MAR./APR. 2006 VOLUME 108 NUMBER 5
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60 | DavidWechsler, our Major Gifts Chairman, sent along a note full of high praise for the record-breaking generosity of the Class of 1960.He says that "with very little fanfare, we simply broke all of our previous class records with a total gift to Cornell University of $13.6 million. This amount is well past the high goal of $12.3 million that the University had set for our class. Carl Johnson and Pete Giles did a wonderful job in letting everyone know about our campaign, and their efforts were rewarded: nearly 600 classmates contributed out of the 1,200 graduates still living. About a dozen contributed in the six-figure column and four in the next higher bracket."
Dave says that he learned a number of things during his fundraising efforts with the Class of 1960. "First, Cornellians give because they WANT to give and NOT because they are asked. Second, our class is quietly supporting 65 scholarships on campus, truly an extraordinary number. Third, even during what the University considers to be an ‘off-year,' the Class of 1960 had nearly 70 Tower Club contributors."He adds, "I would like to thank personally everyone who contributed to the campaign, including the heavier hitters and one anonymous donor who pushed us all up into the stratosphere. I would like to hug that particular classmate, but Cornell keeps secrets extremely well." Kudos to Dave and all who worked with him for the extraordinarily effective work they did on the campaign! And warm thanks to all of our generous classmates!
Barbara Baillet Moran recently sent word that what she describes as her "much-delayed book," on which she had been working for many years, was published by Avisson Press of Greensboro, NC, in November 2005. Entitled Voices of the Silent Generation: Strong Women Tell Their Stories, the volume is a collection of oral histories of women born between 1930 and 1940, including the life story of our classmate Virginia Seipt, which Barbara says will surprise many of us. In an advance review by a man Barbara calls "one of my cultural heroes," Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Coles says the book is full of "compelling stories" and "a study that will have a much-deserved place in the annals of American oral history projects."
Barbara notes that she sets her oral histories in the context of the post-World War II era, arguing that the 1950s were not "silent" and placid, as previous writers have portrayed them, but "a time of inventiveness in the arts and sciences and of turning points in the fledgling civil rights movement." The decade was, she says, "a seed-bed for all that was to germinate in the Sixties." Barbara believes that "no one else, to my knowledge, has written a book in defense of the Fifties." Voices of the Silent Generation makes several references to Cornell and has many photographs, including one of a 1956 freshman corridor in Dickson V featuring classmates Valerie Jones, Kay Sullivan, Rosine Vance,MarilynMacKenzie, Barbara Thiessen, Adele Hartney, MA '63,Myra Rosensweig, Dacey Latham, Bobbie Fineman,Mary Ludlum, Tina Van Lent, and others.
Another productive author-classmate is Marcia Sheehan Freeman, who managed to complete 20 (!) science books for children during the past year, all published by Rourke, in between criss-crossing the country providing support to school districts implementing her elementary school writing program, CraftPlus.Marcia somehow squeezed into her busy professional schedule a three-week summer vacation with husband Mike '59, MME '62, in a cottage on Cayuga Lake. She says it was "glorious," a welcome respite from the heat and hurricanes threatening their Florida home. The Freemans spent their time in the Ithaca area revisiting old haunts, checking out the new buildings on the Cornell campus, and seeing their old friend from high school, Al George, now J.F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell and advisor to the student teams who design, build, and race SAE formula cars.
Don Dewey retired from general reinsurance two years ago and says he is really enjoying the "leisure life."When not at home in New Rochelle, Don and Sandy spend a lot of time at their house on Chautauqua Lake, about a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Ithaca. Their daughter Elizabeth '98 is scheduled to receive an MBA from the Johnson School this year. Brian Finger also appreciates the free time that comes with retirement; he and Joan now do a good deal of traveling, especially to Thomasville, GA, to visit their young grandson, born in early 2004 to their son Ray and his wife Suzanne. The Fingers' oldest son Doug was recently promoted to VP of marketing at Zurich Insurance in Baltimore,MD.
Arthur Block writes from San Juan, PR, "We are currently enjoying an art renaissance here. Sales of my paintings and bigger sales of my wife's stained glass and mosaic creations have buoyed our spirits." The Blocks also took a trip to China that Arthur describes as "a major event; both of us would return to Wuhan or Shanghai in a heartbeat!" Less exotic but equally pleasurable was the week they spent in Brooklyn, "touring the parks, museum, and botanical garden.We both enjoyed seeing areas of New York with which we were entirely unfamiliar." Please keep the news coming! -- Judy BryantWittenberg, 146 Allerton Rd., Newton, MA 02461; email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
61 | IanWetherly, DVM '62, continues to see and treat "a cavalcade of pets and people" at his Haverstraw (NY) Animal Hospital. After hours, he has developed a deep interest in antique clocks and timekeeping and has given illustrated slide presentations on the subject. Ian's treasured and growing collection of repaired/restored clocks reverberates with bells, bongs, chimes, and cuckoos when they all go off at midnight. In a more serious vein, Ian urges classmates to have sonogram testing of their arteries and aortas, an alert that comes as a result of his unexpected experience with insertion of stents in his heart vessels.
