Class Notes- Reunion Years
SEP./OCT. 2006 VOLUME 109 NUMBER 2
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CRC | If you averaged the 90-degree-plus temps of Reunion 2005 with the windblown 40s and 50s of Reunion 2006, you'd come out with some truly rare June days. But it is not the Ithaca climate that pulls the Continuous Reunion Club back. It's the desire to reune more than just once every five years. Today's members answer the same call as the original 13, who would found an institution--CRC--where everybody can return every year.
This year, about 100 celebrated CRC's 100th Reunion. Established in 1906, CRC has been on campus longer than the Straight, Balch, Schoellkopf, and Barton Hall. It has been around about as long as Cornell has been called the Big Red. (The football song, "The Big Red Team,"written by Romeyn Berry 1904 in 1906, was the inspiration. Big Red meant Cornell long before upstarts like Oklahoma and Nebraska latched onto it.)
For nearly 20 of its 100 years, CRC has convened at Holland International Living Center, Low Rise 8 (named for Jerome "Brud"Holland '39, MS '41), out past the freshman dormitories on the North Campus--a healthy stroll from the Arts Quad reunion tents. Once again, it was home to vigorous exchanges of opinion, early and late.Many conversations picked up where they left off a year ago.
Returnees and guests from the Athletics department mixed at the annual CRC lunch Friday at the Statler Ballroom. The senior, and honorary, member, longtime baseball and freshman football coach Ted Thoren, winner of 541 baseball games, recalled other times and revelers who had gone before.He evoked unforgettable characters he's encountered in his 50 years in the fold: Hosea Cushman "Ho" Ballou '20, trainer Frank Kavanagh, Howie Hall '29, and Joe Driscoll '44, MBA '49, to mention but a few of those who helped shape CRC. Ted also shared a controversial view or two.
Following its long-standing practice of supporting less-visible Big Red teams, CRC presented a check to women's equestrian coach Chris Mitchell, its 30 riders, and its four horses.
Andy Noel, the Meakem-Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education, praised the players and coaches of today's Big Red teams. In the past four years, Cornell won seven Ivy League titles in both 2002-03 and 2003-04, eight in 2004-05, and nine this year. He said the recent success "has been built on the backs of alumni." Football coach Jim Knowles '87, whose teams have earned new respect, called attention to the wristbands at each place setting, emblazoned with his four core values for his Big Redders as they strive for the top: Commitment. Pride. Unity. Toughness. His players, "whether they played every game or rode the bench all year, all still came to the program with the same heart and commitment," he said. They are part of the ever-growing tradition of Cornell football, and "every person who comes out of Cornell is part of something special."
Andrea Dutcher, MILR '87, who, Knowles said, outdrives him from the back tees on the golf course and could have been a golf pro, is the director of the nonintercollegiate side of Cornell athletics, like physical training and intramurals. She provided what she called a look at "Recreational Services 101." Two thousand people walk through the doors of her domain, Helen Newman Hall, every day, she said. They swim, gym, bowl, and participate in a wellness program. Some 62 intramural ice hockey teams occupy her ice at night, and there are a goodly number of inner tube water polo teams.
Gerry Grady '53 had the next-to-last words with a succinct financial report.He called for a moment of silence in memory of old CRC hands lost in the past year: John Ayer '47, Sid Cox '48, Lou Daukas '44, Dick Kirwan '53, and Jack McCormick '57. The chair, moi, closed the proceedings with, "See you in the tents and at the 101st Reunion next year."
The torrents of spring swept away the traditional Thoren-Tom Ford alumni baseball game, but the players suited up for a team photo and it was made. Lee Morton '54, recovering from severe air crash injuries, threw out a ceremonial first pitch. The barbecue went on as scheduled.
John Wardner '79 and his alumni Hangovers ensemble serenaded a busload of CRC folk with "Spirit of Wisdom" as they debarked and filed into Rogue's Harbor, a 19th-century coach stop up Route 34 in Lansing, for country dining Saturday night. There was more music from the Hangovers and a quick look at the running of the Belmont Stakes on the tube before a five-star dinner. Next stop was Cornelliana Night at Bartels Hall, where CRC received public notice of its centennial. And so to the tents. Blue skies emerged in the morning in time for the departures.
Many thanks to many people, particularly to Margaret Gallo '81, MBA '81, Cathy Forster Hogan '70, and Kelly Woodhouse of Alumni Affairs, Athletics' Pete Orschiedt and Kathleen Bolton, and to our outstanding reunion clerks Rachel Flynn '06 and Brandon Smetana '06, to name but a few. Guess we'll do it again next year. -- Jim Hanchett '53, 300 1st Ave., New York, NY 10009; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 | All FIVE of us who made it back to our 75th Reunion (courtesy of the loyal family members who drove and "chaperoned" over the weekend) missed every one of you who did not celebrate with us. Believe us! It was a Grand Affair! The always cheerful (and eye-full) Alumni Office staff was most helpful and attentive to our needs and wishes. The other reuning classes in the "one" and "six" digits were very generous in honoring us individually and collectively as the oldest class returning this year. The following '31ders stood to be introduced individually by Mary Berens '74, Director of Alumni Affairs, to the Saturday evening Cornelliana Night audience: Ethel Bache Clark,Myrtle "Toots" Uetz Felton, Ruth Laible Tallmadge, Rosemary Hunt Todd, and your class president and correspondent.
Our program started with a shared reception with the Classes of '36, '41, and '46, at which we older classes were honored by the presence of President Emeritus Frank Rhodes, Interim President Hunter Rawlings, and incoming President David Skorton and all three of their charming wives! The ensuing dinner with '36 was a Statler "special." The usual Thursday evening Savage Club Concert was lively and well received by a capacity audience. Friday morning we shared a really early breakfast with the Class of '36. President Rhodes was so kind as to get up even earlier in order to join us and give us some of his usual well-chosen words. The All-Alumni lunches on Friday and Saturday gave us a chance to mingle with the younger classes--and "cruise" the many booths set up around Barton showing all that's new on the Hill and allowing us to visit with old friends (like those at this Cornell Alumni Magazine that has served us so well since our graduation).
At the Friday dinner, chairman of the Board of Trustees Peter Meinig '61 (son of our own '31der Carl Meinig) and his lovely wife (Cornell leaders and CEOs are very adept at acquiring very attractive wives--incoming President Skorton is following the tradition we can remember from our days with Daisy Farrand!) joined us and spoke a few kind words. Saturday . . . well, up to now I have been able to avoid using the Ithaca weather "R"word, but now I must report that the Saturday Alumni Baseball Game was rained out. In fact, it rained hard most of the weekend, but we were indoors most of the time and did very well. Then came our Saturday dinner in the new Beck Atrium at the southeast corner of the Hotel school building--an enormous glass-enclosed open space all the way to top--and there we sat enjoying more Statler goodies with a beautiful blue sky and a tiny patch or two of fluffy clouds over Barton Hall! "If you don't like Ithaca weather, wait a minute." -- Bill Vanneman, 237 N.Main St. #250, S. Yarmouth, MA 02664-2088, tel., (508) 760-4250; e-mail, email@example.com.
36 | Dear classmates: Your correspondent for this Reunion Report is Bill Bebbington, PhD '40, and I live in Evans, GA.My first problem in attending our 70th was getting to Ithaca! Since I am 90 and no longer drive, I relied on a very good local limousine service to get me to Atlanta, from which I could fly to Syracuse. (Shortly before reaching the airport we flew over both Seneca and Cayuga lakes.) When I had claimed my luggage, I had another pleasant limousine ride to Cornell. It was good to pass through the pretty and prosperous dairy farms and enter the campus from the north, past the university heating plant.
The agriculture and veterinary campuses were unfamiliar to me, but the new buildings are handsome modern structures that are attractively landscaped and planted. The old campus looks, with one exception, the same as when I was a student. The buildings, built in 1865-67, appear just as they were when they were built and when we were students there. A close look at Sage Hall, however, would reveal that there are no interior floors or partitions. It is an atrium.My wife had lived in Sage Dormitory her first two years!
To get rid of an unpleasant matter at the outset, the weather was just that--clouds, mist, and light rain. I had a patch of sun on my carpet for about 15 minutes on Thursday, but on Sunday afternoon it was bright enough so that I could retake some drab pictures and visit the Plantations, north of Beebe Lake, where the rhododendrons were in full, glorious bloom.
The alumni of '31, '36, and '41 were quartered in the Statler Hotel, between East Avenue and Barton (the Drill Hall). The Statler is the "teaching" hotel for the Hotel school and adjoins a building that houses classrooms and rooms that can be used for meetings and for dining. Since there were so few of the '36ers, our class funds covered hotel expenses. I was fortunate in that Jean SherwoodWilliams, a classmate of mine and my wife Barbara "Bobby" (Wilson), and Jean's daughter JeanWilliams Peters '63 had the room next to mine on the sixth floor of the Statler.We ate and attended many of the class functions together.
Other than Jean I knew only Harry Bovay, the reunion chairman, who had been a tentmate at ROTC camp. A distinguished citizen, outstanding alumnus, and generous benefactor, Harry most recently made a lead gift to the Civil Engineering school toward the construction and implementation of the Civil Infrastructure Laboratory Complex. On Saturday morning of Reunion Weekend, the newly named Harry E. Bovay Jr. Civil Infrastructure Complex at Cornell was dedicated following the Civil Engineering school breakfast. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. The $4 million Phase I goal was reached thanks to Harry's lead gift and challenge to other CE alumni. Congratulations, Harry, on this well-deserved honor.
