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Friday, 05 December 2014

CAM is mourning the passing of its longtime editor John Marcham ’50, who died at Cayuga Medical Center on December 4. He was eighty-seven. John served as editor of what was then the Cornell Alumni News from 1961 to 1991, except for a brief hiatus in the University's administration. He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Jane Haskins Marcham ’51, the retired longtime editorial page editor of the Ithaca Journal, and their three children and two grandchildren. John was the son of Fred Marcham, PhD ’26, a legendary professor of English history who taught on the Hill for nearly seventy years.

“John Marcham set a high standard for his successors at Cornell Alumni Magazine,” says Jim Roberts ’71, CAM’s recently retired editor-publisher. “He perfectly defined our editorial stance as ‘sympathetic objectivity’—first and foremost, sympathy and affection for Cornell University, but also an unwavering dedication to the truth in reporting. He believed this was the right way to serve a great university and its alumni. I learned a great deal from him, and I am mourning the loss of a mentor and friend.”

Arrangements are in the care of Bangs Funeral Home. A tribute to John will appear in our January/February 2015 issue.

 
Campus Mourns Senior Murdered in Ithaca Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2014

 

Cornellians are mourning the death of a twenty-three-year-old senior who was murdered over Thanksgiving break in an alleged domestic violence incident in Ithaca. Shannon Jones, an engineering major from Potomac, Maryland, was found strangled in an apartment near campus. Her thirty-two-year-old boyfriend—who has allegedly confessed to the crime—has been charged with second-degree murder in her death and is being held in jail.

In a message to the University community on Tuesday, President David Skorton cited engineering professor Mason Peck’s praise of Jones, with whom he worked on a student satellite project team known as Violet. “Shannon had an infectious enthusiasm for exploring space and building our future in it,” Peck said. “She helped figure out how to make Violet’s star tracker work, and when Violet launches next year and takes its first images of the stars, we’ll have Shannon to thank for it.”

In his e-mail, Skorton also noted two other tragic incidents that occurred over break: the gorge suicide of an eighteen-year-old man unconnected to the University, and a car crash in which four students returning to campus were injured.We are hopeful as they continue their recovery,” Skorton said. “We send well-wishes to them and to their family and friends.”

 
Schwerner 61 Receives Posthumous Medal of Freedom Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2014

 

President Barack Obama has awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to the late Mickey Schwerner ’61 (above, far left), one of the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964. Also posthumously honored were Schwerner’s colleagues James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, son of Carolyn Drucker Goodman ’36 and Robert Goodman ’35, BS ’39. “As African Americans were systematically being blocked from voter rolls, Mr. Chaney, Mr. Goodman, and Mr. Schwerner joined hundreds of others working to register black voters in Mississippi,” said the award announcement. “They were murdered at the outset of Freedom Summer. Their deaths shocked the nation and their efforts helped to inspire many of the landmark civil rights advancements that followed.” The three are memorialized in Sage Chapel, with a stained-glass window that bears their images and the phrase, “We shall overcome.”

 
A Corpse Flower by Any Other Name... Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2014

 

Campus is again all agog over “Wee Stinky.” Cornell’s beloved corpse flower, which first bloomed in March 2012, is poised to emit its sepulchral scent throughout an Ag greenhouse. During its debut, the titan arum drew more than 10,000 admirers—even though it bloomed over Spring Break. Keep your eyes (and nose) peeled: this year’s event, which will only last for a few days, will be announced via the CALS Twitter feed and the plant’s blog. In celebration, the nearby Dairy Store will offer extended hours and a Wee Stinky latte.

 
Jon Kleinberg 93 Is Interim CIS Dean Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

With Computing and Information Science Dean Haym Hirsh on personal leave, Professor Jon Kleinberg ’93 has been named interim dean. On the faculty since 1996, Kleinberg is a Tisch University Professor and chair of Information Science. According to the University, “His research focuses on issues at the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the Web and other online media.” Kleinberg holds a PhD from MIT.

 
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