Brenda Young Crawford and her husband Tony, DVM '62, still love to fly. They raced in the Reno Air Races in September. Apart from being an active grandparent, Brenda loves to design jewelry, play bridge, and do genealogical research. Following the discovery that her Dutch ancestors arrived on Staten Island in 1663, she submitted her DAR application. Lorna Alice Watt Erwin, JD '63, and husband Austin '40 are realtors in Sun City, AZ. She plays flute in the local concert band and violin in the chamber orchestra when she's not selling houses.
Mary Jane Quinby Faust is a part-time nutrition teacher at the Niagara County (NY) Community College. She and her husband Reg, a Christian author and speaker, live in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Last fall, the Fausts enjoyed a two-week educational cruise to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. FloraWhite retired from her Milford, CT, Superior Court Family Services job a year ago, completing 18 years of work with the state's judicial department. Last summer, she enjoyed "a fabulous shamanic journey" to Peru with her daughter Kristin and grandson Paul, a Brown student.
Although he has been officially retired for some time, Robert Treadway taught English last summer in a province in NW China. Currently, he is a seasonal tax preparer for H&R Block. Adelle Case Picking loves her new freedom gained since retiring from real estate sales. She and husband Howard ("Skip"), MBA '62, visit their three children and grandchildren in three different time zones. The Pickings also find time to travel, hike, bike, paddle, clean streams and hiking trails, and do volunteer work with the symphony in Johnstown, PA. George Malti, JD '63, and his wife Johannah were gracious hosts when your correspondent visited them in Sedona in the fall. As owner of radio station KYVA-FM in Gallup, NM, George is an officer of the State Broadcasters Assn. You can listen to the "rockin' oldies" of "Keeva" online by accessing www.surfmusic.de/radios/kyvafmm.htm.
David and Helen Iler Houggy '62 live in Allison Park, PA. No longer engaged in general contracting, David sings in the church and community choirs, serves on the board of Pittsburgh's Mendelssohn Choir, is an amateur astronomer, likes gardening, swimming, skiing, and the trumpet, and is an avid Steeler and Penguin fan. Winslow Arthur Davidson tends a small orchard in his native Georgetown, Guyana, and assists Guyana School of Agriculture students with their research. That is where he served as principal for many years before retiring. Another agricultural educator who retired (after 37 years) is Robert Gambino. He has turned his attention to politics and community activism, serving one term as mayor of New Milford, CT. He also owns a small horticultural business.
Henrik "Hank" Dullea left his post as Cornell's Vice President for University Relations more than two years ago.His local Ithaca activities since then have included serving as a trustee of the Tompkins County Public Library and leading the management side of collective bargaining negotiations between TCAT, the county transit system, and the UAW union representing the TCAT workers.Hank and his wife Sally (Gilligan) '63 are active with TCAction, the local anti-poverty agency responsible for Head Start and housing assistance programs. Their special winter treat is supporting Cornell hockey as members of the Coach's Club. Like other '61ers, Arthur Kroll is looking forward to our 45th Reunion on June 8-11 and wondering how all of those years went by so quickly. Not contemplating retirement, he continues to teach at City University's Baruch Business School in Manhattan, specializing in the area of executive compensation. The research program he established in memory of his late son Douglas now funds the work of four doctors.
What is it that you most fondly remember from our years at Cornell? Some responses we received: walking through the campus during those glorious sunsets; getting a lump in my throat when I hear the chimes; meeting my husband; meeting and courting my wife; walking back to my sorority house one winter night and seeing the Aurora Borealis over the Arts Quad; beautiful walks across the suspension bridge; working at the Martha Van cafeteria; Norman Thomas vs.William F. Buckley Jr. debate; fraternity parties; discovering classical music and choral singing; singing in the Sage Chapel Choir under Thomas Sokol; sharing experiences with a diverse mix of very intelligent people.
Only three months until reunion! See our website for registration information, and be sure to register early. Our Reunion Co-chairs promise this will be the best one yet! -- David S. Kessler, dsk15@Cornell.edu. Class website, www.cornell61.org.
62 | Recently, Bob Crites '59 and I had dinner at the beautiful lakeside home of Tom '59 and Beth Luthy in Bellevue,WA. Other guests were Jim '59,MD '63, and Joan Sargent Coatsworth '61 and Jeff '58 and Jane Leffingwell. Tom has retired from Weyerhauser, and Jim is a retired neurologist living in Issaquah. The group has taken some very interesting bicycle trips. Tom and Beth's son Matt and his family are here in Seattle, and daughter Teal '91 and her husband are attorneys in Washington, DC. A delicious time was had by all!
We've enjoyed dining with other Cornellians lately also. Ben and Sandy Lindberg Bole, both '57, have a 60-plus-acre chestnut orchard in Sherwood, OR.We enjoy helping process the nuts, and relish the time spent with good friends. A recent e-mail from Dick Monroe showcased some of the scrumptious-looking plates offered by Toni and Dick's Taste the Moment Restaurant and Tea Room in Redmond,WA.