From the editors: Altogether, there were about 20 of you at Reunion this year, and we would like to hear from you, too. Stanley Metzger, JD '38, for one, participated in the class activities and also enjoyed a memorable breakfast and tour of the Law school with dean Stewart Schwab. Send your Reunion recollections to the alumni magazine, either by US Mail or by e-mail to the Class Notes Editor, and have your words published in this space also.We and your classmates look forward to hearing from you. -- Class of '36, c/o Cornell Alumni Magazine, 401 East State St., Suite 301, Ithaca, NY 14850; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
41 | Allene Cushing Knibloe and Bill Webber put together a superb 65th Reunion for 43 members of the Great Class of 1941 and guests.We thank them both. Cornell was beautiful in the rain, and many landmark buildings remain, with Bailey Hall undergoing renovation. There are magnificent new buildings and student accommodations, especially those for freshmen that would take this whole column to describe. The gorgeous views still remain!
This was a bittersweet reunion. I became your class correspondent because of the death on June 5 of dear friend Dorothy TalbertWiggans, who had filled this post most ably for many years.We had planned to have breakfast together at MVR on Saturday. Instead I placed a rose for Dot in the vase at the Sage Chapel Memorial Service. Others in our class were also remembered in this way.
Thursday's dinner brought a special welcoming speech from our beloved honorary class member President Emeritus Frank Rhodes, there with his wife Rosa, and a personal greeting to everyone there. The Savage Club show followed dinner and, as usual, "wowed" us with their many talents including those of our own Julian Smith and pianist Ed Clute.
Our class meeting on Friday morning featured the election of new officers: President JeanWay Schoonover, VPs Bob Mueller and Eleanor Slack Randles, MS '78, Treasurer Bill Webber, and Cornell Annual Fund Reps Robert Brunet and Eddie Burgess Bartholomew. They were all thanked for accepting these positions and for past service, along with Alice Sanderson Rivoire, MS '48, and John Dowswell who were not at reunion. Later in the week,Warner Lansing, PhD '49, and I agreed to be class correspondents, and Allene Knibloe and Dave Ketchum agreed to be reunion co-chairs. Henry "Hank"Heimlich, MD '43 (of the famous Heimlich Maneuver) was asked for an update on his work. Since 1974 this procedure has saved at least 50,000 lives, including those of famous people--President Reagan among them.His current research involves cancer and AIDS. In Africa he found that children and women with AIDS who contracted malaria lived longer than those with only AIDS. Keep us posted, Hank.
We were delighted to see chimesmaster Dick Lee and his charming wife Laurie and to learn that there would be a special chimes recital of his works on Saturday. Dick also conducted another of his songs at Cornelliana Night. At Friday's dinner Frank "Bud" Finneran gave us the "true 5th down story" (Cornell-Dartmouth, Oct. 1940), and Lou Conti attested to the facts, as well as reporting that the Kavanagh Fund now stands at $1,110,000! Betty Turverey Cornish related the means by which she became, as a rifle expert, the first woman at Cornell to receive an ROTC certificate. Any connection to becoming a stockbroker later, Betty? Also at the dinner, Jack Sterling contributed a Cornell '41 banner.
Other highlights included the Olin Lecture by Pulitzer Prize winners SherylWuDunn '81 and her husband Nicholas Kristof, with data on the impact of China on the economic and social changes in the world and the need for more US involvement in the tragic genocide in Darfur. The class accommodations in the Statler Hotel were excellent, as was the van and bus service. Saturday's superb final dinner was at Banfi's, with Julian Smith leading our group singing. Interim President Hunter Rawlings gave his address, detailing the many new programs in bio- and nanotechnology; he will return to teaching the classics. Lunches in Barton Hall were not quite the same without our '41 marching band led by Ray Kruse, but the Class of '46 attempted to carry on the tradition. The Human Ecology breakfast had to be moved inside because of rain, but was delicious and gave us a chance to meet and hear from Dean Lisa Staiano-Coico, PhD '81, about the programs of the college. She also was one of four speakers at the Joint College Forum featuring Cornell's women in science.
Last but certainly not least was the opportunity to meet our new President, Dr. David J. Skorton, and his wife, Dr. Robin Davisson, who were present at many of the events and appeared to be enjoying them all.Welcome from the Class of 1941. PAX VOBISCUM. -- Shirley Richards Darmer, 20 Haddington Lane, Delmar, NY 12054; email, email@example.com.
46 | Imagine--our 60th Reunion is over! We had four days to play "Joe College" and act 20 again. Now it will take several issues to tell you about it. First, I want you to know you missed a great one, planned by Mavis Gillette Sand. She had been reunion chair since about our 35th Reunion. This time Bill Farrell cochaired.
Thursday, June 8, Phil Kennedy '47, MEE '48, and I arrived at the Statler Hotel (we waited 60 years for this) about 11 a.m., to be greeted by our fabulous clerks Theresa D'Andrea '07 and Sade McDougal '08. They managed to answer all our questions and "got us to the church on time." The first classmates hugged and kissed us (there was a lot of that). Our first greeters were Mavis and Pat Kinne Paolella (Pat and I met in Risley dorm in 1942).We all went to the '46 social room where our clerks hung the 12 official reunion photos from the Baby Reunion in 1948 through our 55th in 2001. The rest of us scattered our albums on the table (before the weekend ended there were over 20 there to peruse). Next to enter the scene were Bernie and Marie Dicker Haas, Pete, ME '48, and Ann Verna, Paul Levine, Louise "Weexie" Greene Richards, PhD '65, Jerry and Ann Finch, and Bill '50 and Aleta Getman Huston. I will try to restrict my news to the women and let Paul write about the men.
In typical Ithaca weather (drizzle), 33 of us set out on our 2 p.m. tour of campus. Our first stop was Sapsucker Woods. Assistant Director Scott Sutcliffe '75 showed us the 2003 building and a video. Then Mike White '07 conducted our 35-minute riding tour of campus to see the 30 new buildings in various stages of construction. Our driver, Ed Eggers '70, drove to the next stop, Frank Rhodes Hall Theory Center. The half-hour tour was extended to one hour, which made us late for the reception for President Rawlings and President-elect Skorton, but everyone agreed that "the Theory Center went over their 80-year-old heads." Both our past (SamMiller) and present (Lloyd Slaughter) class presidents led us into dinner in the Atrium at the Statler. After dinner some of us managed to slip away for the Savage Club Show. That fantastic show lasted over two hours.
Friday we met for breakfast at the Statler. Some hardy souls went on the tour of Mann Library (on the Ag campus) at 11:30 a.m. and the Olin Lecture at 3 p.m., but my walker and cane took a break so I can't report on any of those. Buses took us to the Ag Quad, where we had lunch under a tent. Pres. Emeritus Frank Rhodes and wife Rosa joined over 80 of us for a picnic.He can still deliver a rousing address. The weather kept drizzling and we continued eating. Our banquet and election were held at the Biotech building.Most of us abandoned our reunion costume of tote bag and visored hat to "doll up"--most ladies in dresses and men in suits.Mavis hired a pianist from Brockport to entertain us during our dinner and back at the Statler for a sing-along. They tell me the singing lasted until past midnight.
Saturday was my long-awaited day. A lift bus transported my wheelchair to the State of the University address given by President Rawlings at Newman Arena in Bartels Hall.We ate lunch at Barton Hall and held our band-led parade around the arena one time, followed by our class photo. Some attended the memorial service at Sage Chapel. Our dinner was at the Statler, where we listened to a trio during dinner followed by "true college tales" submitted by classmates. Dottie Taylor Prey and Paul Levine wrote some new stanzas to the "Song of the Classes" and performed it for us at dinner and Cornelliana Night (Paul has promised to put it in the news soon). Some hardy souls sang again at the Statler.
Sunday, we bid adieu at breakfast and claimed we'd be back in 2011 for our 65th.Make your reservations early! -- Elinor Baier Kennedy, 9 Reading Dr., Apt. 302,Wernersville, PA 19565; tel., (610) 927-8777.
Tales from our 60th in '06--Ithaca is cool. Even the weather was cool, despite global warming.With so much to do, see, and feel, weather was secondary.
Your reporter maximized his Cornell experience, arriving from California on the preceding Sunday as sole representative of the earliest class attending Cornell's Adult University (CAU). Our seminar covered the US presidency from Woodrow Wilson to the present.We soaked in insights from outstanding distinguished professors and historians Walter LaFeber and Joel Silbey, and guest-stars Richard Polenberg and Fredrik Logevall.We know much more, but realize solutions to Mideast turmoil will not be easy. CAU is a magnificent add-on as a precursor to your 65th in 2011.
There also were many learning experiences during Reunion. We visited the Ornithology Lab, a leading force in the study and conservation of birds. At www.birds.cornell.edu/, participate at any level or even keep current on avian flu.Mann Library is expanding, while operating at a very high level. Soon it will be able to shelve all its books and provide for future acquisitions and expansion.Mann now provides laptops when its first floor fixed stations are full. It supports the Ag college and the Hum Ec college.Many Mann resources are available worldwide at www.mannlib.cornell.edu. The Space Sciences Building (www.astro.cornell.edu/) had thrilling astronomical news. Cornell is partnering with Caltech. They plan a 25-meter infrared telescope, 16,500 feet high, in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile for 2012 completion. It will address leading edge questions on cosmic origins.
Cornell is planning for the future but is still improving and upgrading its other facilities to remain top grade in the interim.Many other fantastic departments of our world-class university competed for our attention. Readers can find them independently.
Reunion had many other aspects.We'll report one, saving the rest for next issue.We had seven memoir and two parody entries for our contests. The plan was to have contestants read their work Saturday night before Cornelliana Night.Most memorable memoir was the X-rated "Pro Stop" by Robert Joseph Nist (Gulfport, FL; bobnist@ msn.com). Bob and his V-12 roommate had each received "Dear John" letters in the previous week. Together, seeking revenge against their former fiancées, they went on liberty to the seediest dives in Ithaca. They picked up two very young women equally eager to work out their own frustrations that evening. It was beautifully written, but left zero to the imagination.When I called on Bob to read his work, I suggested he tone it down. But he misunderstood and read every last word. Interestingly, our '46 women handled the language and content far better than the men.
