Class Notes

50 | Reports from some class MDs: Jerald Steisel (Scottsdale, AZ; is still a practicing psychiatrist. After-work involves singing and visiting grandchildren in D.C., New York, and Texas. The thing he remembers most about Cornell is Open Space vs. Brooklyn, and Telluride. Robert Singer, MD '54 (Glen Allen,VA; is a retired neurosurgeon and keeps active by volunteering with Boy Scouts, Neighborhood Watch, and the public library, with other involvement in worldwide travel and hiking. He has good thoughts about his Cornell education, which broadly included ecology, art, music, and natural history. Jack Rose, MD '54 (Danville, PA) is a retired urologist and now enjoys fishing, hiking, and traveling. Jack played varsity basketball for the Big Red. Since graduation he has been an active and faithful member of our class council.

Chloe Gray Alexson (Rochester, NY; is retired from pediatric cardiology, but stays busy editing and proofreading with directory publishing and also interviewing prospective medical students. She volunteers with the local emergency medical services organization. L. Jerome Krovetz is also a pediatric cardiologist and is still working three days a week. Thomas Morse, MD '53 (South Dartmouth, MA; was a pediatric surgeon specializing in care of trauma patients and a founding member and president of the American Trauma Society.He plays doubles tennis three days a week and volunteers on local boards of the American Red Cross,Visiting Nurse Association, and Community Child Care.

Charles Yohn ( has moved to Pittsboro, NC. As after-hours activities he lists golf and singing in the Harmony Grits and men's chorus of Fearrington Village, NC.His fondest memory of Cornell is singing in the Sage Chapel Choir. Brita Smith Dorn (Sheffield, PA; delivers meals on wheels, monitors bluebird nesting boxes in a nearby state park, participates in the Cornell Feedwatch Program, and monitors an outlying weather and stream monitoring station. PaulWarner (Wilmington, NC; continues as president of an insurance company. Off-work activities involve photography and bookbinding. John Wieser (Punta Gorda, FL) describes his volunteer work as "To keep people happy."William Nelson (Cape May, NJ; is a member of the board of the Lower Cape May School District. Pastimes are sailing, fishing, and building boats from plywood and epoxy. Bill is an author and says, "The good old days are now!"

Bob Call (Oakfield, NY; serves as a "senior adviser" supervising the re-structuring and transfer of his large, successful farm corporation to the next generations. His whole family--six children and spouses, 16 grandchildren, plus stepchildren and step-grandchildren--and 100 friends helped him celebrate his 80th birthday. Bob served on Cornell's Board of Trustees. Robert Allen (Port Hueneme, CA; consults to an aerospace company.He was formerly employed as a company vice president for R&D of jet engine propulsion systems. Bill Rowan, PhD '54 (Greensboro, NC; is retired from research and teaching in the field of medical entomology and parasitology. His main extracurricular job is editing fiction and non-fiction works of aspiring authors in emerging nations.

After the Korean War, Dixon "Dix"Cottingham (Montgomery, TX) went to work as a gas exploration consultant in East Texas and is still on the job, with golf and travel as diversions. Priscilla Barlow McLean (Olean, NY) is a retired technical dietitian, but now cares for "spouse and house." She reports five children and six grandchildren. Priscilla credits Cornell with offering her the opportunity to follow a variety of occupations.William Brockway (Hagerstown, MD; is still playing baseball, along with the more common oldster's game of golf. He keeps busy with sports and other family activities of nine kids and 17 grandchildren.

Bill Stoehr (Granada Hills, CA;, an electrical systems engineer, teaches part-time at Pierce Community College in Los Angeles. Jane Bird-Trafzer (Carmichael, CA; is a retired K-6 librarian and stays busy with PEO philanthropy, bridge, and reading. She reports the enjoyment of a trip to Egypt, Israel, and Western Europe. Janice Briwa deChadenedes (Colorado Springs, CO) manages residential properties and serves as a docent at the Broadmoor Zoo and also at the Western History Museum of Colorado Springs.