In June 2005, Kelly Gould Behan and husband Russ Sprague completed a lifelong dream of exploring North America in an RV. They've had their motor home since 1994 and have been traveling three to four months of the year ever since, going "full-time" in 2003. They've visited all 49 North American states, all of Canada, and six Mexican states. They've now returned to Upstate New York and have a new address in Lansing.
There's nothing like annual Christmas cards to emphasize the passage of time! All those small people who peered out of cards just a few years ago are now adults with their own small peerers. And it just happened overnight! "Our westward move is now permanent," reports DeeDee McCoy Stovel. She and Jack have sold their Williamstown, MA, home and moved to San Carlos, CA. They enjoy living close to grandchildren Emma and Jamie and their parents, as well as Auntie Kate, who lives in Seattle and teaches at U. of Washington.
"Looking forward to time with the little ones" is also high on the list for Fred '59 and Carol Shaw Andresen. Their grandchildren are all on the East Coast, close to the Andresens' Greensboro, NC, home. Carol is art coordinator for the Center for Creative Leadership, and Fred has a consulting business.Marty Gregg Mount retired this year and has been enjoying playing tennis and other activities. She's established a small tax practice in Doylestown, PA. The John Ward '60 family numbers 19 in their Christmas photo. Helen (Zesch) and John are fortunate to have all four adult children and their families close by in Owings Mills, MD.
It's only a year until you'll need to make reservations for our 45th Reunion, June 7-10, 2007. As you're preparing your 2006 calendar, don't forget to add a note about Reunion in 2007! -- Jan McClayton Crites, 9420 NE 17th St., Clyde Hill,WA 98004; e-mail, jmc50@cornell.
63 | Valerie French retired last May after 37 years teaching at American U. She said she would certainly miss the colleagues and students, but not grading papers! She has a new book contract ("Family Life in the Ancient World"), is consulting with National Geographic on documentaries on the ancient world, and was asked to be a special speaker on a Mediterranean cruise. Susan Silverstein Sandler writes from New York City that her son Samuel "Ted" Sandler is a doctoral candidate in artificial intelligence at the U. of Pennsylvania School of Engineering. Ned and Suzi Young Allen continue to be active in the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. After 42 years of marriage they have wound down their entrepreneurial affairs.Make-A-Wish Foundation of America grants wishes to over 12,000 seriously ill children every year. They have found a cause that brings them great satisfaction and hope that they are able to add value toward the mission of "bringing hope, strength, and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions."
Jay Light was made acting dean of the Harvard Business School on August 1. Jay has been on the HBS faculty for 35 years and is currently senior associate dean and director of faculty planning. I received an e-mail from Ron Demer '59, who was Jay's dorm counselor when he was a freshman. Ron recalls that Jay roomed with classmate Leigh Power. At the time, everyone thought it was funny to have Power and Light in the same dorm room! Peter John has been married to Sherry for 36 years and they have three daughters and four grandchildren. Peter is an avid golfer, and he and Sherry hope to retire some day to their home in Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head. They travel extensively, primarily with the Int'l Society of Barristers and Int'l Academy of Trial Lawyers. Peter has been a trial lawyer in Chicago for 38 years. In 2005, he was selected as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Illinois. He also serves on the board of Indian Law Resource Center, which promotes indigenous rights in the US and South America.
The annual Fiji mini-reunion was hosted by Joe Brennan and Elaine Burns in Belmont, CA. Among the 16 attendees were '63ers Punch and Nancy Smith, Blair and Pat Crum,Whip and Karen Gunn, and Dave Costine. They had a catered dinner, breakfasted in Half Moon Bay, and went sightseeing in San Francisco. Another honored lawyer in the class is Joel Sachs. He was recently named one of the best environmental attorneys in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut by New York magazine. Joel received a similar award from Westchester magazine. He practices law as a senior partner at Keane and Bean PC, where he heads the Environmental Practice Group.
Fred Parkin reports from his Litchfield, CT, home that the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Peter LePage, stopped by to discuss Fred's continued support of the James McConkey Readings in American Fiction. The ten-year-old program that Fred started is named after his favorite English professor and brings nationally known authors to campus to speak to the students and campus community. Jay Abbe accompanied his wife Karen (Dean) '65 to her 40th Reunion. He also saw '63ers DavidWoehr, ME ORIE '65, Jules Kroll, and Chris Mabley.
David, PhD '65, and Leslie Verdier Armentrout are retired and spend four months in Nevis,West Indies, four months at a cottage on Lake Michigan in the summer, and whatever time is left visiting family in Midland, MI. David still runs marathons, and they both play tennis, kayak, rollerblade, and scuba dive. Leslie had a visit in Nevis from Marcia High Pursley.Marcia is a busy activist and grandmother in Boise, ID. Laurence and Nancy Le Vine's three children are all Cornell graduates: Christopher '93, Caren '96, and Joseph '02. David and Marti Skloven live in Paradise Valley, AZ. Daughter Jessica graduated from Cornell in '05; daughter Michaela spent six months studying abroad in Florence, Italy, during her junior year at Stanford; and daughter Danielle is a freshman at Northwestern U.
