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In Memoriam

Remembering President Elizabeth Garrett 1963 – 2016.



Although Elizabeth Garrett’s time on the Hill was tragically cut short, her presidency remains historic: the distinguished legal scholar was not only Cornell’s thirteenth president, but the first woman to hold the office. As Robert Harrison ’76, chairman of the Board of Trustees, aptly put it at her memorial service in Bailey Hall: “The loss is enormous, institutionally unprecedented, and profound, both for Cornell and for many of us personally.” During her brief tenure on campus, Garrett –who, as Acting President Michael Kotlikoff noted, had “infectious enthusiasm and a stunning smile” — endeared herself to many students, faculty, staff, and alumni. CAM offers a photographic tribute.


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Clockwise from top: A presidential portrait, an image that was one of Garrett’s favorites; what she called “one of the best moments” of her inauguration day: signing an autograph for a girl who’d come to hear the first woman president speak; at her first Homecoming, before taking office; and with trustee Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 at the press conference announcing her appointment. Garrett at her inauguration with three of her predecessors; with students on move-in day last fall; onstage with Harrison at her inauguration on the Arts Quad; on a tour of the Ithaca Commons with Mayor Svante Myrick ’09; onscreen at Madison Square Garden during the men’s hockey game against BU; cuddling a canine at the Vet college; and greeting staff at an employee celebration dinner in Barton Hall.

Photos: Uphoto