TO PUBLISH YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS, e-mail it to me. Include your name and city and state of residence. Send news to: -- Paul Levine, 31 Chicory Lane, San Carlos, CA 94070; tel., (650) 592-5273; e-mail, PBL22@cornell.edu. Class website, http://classof46.alumni.cornell.edu.
51 | The Class of '51 can be very proud of their 55th Reunion.We exceeded our target of $5.1 million and 50 percent participation, with $6.5 million in donations to the Cornell Annual Fund by 472 classmates. Participants in the Cayuga Society, whose 90 members rank second in all-time participation, pledged another $3 million.We set a new record for 55th Reunion Tower Club givers at 70, as well as class participation records. Beyond that, Bill Kay donated $10 million, tentatively planned to enhance the major additions to residential halls on campus. Both Hunter Rawlings and David Skorton came to our class banquet in Willard Straight to congratulate us on our generosity, and President Rawlings announced Bill Kay's gift in his State of the University address the next day. Bill and wife Brit now have a granddaughter, Sada Dumont '07, at Cornell, the fourth generation for their family--"something that makes me quite proud," says Bill.
Officers for the next five years were elected: Bill Kay, president; Charles Mund and Jane Haskins Marcham, co-vice-presidents; Jane Marcham, membership contact; Barry Nolin, webmaster; Guy "Trev"Warfield III and Joan Ruby Hanpeter, Cornell Annual Fund representatives; Peg Healy McNulty, secretary and class historian; and Shelly Epstein Akabas and Stephen Rounds, reunion chairs. Robert "Rip"Haley chaired the nominating committee. Jack Howell and Brad Bond retain their jobs as treasurer and class correspondent.
We've had a slew of new news from people we have not heard from before. Margaret Crawford Fay writes from Berkeley, CA, that she's sorry she would have to miss the 55th Reunion. "It's too close to a Fay family reunion celebrating 350 years since John Fay arrived on these shores.We'll meet at Marlborough, MA, late June." Anne Flannery Davidson checks in from Margate City, NJ, with husband Donald and no news. Letitia Ann Hayes from West Milford, NJ: "I'm pretty much wheelchair-bound so I won't be getting to reunion, but I'm looking forward to reading about it in the Alumni News." Pete Fithian,Honolulu, missed the 55th Reunion because of an age-old conflict with prep school reunion, where he brought real flower leis from the Islands for classmates and wives.
Josef Lemmen retired from a landscaping/nursery/garden center/irrigation business on Long Island to move to N. Fort Myers, FL, where he sings baritone solos with various churches, the symphony, and a mastersingers chorus. He and wife Janet enjoy traveling: UK, Norway, China, Russia, Germany, and Poland. Maurice Perreault has retired from both military and corporate work and moved from Hedgesville,WV, to Richmond, VA, with wife Frances. They travel coast-to-coast visiting offspring. Lois SanowWidom, Santa Cruz, CA, is happily retired from the Cabrillo Stroke Center and is indulging her interest in modern architecture, travel, and study. Two daughters went to Cornell: BarbaraWidomWilson '79, now a doctor in Colorado, and JenniferWidom, PhD '87, a professor at Stanford.
Richard and Billie Jean Manion moved from Melbourne, FL, back to Grovetown, GA, to escape hurricanes and be near Augusta's Masters Tournament and politics. Dick retired as director of department strategy at the US Army Command and General Staff College. "Thankfully," he says, "both of us are in reasonably good health. Can't make reunion because we will be in Ireland." They have eight children, 21 grandchildren, and three great-grandkids. He stays in touch with Bill Wesson, MBA '54, retired president of International Scott Paper.
Robert J.Williams, PhD '62, Goose Creek, SC, spends winters in Vero Beach, FL, and attends Elderhostels, most recently one in Chautauqua, NY. Bob Ackerly, with two knee replacements during the past two years, has returned to competitive tennis and, with wife Lin, lots of traveling: Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands, a month on Maui, three weeks in New Zealand, and weekends in Utah, Colorado, and New York City. "While home, trying to keep up with our children and grandchildren and the various San Diego State athletics and social events keeps us busy. Dick Darley and I get together now and then."
Robert Morlath, Smithtown, NY, reports marriage to Carole in 2004 and a move to a new address that they are still fixing up half a year later. Between them they have eight kids and 17 grandchildren. George and Patricia Stitt Truell '52,Williamsville, NY, are enjoying retirement with three children and 11 grandchildren. B.Allen Weiss writes from Allendale, NJ, that he is still practicing general surgery ("One day I'll get it straight," he says). He and Joan have three children--an MD and two RNs--and he enjoys skiing in winter and golf and tennis in better weather.
James and Ann Penney Ross, Kingston, RI, retired as bed and breakfast owners ten years ago and have enjoyed travel since: South America and the Panama Canal most recently; Russia, Tunisia, Australia, Indonesia, and England earlier. One of their 11 children and her family has always lived abroad. Altogether they have 31 grandchildren-- possibly a record for our class. Ann says family and other activities--church choir and visitation, hospice volunteer, bowling, photography club, bridge groups, and gardening-- keep them busy. Egypt and the Nile are next in their travel plans.
Barry Nolin's Class of '51 Web page is http://classof51.alumni.cornell.edu. Please send your news to: -- Brad Bond, 101 Hillside Way,Marietta OH 45750; tel., (740) 374-6715; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
56 | When you have been to every reunion and reported on most, you cannot help but feel the anticipation of another special event in your life. Even if you don't love Cornell as much as I do, the ride onto the Hill, whether it is your first time or 50th time, brings back many memories and surprises.
A different aspect this year was the number of people coming back for their 50th Reunion that had never been back before. Among the 525 people (including spouses or significant others) were classmates we hadn't seen since graduation. Considering our young age, everyone looked great.What was more amazing is that 50 percent of the attendees contributed something to Cornell. Thank you.
As they checked into the dorms and donned their red jackets and white hats, there was a renewal of the check-in line waiting for their dorm room. Once we were there, most of us were pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness and convenience of the accommodations. The name tags helped, as we HAVE changed a little over the years and it was nice to easily recognize people who might have put on or taken off a little weight or have a little less or more facial hair.
The warmth was real and overcame the typical Ithaca weather that has surrounded this college town. It did not seem to stop those who took the Thursday wine tour that allowed many of us to sip and warm up in the chilly afternoon. Thanks to Phyllis Bosworth, it was a grand success. To top that was the lecture by Stacy Schiff, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her biography of Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov, Véra.Many of us had taken courses from this fabled man, so it was interesting to hear Stacy talk about him and his family in such an intimate way. She was a great speaker, and we are grateful that she was at our reunion.Norm Turkish, MBA '60, was kind and generous enough to host the dinner on Thursday night. His food was wonderful and the many tents on his property tried to keep out the pouring rain. Our hardy class did not complain, and the camaraderie overcame all!
Friday dawned like Thursday, cold and rainy, but who cared after a cup of coffee and muffin in the dorms. It was on to the Performing Arts Center for a discussion of the book that was read by all freshmen, Things Fall Apart. The panel and the questions were excellent and we thank everyone for their participation.
For me, one of the highlights of Reunion was the video on Richard Meier prepared by Phil '62, MArch '65, and Maddy Gell Handler '65. It traced his life from his Cornell roots to being one of the most honored architects in the world and certainly one of our most illustrious classmates.We were all so moved by this tribute, and by the time Richard came up on the stage, his tears and emotion were visible to all. No one loved Cornell more than Richard, and the number of his fraternity brothers, including this writer, who came to honor him bears testimony to the wonderful person he has always been. I particularly enjoyed the poem that Curtis Reis, our beloved ex-president, had composed for the occasion.
I heard that the discussion that continued in the Arts Center on the art of being 70 was quite interesting, but your reporter had to go on to a luncheon for Richard that was held in front of Sibley Hall. As befitting him, it was quiet and low-key, with wonderful remarks by the head of the Architecture school. A brief gallery talk inside Sibley ended the afternoon program. Thanks to Roberta Brown Silliman, M Ed '57, and Barbara Barron Starr for all their work on the 70s discussion.
The Friday night dinner was held in the Paleontology Museum on the other side of Cayuga Lake. The drinks and "face time" were wonderful as we really got to talk to old friends for a long time. I was happy to see Chuck Feeney and Chuck Rolles with their respective spouses. I can't remember when either of them had returned, but they both seemed to be enjoying themselves, and we all welcomed them. Dinner was held out in a tent in the courtyard of the museum, and classmates sat with old friends. Some went on to the Savage Club show to hear the wonderful acts and singing we have come to enjoy over the years.
Jon and Ginny MacDonald Lindseth had a slide show about their outdoor activities over the years, which the early risers enjoyed on Saturday morning. To many, Interim President Hunter Rawlings's State of the University address was masterful. Our class has always had a warm spot in our heart for him and his wife, Elizabeth, and we wish him well as he goes back to teaching. Duffield Hall was the center for the large Saturday lunch. I attended the talk in the Johnson Museum by Margot Lurie Zimmerman and husband Paul on their collection of modern Asian art. It was very interesting and well attended.
The traditional lobster dinner was held under a tent in the Plantations, and the crowd overflowed the tent. Gail and I were particularly pleased, along with other classmates, to meet incoming president David Skorton and his wonderful wife, Robin Davisson. If first impressions mean anything, the university is in for a big treat. There was fine repartee between the incoming and outgoing presidents that was quite humorous. The speeches by Percy Edwards Browning, Ernie Stern, and Curt Reis, among others, were quite moving. Later in the evening, many classmates went on to the annual Cornelliana Night.