Joe '62 and Carolyn Gottlieb Meyer are in Elkins Park, PA. All three daughters are married and living in the Philadelphia area. Two of them are Cornellians: Jennie MeyerWolfenson '87 and Cindy Meyer Bryton '89. Donald '61 and Ellen Jacobs Coburn have an 18th-century farmhouse in Monterey, MA. They live in Morristown, NJ, and have recently moved to a roomier colonial in the area. Ellen is a high school counselor at Glen Ridge High School (Essex County). Don is a judge in the Appellate Division of the New Jersey judiciary. Son Jeff (Brandeis '88) is project manager with Bearing Point and lives in L.A. Son Jim '93 is a graduate of Boston College Law School and works at Ceres, a non-profit organization in Boston. Please e-mail me with news at any time. -- Nancy Bierds Icke, 12350 E. Roger Rd., Tucson, AZ 85749; e-mail, email@example.com.
64 | We lead off with news that didn't quite fit into the January column.Michael "Tim" Graves, who lives in Fairport, NY, with wife Suzanne, retired in June 2004 from teaching. "So far, I am treating retirement as an extended summer vacation," he says. Tim also enjoys photography. The Graveses have a grown son and one granddaughter. Charles Zambito is still working as a produce broker/distributor from his office in Audubon, NJ. He and wife Barbara still live in nearby Thorofare, NJ. Chuck remains active with Cornell; he's director of the Philadelphia District of Cornell ALS. He's also president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Assn. The Zambitos recently vacationed in Jamaica—and more recently saw their son and one of their two daughters married in consecutive months in the fall of 2004.
Attorney Charles "Dick"D'Amato was elected chairman of the US-China Economics and Security Review Commission, a congressional advisory body. He and wife Dorothy live in Annapolis, MD, so it's no surprise they enjoy sailing. Deborah Simon Troner reports she's retired from doing art shows, but physician husband Michael still has his oncology practice. The Troners, who have grown children, live unusually active lives. On the "Hobbies, interests, sports" line of our News Form, Debbie wrote, "We're never home," then crammed in all their activities, which included going to opera, ballet,Miami Heat and Marlins games (they live in Miami and have a weekend getaway place in Miami Beach), fishing (Michael), taking classes at an adult school, recent trips to Australia and New Zealand, and annual trips to Tanglewood, Cooperstown, and England. As if those activities were not enough,Michael heads the Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology this year, and Debbie serves on the boards of directors of both Greenfield Day School and the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education.Whew!
Recently retired attorney Don Zuckerman and wife Donna moved in July to Northampton, MA, after 30 years of "watching our family grow in northern Westchester County." Don writes, "We severely downsized our possessions in preparation for our move from a four-bedroom house to a two-bedroom condominium.We are quickly falling in love with Northampton, where we're auditing a Smith College course on the Harlem Renaissance ($50 per course for ‘townies' like us!)." The Zuckermans, who have a grown son and daughter who also live in New England, would welcome visits by classmates to their new abode. Don says that he and Donna are already looking forward to the 45th Reunion and listed over 25 Cornellians they are hoping to see! "Finally," he writes, "I am interested in knowing who, other than Don Whitehead, our esteemed Class Correspondent, and I can honestly claim to have attended—in whole or in part—all eight of our quinquennial reunions held thus far." (Don: As far as I know, we're it.)
Two years ago, Richard Coombe was named Regional Assistant Chief-East for the US Dept. of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and thus has become a long-distance commuter, getting home to Grahamsville, NY, most weekends according to wife Phyllis "Penny" (Norton). In this position, he serves as management representative of the chief, providing direction of NRCS programs and activities in all Eastern time zone states plus the Caribbean, encouraging practical conservation measures. Dick, a renowned conservationist, owns and operates a beef and crop farm that has been in his family for three generations, was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1983-1992, and from 1993-2002 was founding chair and CEO of the Watershed Agricultural Council Inc., which worked with farmers and foresters to protect the 1.2-million-acre New York City watershed. Penny tutors for their local school district, serves as VP of the quilt guild, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Their son Ric '91 and his wife Karen Cone '86 built their home on the family farm, and with his sister who lives nearby, Ric manages the Coombes' expanding natural Angus beef business. In July 2004, Dick and Penny celebrated their 40th anniversary with a small boat tour of Alaska's Inside Passage, then visited Denali National Park.
Here's a rundown on classmates who attended CAU classes last year. John Ohlweiler of Sea Girt, NJ, visited Armenia and Georgia last May for the off-campus study tour Cultures and Landscapes of the Caucasus. On campus,Martha Churchill Bohn of Chicago keyed in Digital Video; Stephen Gottesman, Lawrence Siegel and wife Pat (Minikes) '67 of Great Neck, NY, traveled American Trails; Paul Kruger of Watertown, NY, and BruceWagner of Middletown, NJ, regarded the merits of Meritocracy; Karen Brounstein Levitan, M Ed '65, of Arlington, VA, got grounded in Landscape Design while her husband Herb '61, PhD '65, stroked his way through Rowing; John Looney of Durham, NC, jumped into Fitness; Phyllis Blair Lowrie of Richmond, VA, took a pencil to Drawing while her husband John '62 and Helen Schwartz of Chevy Chase, MD, got anatomical with The Human Body; and Marian Levine Steinberg of White Plains, NY, studied Woody Allen. Nancy Greyson Beckerman also was at CAU, where she chiseled her way through Sculpture. Nancy, who lives in Pound Ridge, NY, is retired but still works as an artist plus does volunteer work. She came to our 40th Reunion in '04 and wrote that she had a great time. Sadly, her husband Barry '61 died in 2001.