Patricia "Pat"Carry Stewart (Gulf Stream, FL; has admirably served our class on the Cornell Board of Trustees. She and husband Chuck '40 each served the board as vice chair and continue to be involved in university affairs. Pat had a career in finance and served on the boards of corporate, professional, and charitable organizations. Since retirement they have traveled extensively and also greatly enjoyed four months of each year in their cottage in Scotland which, with sadness, they have now given up. Pat currently serves as chair of the local community foundation board and is active in her church and other community organizations.

NOTE: To promote correspondence among classmates we now report e-mail addresses. If you prefer that we not mention yours in the column, please so indicate on your news form. -- Paul H. Joslin, 6080 Terrace Dr., Johnston, IA 50131-1560; tel., (515) 278-0969; e-mail,;Marion Steinmann, 237 West Highland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118-3819; tel., (215) 242-8443; e-mail,

51 | We have lost our classmate and webmaster Barry Nolin. Barry died March 26, and the class must now search for a replacement.

Jim O'Brien's wife Rita completely surprised him in October 2004 with 60 guests for his 75th birthday party, including John Orr, Newtown, PA. Jim is a charter member, VP of education, and board of directors member of the Project Management College of Scheduling. At the PMI/COS 2nd annual conference in Scottsdale, AZ (3rd in Orlando, FL, in 2006), he was the first recipient of the "Jim O'Brien Lifetime Achievement Award" and with his coauthor Fred Plotnick, had a one-hour session to explain what has been added and/or changed in the sixth edition of their book CPM in Construction Management. Lester Davis, Calverton, NY, writes that he is the owner-broker of Davis Real Estate LLC. George Berner, MEd '61, checks in from Cobleskill, NY, but with no news.

Dr. Robert Lapin, Ardsley, NY, is enjoying half-time employment with the New York State Health Department. He recalls Stan Yachnin, who left Cornell for medical school in 1950, a year short of graduation, and died in 2004. Donald and Ann McNamara's recent guests in Florida have included fraternity brothers Fred Eydt '52 and Jack Hollis '50 and their wives, Ed Coene, and most of their three children and six grandchildren. "Thank goodness,"Don says, "that Disney is only a 2-1/2-hour drive from Ponte Vedra."

Jacqueline Goldberg Eisenberg,Windsor, Ontario, is still volunteering at the art gallery, delivering Meals on Wheels, and keeping busy with exercise and aquafitness programs to try to stay healthy. She follows the lives of her two older grandchildren: Stephen, graduating this year from Waterloo and Laurier Universities with a double major in math and business; and Ali, finishing her first year at U. of British Columbia and holding her breath to see if she made the theatre arts program. The youngest, Emily, 4, started kindergarten last fall. Paul and Anne Baren traveled recently on the Dalmatian coast and two years ago to Greece on a Cornell trip. Two sons continue to run the family business-- Katonah Architectural Hardware--at Cornwall Bridge, CT. Grandson and granddaughters enter George Washington U. and Lawrence U. this fall. Paul is active in church, Democratic politics, and Rotary student exchange programs, and is president of the Cornwall Foundation and board member of the Cornwall Association.

Frank and Carol Petrulis, Binghamton, NY, visited Cape Canaveral, FL, in January. Frank's first career was with Douglas as a member of the preliminary design team for the Thor rocket system competing with the von Braun Jupiter rocket team at the Cape. He then joined IBM, working for a decade on various printing machine developments. In the early '70s he co-founded with a Dutch architect an A/E design firm in Binghamton. In retirement, Frank and Carol travel abroad, and Frank participates in the local Inst. for Learning in Retirement programs. Florence Sweet Benzakein, Newburgh, NY, widowed for ten years, has two daughters living nearby and still enjoys her artwork. She does sculpting and makes etchings, aquatints, and collages as she cares for her dog and garden with occasional visits to NYC, where she retired from commercial artwork as a designer for magazines some years ago.

Nancy Carver Shene,Morrisonville, NY, had a big graduation year with a grandson at Clarkson, a granddaughter at Plattsburgh State, and two in high school. She reports two cruises: with her high school class on Carnival toMexico, and the Mississippi Queen--to New Orleans to Vicksburg and back--with her daughter. She is looking for a female travel companion to replace a buddy now in a nursing home. She keeps in touch with Elizabeth Macaraeg Heine (Sonoma, CA) and Marian RobertsWoodhead (Lake Jackson, TX), both healthy and with families doing well. "Retirement is great!"Marian went to Zambia in 2005 on a mission trip and then spent a few days at Victoria Falls and a game preserve.