After a cold and soggy but lavish brunch under the class tent, many of us attended the memorial service led by William Greenawalt. He echoed the sentiments of all of us in remembering those that are no longer here. Bill has a gift for speaking that I hope we all get to enjoy for many reunions to come.
So there we were, packing up our cars on Sunday--as the sun finally came out--and wishing goodbye to our dear friends. Reunions are always special no matter what the weather, because in the long run it is we who made Reunion everything it was. The Super Class of 1956 will always remain super in the annals of Cornell. I'll see you in 2011 when I will be have been writing this darned column for over 50 years. Thank you, classmates, and Ernie for your moving tribute.
We end this column by acknowledging Percy Browning, Jim Quest, Ernie Stern, Carole Thompson, and all those others that my clouded mind might have failed to mention. Forgive me, for I am almost 72 years young! Love you all. -- Stephen Kittenplan, 1165 Park Ave., New York, NY 10128; e-mail, email@example.com.
61 | The rain came, the skies were gray, and the temperature descended. A note on our Reunion Headquarters door Saturday morning read, "Temperature 40 degrees F--feels like 37!" The enthusiasm and warmth of 262 classmates and spouses were more than a match for Mother Nature, though, and our spirits rose to the occasion. In all, 164 classmates attended, surpassing last year's 45th Reunion mark of 148 for the Class of '60. Our group was housed at the North Townhouses, complete with air-conditioning--although this was never, in fact, verified!
A host of events and lectures were on the schedule, with some notable highlights. Friday afternoon a reception for Cornell contributors took place at the Hotel school. The Hotel students outdid themselves with creative hors d'oeuvres and guided tours through their labs. Newly appointed Cornell president David Skorton attended and comfortably greeted the contributors as though he had already been at Cornell for a long time. Interim president Hunter Rawlings was also in attendance along with our own Peter Meinig '61. The atmosphere was upbeat and positive, a marked change from a year earlier. Our class dinner was also held at the Statler, with fine food, companionship, and Johnny Russo's dance band. Saturday morning, Glenn Altschuler, PhD '76, presented "All Shook Up? Cornell in the Not-So-Nifty Fifties" at Baker Hall. In addition to a nostalgic trip to the past he also tested our memories with the rallying cry, "Deane Malott should be shot!"Not so nifty.
Our Class of '61 picnic went off without a hitch in the Johnson Art Museum Tent despite challenging weather conditions. On cue, the Hangovers materialized at the end of the meal to regale us with their current a cappella selections. Their performance was terrific and confirmed by the applause of the group and the curtain calls. One also reflects on the energy of youth that we'd like to recapture ourselves. Following, we collectively trooped outside for the obligatory class picture.Miraculously, the skies parted and the sun shone for a brief ten minutes, enough for a good picture before the gray skies descended for the remainder of the weekend.
Alice Cook House hosted our Saturday reception and dinner. I believe the slogan "Bring enough shrimp and they will come" is appropriate. Following dinner we staggered onto buses to Bartels Hall and Cornelliana Night. The program was rich in nostalgia, recognition, and great music. President Skorton attended, accompanied by his wife, Robin Davisson. The program concluded with the Men's Choral Group led, on bended knee, by our own Jon Greenleaf serenading Robin with "Good Night, Little Girl, Good Night," an old Cornell chestnut, but a sincere and endearing welcome to her and to her new home on the Hill. After the Alma Mater and some moist eyes, the group retreated to Reunion Headquarters for wicked ice cream sundaes for those with the courage and capacity.
Sunday morning broke gray, wet, and cold . . . again. Fortunately, breakfast was in the adjacent tent, and gratefully the coffee was hot. Class president Marshall Frank presided over the business meeting, recognizing the many members that contributed to our Reunion success. Frank Cuzzi, MBA '64, then proposed a slate of officers for the next five years, and the candidates were unanimously approved. A complete listing of the new officers, including many new class advisors, will be provided on the class stationery in the next class letter, as well as on the class website, www.cornell61.org.
The Class of '61, under the leadership of Bill Eaton, contributed $10,552,150 this reunion year, with a total participation of 53 percent and 564 donors. The class has done a terrific job, and our hats are off to Bill for his outstanding performance.
Several memorable moments come to mind from the weekend. First, the Longest Distance Traveled to Cornell award almost certainly belongs to Larry and Rose Bortles. They journeyed from the Philippines to Seattle, where they picked up a car and drove to the campus. This couple shows a real desire to be part of the '61 crowd. Announced at our formal banquet was the wedding anniversary of John Sobke and wife Marilyn. Forty years to the date, John and Marilyn tied the knot. Champagne was on ice at Reunion Headquarters to celebrate the occasion. Finally,Mort Hodin was spied at the final breakfast wearing a familiar Carnelian blazer.When asked if this was his original freshman blazer he answered positively and, indeed, he looked just as trim 49 years later. Congratulations,Mort.
Finally, we come to a changing of the guard for class correspondents. After ten long and diligent years, David Kessler is relinquishing his position as he assumes his new role as Executive VP. Our entire class extends its thanks to David for his fine contribution.We continue with two new correspondents, alternating every other issue. Your input can be e-mailed to Joanna McCully or me. -- Doug Fuss, firstname.lastname@example.org; Joanna McCully, email@example.com.
66 | It was cold. It Ithacated on and off for two and a half days. It was fabulous! Reunion was all we were promised and more. Alice Katz Berglas and the TEAM '66 Committee did a terrific job. This was no ordinary group. Over 120 classmates and their friends devoted time, talent, and effort to make this weekend a success. A special thanks to Rolf Frantz, who handled registration, and to Sue Stern Korn, who helped our affinity groups contact classmates to return for Reunion. It was a huge group effort and our thanks go out to everyone involved. Staying in Becker House was special. Our five class clerks really helped things run smoothly. Thank you, Alice, for all you have done--and are doing--for our class.
Two hundred classmembers returned for Reunion; 30 of them had never before attended a reunion. I think we have spoiled them.We availed ourselves of some of the jewels of Cornell, starting with a tour of the Straight and a presentation of First Person Cornell, a compilation of letters of Cornell students over the decades, from 1868 to the present, edited by Carol Kammen; walking tours; our wonderful Forum with Prof.Glenn Altschuler, PhD '76; and "Wine Discovery Camp." The camp was led by Prof. Thomas Henick-Kling of the Geneva Agricultural Experiment Station and classmate Ronnie Barrett Lacroute, an owner of Oregon's Willakenzie Estate Winery. Now I know why the reds need to breathe!
We also wined and dined at favorite campus spots including Straight Terrace, Cornell Plantations, our '66 Beebe Beach, and Duffield Hall atrium.We danced to a fabulous rock-and-roll band and had breakfast at the Johnson Museum with President Rawlings and President-elect Skorton, followed by a tour of "Treasures on Paper: Alumni Gifts to the Collection" led by Frank Robinson, director of the Johnson Museum.Many of these works on paper were donated to the Johnson by '66 classmates.We were also serenaded by alumni of the Sherwoods, including four who are '66ers.
There was time to attend university events. There was time to sit and talk to old friends, new friends, and people we "sort of" knew 40 years ago but wished we had known better. There was time to reflect on, and remember, the special people and events of the Sixties that are meaningful to each of us. Alice and her helpers came up with a set of campaign-style buttons to reflect the slang of our times: remember "boburgers" and "tetra paks"? The buttons were fun to collect and swap; they brought back many personal memories for each of us.
We made some changes in class officer roles and have expanded the numbers of classmates involved in leadership. Alice Katz Berglas and Rolf Frantz will now share the class presidency. Herb Fontecilla is the new treasurer.We have six vice presidents: Ed Arbaugh, Sue Stern Korn, Bruce Mansdorf, Jeanne Brown Sander, Kay Stroker Staid, and IvanWolff. Our new membership chairpersons are Richard, PhD '74, and NanWendt Rideout. There are 24 other classmates, new and old members, on the class council. I am especially pleased to announce the addition of two new class correspondents. Pete Salinger, MBA '68, and Deanne Gebell Gitner will write columns along with Bill Blockton and me. John Miers, MBA '68, moves to the class council and will serve as our liaison to CACO. Roy Troxel, our talented webmaster, will continue to make our '66 website a place that keeps us in touch with one another and with Cornell. It has become invaluable, and we thank Roy collectively for the work, time, and attention that he gives to making it a site that is active, fun, creative, and always changing.Visit it often! (http://classof66.alumni.cornell.edu) And add your e-mail address to our '66 WebDirectory!
A note from Alice: Sue was kind enough to lend me space in her column to thank each of you for the part you played--from near and far--in making our 40th Reunion year the grand year that it has been.Whether you were able to make the trip back, or like Fred Widding (an Ithaca resident who found himself by chance in Sweden in June), you toasted with (Big) Red wine from afar, we all shared the celebration.We know how to party, and we know how to make a difference. On behalf of all the class leadership, I send a deep, warm, and sincere thank you to each and all of you.
I have never experienced a year that was so much a team effort. The successes achieved by our Campaign Committee were remarkable and they deserve our applause: Bruce Mansdorf, Ronni Barrett Lacroute, John Wight, ME '68,Wendy Miller Richman, and Dick Lockwood, MNS '68, and their committee members (a team that had never worked together before) took a dream of a $35,000 class gift to Becker House, and, in a spirit of camaraderie, hard work, and enthusiastic determination--matched by two extraordinary $100,000 challenges and the generosity of your gifts of every size--morphed that dream into the "Class of 1966 Becker House Dean's Discretionary Fund for Programming" of more than $275,000!