Finally, Paul and Marcia Goldschlager Epstein (still in Gladwyne, PA) last year celebrated the publication of daughter Robin's novel, Shaking Her Assets, which she co-authored with Princeton classmate Renee Kaplan, daughter of Cornell history prof. Steve Kaplan. One way or another, it's kept in the (Cornell) family. Their other daughter Amy Epstein Feldman '91 and her husband Len '89 live near them in the Philadelphia area.
That's all for now. Keep the news flowing, 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 | As I start my column, I'd like to make a request to my fellow classmates.We need to hear from you so we can include the news in our bi-monthly columns. Our annual class mailing should be arriving soon, so we hope you'll take some time to send in News with the Dues notice or e-mail an update to one of our three class correspondents.We know lots of things are happening to you, and we are sure that your classmates would like to know about it.
Trisha GeppertWoollcott (Harbor Springs, MI) passes along news on her family members. Trisha and husband Philip moved to Michigan from Evanston, IL, when they retired. Philip was a professor of psychiatry, and Trisha ended a 30-year career as a midwife—delivering over 1,500 babies. In 2004 Trisha was named Illinois Midwife of the Year. She brought us up to date with her children Rachael, Erik, and Chris. Rachael Winfree was at Princeton doing post-doctoral work in environmental studies. She has a young son. Erik Winfree is at Cal Tech, where he is a professor of computing/molecular biology. Chris Woollcott is teaching autistic children. For those of you who haven't visited northern Michigan, Harbor Springs is one of the most popular places to visit when those of us in the southern part of Michigan go "up north."
Charles Bucknam Jr. included his business card with his news form. He is president and CEO of Lyndonville Savings Bank in Lyndonville, VT. On a personal note, Charles reports that he was appointed to the Vermont State College Board of Trustees, and his wife Deborah was elected chair of the Caledonia County Republican Committee. Charles and Deborah live in East Hardwick, VT. Joe Schneider reports that he and his wife Kathy recently moved from Morris Township, NJ, after retiring from the School District of the Chatham. They will be spending May to October at their summer vacation home in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. In the fall, they go to their new winter home in Naples, FL.
Class Council member Judy Kellner Rushmore had a lot of news to pass on. Judy and her husband Steve '67 celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Ben, born in October 2004 to their daughter Cindy Rushmore Kuechle '93 and her husband Pete. During the winter months Judy and Steve enjoy their condo in Naples, FL, where they have a chance to meet up with fellow Cornell snowbirds, including Fay Thomas Bakhru, MAT '66, and her husband Ashok, ME ORIE '65. Judy also keeps busy as president of HVS Licensing LLC, which she operates out of her home in Roslyn Heights, NY. Jane Mushabac of New York City passed along the news that she received a PhD Alumni Achievement Award from the City University of New York.
Finally, from Cornell's Alumni University (CAU) we received an e-mail with information on members of the Class of 1965 who participated in programs during the summer of 2005. Unfortunately, we aren't told if a spouse also participated in the program. Elan Benamy participated in the Personal Fitness Clinic, which was led by Tom Howley of the Friedman Strength and Conditioning Center. Carol Greenwald Bender attended Wall Street 2005: Investment Alternatives, taught by Harold Bierman Jr. and the faculty of the Johnson School. Given our stage in life, it's a class more of us should be taking. A CAU regular for both on- and off-campus programs, Penny Skitol Haitkin attended Glenn Altschuler, PhD '76, and Faust Rossi, JD '60's Great American Trials of the Twentieth Century. It looks like William Waylett and Gerald Kestenbaum must be looking for something to do with their free time as they both took Introduction to Fly Fishing, which was led by Verne Rockcastle, PhD '55, and Fred Warner.
Please send in your news with the dues notices or contact us directly. -- Ronald Harris, 5203 Forestdale Ct.,West Bloomfield, MI 48322; tel., (248) 788-3397; email, email@example.com; Joan Elstein Rogow, 9 Mason Farm Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822; tel., (908) 782-7028; and Terry Kohleriter Schwartz, 36 Founders Green, Pittsford, NY 14534; tel., (585) 383-0731; e-mail, TerryKS7@aol.com.
66 | FROM TEAM '66: Our Reunion Welcome to all! Sue graciously offered us this bit of space in her column to thank you for all your support, messages, questions, and White Card replies ("I'll be there!" "It'll be my First.""Coming on my own.Wouldn't miss it.""How can I help?" "Just located my roommate after 33 years." "Booked a flight." "Bringing my 6-year-old—the reason I missed the 35th." "You said, ‘Come Bald,' so I will."). Now it's time to register! Packets will be at your door just about now.