Anthony Ferrari did a walking tour of Sicily with Jeffrey Blanchard as instructor in May 2005. Paul Jones, George Hano, MBA '52, and Aaron and Shelly Epstein Akabas toured Armenia and Georgia with Yervant Terzian in May 2005, studying Cultures and Landscapes of the Caucasus. Edward, LLB '54, and Barbara Mertens Reifsteck, Honeoye Falls, NY, participated in a discussion of the Midterm Elections at New Paltz's Mohonk House last summer. Jack and MarybethWeaver Ostrom, Ithaca, NY, will have a grandson at Cornell next year and enjoyed an Elderhostel in St. Augustine, FL, with Louise Squire Bishop.

Don and Corry Watkins Stork, Penn Yan, NY, won the Sharing the Light award for commitment to community service from the Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes at their tenth annual award dinner in June 2005. A year later they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Hilton Head, SC, with four children, nine grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren and families. Harry Merker, Las Vegas, NV, a new member of the Cayuga Society, has written a "fight song" for Cornell, based on "High Five Jive," as a replacement for "Give My Regards to Davy.""Davy doesn't cut it anymore. I bet a bundle most Cornellians don't know who these guys were." Please send your news to: -- Brad Bond, 101 Hillside Way,Marietta OH 45750; tel. (740) 374-6715; e-mail,

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53 | There are outstanding leaders among us--and pathfinders. A couple dozen of them, unencumbered by cloaks and disdaining daggers, looked over the shoulders of the Class of '52 last June to see what we can do to build an even better 55th Reunion than our elders. It's our turn to go back to the good old days on the Hill next June 5-8, guided by reunion co-chairfolk Mort Bunis, JD '55, and Claire Moran Ford. Now is a good time to reach out to old buddies and plan to join the revels.

Very visible and absolutely audible among the '53s present were reunited members of the Cayuga's Waiters, that much admired triple quartet spun off from the Glee Club when we were very young. Jack (the pitch pipe) Brophy has been rounding them up and calling them in for reunion gigs in recent years. Jim Galusha and Al Packer were there, along with a dozen-plus other Fifties contemporaries. They pretty much remembered the chords and choruses, but that slave-driver Brophy even had them up early for practice. It paid off.

Their first appearance (after a gathering to reacquire words and music) was a Thursday night session with the Savage Club of Ithaca at the Statler. The Savages, mostly amateur (but mighty proficient) entertainers, have been delighting Cornell since Teddy Roosevelt was police commissioner of New York City. The show began with a stirring overture of Dixie music by the Savage Club Band, with Ernie Hardy, PhD '69, on trombone. The saints were marching in at his side. The Waiters rolled away a half-century with nearly like-new reprises of "Oh Gee, Say Gee, You Oughta See My Gigi from the Fiji Isles," "Every Time We Say Goodbye," and "Good Night, Little Girl, Good Night." Golden oldies indeed. They did others of that genre at other performances.

The weekend was "very helpful," said Mort. "We saw things '52 did that we wanted to do and we saw things we don't want to do." You know that he, Claire, and their colleagues will make the right choices.

A half-century-plus after our bright college years, there's plenty of time for elective courses.Many of us are taking many of them with Cornell's Adult University (CAU), quite often in faraway places not subject to the Ithaca climate and guaranteed prelim-free. Topic A last fall was the midterm elections on which Profs. Glenn Altschuler, PhD '76, Joel Silbey, and Richard Burkhauser presented their views to AnnWoolley Banks, David Gluck, MD '57, Bill Gratz, Jay Bruno, and Richard Klein at the Catskill Mountains retreat at Mohonk. Just before Reunion '06, Silbey and Prof.Walter LaFeber discoursed on personality and politics (Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush) to Jim '51 and Pat Gunderson Stocker, Gratz, and Bruno at Ithaca. Gratz also took a New York theatre course from Altschuler and David Bathrick, and the cosmic and terrestrial landscapes in Hawaii from Prof. Yervant Terzian. Bob Abrams heard A Russian Winter Symphony (Neal Zaslaw) in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Altschuler and Prof. David M. Feldshuh ushered Jim Logsdon through a London theatre course. Robert Rutishauser studied opera in Santa Fe, NM, Lynn Rosenthal Minton saw the heart of Africa on a Tanzanian family safari, and Ira and Myrna Zimmerman Miller '54 went to spring training to check out the culture and business of baseball with Altschuler.