This reunion showed it was not too late to return to Cornell; not too late to get involved; not too late to again remember who we were, who we are, and what the Cornell experience means to each of us.We want to keep hearing from you.Write us! -- Susan Rockford Bittker, firstname.lastname@example.org; Deanne Gebell Gitner, dgg26@cornell. edu; and Pete Salinger, email@example.com.
71 | Our 35th Reunion proved to be a record-setting event for classmates to reconnect with friends, rediscover the evolving Cornell campus, and recall a most formative time in our lives.With an unofficial count of 173 classmates and over 290 people registered, Class of '71 ranks in the top five all-time for 35th Reunion attendance.We also set class records for Cornell Annual Fund dollars (over $3 million) and Tower Club members (66), and a reunion record for Cayuga Society members (38). It was truly a group effort with dozens of classmates contributing time, money, and great energy to ensure a wide range of memorable events--before and during Reunion--and a truly remarkable reunion experience for all.
Thanks to webmaster Craig Ewing, MBA '72, and the efforts of our Reunion photographers Marilyn Blumberg and Richard Leland, the class website, http://classof71.alumni.cornell.edu/, is full of great reunion pictures featuring virtually everyone who attended. You can read our class history, "After All These Years: Reflections of and by Cornell '71," through a collection of thoughts from our classmates. The work was compiled and edited by class historians Marsha Ackermann and Elisabeth Kaplan Boas.
The long weekend in Ithaca was a splendid reminder of Ithaca weather at its most quixotic--varying from cloudy, cool, and rainy to warm and sunny all in the course of an afternoon. Class members were seen on the golf course, attending seminars, "schmoozing" with faculty and senior university staff, strolling across the suspension bridge, dancing in the tents, and singing the Alma Mater at Cornelliana Night.Writes Vic Curran, "When we went to the tents dancing, '71 was showing those young kids how it's done.We still had about eight classmates on the floor when the band packed up to go home. Our own Scott Lawrence led the conga line for the last song.
Incoming Cornell president David Skorton, with his wife and incoming professor Dr. Robin Davisson, visited our class barbeque luncheon under a tent on the Ag Quad. President Skorton even brought clearing skies and sunshine for our class picture after an "Ithacating" and cool morning. Among the many events were a well-attended forum on activism organized by Cliff Essman and hosted by Donald Downs, a political scientist and professor at the U. ofWisconsin who wrote a book on the Straight Takeover. The forum included Cornell professors Richard Polenburg, Fredrik Logevall, and Paul Sawyer, as well as activist and former Cornell United Religious Work member Dan Berrigan.
Board of Trustees president Peter Meinig '61 visited us at our Saturday evening banquet at Carl Becker House, along with VP for Student and Academic Services Susan H.Murphy '73, PhD '94. Susan talked about the many changes in the university and the student population over our 35 years since graduation. The finale of the evening was the election of a new slate of officers to take us to our next reunion in 2011. Laurie Berke-Weiss as newly elected class president will lead an officer group of more than 20 people. You will find on the class website a complete list of new officers for the next five years.
Reunion chair Kathy Menton Flaxman, who passed the reins of reunion over to David Beale and Gilda Klein Linden after four very successful reunions, found time to check in a few days after Reunion and after "catching up on my sleep."Kathy passed along a list of superlatives. "I'll let you determine the highlights, but thought I'd mention the following. The classmate who traveled farthest was Lorraine "Lori" Schaffer, from London, where she has lived long enough to acquire a British accent. The longest drive at around 16 hours was a tie between MikeWysor (Tennessee) and Don Downs (Madison, WI). The first to register (the day the online system went live) was Vic Curran, who registered for his first '71 reunion ever. The 100th to register was Dale Cohen, reunion stalwart and ace HQ-decorator."
MitchWeisberg sent along some post-Reunion observations. "Libe slope really is as steep as I remember it was.We were really lucky to have Cornell in our experience. Most popular question of the weekend: ‘What is it that you do, again?' Second most popular question: ‘Can I get my badge changed to 1981 before I go to the tents dancing?' Most embarrassing question was, ‘I know you.What's your name again?' Best repeated compliment: ‘You look the same.' (Variation: ‘You haven't changed.')"
Among the many classmates who couldn't get to Ithaca, Mark Zakarin wrote to Sally Clark Shumaker from Brentwood, CA, about his latest venture. "Having started in show business as a writer, I returned a couple of years ago, after a 17-year career as an executive at Showtime and ABC, to write and produce my first theatrical feature ‘Keeping Up With the Steins.'More importantly, I have a wonderful family. Gina and I have been married for 14 years and we have two sons. Considering that I hardly left my C-Town apartments, except for ‘Sui-Sub' runs, it's amazing that I've stayed in touch with anyone from my Cornell days, but I have. GaryWeiner and Jo Ann Guattery of Sonoma County, CA, and Jon Kaplon of Manhattan are still very good friends. So there is something to be said for agoraphobia."
It was great to hear from Leo "Mickey" Fenzel, PhD '88, who wrote from his home in Baltimore where he is an associate professor at Loyola College. "Unfortunately, I'll be in Italy at the time of the June reunion. I'm sorry I'll miss it. I have four kids, all grown now.My youngest is in Baltimore working for her childhood hero, Cal Ripken. Academic life is busy but good. I usually feel like I'm productive."
If you are one of our 482 class duespayers (or 1,500-plus non-duespayers) reading this column that didn't attend Reunion, we missed you. I hope you will be with us at our next grand event in 2011. Please send news of yourself and any Cornellians with whom you are in touch. -- Matt Silverman, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Linda Germaine- Miller, email@example.com.
76 | Reunion 2006 was a great success with lots of thanks going to our reunion chairs Mary Pykosz Creekmore, Kevin and Ellen Gobel Walsh,Martha Plass Sheehe, and MaureenMcCormick. All of their efforts provided us with lots to do, interesting lectures, tours of the Johnson Museum, athletic events, and, of course, meals to share together. Outgoing President Hunter Rawlings and incoming President David Skorton, along with their wives Elizabeth Rawlings and Robin Davisson, respectively, addressed the class on Friday evening, bravely putting up with two inches of mud in our class tent. Skies cleared for the next days. Prof. Glenn Altschuler, PhD '76, regaled an enthusiastic audience with an insider's view of his book, The 100 Most Notable Cornellians. On Saturday evening our classmates shared a wonderful dinner and conveyed our thanks to our class officers, co-presidents Rob Hellman and Laurey Mogil and vice presidents Deidra Dain, Lorraine Mohan, MBA '78, and Karen Rupert Keating. That evening our class represented itself well in the Arts Quad tents, putting younger classes to shame as we danced into the night. I had the great joy of having my roommates and friends SandyWidener, Ellen Cord Dember, Pat Relf Hanavan, Karen Polivy, and Larry Epstein, MBA '78, return for our 30th, sharing the dancing, the tours, and all that went along with Reunion. Reunion also brought about new friendships, with thoughts that we wished we knew each other then. Laurey Mogil and Peter DiGiulio produced a memorable CD of popular songs from 1972-76. Rob Hellman discovered that his fraternity house (f/k/a Phi Sigma Epsilon) has suffered the final indignity and will become a sorority in the fall of 2006.
Many were in attendance. Barbara GrindrodWarner came with her husband Milo and daughter Elizabeth Barker '08. Larry Epstein and Karen (Hasby) '77 were there, and reunited with colleagues from WVBR-FM's Class of '76: Stephanie Mann Nealer,Margie Silberman, Pam Coulter Mason and husband Mike, Bill Silberg and wife Char, and Buck Briggs. Larry also caught up with fellow '76 Engineering grads Cam Albright and Simon Krieger, MBA '77. Karen Polivy writes, "It took 30 years, but we finally got a decent dorm to stay in. In the five years since the last reunion many of us attended, the campus has continued to change--completion of the new North Campus dorms, expansion of the Engineering Quad, the new athletic facilities and gyms. Few landmarks in Collegetown remain the same. At least the Royal Palms is still there. Unfortunately, the weather has remained the same. No global warming in Ithaca!"
I urged my friends to remind me of who they saw at reunion. Karen Polivy noted seeing Sharon Loeb Cooper with her family, ShelleyWinkler came from New Jersey, and Andy O'Neill and his wife came from their East Coast home after living in Northern California for several years. There were many other familiar faces too numerous to list here. Pat Relf Hanavan writes, "I met some great classmates that I wish I'd known when I was a student. Ilise Zimmerman is president of Northern New Jersey Maternal Child Health Consortium, based in Paramus.We were ten seconds into our conversation when we realized that, just days before, she had had my very own ob/gyn come from Kalamazoo, MI, to speak to her group in New Jersey.What a small, small health-care world. A full list of Reunion attendees' names is at http://registration.aad.cornell.edu/ attended.cfm?class=1976&return=http://classof1976.alumni.cornell.edu/.
At dinner on Saturday night, Sandy Widener and I found ourselves sitting with Karen Test Mason and her family--husband John and their children Christina and Michael. Karen teaches in the School of Public Health at Louisiana State U. John actually taught here at Cornell at one time and is now a professor at Tulane. They have lived all over the world in the course of their work, but now live in New Orleans and spent last fall displaced by Hurricane Katrina. They went first to Boston and then to New York City, then returned to New Orleans just after Thanksgiving. Karen wrote me afterwards: "Coming home was a relief.Most of our section of town had minor damage. We live in the ‘sliver by the river,' one of the older sections of New Orleans. Our house had only roof damage, no flooding. Luckily, a huge tree across the street missed hitting our house. Another massive oak tree on the corner fell. The strangest adjustments were with shopping and services. Stores came back slowly. Interestingly, the small local shops came back first, while the chains took their time about re-opening. I think this reminds us how important local businesses are. They had a strong desire to provide for the locals, and help bring the city back. The chains, mainly interested in profit, had to decide whether New Orleans was still a good investment. Some haven't returned; others did, but more slowly." Pat adds, "By the way, if you ever want to feel old, stop at the Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg, as Sandy and I did, and check out the ‘antique' poster for the July 28, 1973 music festival in Watkins Glen.When Sandy told our server that I had actually been at that festival, she just commented, ‘That was the year I was born.'Which would have been fine if she had been 15 or something."
