Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Cornellians Mourn Austin Kiplinger ’39
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The University lost one of its most celebrated alumni, and staunchest supporters, with the passing of Austin “Kip” Kiplinger ’39 on November 20. He was ninety-seven. Chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees, Kiplinger (seen above at Charter Day Weekend last April) held the longest-ever term of service on the board: fifty-five years. His many other contributions to Cornell life include supporting the creation of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts and the restoration of Lincoln Hall; and the chairmanship of the search committee that selected Frank H.T. Rhodes as the University’s ninth president.

“The breadth of Austin Kiplinger’s involvement in so many facets of the life of Cornell University, for so many years, has left an indelible legacy for generations of Cornellians in the arts, economics, undergraduate education, and through his example of steady leadership,” said President Elizabeth Garrett, noting how pleased she was that Kiplinger attended her inauguration in September. “Kip’s support, wisdom and influence meant a great deal to me even in the few months I was honored to have known him. . . He was a true Cornellian in every sense.”

A prominent figure in the field of journalism, Kiplinger began his career as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. He was the longtime head of the publishing company founded by his father, and served as editor emeritus of the Kiplinger Washington Editors, which publishes Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Kiplinger Letter, among other titles. (As his New York Times obituary noted, he opted for the Chronicle job after graduating from Cornell—rather than going directly to work for his father’s company—because he did not want to be a “hothouse flower.”)

A past recipient of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, Kiplinger was one of the oldest members of the Glee Club; he performed with the group as recently as 2014, at his 75th Reunion. His many Cornellian relatives include sons Knight Kiplinger ’69 and Todd Kiplinger ’68 (who died in 2008) and grandchildren Brigham Kiplinger ’03 and Daphne Kiplinger ’07, BS ’08. Said Knight Kiplinger: “Among all the institutions that were central to my father’s life—in his personal development and as the focus of his passion—Cornell was Number One.”

Garrett Launches Meet-the-Cornellians Tour Print E-mail
Friday, 06 November 2015

Newly inagurated President Elizabeth Garrett is launching a tour that will take her to cities across the U.S. and abroad over the next six months for meet-and-greet events with Cornellians. The tour kicks off in Washington, DC, on November 10, with upcoming events in Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, and more; international cities include Mumbai, India, and Beijing, China. “Cornell is a global university, and I want to connect with our alumni, families, and friends in the places they now live and work,” Garrett says. “This tour will give me insights about our spirited and diverse Cornell community, as I share my own vision and passion for our great university.” Dates and registration information are available here.

Queen Elizabeth Honors Cornellian Engineer Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2015

Much-lauded biomedical researcher and entrepreneur Robert Langer ’70 has received one of his field’s highest honors: the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering. According to the award’s website, the MIT professor was recognized for his “revolutionary advances and leadership in engineering at the interface with chemistry and medicine.” A pioneer in tissue engineering, Langer has received numerous accolades including the Kyoto Prize and the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The queen presented Langer with the prize, which carries an award of one million pounds, in the throne room of Buckingham Palace in late October.

Boyfriend Convicted in 2014 Murder of Cornell Senior Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 October 2015

After a four-day trial, a Tompkins County jury has convicted a local man of murdering his girlfriend, Shannon Jones ’15 (above), who was a twenty-three-year-old senior engineering major when she was strangled in her Cayuga Heights apartment on Thanksgiving Day 2014. Benjamin Cayea, thirty-three, was found guilty of second-degree murder and faces fifteen years to life in prison when he is sentenced in December; his lawyer has indicated he will appeal. Cayea—who allegedly confessed to the crime but later recanted—never denied that he had killed Jones, but disputed the circumstances of her death.

Lab of O Marks Centennial with Book Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Lab of Ornithology has published The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature, a coffee-table book featuring 250 images of more than 100 North American species—from spoon-billed sandpipers to great horned owls. The volume, which marks the centennial of the lab, includes essays by such prominent authors as Barbara Kingsolver and Jared Diamond. “I think maybe everyone needs birds, at least a little,” Kingsolver writes. “For a quotidian measure of wonder and a glimpse of how life goes on completing itself, whether we’re watching or not.”

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