When we ask you to tell us who looms largest in your list of unforgettable Cornell characters, you not surprisingly often mention teachers--notables who made a difference way back then and of whom warm memories linger.Marcia Miller Marsh (Rochester, NY) names a "Mr. Case, who taught social work courses in the Ag college. Very sensitive, thoughtful person."Could there be a better way to be remembered? "I often thought of what he had told us, years later."Marjory Merritt Duncalfe (Riverdale, NY) names Donald Grant, conductor of the Sage Chapel Choir. "Consummate musician--and fun!"At last report,Marjorie was still teaching piano and music theory, besides grandparenting. She says, "There's not enough time for travel and movies."

Martin Cooper, ME '66 (Pittsburgh) recalls the culture shock of his first trip north from his childhood home in Florida--to enter Cornell in the fall of '49. "I was astounded by the majestic colors of the foliage, especially in Cascadilla and Fall Creek gorges as autumn progressed. I had never seen such vibrant, brightly colored autumn leaves before." He takes time out now from consulting and auditing arts courses at Pitt for gardening and gourmet cooking. Irene Selmer Griffith, BA '52 (Torrance, CA) stays busy with working on senior issues with governmental agencies, Sunday school, and bereavement ministry at her church. "Most delightful, spending family time and keeping up with our eight children and their families." Like many, she's also "going through stuff, stirring pleasant memories--and being proud of our recycling."

"Life sure can move in circles,"muses Jim Dolliver, PhD '60, infrequently heard from in a few blue moons, from San Luis Obispo, CA, "three blocks from my former elementary school." A grandson is getting ready to enter Cornell. And Jim, although considerably slowed down, is planning to try hard to make the '08 reunion.

See you at Homecoming Oct. 14? The vastly improved Big Red football team will play Colgate. There will be gracious dining and the singing of old songs with friends from other classes of the Fifties. How about the Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) Mid-Winter Meeting in Philadelphia, February 8-9?

At first count, two of our classmates had checked the box on our news form to request copies of Nadine Gordimer's The Pickup, but did not identify themselves. -- Jim Hanchett, 300 1st Ave., Apt. 8B, NYC, NY 10009; e-mail,

54 | Lynn and Jane Gregory Wilson list Sun City Center, FL, as their address, but that is a total myth. Actually, they exist in the fourth dimension.When not traveling in their RV, they are afloat, somewhere. Last October they bobbed about in the Atlantic for seven weeks surveying the entire west coast of Africa, starting with Morocco.While docked in a couple of countries, armed guards and the British Navy protected the ship, and their comfort level was . . . ? From Cape Town, they crossed to Brazil to explore the Amazon down to Santarem and Parintins, the home of the Boi Bumba Festival each June, before continuing to Barbados and Lauderdale. As you read this, they should be navigating the Pacific from Asia to Australia and on to the Polynesian Isles. Bodies at rest they are not.

Donna and Bill Bailey have defied the natural laws of migration. Having moved south several years ago from the D.C. area, they have recently removed to Glen Allen, VA, just outside Richmond, to be closer to their five offspring and 14 grandchildren. Bill, retired from the hotel business, is itching to explore the surrounding golf courses. Tricia Palmer Shope is designing and weaving for Distinctive Weaving as her "day job" and entertaining a full house in the "after-hours." Travels appear to center about the eastern Mediterranean, i.e., Egypt, Oman, UAE, and Bahrain. Ernest, MA '55, and Elaine Harrison Cohen are still working with the Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Elaine also teaches knitting. Ernest's fondest memory from Cornell is marrying Elaine.