My husband Don Sussman, MBA '79, and I saw his fraternity brother George Dentes, JD '79, and his wife Elsie (Little) '77, along with other DUs Jim Seeley '75, JD '79, and wife Beth Wright-Seeley and Big Al Ciambrone. Kappa Psi (now KKG) was well represented, and we had the opportunity to take a group picture that included Lorraine Mohan, Bonnie Reichman, DeeDee Dain, Beth Wright-Seeley,Marion Greenhalgh, Idy Touhey Buch, Sandy Widener, Ellen Gobel Walsh,Mary Benning Hopple, Mary Pykosz Creekmore, and myself.
On a sadder note, a memorial notice was posted at headquarters, and we remembered the 82 classmates who have died over the last 30 years. Bruce Gould represented our class at the annual memorial ceremony in Sage Chapel. Our weekend closed on Sunday with a lovely brunch.
For those of you who were not there, we missed you and hope that you'll make it next time! Prof.Walter LaFeber will be the guest of honor at the class's annual midwinter cocktail party at EllenWerther Ressler's home in New York on January 19, 2007. -- Karen Krinsky Sussman, Krinsk54@optonline.net; Pat Relf Hanavan, Relf@tds.net; Lisa Diamant, Ljdiamant@rcn.com.
81 | Our 25th Reunion was a whopping success! We raised approximately $1.8 million and as reunion chairs Steve Ritchey, Celia Rodee, and Heidi Fleischman put it, "568 party animals, young and old, including 166 kids," assembled for a weekend of fun, despite the cool temperatures.Where is Weatherman Kevin Williams's forecast when we need it? Sneaking back to Rochester late Saturday night, Kevin said, "We're lucky it wasn't snow!" I'm grateful for the reunion windbreaker gift, and I'll bring it back in 2011!
The reunion planning trio did an outstanding job. Now they can get back to their own lives. Steve Ritchey, our new class president, is married to Sandy, has three daughters, ages 3, 7, and 13, and lives in Westchester, PA. Celia Rodee and Peter Cooper '80 live in the Chicago area with their multiple children. Celia is a VP with JP Morgan, while Peter is a partner in a law firm. Heidi Fleischman lives in the Bronx and is a mentor for new teachers and middle school fellows. She works for Region I Schools in NYC.
James Martin continues to be the most changed since graduation. He agrees to bring his Cornell ID for proof in 2011. Jamie is a thoracic cardiovascular surgeon for Erie County General Hospital in Detroit. He and wife Diane have three children. The oldest just completed her first year at Columbia, while the youngest is 14. They live in Grosse Pointe, MI. Cindy High-Fischmann, husband Rob, and their teenage sons traveled the farthest to reunion--from Mainland China, where the couple works for Kodak. Cindy's sons are grateful for dry land these days, after capsizing their canoe on Beebe Lake on Friday night. David Smith and his wife Mary-Ellen relocated in the past six years from Manhattan to Dunwoody, GA, with their sons Julian and Aaron. Dave is the chief investment officer for Six Continents Hotels.
Rob Ross, wife Thana (Connell) '82, and sons Pat, 16, and Mike, 13, from Apple Valley, MN, were also at Reunion. Rob retired as commander of the 96th Airlift Squadron. During 2002-04, he was deployed to Oman, Kuwait, and Kyrgyzstan, "flying and directing combat operations into Iraq and Afghanistan, culminating as commander of the deployed C-130 squadron in Kuwait (386th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron)."He had also been deployed to Germany and Puerto Rico, which he liked better, "since there was less shooting and more beer and rum!"When Rob isn't piloting for Northwest Airlines, he does the cooking and chauffeuring for his sons while Thana completes her doctorate in physical therapy.
We enjoyed William "Lanny" Joyce's tour of the Lake Source Cooling Project and heat exchange plant, a remarkably environmentally sound project that will benefit Cornell for the next century.While on the tour, I met Kathleen Golden Dussault for the first time, discovering we live only miles apart and that I knew her younger sister through our children's high school sports. Kathy and husband Jeffrey live in Herndon, VA, and recently saw their daughter graduate from Westfield High.
While several of us missed the bus to our Plantations lunch event, we re-learned how far away it was. Lisa Kremer Ullmann, Paula Kaplan Reiss,Monique Van Perlstein, Beth Abrams, MD '85, Bert and Karen Prescott Dalby, and my husband Ron Campbell and I caught the shuttle and got as far as the Dairy Bar before we started hoofing it.We walked over a mile, not really knowing where we were going, when Gabe Diaz-Saavedra of Sarasota, FL, and Shiela Gorman Steffel of Springlake, MI, became our Cornellians in shining armor, scooping us up in their cars and delivering us to the Plantations tents.
Paula,Monique, and Lisa all live in Northern New Jersey. Paula is a licensed psychologist and has three sons.Monique is an account executive with Business Furniture Inc. and has two sons, ages 17 and 15, and a daughter, 13. Lisa has a marketing consulting business while husband Michael '80 is an attorney with Johnson & Johnson. They also have three children,Matthew, 16, Emily, 14, and Lauren, 11. They reconnected with Beth Abrams, who is a psychiatrist with Ulster County Mental Health. Beth has two children and lives in Woodstock, NY. Bert and Karen Dalby live in the Philadelphia area with their three children. Bert is with Vanguard, while Karen does market research.
We met Peter Rosenblum, his wife Lisa (Columbia '81), and kids Stephen, 10, and Carolyn, 15, at the Hoffman Obstacle Course. Peter and Lisa met while attending Cornell Med School in NYC and later relocated to Janesville, WI, where Peter is a physician's assistant.We also met Fern Reidman for the first time. Fern is one of many "newly re-singles" from our class. She is an attorney working with wills and trusts, and lives with her son, 14, in Great Neck, NY. Pam Bulcroft Moore,Marci Shapiro Silbert, and Laura Dake Roche enjoyed a spontaneous pre-dinner serenade of "Goodnight Little Girl" in the Donlon lobby by the Class of '56 Cayuga Waiters. The lovely ladies were asked if they had dinner dates. I guess you're never too old for whatever!
One of my favorite stories learned from Reunion (aside from Solange Cohen meeting Ely Bar-Ness at the 15th, getting married, and having two children in New Rochelle, NY) was the story about Kenny Blatt. Kenny dated his wife, Renee, in the early '90s, but they subsequently broke up due to his years of extensive travel in Eastern Europe. Upon his return, classmate Mark Lipschutz encouraged Kenny to contact Renee, who was still single. They hit it off, dated, and got married--with Mark as their best man. The Blatts have one child (so far!), daughter Mya, 21 months.Mark lives in Westfield, NJ, with wife Rachel and works for the real estate group Kronish, Lieb,Weiner, and Hellim in NYC. Their daughter Jessica '10 will start the Hotel school in the fall, while their younger two children, Jason, 15, and Danielle, 12, look forward to visiting her at Cornell.
Susan Freeman attended Reunion from her home in Cranbury, NJ. She recently had a collograph exhibited at the Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, NJ. Steven Moser, Larchmont, NY, is married to Catherine Crocker and is senior program architect with Peter Marino Associates in NYC. Recent projects included designing Chanel Asia in Hong Kong, and a synagogue in Brookville, NY. David Hoff reports "being back to semi-adulthood after three great sleep-deprived days at Reunion."He is returning to a position at a think tank on disability issues at the U. of Massachusetts, Boston, where he had worked for eight years prior to 2003. He is in perpetual motion with his kids Patrick, 12, Charlotte, 9, and Margaret, 5, coaching soccer, and serving on the boards of a park preservation group and a local energy commission.
Steven Fisher wrote in from Moscow back in March, where he is the managing director of Citigroup, where he has been since early 2002. He is appreciative of learning Russian at Cornell. He reports that, having experienced the coldest winter in Russia with weeks of –20 degrees C. temps, the night walks home from Libe Slope now seem like nothing! He is there with wife Lucille and daughters Kira, 19, who will be attending Vassar, and Gabriele, 12. Stephen attended David Barr '80's wedding in September 2005, where Andrew Ritwo, Ruth Lowenkron, and Mitch Gershonowitz, ME '80, were in attendance.
It was a pleasure visiting with old friends at Reunion, as well as making some new ones. All three of us will be continuing as your class correspondents, so keep in touch! -- Jennifer Read Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org; Betsy Silverfine, email@example.com, Kathy Philbin LaShoto, firstname.lastname@example.org.
86 | My kids have a slightly skewed vision of Cornell life following a fantastic Reunion in June! With fun food and beverages at every turn, late nights with friends, and a suite in our own wing of the shiny new Becker House on West Campus--but no exams or treks to Mann Library in the snow--dorm life never looked so good! What they will have a realistic expectation of, however, is the rain, which fell most of the weekend. They now understand the term "Ithacating" and have even used it since our return to Connecticut!
Despite the Ithacation, Reunion 2006 was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect, recharge, and remember. Classmates wined and dined together at our Alice Cook House headquarters on West Campus and, among many other Cornell events, enjoyed several very welcome hours of sunshine late Saturday afternoon at a reception set up near the Johnson Art Museum. Get a glimpse of the gathering at our website, http://classof86.alumni.cornell.edu/reunion2006.html. Many thanks to Katie Roth Boyar and Dina Lewisohn Shaw for pulling it all together, from the accommodations and activities to the finest details (including colorful Cornell T-shirts for the kids!), and making us feel welcome, well fed, and happily hydrated throughout.