A '66 Reunion is '66 every way we can make it: from our ongoing Forum '66 (now Part V) to the professors who join us, the students who help us, and the hidden places that are especially opened for us, to the wine seminar, art, sports, and historical tours that are just ours. And everywhere, always, music. Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Time is NOW! Come—and bring one! (E-mail someone you hope to find there.) "IT TAKES A CLASS TO THROW A PARTY!" It takes ALL of us to make a Reunion. Register NOW. Join us.We will be there to welcome you in JUNE!
Our 40th Reunion is only three months away.We hope many of you will join us for what has become a truly unique '66 experience. Our special blend of academia (our reunion forum), behind-the-scenes tours, Purity ice cream, old friends, and more make this a very special few days. Be sure to visit our class website, http://class of66.alumni.cornell.edu, for more info and input.
Looking back for news: Richard Turbin, firstname.lastname@example.org, has been president of the Hawaii State Bar Association since January '05. His wife Rai was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Their son Derek has been playing football for Occidental and was "all-conference defensive player" in '04. Their daughter Laurel is in graduate school at Columbia. Judith Bebout, email@example.com, retired as an English teacher and librarian, as well as occasional shop owner, after 32 years. Several years ago she married architect John Ringle. Judith travels around the country with friends, often tracing historic routes. In October '04 she was in Nebraska and North and South Dakota just behind the Lewis and Clark reenactment trek. She plans to travel more, help John in his office, and do more writing. She started horseback riding again after 40 years.
Wedding news also from Emily Hewitt (Emily_Hewitt@ao.uscourts.gov). She married Eleanor Acheson in South Yarmouth, MA, on July 4, '04 in a ceremony presided over by the Clerk of the City of Boston. Emily is a judge of the US Court of Federal Claims,Washington, DC. Having blissfully retired after 27 years of practicing law, Robert Eberly Jr., firstname.lastname@example.org, has written a book on the Division of the Pennsylvania Reserves in the Civil War.He and his wife travel to Spain every year to visit their daughter and her family near Madrid. Linda Jensen Hamlet, email@example.com, writes from Steamboat Springs, CO, where she is busy with community activities such as the Colorado Mountain College Foundation, Strings on the Mountain, and other groups. Linda's very-Cornell family includes son Channing '94, ME '95, and his wife Jennifer (Sayler) '94, Brendan '99, and sisters Margot Jensen Gasch, a retired CPA, and Karen Jensen Harvey '53. Linda's son Tyler is a cinematographer.
NathanWong retired from the Hawaii Army National Guard but continues his career as a family physician and area physician-in-charge for Kaiser Permanente. He has heard from John Glasgow, who is the editor of the Marine Corps Gazette.Maurice Cerulli, firstname.lastname@example.org, has been busy as president of the Digestive Diseases National Coalition. In February '05 he participated in lectures and seminars in gastroenterology at the U. of Cairo. In '04 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.He has also been honored as founder of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Larry Berger, email@example.com, writes that son Michael '03 is at Cornell Law School. Craig Havemeyer, ME '67, firstname.lastname@example.org, moved from Iowa to Punta Gorda, FL, where he explores southwest Florida waterways in an old Sea Ray Cruiser. He has gone from a consulting business to selling real estate.
John Reuther, email@example.com, continues to live in Moscow, where he is in commercial real estate.His wife,Vera Golda, runs a fashion boutique in Moscow, and they travel to New York several times a year for supply orders. John is chairman and CEO of JSR Holdings Ltd., with an office in New York City. Joe Polacco, a biochemistry professor at the U. of Missouri, has become a world traveler. He and his significant other, Nancy, a veterinarian, received Fulbright awards, and Joe will be on research leave to study at the U. of Mar del Plata in Uruguay.He will work in the laboratory of Lorenzo Lamattina, known for research in nitrous oxide metabolism in plants. His children all live in California: Laura and Joseph teach math and science, and their brother is studying for a doctorate in bioinformatics.
Corrections dept.: Bonnie LazarusWallace's e-mail address was listed incorrectly in the Jan/Feb issue. It should have read: firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Susan Rockford Bittker, email@example.com; John Miers, Johngmiers@comcast.net; and Bill Blockton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
67 | Mark Newman (Anchorage, AK; MN432@cs.com) is continuing his career as a travel and nature photographer. He's published three books, including Bears of the World and Kangaroos, and the cover shot on last January's Smithsonian magazine was his. You may have seen his work in National Geographic as well. A photo expedition last year took Mark to Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
"In summers, I'm a bear-viewing guide north of Kodiak,"Mark writes, "on the outer Katmai Coast in Alaska." Daughter Heather attends U. of Alaska, Fairbanks, studying filmmaking, of course. Blanche A. Borzell (Watkins Glen, NY; email@example.com) reports that daughter Blanche Borzell Robertson '01 graduated last May from Fordham Law School and is pursuing her master's degree in international economics and law at the Sorbonne in Paris.