Roger D. Smith, while a professor emeritus at the U. of Cincinnati Medical Center, is on active status teaching and doing limited work as attending pathologist at University Hospital.When fly-fishing in Colorado became a tad chilly he elected to organize and teach a course for UC in their Inst. for Learning in Retirement; his topic: Understanding Disease. Roger met his wife Margaret on campus during a summer session, when he was working with his biology professor and she was teaching French.Which leads me to ponder how many of us met our spouses at Cornell. Richard and Nancy Rink Kelly have had a very exciting year. They moved into a new home in Henniker, NH, a lateral move from Brattleboro,VT, celebrated 50 years of skiing together with a family celebration in Steamboat Springs, CO, and then went on to recover at their winter home in Tucson, AZ. Nancy has also taken up quilting with a church group that meets once a week, which seems like a marvelous way to meet new neighbors.

Jean Vettel Forstall, along with husband Lloyd '52, continues to volunteer at a homeless shelter for their church. Being a former teacher herself, Jean also helps out her two teacher daughter-in-laws in their classes. The Forstalls, with family members, spent last Thanksgiving literally at sea, cruising the Caribbean. Alice Hoffman is taking Civil Service courses and enjoying life in Brooklyn. I miss my trips to Brooklyn and walking that magnificent bridge. Bob and Deborah Kroker Ineich may not be RV'ing or roving the seven seas, but they do manage to cover much of the US from Oregon to Maine on a yearly basis, visiting siblings and offspring. Debby's fondest reminiscences of Cornell revolve around sporting events, i.e., football, basketball, track, fencing, etc.

Bob, LLB '54, and Alice Green Fried leave Jersey for Boca six months of every year, but still manage to volunteer in local scholarship and juvenile diabetes programs. Hobbies: duplicate bridge and golf are transferable. David and Marian Russell Boslaugh have gone west from Ashburn,VA, to Berkeley Springs,WV, where they have been husbanding their forest as a sanctuary in which to retire.With their house almost complete, they are putting down roots in their new community. They recommend their relaxed way of life, having left the D.C. suburbs and its traffic behind. Bill Pinchbeck is one of the few that have moved north in retirement. Residing in Montpelier, VT, and having left rosegrowing behind, Bill now plays in the local orchestra, hikes, snowshoes, and enjoys Osher Lifelong Learning courses when not traveling.

Anne Wendt Nagy maintains her present "day job" of day-trading stock index futures along with a bit of gardening. Her free time is devoted to fiction writing, singing, and serving on the City Mission Board. Anne enjoyed the Cornell environs for its marvelous hiking opportunities.Marty Rosenzweig, PhD '59, is the epitome of the unretired among volunteers. He is as busy as ever on the board at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts. Jazz, opera, movies, Shakespeare, cruises, and Cornell all contribute to his very active lifestyle.

Just a reminder to those wishing to connect with classmates. The best and fastest way is via the Alumni Directory (address follows). -- Leslie Papenfus Reed, 500 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314; e-mail, Class website,; Alumni Directory,

55 | The largest single donation ever received--$300 million--was given to Cornell last spring by SanfordWeill and his wife, Joan. Sandy is chairman of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College and an emeritus member of the university's Board of Trustees. The Life Sciences Technology Building, now under construction, will be named Weill Hall in recognition of their generosity, and their gift will also establish the Joan and Sanford I.Weill Inst. for Cell and Molecular Biology.

Now that Len Hittner is fully retired, he's keeping very busy as president of the USS Intrepid Association of Former Crew Members. The Intrepid was Len's first ship during his active duty in the Navy after graduation. As most of you know, this historic WWII aircraft carrier is now the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City, and made national headlines last fall when it got stuck in the mud while being moved to New Jersey for renovation. Len was aboard that day for what became known as the "15-foot cruise." After much frantic dredging, the Intrepid was finally moved, repainted in dry dock, and moved to Staten Island for interior renovations. Len says the ship will return to its NYC pier and reopen to a gala welcome on Veterans' Day, November 11, 2008.