Classmates and their families joined us from around the globe, flying in from places like London and Peru, and many from the West Coast, including Washington State and 50 folks from California. In all, there were 412 adults at Reunion, 286 of them from our class. There were also 163 children--ah, so it wasn't my son making all the noise!-- ranging from newborns to teens.
Reunion also brought a changing of the guard, so to speak. Class president Lisa Hellinger Manaster handed the baton to Michael Wagner (no relation to me), who has been back to Cornell every year since graduation with wife Lori (Spydell). Currently living in Shaker Heights, OH,Mike and Lori have two kids who love coming along for the ride. "We do the hikes in the state parks, and in the last two years we befriended a researcher who takes us out on Cayuga in his sailboat. The highlight for the kids is dining in Willard Straight cafeteria and scootering across the paved paths on the Arts Quad."
Mike and Lori have been active in the Cleveland Cornell Club and always interview applicants to Cornell. "So I thought, why not channel the interest and effort in a more official capacity?"Mike said. One of Mike's areas of focus will be increasing class giving. "Wouldn't it be great if our class had the highest percentage of giving to class dues and attendance at reunion?" Lisa Manaster will remain an officer, this time as VP as well as Cornell Annual Fund representative. Dina Lewisohn Shaw will also serve as VP. Other class officers include:Margot Tohn,Membership Chair; Doug Green,Webmaster; Steve Brinkmann, Nominations Chair; and Irene MolnarWrenner and Holly Isdale, Class Council. Dina and Katie will reprise their roles as Reunion Co-Chairs.
You also now have two new class correspondents: Laura Nieboer Hine and Susan Seligsohn Howell. Laura, married to Clarkson '85, is mom to three, including 12-yearold twins and a daughter, 7. She's been living in Wilmette, IL, for six years and is training for her first Olympic-length triathlon. "At 40--the typical cliché--I entered my first Sprint triathlon and really liked it, so now I'm pushing for a longer length," she wrote. This is a 1.5K swim, 40K bike, and 10K run. (I'm exhausted just typing that!)
Susan also married a Cornellian--Steve '84--shortly after graduating, so her 20th college reunion was also her 20th wedding anniversary. Living in Boxford, MA, for the past 13 years, Susan and Steve own the award-winning Howell Design & Build (www.howelldesignbuild.com). "We create artfully crafted custom homes and renovations," she explains. "I manage sales and marketing, and Steve manages design and construction." Prior to starting this business, Susan worked in textbook publishing as a marketing manager. They have two children, and--I love this--a dog named Thurston Howell III. "I spend much of my time these days at my children's sporting events and musical ventures. In my downtime I enjoy running and exercising, reading, and cooking wholesome meals."
Prior to reunion, I received several e-mail updates from other very active classmates. Another triathlete, Tessie Sky Sabbag creates "English as a Foreign Language" materials in Israel and is building a house near Tel Aviv. She also enjoys swimming and creative writing and is looking forward to finally being "unpacked." She says she misses "the great girls from Lyon Hall!" In 2005, physics teacher Darlene Ritchie, ME '89, ran the MORE Marathon (4:10:00) and the Queens Half Marathon (1:51:00), and continues in her quest to set new records. Internist Mary Rinko Oefelein of Spokane,WA, enjoys spending time overlooking the mountains at her ski house with her husband and three daughters, and "watching the girls become awesome skiers!"
Former class correspondent Jeffrey Cowan is a litigator at the Cowan Law Firm (see www.cowan-law.com), father, and "moonlighting" professional magician. Jeff also has twins, born in April 2005, and welcomes classmates to visit them at www.cowanboys.blogspot.com. Penny Palmer Heritage of Ballston Spa, NY, is an executive secretary at the NYS Agricultural Society and author of Burnt Hills Veterinary Tails (www.heritagefarmpublishing.com), a biography of Stan "Doc" Garrison, DVM '50. Reflecting on our 20th Reunion, Penny says that she thinks of roommate and friend Kristen Peck, now deceased. "We both grew up in Saratoga County, NY, and spent most of our college days together. She is missed and fondly remembered by so many."
CJ Glynn, MBA '88, founded Markatalyst (www.Markatalyst.com), a premier marketing consulting agency, and has reported taking the company to a new level. Based in San Francisco, the expanded firm has grown from two original partners to providing a steady stream of projects to a network of more than 20 professionals.Markatalyst serves emerging and established companies on three continents, providing branding and corporate identities, messaging and positioning,Web design, and powerful advertising services.
As mentioned above, there are two new class correspondents. After many years of reporting, I am leaving the column in their capable hands. I want to give a hug and thanks to Jacqueline Byers Davidson and Allison FarbaniecMacLean, who joined the team for several years, and to Donna Mandell Korren for her columns in the past year. But we couldn't have done it without those of you who sent us news, so thanks for sharing. If it matters to you, it matters to us. Best wishes to all, and hope to see you at our 25th Reunion! -- Hilory FedergreenWagner, email@example.com; Susan Seligsohn Howell, firstname.lastname@example.org; Laura Nieboer Hine, email@example.com.
91 | So how was our 15th Reunion? Well, simply . . . amazing! If you were there, you know that we completely immersed ourselves in the world we knew 15 years ago. But before I wax further, we have to thank--never-endingly--our perennial reunion co-chairs Dorine Colabella Scher and Jeff Weintraub, MD '95. In addition, many classmates contributed to our fabulous event and should also be properly thanked. I will try and mention all, but will inevitably fall short!
Another outstanding contributor was Bob Baca. Not only did Bob serve as our superb registration chair, he also put together the multimedia Class of '91 CD that you should have received in the mail prior to Reunion. Our record-breaking attendance at our 15th Reunion was in no small part attributable to his Herculean efforts. Despite his obvious brawn, we hope Bob's back is all right after the long weekend. To many of us, it seemed that the baby carrier his daughter was in much of the time weighed at least as much as she did.
One of the things that seem never to change on campus is the presence of new construction. Those of us who arrived on Thursday found that we had to dodge bridge and road construction sites to make our way to class headquarters in Balch Hall. Those of us coming in from the South had to make the pleasant diversion through Forest Home to reach HQ. And, in true form, just to re-create the experience we all remember, it Ithacated nearly the entire weekend! Yes, artfully coordinated by the City of Ithaca to make our reunion a true homecoming, we enjoyed the cold and rainy weather that gave many of us the excuse to linger a bit longer inside and catch up with old friends. (Did someone say old? I meant longtime.) Special thanks to another important Reunion volunteer, Ariane Schreiber Horn, JD '96, who coordinated the class souvenirs for the weekend.We were well-prepared for the less-than-optimal weather with the large red fleece blankets that each classmate received.
As it turns out, we remain a vibrant class by any measure.Many are married, many are not. Some have kids, some not. Yet no matter your life stage, remarkably no one seems to have changed from 15 years ago! How many times did you say that when you saw a face from our days on campus as students? And, as much as the external face of campus has changed, strolling through familiar buildings showed a familiar exactness with how they looked when we walked through them then--with prelims hanging over our heads. Climbing the clock tower to hear the chimes or strolling through Uris Library or meandering through Willard Straight Hall was a stroll down memory lane . . . exactly as I remember it!
Actually, there was one other major transformation. Thanks go to Jeannette Perez-Rossello, who transformed a third of the Arts Quad into a carnival for younger reunion attendees, so the older ones who usually are attached to them via stroller or harness or by hand could take a breather while they were fully entertained.With perfect timing, the clouds parted and the sun shone on future Cornellians enjoying a miniature circus, face painting, a huge inflatable slide and moonwalk, cotton candy, tattoos, spin-art, drawing, and a miniature train ride around the Arts Quad.Many children (and dare I say most parents?) showed that it is never too cold to enjoy ice cream. Incoming university president Dr. David Skorton and his wife Dr. Robin Davisson showed a playful side by wearing oversized top hats as they took time out of their busy schedule to visit with those in attendance. "Fun-in-the-Sun" was a screaming success (literally!) and entertained future Cornellians from all reunion classes. In fact, the event was such a success that it will likely be codified into reunions to come.
Friday night was a fabulous Pan-Asian feast right next to the Johnson Museum.While sampling delicious cuisine from India, Thailand, Japan, and China, we heard Eric Kossoff and his wife talking about the strolls around campus as undergrads. Eric just turned over the reins after heading up the Maryland and D.C. Cornell Clubs. On Saturday evening the whole class was treated to the voices of the Hangovers that remain as smooth as ever. A heartfelt rendition of the Alma Mater was sung right before the class picture was taken on the front lawn of Balch Hall. I only hope that one of the dozen or so shots that were taken will be adequate.
The class then made its way down to the northwest shore of Beebe Lake for the class dinner. This started out with a raw bar featuring oysters, clams, and prawns, as well as other assorted hors d'oeuvres.Michelle Fox, among others, was seen gracefully enjoying the offerings, basking in the sun reflecting off Beebe Lake, while other classmates tried their hand at canoeing around the placid water. Also enjoying the serenity of Beebe was Eric Kaufman, BME '95. Eric has returned to his roots to run his family business of vacation home rentals in the Hamptons. Later that evening, Cornelliana Night was as popular as ever, filling half the basketball court floor and much of the bleachers (Bailey is under renovation, of course!).
On both Friday and Saturday nights, there were three big-top tents on the Arts Quad, with different music blaring from each. Open bars and light snacks were included. Not only our class, but all Cornellians who have ever come back to the Hill for reunion have enjoyed the hard work of JimWilcox. He has voluntarily organized all aspects of the "beer tents," as we like to call them, every year since we graduated. Thanks, Jim! Among those classmates seen at the tents were Sanjeev Dhawan, who owns his own construction company in northern New Jersey and recently completed rebuilding his entire home; Anthony Magnano, who relocated to Jacksonville, FL, earlier in the year to join a practice as a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist; and Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Hyink, who borrowed an Air Force fighter jet to fly across the country to return to Ithaca so he could join us for Reunion Weekend!
