She is married and lives with her husband in Overland Park, KS.
We hear that Douglas Antczak's wife Wendy Robertson bicycled 100 miles around Cayuga Lake to help raise money for AIDS. Doug says, "I am a slug"--although he did run the class forum during the 2004 reunion along with Phil Reilly and writes that he enjoyed it immensely. Doug is a professor of equine medicine and director of the James Baker Inst. for Animal Health in the Vet college at Cornell.He and Wendy have two daughters, Lexie '03 and Harriet '04, BA '05. GailMerel practices law in the Houston office of Andrews & Kurth LLP and has been elected chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. George Frank writes that his work at the Swedish Heart Center in Seattle keeps him busy, but he travels as much as possible and has started playing golf in preparation for retirement. He also relates that his two grown sons are on their own. Jamie (Pomona '04) is working as a financial analyst, and Matt, who graduated from Emory, is involved in Seattle real estate.
From press releases, we learn that Fedwa Malti-Douglas has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the country. She joins other distinguished inductees including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Washington Post chairman Donald Graham. Fedwa is a professor of humanities at Indiana U., where she has focused on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as immigrant populations in France and Belgium. Father Michael McFarland was elected the 31st president of the College of the Holy Cross located in Massachusetts. The press release goes on to say that Michael is a runner in his free time.
Our class has lost contact with a number of classmates, so each of the next several columns will list some of our missing friends. If you are in touch with any of the following people, please send contact information to me, and I will forward it to our class officers. Have any readers heard from: Robert H. Abrams, Christina L. Frazier, Susan L. Albert,Marc S. Goldberg, Peter J. Bambic, Howard A. Gonia, Eileen Box, Kenneth D. Carrington, Allan B. Kolber,Michael E. Hale, Linda M. Janss,Matthew C. Clark, Daniel W. Jones, James T. Curry,Marilyn Douglas, Sheryl F. Epton, Janet M. Fox, Benjamin M. Khoudari, or Zachary M. Hahn. -- Arda Coyle Boucher, 21 Hemlock Hill Rd., Amherst, NH 03031; e-mail, email@example.com.