Sometimes old friends reconnect after many, many years. In 1956, Phil Harvey and Dick Lewis were stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, but lost touch with each other afterwards. Fast-forward 50 years, and recently Dick realized he had misplaced his 1955 Cornellian. He e-mailed Phil for help, and with the cooperation of Cornell's Alumni Affairs, a replacement copy was found. Problem solved! This past summer, members of the 1955 football team gathered in Ithaca to enjoy a "roast" of Coach Ted Thoren and honor him for his many contributions to Cornell athletics. Among those present were Joe Simon, Ralph De Stefano, and Jim van Buren, MD '59.

Bucking the popular trend toward retirement, Margot Oppenheim Robinson has decided to play less during their winter months in Sarasota, FL, and take up real estate sales instead. She continues selling and listing in Stamford, CT, and still finds time for bridge, lectures, courses, and visits with family. Anyone else going back to work? Ted Hymowitz, a retired professor of plant genetics and genetic engineering from the U. of Illinois, reports that he's become a snowbird and purchased a garden villa in Sunrise, FL. Ted would like to meet classmates in the area.

Barbara Burg Gilman says she's "still enjoying retirement" after 32 years of teaching high school biology, and is delighted to report that her replaced knee makes it possible for her and husband Michael to continue contra dancing and Irish set dancing. The Gilmans also attend nine or ten dance festivals during the year. Another classmate sporting a new knee is Bob Brandwein, who praises "the wonders of modern medicine." Bob is still working as president of Policy and Management Associates, a consulting firm involved in community economic development. Bob and his wife Janet have been double-dating with Jan Kahn Marcus and husband Ed Barz since they met at the 50th Reunion.

Arne Foss writes that an "underwater structure at our northwest Florida beach home has created some great fishing"--but the bad news is that the "structure" was created by hurricanes. Arne and Jan's youngest son is now a fully trained radiologist in interventional MRI in Portland, OR, and is described by his father as "liberal but not offensive." Congrats to Norm and Dolores Nedde on their 50th anniversary, and to Don and Fran Walden Jacobs '56 on their 51st. I confess that Ed and I have a way to go; we just toasted our 5th anniversary in June! -- Nancy Savage Petrie, Class website,

56 | Honors to our classmates: Dr. Sam Basch has again made New York Magazine's list of "100 best doctors of New York." Congratulations, Sam. Bob Day received the Esther Schiff Bondareff '37 Award from the Cornell Club ofWashington, DC, for his work on behalf of Cornell and the club over an extended period of time. Among the things Bob has accomplished are the Dragon Boat event, numerous events for older alums in the afternoon for those who can't make the evening events, tree planting, and State Department tours. A well-deserved award to Bob.

More news: Frank Lynch, Seaside, OR, is now teaching digital photography at the local college and arts colony, showing at a gallery, and, best of all, having fun. Judy Cimildoro Jones, Toledo, OH, retired as commissioner at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on April 1, 2007. On her eighth trip to India in January 2007 for the Energy Regulatory Summit, her Ohio delegation represented US commissions that have partnered with Indian commissions for the last ten years through USEA and funded by USAID. The summit was held in New Delhi, and a number of Indian government officials and commissioners from about ten provinces attended.

Here is the annual list of classmates who participated in CAU events during the past year. At the pre-reunion seminar Personality and Politics were Barbara Burns,Mona Powers Case, Gwen Grohmann desCognets, Charles Dorman, Lonnie Hanauer, MD '60,Mike Nadler, BCE '58, Joyce Kerr, and me. Therefore, I can personally attest to the fact that Walter LaFeber and Joel Silbey challenged us to look at the accomplishments and failures of our ex-presidents in a different way. Joseph Bograd attended the 2006 Midterm Election seminar taught by Glenn Altschuler, PhD '76, Richard Burkhauser, and Joel Silbey. Joe, MBA '58, and Sue DeRosay Henninger '57 attended Charles Smith, PhD '77, and Robert Budliger '64's Fall Migrations at Cape May. David '54 and Nancy Fowle Morse attended Take Me Out to the Ballgame with Glenn Altschuler. Curt and Pam Reis, Blyth Reis '80, and friends were shipmates on the Black Sea cruise with Valerie Bunce and David Hoosen. Stephen and Gail Gifford Rudin attended Crossing Gibraltar with Ross Brann. And finally, Christopher Schmid was on the Tanzania Family Safari led by Cole Gilbert and his wife Linda Rayor.