For anyone interested, digital pictures will be available at some point either on disk or on our website, from which images can be downloaded. Stay tuned for details. I close with more words of thanks. First to our reunion clerks, who helped usher all activities without a hitch. And, finally, to all fellow classmates who attended our 15th Reunion. It was made into a grand success not by the sheer numbers who attended, but individually by you. Thanks for attending, and we hope to see you and many others five years from now in that same rainy, snowy, overcast, cloudy, and sunny place in Upstate New York that we all called home for four years. -- Eric Bluman, firstname.lastname@example.org; Nina Peek, email@example.com.
96 | Greetings, Sixers! Hope this column finds you well . . . and for those of you on the Hill for our fabulous 10th Reunion, I hope you are all dried out (double entendre--take it for what you will). OK, so the weather wasn't as cooperative as we would have liked, but it was still great to see so many people reunite for a fantastic weekend. Hats off to reunion chairs Lhney Lewis-Steiner and Katrina James, as well as class co-presidents Erica Gantner and Stephanie Cockerl for all their seamless efforts to wine, dine, and entertain us. Adam Jed did want to lodge one complaint: "You might want to consider sending someone to both the Syracuse and Ithaca airports to collect the Class of '96 wine openers that were confiscated by our incredible Homeland Security department!" Adam did pass along some accolades as well. "This was the first time that I've been back since graduation and I used it as an opportunity to rekindle relationships that I have let slip over the years and to show my wife Stacy what a beautiful school I attended. The weekend was exceptional, jam-packed with things to do. I even attended a talk by Richard Meier '56 in a building I had never gone into when I was a student. Thanks for the experience. I will look forward to returning sooner than ten years apart." Reunion also got props from Alexi Clinton, who writes, "Reunion was a blast!" Alexi just completed her dietetic internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is headed out to Boulder, CO, where her husband accepted a post-doc position at the Southwest Research Inst.
Smitha Vishveshwara offered some thoughtful reflections on Reunion. "It was a moving experience to be back to our alma mater and reaffirm that this was where so many of us started out with aspirations and visions, and that while life has taken many unpredictable turns, our undergraduate days have remained as a fond, common experience. I feel very blessed with all that life has offered. I was in the college scholar's program at Cornell and ‘focused' on physics, writing, art, language, some sports, and hiking. I have retained much of all this. I spent six beautiful years in Santa Barbara pursuing a PhD in condensed matter physics. Then, having been on both coasts, I landed in the Midwest to become a post-doctoral researcher at the U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After a year and a half, I had the good fortune to be able to remain there as faculty.
"I have just finished my first year as part of the physics faculty--absolutely exciting and challenging! So it's been academia all the way through, starting with my parents, who are both professors in India. I still squeeze in writing whenever I can, and have been a complete gypsy with travels.With physical activity, I am always trying something or the other (including jumping out of a plane), and at present I've taken up capoeira (really love it and hope to keep up with it). As for friends, they've always been a big part of my life and I have found many in various parts of the world. It has been really touching to have my mentors who have nurtured me at Cornell and Santa Barbara become my senior colleagues." Thanks, Smitha, for those wonderful thoughts!
Lucky for me, I ran into Ali Davis (while trying to stay dry in Goldwin Smith Hall), who had a bevy of news to share. Ali wrote in while fighting some jetlag after a vacation in the US (planned around Reunion--what an alumna!) and a week of work in Quito, Ecuador. Ali is in Tokyo, where she's been working since 2003 for a Japanese firm that does urban transport planning in developing countries. She's mainly been working in Asia, and since last fall, has spent about five months in Colombo, Sri Lanka, "although this year also (finally) allows me to work in Latin America, which has been pretty interesting. I'm in China for most of July. Suffice it to say, a lot of frequent flyer miles. I'll be moving back to the US (either SF, DC, or NY) or maybe to London by Christmas, after spending about one and a half months traveling in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos."
Ali provided updates on her college roommates Daniella Ballou-Aares, Laura Farinas Carillo, Chetna Bansal, ME '97, and Christine Campanile Dunbar. Chetna and her husband Aravind Narasimhan '97 have a 3-year-old daughter Maya. Christine had a son on March 20, 2006--Michael Clyde. She also saw Josh Babbitt, who is working for a law firm in NYC, and Nick Grego, who is still at Citigroup. Ali made it down to D.C. ("one of those whirlwind vacations where I think I was in seven cities in ten days") and saw Kimberly Murata (who is working for the Senate doing IT work), Julie Ross, Laura Bandini (working for the National Labor Relations Board), and Stacey Mellides Hawley. Stacey and husband Sean are on their way to Denver this week with their 1-1/2-year-old Katelyn. Ali, thanks for all the fantastic news, and if you ever want to fill in as class columnist, you're hired!
That's all the news that will fit in this edition of the column, but there's a lot of news left to share.We'll be back next issue with more fantastic happenings from your friends from the Hill. Be well! -- Sheryl Magzamen, SLM1@cornell.edu; Courtney Rubin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
01 | It was wonderful to see everyone at Reunion! We had 457 classmates and a total of 523 people attend our reunion. The weekend's weather proved to be typical Ithaca--a bit gray and drizzling sometimes--but it didn't stop all of us from enjoying the weekend.
Clara Dickson Hall opened on Thursday, June 8. Our class sponsored a night in Collegetown at Dino's. On Friday night, we started with a Welcome Back BBQ at Class HQ, followed by a celebration in a tent in the Arts Quad and then after-hours back at the dorms catered by Hot Truck. On Saturday, we held a class assembly meeting in the early evening. It started with a special appearance by the Hangovers and followed with a welcome by the reunion chairs, a class campaign report and State of the Class address, election of class officers, and lastly, a class photograph. Dinner was at Robert Purcell Community Center to really remind us of college! We also enjoyed after-hours again, catered by Mama T's. Each night, after-hours continued into the morning. The Class of 2001 remembers how to enjoy the college days!
Finally, on Sunday, the great weekend came to an end. It reminded everyone of how happy we are to have moved beyond the days of living in twin extra-long beds and using communal bathrooms. A big thank you to all who planned Reunion and volunteered their time to make the weekend special, especially reunion co-chairs Claire Ackerman and Audra Lifson who spear-headed much of the work. Claire and Audra would like to thank everyone for attending, and hope that everyone had a great time. They look forward to seeing everyone in five years for our 10th Reunion!
As for the class officers who dedicated their time over the past six years, they have all been up to a lot of exciting things. Jamie and Amira Abuzeid Aycock are proud to announce the birth of their third son, Jonah Elliot, born on April 25, 2006. Jamie (previous class co-president) finished up his clerkship with Justice Nathan L.Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court and accepted a job with the law firm Wiley Rein & Fielding in Washington, DC, that started in the fall. Former co-president Joanna Schleifman and Grayson Bush were married in April. The couple lives in Arlington,VA. Secretary/treasurer Michael Hanson,MPA '02, had a busy June, besides Reunion.He ran in the Sunburst Marathon (his ninth) in South Bend, IN, in the beginning of June. On June 24, he was elected chairman of the Board of Governors of the Ivy Council, a nonprofit organization that facilitates and conducts programmatic activities for Ivy League student governments. This is all in addition to his real job of conducting investigations on computer fraud, misuse, and abuse in the federal government.
Class correspondent Lauren Wallach just graduated from Duke U.'s Fuqua School of Business with an MBA, where she was attending part-time while working full-time. She currently works in Rockefeller Center in New York City as the property manager of three buildings in the complex, including 30 Rockefeller Plaza, with the observation deck at the top. New class president Audra Lifson moved to Capitol Hill in May. She's enjoying the new neighborhood and is within walking distance of Eastern Market and Union Station. Great location!
We are also proud to announce the new officers for the Class of 2001: president (Audra Lifson); vice president (Diana Tyler); VP of publicity (Regina Clewlow); Cornell Annual Fund representatives (Sarah Binder and Lora Epstein); reunion co-chairs (Christine Vleck and Claire Ackerman); correspondents (Lauren Wallach and Trina Lee); secretary (Michael Hanson); treasurer (Gregory Robinson); and webmaster (Kyle McKenna). The Class Council consists of Larry and Jennifer Brown Goldman, Andrea Sweeney, Joanna Schleifman, Praveen Anumolu, ME '03, and Nathan Connell. If anyone else is interested in getting involved in class or Cornell activities, please e-mail Audra at ARL8@cornell.edu.
In other class news, Patrick Smith and Lauren Tingey were wed on June 24. The couple has been busy housing visiting alums from D.C., NYC, and Philly at their residence in Baltimore. Patrick is presently working as a sales associate with a fine wine distribution company, the Country Vintner, based in the mid-Atlantic. Talia Ben-Jacob, MS '03, just finished her third year of medical school at the U. of Vermont. Even with her busy schedule, she still makes time to see her Cornell friends. Talia attended the Cornell-Harvard hockey game with Aaron Miller. Aaron just finished his third year at BC law. Nicole Schlesinger graduated from New York Medical College and made the trip up north for Talia's birthday this past January. Talia has managed to visit friends in New York and Florida.Marisa Laks is currently working in the NYC public school system and getting her master's degree in math education. Nicole Hyler is living in Tampa with her boyfriend Andreas Miller and working as a registered dietician. Talia and Nicole were able to spend some vacation time together and caught up while getting tan!
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 10th Reunion. Until then, let us know what you've been doing recently so we can share with your classmates! E-mail us at classof2001@ cornell.edu. All the best and keep the news coming! -- LaurenWallach, LEW15@cornell.edu; Trina Lee, TKL6@cornell.edu.