"My son Peter '98 married Wendy Meyer '99 in the Adirondacks," reports Michael Sterling of Portsmouth, NH. "In attendance were many Cornellians from both their classes. It was great reminiscing between the Class of '67 and those of the late '90s." Karen E. Burke, PhD '73 (New York City) is a dermatologist engaged in research on cancer, sun protection, and antioxidants.When not playing with her twin 9-year-old sons, she's writing popular books on health and medical texts and recalls "the intellectual excitement of the Chemistry and Physics departments" at Cornell.
"We're empty-nesters, so my wife Sue has been traveling with me, from Alaska to the Canadian Maritimes, San Diego, Chicago, Hawaii, and Washington, DC," writes Richard C.Haines Jr. (Atlanta, GA; firstname.lastname@example.org). Richard is president of Medical Design Int'l and adds that he's learning to play golf. Michael Platzer, JD/MA '71 (Vienna, Austria; email@example.com) is part owner of the International Café and bookstore there, featuring jazz, literary evenings, and a small cinema. He retired in 2004 after 34 years of UN service and has taught international relations at Bond U. in Australia. He also serves as counsel for Democrats Abroad, Austria, as well as a prison visitor for ICCPPC and project officer for SOS-Human Rights.
John Eisenhart (Oregon, OH, firstname.lastname@example.org) retired from Sun Oil after 25 years. Virginia Sawyer O'Leary, MS '69 (Roswell, GA) "would rather be retired like my husband John so I also could play golf or tennis most days of the week," but continues as clinical instructor in the nutrition department at Georgia State U., teaching food science and safety. She remembers everything about her time at Cornell most fondly, "except for the weather," and would like to know whatever happened to Laurel Ashby, who was on her freshman corridor. Senetta Hill Koch (Manhasset, NY; email@example.com) manages technical classroom training for Information Builders and is president of the board of trustees of the Manhasset Public Library. "After trying since 1993, we passed a bond issue for a new library, expected to be ready by late 2005."
I'm back from the world road for a while, directing the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission here in Washington. -- Richard B.Hoffman, 2925 28th St.NW,Washington, DC 20008; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
68 | I hope you had a good winter.While on a trip to St. Lucia in January, I saw Malcolm Ross, JD '75, who was staying at the same hotel.Malcolm was there with his wife Phyllis and son Spencer '09, a freshman in the Arts college.Malcolm lives in New York City and is a corporate lawyer. Diane Charske Hanson will be featured in a new book called The Masters of Success, which features well-known speakers and authors who share their strategies for success. Diane has been the president of Creative Resource Development, a Philadelphia-based management consulting firm.
Mary Lou Janicki Currivan is dean of the Weekend College and Director of Student Advising at Notre Dame College in Cleveland. She lives in Shaker Heights, OH. Her son Christopher '97 works for a computer company in Pittsburgh, and daughter Melissa (U. of Chicago '04) is a law student in Chicago. Jim Ponsoldt is a professor of law at the U. of Georgia, specializing in organizational dysfunction. He has also started writing film scripts. Jim and his wife Susan live in Athens, GA. Their daughter Kate is in grad school in social work, and son James received his MFA in film from Columbia and has received broad recognition for some of his films.
Sheldon Kafer lives in Avon, CT, with his wife Estelle. Sheldon practices internal medicine and is an assistant professor at U. of Connecticut School of Medicine. Estelle is president of the National Council of Jewish Women and executive director of the Jewish Historical Society. They have one daughter at Columbia, another at Penn, and a son in high school. Robert Brandon and his wife Carol are enjoying life from their 39th floor apartment on Boston Harbor. Robert is happily retired. Their son Adam recently passed the Florida Bar, and other son Ian purchased a home in Holliston, MA.
David Ratner and his wife Claire Bernardo live in Great Neck, NY. David recently formed the law firm of Morelli Ratner PC, a litigation boutique handling mass tort, employment discrimination, medical malpractice, personal injury, and securities cases for plaintiffs. Robert Moore Tuttle, MBA '72, and his wife Lynne live in Bedford, NH. They proudly announce the marriage of both their children: son Ryan, MBA '02, was married in 2004 to Leslie Helmstaedter at the Princeton Chapel, and daughter Lisa married Mathew Hultgren in June 2005.
Joyce Davis Sand lives in Los Angeles and serves as director of Pups for Peace, a nonprofit that raises money to purchase and train bomb-sniffing dogs to protect Israeli citizens. So far they have provided over 100 dogs to Israel at a cost of over $10,000 per dog. Joyce reports this effort has aborted dozens of terrorist bombings, and they have been honored by the Israeli Knesset. Joyce has also been active with the Cornell Club of Southern, CA. Alan Altschuler lives in NYC with wife Donna. Alan is pursuing his dream of being an actor and is attending acting school in New York. Donna is executive director of a group that supports community development in South Africa. Their daughter Sari teaches English, and son Daniel graduated from Amherst and won a Watson fellowship for study abroad.