Margot Lurie Zimmerman,my very active Cornell roommate, serves on the US-based board of Students Partnership Worldwide, a British-based nonprofit that "empowers the next generation to act as catalysts for change in their own communities." SPW is now training American volunteers who will, in turn, work with young volunteers in developing countries in Africa and Asia to educate their own rural peers to work to eradicate hunger and poverty, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other major diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and develop a global partnership for development.Margot invited me to one of SPW's outreach parties to listen to the volunteers, and as a result, I decided that if I were looking for a volunteer project to "help the world," this might be IT! -- Phyllis Bosworth, 8 East 83rd St., New York, NY 10028; e-mail,

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58 | The time has come to start thinking about our big 50th--June 5-8--and this column will keep you abreast of the planning and preparation. Jim Harper gives us this preview: "Our 50th Reunion will have multiple themes, one being music, which will follow us everywhere.We'll hear folk, Dixie, all the old songs, Britt Stitt at the latenight piano (God willing), plus at least three helpings of Sherwoods, the group we've known since the day they were conceived. From Swarthmore, PA, Sherwood Peter Bloom ( reports that classmates JackWade, JD '61, Bill Hazzard, MD '62, Art Brooks, Doug Lee, and Karl Deppe, BCE '60, are scheduled to come back to the Hill and sing with the group next June. They'll tune up with charity concerts in Woleboro, Palm Springs, Vero, the Abacos, San Luis Obispo, and other such swell venues.

"Peter Hartdegen ( certainly plays into our musical theme. He is easing into retirement by staying up late and playing piano with two separate Dixieland bands. Peter and Grace, Orinda, CA, have attended previous reunions. They see Marcia and Dave Koppes, MCE '60, Ruth and Gery Torborg, both of whom signed up for June 2008, and Ginger and Dick Rittenhouse, who are probable, so our guess is that the Hartdegens will be there. As part of the reconnecting that is another reunion theme, Dick and Ginger ( found that Charlie Clark ( was their Tennessee neighbor. Charlie and Nina are in Murfreesboro, Dick and Ginger in Vonore. The four of them met halfway (in Pigeon Forge) to renew the bonds over a long, lingering lunch.

"We are psyched about getting everyone back to the Hill for our 50th.Within a few days, we'll all be getting a reunion notice in the mail. The return card is important. Be sure to fill it out and send it in. For answers to all questions, please contact our co-presidents Carol BoeckleWelch ( or Chuck Hunt ( or reunion co-chairs Alan Goldman (, Gerry Linsner (, or Betty Anne Steer Merritt at (973) 214-5671 (cell) and"

Bill Standen ( writes that he expects a big turnout from SAE for reunion. Bill said his pledge class had its first-ever reunion at our 45th. Of those returning then, about half had not been back to Cornell since graduation. But during the weekend, all decided to do it again for the 50th!

Now, on to some classmate news. Donald Summer resides in Boca Raton, FL, and spends time commuting to his law office in Buffalo. He travels extensively and was planning a trip to India. He would love to hear from Sandy Thomas Meyer and Robert Hermanos '57. John Morrison, Lake Forest, IL, is now a residential realtor.He is also on several charity boards and is a poker player. He remembers most fondly "running track."

Bob Dunn ( is corporate counsel for Real Restaurants in Sausalito, CA.He is also the author of legal books and a frequent lecturer.He took two big trips in 2006--three weeks in New Zealand and three weeks in France and Italy. He went to the Le Mans 24-hour auto race, which had been a longtime dream of his. One of his fondest memories of Cornell was spring in Ithaca--always glorious after the long winter. Art Shostak ( has retired after 42 wonderful years as a sociologist. He has been writing new books and traveling overseas for months on end, and he is anxious to finish his five new books to add to the 31 already out. One of his fondest memories of Cornell was being invited to the homes of various professors, such as Alice Cook, Andrew Hacker, etc.

Beverly Blau Miller, BS Nurs '59 ( is the patient services manager at the Central New York chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She jogs with a group at the YMCA --the "Early Birds"--at 6:30 a.m. She also helps with her three little grandchildren! She remembers fondly the wonderful dorm room get-togethers and the chats with friends. She would love to hear from her old roommates, the Bortugno twins. Bobbie Arvine Fishman ( is looking for and planning her next adventure while recuperating from major back surgery. Living near NYC, she says that Carnegie Hall, Broadway, and Lincoln Center beckon her, and she responds regularly. She remembers fondly walking around Beebe Lake through Forest Home, descending the Triphammer and Cascadilla gorges, and going to the Dairy Bar for Dutch apple ice cream. One of our classmates is being honored again by the university. Glenn Dallas is being awarded the 2007 Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award and will be recognized at a banquet on Friday, October 12. Congratulations, Glenn!

Sadly, I note the death of Howard Lefkowitz in March 2007. Howard was a prominent lawyer in NYC and had an avid interest in fine wine. He insisted that did not hasten his demise! -- Jan Arps Jarvie,; Dick Haggard,

59 | Red Hot Hockey! Join fellow alumni and friends on Saturday, November 24, at Madison Square Garden in NYC for the renewal of one of the fiercest rivalries in college hockey when the Cornell Big Red men's hockey team takes on the Boston U. Terriers. There will be a Big Red Pre-game Pep Rally and Reception at the Garden prior to the game, starting at 5:30 p.m. For details, go to Also check our class website,, for any class-specific gathering. Tickets in the Cornell sections can be purchased through the Cornell Athletic Ticket Office or through "It should be quite a game," enthuses George Schneider. He and Bobbie (Greig) plan to be there, together with six children and grandchildren.

Habitat for Humanity and other volunteer activities keep Marge HoletonWeaver of Naples, FL, busy, but there's still time for grandchildren, travel, and golf at the Royal Poinciana Country Club. Travel also is a popular pastime for Mary Niepold Horne. She and husband Paul spend about half their time in Alexandria, VA, and the rest at their home in Paris.

At the end of 2006 Bernard and Sandra Strebel Peavey relocated from Maryland to New England to be closer to their daughter Maggy Peavey Pietropaolo '90 and her husband and two children. Sandra and Bernard now live in Hingham, MA.Mary Goodkind Freeman of NYC is "phasing out" her career as a psychotherapist, giving her more time for traveling with husband Harvey and other family members. There were 19 family members on their trip to Tuscany; this year's trip to England includes 21, with two new grandchildren added to the mix.Mary and Harvey also traveled to Myanmar and Vietnam recently. Playing with 23 grandchildren is high on the "fun list" of Beth Weinstein Newburger-Schwartz of Arlington, VA. But where does she find the time? She's president/CEO of Epoch Communications, a marketing and PR firm for the preservation community. Extracurricular activities include being a trustee of the National Children's Museum, a member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Advisory Board, and a director of Boat US. Plus she's writing her second play and enjoying traveling with her husband Richard Schwartz "to the ends of the earth."

Kim Mitchell of Southbury, CT, vacationed in Italy last year. Since then he has been busy building a garage with a three-bedroom apartment over it. A Caribbean cruise was recently enjoyed by StanMichaels of Springfield,VA--who also plays tennis and bridge and takes adult ed classes. Chapman, BA '61, and Martha "Chris"Drake Young of Steamboat Springs, CO, spent part of April sailing in the Caribbean. Chris is a psychologist in private practice. She also serves as an EMT and firefighter with West Routt Fire Protection District in Hayden, CO, and is on the Howelsen Hill Ski Patrol.

Ann Schmeltz Bowers of Palo Alto, CA, is founder and chair of the board of the Noyce Foundation, which works across the country to improve science and math instruction in public schools. She's also on the board of a chamber music society and a local theatre company. Among her extracurricular activities are painting, hiking, and traveling. Last year Ann went on her fourth Cornell Adult University trip, Crossing Gibraltar. Other participants in recent CAU programs include Lucy Tuve Comly (2006 Midterm Elections), Robert Dodge (Russian Winter Symphony), David Hurd (Upper Amazon), Ed Keeley (London Art), Carol Vieth Mead (Russian Winter Symphony), and Beverly Hall Severance (Opera in Santa Fe). -- Jenny Tesar, 97A Chestnut Hill Village, Bethel, CT 06801; tel., (203) 792-8237; e-mail,