Arthur Kaminsky and his wife Andrea live in Manhasset, NY. Art has been busy as a broadcaster doing color commentary on high school basketball and lacrosse games, as well as working on freelance writing projects. Art also helped Ken Dryden '69 in his election to Parliament in Canada. Last year Art attended the wedding of the daughter of classmate Rich Kasdan. Rich and his wife Judi live in the Pittsburgh area. Rich is a doctor and Judi an attorney. Linda Chesman Byard and husband Cory '66, MPA '74, moved back to Ithaca in 2003. They live in a housing co-op in the former East Hill School on Stewart Avenue. Cory is a consultant with Teredata NCR. Linda works on writing and art projects and volunteers in Ithaca. She enjoys walking around Ithaca and "taking advantage of all the wonderful things we never had time to do when we were students." They have two married daughters and a third daughter teaching in the Boston area.
I look forward to hearing from you. -- Gordon H. Silver, 2 Avery St., #26C, Boston, MA 02111; e-mail, email@example.com.
69 | If the News Form is still on your kitchen counter, please take a minute to let us know what you have been doing. Now that Ted Gill has sold his stock brokerage business, he is dabbling in development—specifically, a condo project in Denver, CO. And, he writes, "playing lots of golf and traveling." Peter Larom says, "Just when I thought I was retiring, I was made head of the country's oldest church camp and conference center, near Essex, CT." Peter's wife Margaret has also been tapped. She will head the world mission for the Episcopal Church. The Laroms keep an apartment in NYC, just a few blocks from Craig Shumate '68 and his wife Nancy. Louis '68 and Susan Scheer Germaine were busy with their daughter Elissa's wedding. The ceremony took place at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and several Cornellians were on hand including Marc Rudofsky '68, Peter and Nonie Diamond Susser '68, and Judy Scheraga Stavis.
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Update reports that Nicholas Carino, PhD '74, received the Robert J. Painter Award given by the Standards Engineering Society and ASTM Int'l. This award is in recognition of meritorious service and outstanding leadership in the field of concrete and concrete aggregates. Nicholas was also commended for contributions to the standards development process. Cornell's Adult University (CAU) study tours included two classmates.William Bruno chose New York Theatre, and Walter Tusinski, MBA '71, went on the Armenia and Georgia tour. On campus, Harry Furman took the Wine Class, while Lisa Larson Gordon worked on her skills at the Tennis Clinic and Suzanne Sacks enjoyed the Eclectic Ethnic: A Culinary Workshop.
John Rees, our class president, has been busy chasing down missing classmates and has heard from the following people. After graduation, Rod Novak played tenor sax professionally with Ron Altbach '68, Eddie Tuleja '68, and David Robinson, PhD '82. Their band, King Harvest, had a big hit in the '70s with "Dancing in the Moonlight." In fact, when they were on tour Jay Leno was their opening act! After disbanding, they worked for the Beach Boys for a few years. Next, Rod earned his Coast Guard license and captained a 73-foot sailboat in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Today, Rod is teaching English as a Second Language to foreign business people, as well as selling real estate in Ft. Lauderdale. Joan Scheibel went on to medical school after graduating from Cornell's School of Nursing. Currently, she is a doctor at a Veteran's Administration hospital in Los Angeles.
Up until a few years ago, Rex Malmberg was a project manager for a computer company and spent much of his time traveling on business. Now he owns and manages a residential real estate brokerage in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Bob Niland, another classmate who is semi-retired from the computer industry, lives in Kansas with his wife, where they are building a new home on their farm.Meanwhile, Richard McQueen has lived in Oklahoma City for more than 25 years, where he owns and operates a consulting business. Richard wonders what happened to his NROTC friend Steve Morris.
In response to John's e-mail, Romeo Martinez-Rodas, MS '71, writes from Guatemala to update us after 36 years. In addition to his Cornell degrees, Romeo pursued graduate studies at Michigan State U. on a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and conducted thesis research at the Int'l Center for Agricultural Research at CIAT in Colombia. His life's commitment has been to Guatemala and the developing world. His first position was as a tropical research scientist. He also headed a department at the Central American Inst. for Education and Sciences in Costa Rica.Most of Romeo's working life has been devoted to teaching and project identification, design, and implementation.He has been a consultant for numerous institutions in both Latin America and Europe.More recently, Romeo has concentrated on environmental issues, risk assessment, and policy analysis. He writes, "The experience at Cornell was superb.What I learned at Cornell and other universities, I have put to good use, seeking to maintain the spirit of freedom with responsibility."
There are still a number of classmates who are listed as missing.Have any readers heard from: John L. Caron, Edwin R. Lasecki, Jeffrey S. Kob, E. Johannes Curtze, Myles R. Itkin, Ralph F. Castelli, Jane Paterson Marlin, Samuel B. Lewis, Linda M.McVeigh, Peter H. Crosby, John K. Jablonski,William W. Carruth, Lisa R. Gill, Carl J. Bang, M. Crockett Marsh, Richard C. Chiofolo, Robert J. Kobelski, Glen F. Allen, or Betty Bell Latos? -- Arda Coyle Boucher, 21 Hemlock Hill Rd., Amherst, NH 03031; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.